Festival waltzes back into Scarborough

Scarborough Dance Festival organiser Philip Wylie and Christine Parsons surrounded by dancers at the Welcome Tea Dance on Tuesday. Picture by Neil Silk.
Scarborough Dance Festival organiser Philip Wylie and Christine Parsons surrounded by dancers at the Welcome Tea Dance on Tuesday. Picture by Neil Silk.
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Record crowds are expected to head to the Scarborough Dance Festival this year thanks to TV shows like Strictly Come Dancing which have sparked a revival of the pastime.

The six-day event, which is in its 17th year, waltzed into town on Tuesday and saw the Spa’s Ocean Room packed with couples gliding across the dancefloor. Presented, organised and hosted by Philip Wylie of Holiday and Dance, together with Christine Parsons of Going Dancing, the festival features a programme of modern and Latin dancing, plus daily ‘learn and improve’ sessions and workshops.

Young dance stars and the UK 10 Dance Champions, Richard Still and Morgan Hemphill, will lead a series of demonstrations during the event, along with Warren and Kristi Boyce who will be demonstrating on Sunday. Daily tea and coffee dances will also take place.

A Dance and Cabaret Night is being held tonight and tomorrow, On Saturday night the festival will welcome back Ross Mitchell his Band and Singers for the Gala Dance Night, which will feature the Scarborough Open Waltz Competition.

The festival closes on Sunday with a Modern and Latin Competition Day.