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Strictly’s Len Goodman presents award to Lait Dance Club

Posted:
7:00 p.m. on August 24, 2021



Len Goodman of Strictly Come Dancing presented a dancing couple from Ipswich with a prestigious award for teaching others to strut.


Pat and Tom Lait with their Carl Alan Awards trophy
– Credit: Charlotte Bond

Pat and Tom Lait on Friday received the illustrious Carl Alan Awards, the so-called “Oscars” of the dance world.


Pat and Tom Lait with Len Goodman

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman presents his award to Pat and Tom
– Credit: courtesy of Lait Dance Club

The duo founded the Lait Dance Club in 1974 – and have taught ballroom, Latin, rock’n’roll and salsa, to beginners, intermediates and competitors for nearly half a century.


The Pat and Tom of Lait dance school won an award for teaching Pictrue dance: CHARLOTTE BOND

Tom Lait, 90, gives his wife Pat, 76 a ride
– Credit: Charlotte Bond


The Pat and Tom of Lait dance school won an award for teaching Pictrue dance: CHARLOTTE BOND

Pat and Tom Lait are still active dancers
– Credit: Charlotte Bond

Ms Lait, 76, said: “It was really cool. The awards are the Oscars of the dance world.


The Pat and Tom of Lait dance school won an award for teaching Pictrue dance: CHARLOTTE BOND

Pat and Tom founded the Lait Dance Club
– Credit: Charlotte Bond

“And we’ve had a lot of ballroom dance winners over the years.”


The Pat and Tom of Lait dance school won an award for teaching Pictrue dance: CHARLOTTE BOND

Pat and Tom have been teaching all types of dance to the people of Ipswich for almost half a century
– Credit: Charlotte Bond

His daughter Annette Lait and son Bruce Lait, who help run the school, have won the best dance performances in the UK.


The Pat and Tom of Lait dance school won an award for teaching Pictrue dance: CHARLOTTE BOND

Pat and Tom Lait think dancing can really lift people’s spirits
– Credit: Charlotte Bond

“It really is a family affair,” she said. “We have had an incredible career.”

She said that those who enter their studio feel a little depressed and alone will soon “cheer up” by dancing.

“They gain in social and health well-being,” she added.


The Pat and Tom of Lait dance school won an award for teaching Pictrue dance: CHARLOTTE BOND

Pat and Tom Lait with their Carl Alan Awards trophy
– Credit: Charlotte Bond

For more information on the Lait Dance Club, click here.


The Pat and Tom of Lait dance school won an award for teaching Pictrue dance: CHARLOTTE BOND

The Milk Dance Club in Ipswich opened in 1974
– Credit: Charlotte Bond