Dance shoes on ahead of Batley Vintage Day

Novice dancers will be given the chance to learn classic moves from the 20th century ahead of Batley Vintage Day.

Saturday, 16th April 2016, 7:00 am
People can learn vintage dances so they can groove along to musical performances on the day.

Each year, visitors to the festival are encouraged to dance the day away to music and songs from the 1930s right through to the 1970s.

And this year, event organisers have teamed up with Creative Scene to offer a series of dance classes in the run up to the festival on Saturday, May 28.

People will be guided through moves including the swing out, sugar push and side pass.

Dancers get into the swing at a previous Vintage Day celebration.

Andrew Marsden of the Batley Business Association, which organises the annual event, said: “In the dance area, the music turns on, the dance floor fills up and everyone joins in.

“What we want to do this year is to give people the opportunity to learn some vintage moves before the day if they want to.

“They will be relaxed, fun sessions for anyone who wants to give the dances a go.”

This year’s Vintage Day takes place from 10am until 5pm in Market Place.

Dancers get into the swing at a previous Vintage Day celebration.

Entertainment includes musical, dance and comedy performances from various eras, a vintage market selling everything from clothing to homeware, a classic car display, and cookery demonstrations.

There will also be a Battle of Britain Memorial flypast by a Lancaster Bomber.

Mr Marseden said: “Now in its third year, the Vintage Day will be a fantastic fun day out with something for everyone to enjoy,

“So come along and have a look what’s going on.”

The dance classes take place at Healey Community Centre from 7.30pm until 9.30pm on Wednesday, April 27, May 4, May 11 and May 8.

Each class costs £5 and people are welcome to attend as many as they want.

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