Come Dancing at the Spitalfields Tea Dances with music by the acclaimed New Covent Garden Dance Orchestra
Foxtrots, quicksteps, cha chas and many more…..whether this will be your first experience or you are more expert at tripping the light fantastic, release those inhibitions and join the acclaimed Covent Garden Dance Orchestra, the musicians that re-introduced the tradition of social dancing back to the Royal Opera House, in a feast of popular tea dance classics through the summer. There are free open air salsa and swing and tango events now on too – check website for details
Complimentary tea and refreshments served to dancers
Last Wednesday of each month
All ages and dancers of all abilities are welcome.
Visit the website for dates and times: Tea Dances
About the Tea Dances
The Spitalfields Tea Dances were founded by Michael Spencer, local resident and former Education Manager at the Royal Opera House Orchestra, who originally launched the tea dances at the Royal Opera House as a way of making it more accessible to the community. Spitalfields has a strong sense of community and Michael thought that the newly created Crispin Place would be a perfect space to host tea dances for the area. The New Covent Garden Dance Orchestra is made up of 9 professional musicians who play in the band Joe Loss, Ivy Benson, Edmundo Ross, Jack Hylton and Stanley Black have links back to the bandleaders of yesteryear. The band recreates the music of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s giving the opportunity for participants to recreate the style and elegance of the period. The release of their album, Come Dancing’ (Universal Classics and Jazz) led to appearances on the Good Morning Show and several radio features. Performances are not limited to the UK alone; they were featured as part of the Florida International Music Festival and in 2006 were part of the opening of the Suginami Kokaido, a new concert hall in central Tokyo.
Spitalfields Tea Dance
Tango at Spitalfields
Free Tango Dances from 7.00pm – 10.30pm with free half-hour tango lessons from 6.30pm before each event.
Tango Fever Comes To Spitalfields
Spitalfields Estate hosts Tango @ Spitalfields a series of free monthly tango dancing events taking place in Bishops Square E1, offering dancers a rare opportunity to tango dance ‘al fresco’ in London.
Tango @ Spitalfields is a collaborative project between a group of professional tango teachers and event organizers based in London, Spitalfields Estate and Hammerson.
Tango @ Spitalfields team teach and perform across London, England, and Europe and have been involved with some of the most popular Tango parties in London.
Currently, Tango @ Spitalfields is comprised of the Tango-Fever dance school and members of the teaching team at the Zero Hour Milonga.
Learn to Tango
If you would like to learn some basic tango steps free lessons will take place at 6.30pm before each dance event. Dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome.
About Tango Dancing
Born over a 100 years ago in Buenos Aires, Argentinean Tango is a partnered social dance. Usually danced to Tango music, it is typically associated with the melancholic sound of the bandoneón, a musical instrument loosely related to the accordion.
There are various styles of tango, but all share a common root in the tango embrace and the wonderful connection between two people and, of course, the captivating music. It is largely a social dance based on improvisation and enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life.
The Tango Dances are part of the Spitalfields Estate Free Annual Event Programme that includes Alternative Fashion Week, public art exhibitions, Spitalfields Arts Market, classical, jazz and blues concerts, cultural festivals, Tea Dances and modern dance performances.
Location of classes
Under the Amphitheatre Canopy, Bishops Square off Brushfield Street, E1 6AA
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Spitalfields Estate Map – Map
Nearest station: Liverpool Street on the Central, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines. Mainland overground lines