SMSG church band had great fun playing for the Tea Dance on Sunday 23 April in St Mary and St Giles School hall. It was our biggest attendance for a tea dance so far - 69 people came to dance, drink tea, eat cake and chat.
Some couples came for the music and to watch the dancers, many of whom seemed to dance almost everything we played!
The band wore red and white as a decoration for our usual black in honour of St George's Day. There also seemed to be a footwear theme for two band members - white bootlaces on long black boots and colour changing shoes!
There was a festive, happy atmosphere all afternoon. We had a record lineup of 7 string players as two of our violinists were home from University for the Easter break. They enjoyed themselves sightreading the many new dance pieces we had been learning and were vying with each other to embellish the pieces a bit throughout the afternoon.
We also had 2 guest performers - Jack on the drums and Andrew at the microphone (singing some of the songs and making the announcements).
During the interval the kitchen crew served tea and cakes from trolleys at the tables so there was no need for dancers to get up and queue - they were enjoying a well earned rest!
We got some lovely feedback from the dancers:
"They sound amazing"
"What a great Band"
"Please would you come to our (monthly!) dances"
"We have so enjoyed ourselves"
"We had to dance every dance, because it was so good, but now we are exhausted!"
"What a wonderful afternoon"
"Please do it again"
Thank you Lesley for organising everything, the wonderful large team serving refreshments, all the dancers for their enthusiastic dancing and St Mary and St Giles Church band for playing the music. We raised £477 for the Willis organ maintenance.
You can see more photos in Tea Dance for St George
Words and photos by Anna Page