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VIDEO: Having a ball at Grantham’s Guildhall

Grantham’s Guildhall was transported back in time as it played host to a Victorian tea dance at the weekend.

You may have been a little surprised on Saturday if you happened to spy the finely dressed guests in their crinoline dresses and period suits making their way into the ballroom, but it was all part of a special event organised by dance mistress Zsuzsi Dingsdale.

Victorian tea dance, Guildhall, Grantham
Victorian tea dance, Guildhall, Grantham

Zsuzsi is well-known for her historical balls, including those which form part of Stamford’s Georgian Festival.

Last weekend she decided to bring a touch of Victorian elegance to Grantham, in a tea dance which saw attendees enjoy quadrilles, couple dances, country dances, waltzes and polkas - all to live music performed by musicians Ruth Travers and Calvin Goymer.

Zsuzsi said: “It was definitely a success. The quadrilles in particular were very popular.”

Originally from Hungary, Zsuszi has spent most of her life in Britain teaching modern languages and literature, which led to her developing an interest in Jane Austen and the Regency period.

Victorian tea dance, Guildhall, Grantham
Victorian tea dance, Guildhall, Grantham

A life-long ballroom dancer, she then took up English county dancing and became a ‘dance caller’ organising historical balls ranging from the 17th to 20th centuries.

If the dazzling dances on Saturday weren’t enough, Zsuzsi also organised a Regency inspired walk to Belton House on the Sunday, all coinciding with the heritage weekend.

She is now busy preparing for a costume ball at Stamford’s Georgian Festival on September 25. For more details on Zsuzsi’s events call 07967 984359, email coachingandcalling@gmail.com or visit www.coaching-and-calling.eu

Victorian tea dance, Guildhall, Grantham
Victorian tea dance, Guildhall, Grantham


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