Stockport Council organises ballroom and sequence dancing at the Town Hall throughout the year.
What is Sequence Dancing?
Sequence dancing is a form of group dancing based on ballroom and Latin dances such as the Waltz, Foxtrot and Rumba. It involves every couple in the group following the same 16 bar routine.
This makes learning the steps, including the more difficult ones, easier to pick up and more enjoyable.
Meet some of the team who help bring the dancing to Stockport Town Hall;
Evelyn Kennedy - Our Compere
Evelyn Kennedy started dancing in the late 1960’s with the introduction of old time dancing, continuing on into modern and Latin style dancing which included sequence dancing. She attended various dancing schools throughout the South Manchester area. In 2004 she became a professional teacher of dancing.
Her outlook is if you can walk well to music with good style and movement, you can dance. Dancing is a great pastime which can be enjoyed by the whole community. She would like to invite you to come and join in the dancing in the magnificent Town Hall Ballroom.
Charles Brown - The Organist
Charles began playing the church organ in his early teens, and developed an interest in the music of the cinema organ through listening to the broadcasts of Reginald Dixon from the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.
In the 1970’s Charles began working as a projectionist for the Tatton Group Cinemas, which included the Davenport Theatre, Stockport. This enabled him to begin playing the Compton pipe organ installed there for mid-week film presentations.
On the retirement of the resident organist, Charles took over playing for the Friday and Saturday evening performances, and by that time was also playing for the bingo audiences on the Compton pipe organ in the old Plaza Cinema in Mersey Square.
In 1985, Charles began playing the organ in Chorley Town Hall for the monthly social dance, as a result of which, he was introduced to Eric Barlow who was the resident dance organist at Stockport Town Hall. Charles was very pleased and grateful to receive support and guidance from Eric, as playing for dancing requires a specialised technique.
On occasions, Charles deputised for Eric, and in 2000 took over the organ bench when Eric retired after more than 20 years at the Town Hall.
Charles also plays old time and modern sequence dancing at a number of venues around the North West, on these occasions taking along his own portable electronic organ. Charles is pleased to be able to continue the tradition of “live” dance music at Stockport Town Hall, in the company of MC Evelyn Kennedy.
A pleasant and enjoyable evening can be had by all, at this magnificent dancing venue.
Our Charity Raffle
The Charities that benefit from the proceeds of the raffle are chosen by you the dancers on an annual basis when we conduct a survey of your opinions on the dances.
The charities for 2016 - 2017 are St Ann's Hospice, Cancer Research and British Heart Foundation
This year let’s all try to raise more! You can always donate any unwanted gifts to the raffle. Thanks to all of you who regularly support the charity raffle.
Other Organised Dances
As well as the Council organised ballroom and sequence dancing, other forms of dance and music concerts regularly take place regularly at the Stockport Town Hall.
For more information on events at Stockport Town Hall please visit the 'What's on at the Town Hall' events page or visit the BlitzJive website.