In July and August, the stunning Avenue Gardens in The Regent's Park will be filled with ballroom, Latin and Argentine tango dancing, all in the open air and beautiful green space of the park.
You can join Kele Baker, a ballroom and Latin dancing expert, and Argentine Tango choreographer for the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, for some step-by-step coaching to get you started with salsa or tune up your tango, followed by social dancing to whirl the afternoon away.
Dance Al Fresco is fun for dancers of all standards and all ages so why not bring a picnic, and dance the afternoon away!
Dance Al Fresco is an annual fundraising dance event, founded by Kele Baker, who generously shares her skills, experience and passion with dance lovers of all levels and ‘have-a-go’ park visitors to help raise vital funds for another passion of hers - the amazing trees in The Regent’s Park. Held over the weekends of 7-8 July and 11-12 August, Dance Al Fresco starts with a beginner's class at 1pm, taught by Kele Baker herself and then experienced dancers join in for an afternoon of dancing from 2-6pm. Details about the location, transport and even what shoes to wear can be found on the Dance Al Fresco website.
Tickets to take part in any of the sessions are just £10 and available upon arrival. Spectators are welcome to watch the dancing for free, but donations are gratefully accepted. All money from tickets and donations goes to support the Royal Parks Foundation’s work to protect the trees in The Regent’s Park.
Kele says: "It is fantastic to see partner dancing so popular. It is a great way to stay in shape, have fun, and meet new people at the same time. You get all of this at Dance Al Fresco plus the joy and freedom of dancing outdoors. This summer's Dance Al Fresco events will be jumping with dancers, so come along a take part."
Sara Lom, chief executive of the Royal Parks Foundation says: "We can’t thank Kele enough for sharing her passion for dance in the Royal Parks. By bringing beautiful things together – dance and nature – she helps to raise funds so people and wildlife can benefit from the trees in The Regent’s Park - now and in the future."
3 July 2012