History of the Tea Dance
Wealthy & aristocratic families entertained their friends by dancing classic dances such as the Waltz, in each other's homes. This was the perfect way for parents & governess's to watch over entertain & chaperon their young ladies, whilst allowing them to associate with suitable young men in the middle of the afternoon.
Meanwhile in the late 19th Century in the backstreet's of Argentina's capital city Buenos Aires the Argentine Tango was emerging. Soon after dancers & orchestras travelled to Europe bringing their passion for the Argentine Tango with them. Demonstrations of Tango were first held in Paris where it became increasingly popular.
In 1910 Argentine Tango arrived in London, initially couples danced between the restaurant tables, as this idea caught on, a space was cleared in the middle of the floor for dancing.
'Tea Dances' were becoming more fashionable & were being held on a daily or weekly basis in London. Soon the 'Tea Dance' craze went nationwide as popularity increased.
In the 1920s the 'Charleston' arrived in London bringing with it cocktails, jazz, clubs & cocktail parties. 'Tea Dances' were still thriving & embraced the Charleston & lifestyle it brought with it.
In the 1930s 'Tea Dances' were a great place to display & show off the fashions of the day.
During world war 2 Tea Dances were still popular. They were mainly organised by the churches & the Red Cross, to keep our servicemen's morale up & to give them some civilised company & entertainment between battle campaigns.
Tea Dances are becoming more & more popular today with the growing popularity of Afternoon Tea as a social event.
As well as the Tango they also have a variety of Ballroom & Latin Tea Dances where you can watch demonstrations whilst you enjoy your afternoon tea & sip champagne. Then once you have finished your afternoon tea you can take part in their lessons & practice your dancing.