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Why dancing in the city just got far easier

Dance shoes company celebrates opening shop

ON THE FLOOR: Dancers at the Abbots Barton Hotel
ON THE FLOOR: Dancers at the Abbots Barton Hotel

ASPIRING dancers took to the floor at the Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel in Canterbury last Saturday, for a full day of dancing. To celebrate the opening in the city of a new shop that specialises in dance shoes, Reina Danza UK, people were given the chance to try out a range of dances over an eight-hour marathon session. At 2pm, the shop took over a ballroom at the local hotel, to offer dancing workshops on tango, jive, salsa, bachata and kizomba among others. Each class was taken by a professional dance teacher, with instructors coming from as far afield as London, Nottingham and Cambridge for the day.

After-party

TEACHING MOMENT: Adrian and Christine Newell demonstrate the Argentine Tango
TEACHING MOMENT: Adrian and Christine Newell demonstrate the Argentine Tango

After the classes, there was an after-party that ran late into the night. According to organiser William Arias, the event was a big success, with more than 200 people taking part. The floor manager during the event, Michael Townsend, said afterwards:

“To all the lovely dancers who came to the weekend of great lessons and fun parts a big thank you. We loved sharing it with you all, and hope to see you soon.”

The weekend was a busy one all round for dancers in Canterbury. In addition to the Reina show, another dance night was launched on Friday. The Latin Club, also promoted by Michael Townsend, offers bachata and salsa classes every Friday from 8pm. This is followed by social dancing from 10p, all taking place at the Baptist Church in New Dover Road. The Reina Danza UK shop, in St Margaret’s Street, specialises in salsa shoes but also offers a wide range of dance shoes including tango shoes, jazz shoes, sneakers and Zumba shoes.

Herne Bay Times, February 4th 2015

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