“There are few short-cuts to happiness and dancing is one of them” – according to Austrian writer Vicki Baum.
Dancing has also been described throughout history as dreaming with your feet, the hidden language of the soul and something Socrates learned to do when he was 70 because he felt it was an essential part of himself had been neglected.
And these dancers, who attend Come Dancing classes at Bannatyne’s Health Club in Blackpool, would certainly agree.
They love dancing so much they have organised a spring ball on May 18, at the club on Rigby Road, to which all are welcome – to celebrate dancing, introduce dancing to new people who might never have tried it before and raise money for charity too.
The event, which will start at 8pm, is open to all members and non-members of the club. There will be a light buffet, and raffle to raise money for Macmillan. Tickets cost £5.
Winston Atkinson, who runs the dance classes, as well as several social dance sessions across the Fylde coast, said: “It is a chance for the ladies to put on their best glitter and sparkle and the gentlemen to look sharp and dress to impress and for dancers and non-dancers to join for an evening of Latin and popular sequence dance in the large mirrored studio.
“It’s the largest ballroom I think in the centre of Blackpool outside of the Tower and Winter Gardens, it’s wonderful.
“Dancing is absolutely fantastic. It’s good for fitness, good for the brain, good for the mind, for balance, for coordination and for meeting people and general socialising.
“It’s a recreation open to people of all ages and it can generate friendship, as well as giving people a competitive edge.
“We don’t teach routines in our classes, I believe it is so important to learn the basics of all aspects of dancing, footwork, the hold, timing, rise and fall.
“In my opinion, there is no nicer vision in a ballroom than watching a couple doing beautiful basic figures, natural turns, spin turn.”
Adam Pratt, general manager at Bannatynes Blackpool, said he hoped the ball might become a regular event – taking place three or four times a year.
He said there were many fitness benefits to dance.
“Dancing will help with posture, balance, blood pressure, circulation, joints, sleep, as well as having a great social side to it.
“We hope new people will come in and try dance for themselves at this event, it might be something they find they enjoy.”
For more details, call (01253) 296996 or 782717.