Big band’s Sheffield bash

The Big Band Ballroom Dance is back in Sheffield.
The Big Band Ballroom Dance is back in Sheffield.
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TRIP the light fantastic – dancers are urged to quickstep their way down to a prestigious Sheffield venue for the return of a big band ballroom bash.

Following its success to mark the City Hall’s 80th anniversary in September, the Big Band Ballroom Dance is returning to the venue tomorrow, from 7pm, for a night of the foxtrot, tango and cha cha.

Guest vocalist Sarah Buckley.

Guest vocalist Sarah Buckley.

Guests will be treated to music from the 14-piece Fellowship Big Band during the evening, as well as music from guest vocalist Sarah Buckley and swing music singer Graham Beachell.

Keith Roe, of the Fellowship Theatre Company, which is behind the event, said: “It’s not just for people who want to practice what they’ve been learning at dance school – anyone who fancies a chance at dancing is welcome to come along.”

Guests will get the chance to dance a variety of dances,all to the beat of a live band.

A City Hall spokesman said: “There will be the opportunity to dance the modern waltz, foxtrot and quickstep, as well as old time dances like the gay gordons and of course the barn dance.

“There will be the chance to enjoy favourite sequence dances during the interval sessions.”

Mr Roe said: “A lot of young people are learning to dance now, but not many people do it to a big band – I know people who will travel as far as Blackpool to do it.

“It used to happen a lot in the City Hall, so it’s nice to be able to bring it back.

“A live band makes a vast difference, it really puts a spring in your step.”

And he said the ballroom has a sprung floor, making it ideal for ballroom dancing.

Keith said: “It is an absolutely superb venue and the floor is just made for dancing.

“Along with the sprung floor and the band, it can just lift your spirits.”

n Tickets for the event cost £11 for general admission or £10 for children and over 60s. To book, call 0114 278 9789.

The spokesman said: “Admission is by ticket only and we advise tickets to be bought in advance due to popularity and limited tickets available.”