Archive for July, 2011

July 31, 2011

A Rendezvous with Mr Wonderful

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This is a photo-story about the tea-dancing scene in London.    It’s a story about romantic afternoons tripping the light fantastic and whizzing around the dance floor.  Sometimes the music is provided by the legendary Mr Wonderful who is one of the many characters in the story who has been keeping London supplied with tea dances for over 20 years……….he has quite the following!

A tea dance, or thé dansant (French: literally dancing tea) is an afternoon or early-evening dance. The function evolved from the concept of afternoon tea, and its origins can be traced back to the French colonization of Morocco.

Ballroom standards are the most common partner dances danced at these events including the Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Samba, Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.

To view the story with captions click here.

July 26, 2011


Hmm I should be writing an essay on postwar Japanese photography but I just found this funny video of Nobuyoshi Araki at work whilst researching for it that I thought I’d share.  He looks like he’s having so much fun!  Anyway, now back to the essay…..

July 17, 2011

Portraits – Music at the Bandstand

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Music at the Bandstand, Battersea Park (July, 2011).

July 16, 2011

Ragroof Theatre, Tea Dance.

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Music at the Bandstand, Battersea Park (July, 2011).

Forget a few summer showers, London was drenched in a genuine European monsoon today but that did not stop this year’s Music at the Bandstand  which took inspiration from all things ‘vintage’, including a tea dance by Ragroof Theatre, who specialise in outdoor performances that engage and collaborate with audiences.  They host stylish afternoon tea dances for all ages and levels of experience with the sounds of the roaring 20s, 30s and 40s to help recreate the glamorous heyday of ballroom dance, with a dash of luscious Latin and scintillating swing thrown in.

July 10, 2011

Tea Dance Portrait #5

Wei Ying & William @ Tea Dance, Greenwich Town Hall, 2011.

July 10, 2011

Tea Dance Portrait #4

George @ Tea Dance, Greenwich Town Hall, 2011.