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Spinning back to the 80s with ballroom dancing at the Corn Exchange

PUBLISHED: 08:13 10 February 2019 | UPDATED: 08:13 10 February 2019

Two ladies dance around the room in frilly frocks  Picture: OWEN HINES

Two ladies dance around the room in frilly frocks Picture: OWEN HINES

Owen Hines

Today we are spinning back to 1985 – with some ballroom dancing at the Corn Exchange.

Ballroom dancing at the Corn Exchange in 1985  Picture: OWEN HINESBallroom dancing at the Corn Exchange in 1985 Picture: OWEN HINES

Ladies dressed to impress in their layered frilly dresses, while the gentlemen were smartly suited and booted for the occasion.

A young boy and girl take to the dancefloor  Picture: OWEN HINESA young boy and girl take to the dancefloor Picture: OWEN HINES

This particular session brought people together from all age groups – our photo gallery features young and old, and dancers of all abilities.

A youthful pair enjoying themselves at the Corn Exchange dance  Picture: OWEN HINESA youthful pair enjoying themselves at the Corn Exchange dance Picture: OWEN HINES

People paired up as friends and couples – some learning how to ballroom dance professionally, while others preferred to take it in their stride.

A determined pair of ladies, dressed in white  Picture: OWEN HINESA determined pair of ladies, dressed in white Picture: OWEN HINES

Each couple had a number on their back, with judges critiquing them on their technique, posture and rhythm.

Two youngsters spinning around the dancefloor  Picture: OWEN HINESTwo youngsters spinning around the dancefloor Picture: OWEN HINES

The term ballroom dancing derives from the Latin ‘ballare’, which simply means ‘to dance’.

Young girl and a gentleman poised for a dance  Picture: OWEN HINESYoung girl and a gentleman poised for a dance Picture: OWEN HINES

Its earliest forms date back to the 16th century.

Can you spot yourself or someone you know in these pictures? Let us know via imagecurators@archant.co.uk

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