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

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

Two ladies dance around the room in frilly frocks Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: Owen Hines

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

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

Two ladies dance around the room in frilly frocks Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: Owen Hines

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

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

Two ladies dance around the room in frilly frocks Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: Owen Hines

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

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

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

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

Two ladies dance around the room in frilly frocks Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: Owen Hines

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

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

Two ladies dance around the room in frilly frocks Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: Owen Hines

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

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

Two ladies dance around the room in frilly frocks Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: Owen Hines

Its earliest forms date back to the 16th century.

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