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Virtual Tea Dance

Join us on Tuesday 8 December at 2pm

We're inviting you to join our Virtual Tea Dance from the safety of your own home.

Early December usually means it’s time for a festive Tea Dance at Snape Maltings – bringing together care homes, local community groups and dancing enthusiasts alike to enjoy music, dancing, tea and cake.

This year, responding to the coronavirus restrictions, we’ve embarked on creating a Virtual Tea Dance suitable for all ages and abilities – and we’re sure that everyone will love it!

Our 45-minute film includes a seven-piece big band, a presenter and professional dancers, and is sure to get your feet tapping. There will be an opportunity for you to learn some dance moves and sing along – with the encouragement that you partake in a slice of cake and a cup of tea too.

You can sign-up using our online form, and we’ll make sure you have everything you need to host your very own Tea Dance.

Sign up for our Tea Dance

Watch the trailer

For Care Homes

in East Suffolk, Ipswich and Waveney

Sign up to receive a DVD of the film, as well as a hamper of goodies, so you can organise a Tea Dance at a time that suits you.

For Community Groups

and Care Homes outside Suffolk

Sign up for updates and suggestions for how to plan your own virtual Tea Dance event, including links to watch online on Tuesday 8 December, and opportunities to request a DVD of the Tea Dance for your residents, members and events.

For Individuals

Sign up for updates on the project including links to watch online, dance tips and recipes, and invitations to join online events on Tuesday 8 December hosted by Britten Pears Arts, Dance East, Suffolk Libraries and other partners.

Preparing to take part

In order to take part in the project, you'll need a computer/phone/tablet or internet connection to access Zoom or a DVD player (if a Residential Care Setting).

No experience or partner is necessary.

Here are some ideas if you’d like to make the day extra special. For updates, sign up using the link above.

– Make sure you’re in a safe space to do some movement
– Have a sturdy chair so you are able to freely move your arms and feet without knocking anything over
– Be prepared with some delicious food and drink – you might like to take a look at our recipes below
– Have a teacup and teaspoon ready – this will be used for some musical activity
– Make a shaker or your own bunting using our instructions
– Print off one of our lyrics sheets to sing along with some numbers

Download our additional resources:

Instructions: How to make a shaker
Instructions: How to make bunting
Song Lyrics: Moon River
Song Lyrics: White Christmas
Instructions: Samba Rhythms

In the next couple of weeks, we’ll also be releasing some recipe cards.

We’re delighted to be working with the following partners on this project:

          Dance East      Suffolk Libraries


We’re grateful for the generous support from the Chapman Charitable Trust, Doric Charitable Trust,