I had an absolutely wonderful time at this event. Hosted by the fabulous Fly Right Dance Company and Nova Scotia Jazz Band, we were treated to two hours of micro-dance classes, fantastic jazz music, scones and, of course, tea in abundance.
Fly Right’s dance instructors Gary and Susan kicked of the dance with a short lesson in the basic steps of the moves of the 20s and 30s. Although not a sold out event, there were enough participants for everyone to feel comfortable on the floor and just the right amount of people for Gary and Susan to give personal attention to individuals.
After the micro lesson, Nova Scottish Jazz Band started up and led the dancers in dances ranging from waltzes, to foxtrots, to quicksteps and any other requests. There was a massive range in the abilities of the dancers. Novices, like myself, who had never even considered swing dancing, felt comfortable enough to take to the floor and try out (shakily) the steps we had just been walked through. Of course, there were those who looked like they had been dancing since they were born; swirling across the floor and making the rest of us look bad. They were wonderful though and all the participants appreciated one another for their own varying abilities.
There was a short break for some tea, scones and recovery time. Fresh scones and hot tea are always welcome and they were thoroughly enjoyed by all. The dancing continued after this break with another micro lesson, and then back into Nova Scotia Jazz Band’s fantastic renditions of some 20s and 30s classics.
This was a fantastic experience; two professional dance instructors with a flair for people skills, fresh baked goodies and a tight knit jazz band. I’d recommend this for any Saturday afternoon and would be delighted to attend another tea dance hosted by Flight Right.