A ‘fantastic and friendly’ co-ed dance club has linked up with the British Legion in Crownhill and offers lessons alongside live music acts.
Earlier this month the club held its first event where new members and old members showed up to try a line dance and jive to live music by Peter Barlow.
It was described as a “fantastic evening” and the club are looking forward to their second event on January 23.
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Yvonne Rainer, who is the organizer of Tamar Valley Country Dance Club has been dancing for twenty-five years and wants to carry on the tradition of line dancing and encourage people to come.
Dance classes are held twice a month on the second and fourth Sundays of the month between 7:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. – and anyone can attend.
Yvonne said the British Legion dance floor is the perfect space to teach line and jive dancing due to the large dance floor and excellent facilities, such as parking. Although Yvonne had an “amazing” evening, she joked that her legs and feet were paying the price today.
Yvonne said: “The entertainment was really good and everyone went home saying how much they enjoyed it and what a great night it was – you couldn’t ask for more.
“Pedro, known as Peter Barlow, who was last night plays a lot of Elvis and Billy Fury music and it’s not all kind of country music, which people might think it is but it’s It’s actually music where you can get on the floor and work some sweat.
“Last night we did a lot of line dancing and there were people jiving, we did partner dances that got everyone on the floor and got everyone involved. There were a few people dancing in the back.
Before covid, Yvonne said she ran a charity dance class at a local women’s charity and when she announced the events at the Tamar Valley Country Dance Club, one of the previous members brought nearly forty people at the first event.
Although many of the people in attendance were unfamiliar with line dancing, Yvonne taught them all the different routines which she said they liked and did very well.
She said: “Sometimes you’re lucky if you can invite twenty people, especially now, but I think everyone wants to hang out and have fun.
“I’ve been dancing for about twenty-five years and I couldn’t get enough of it back then, and it was the rave.
“It’s started to calm down a bit more, but I think people would like it again if they went out and gave it a try.
“I think people are surprised when they come to a line dance because they think it’s all ‘yeha’ and all that stuff, but it’s not.”
Tamar Valley Country Club will hold the mixed dance classes on the second and last Sunday of the month and the next one will be on January 23 at 7:00 p.m. with live music by Gary Leonard.
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