Meet the dedicated couple who taught Ipswich how to dance

Pat and Tom of Lait dance school have won an award for teaching in dancing Pictrue: CHARLOTTE BOND

Pat and Tom Lait were given an award for nearly half a century of teaching dance - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Strictly Come Dancing's Len Goodman presented an Ipswich dancing couple with a prestigious award for teaching others how to strut their stuff.

Pat and Tom of Lait dance school have won an award for teaching in dancing Pictrue: CHARLOTTE BOND

Pat and Tom Lait with their trophy from the Carl Alan Awards - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Pat and Tom Lait were given the illustrious prize at the Carl Alan Awards, the so-called "Oscars" of the dancing world, on Friday.

Pat and Tom Lait with Len Goodman 

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman presents Pat and Tom with their prize - Credit: Courtesy of Lait Dance Club

The pair started the Lait Dance Club in 1974 - and have taught the likes of ballroom, Latin, rock ‘n’ roll and salsa, for beginners, intermediates and competitors for nearly half a century.

Pat and Tom of Lait dance school have won an award for teaching in dancing Pictrue: CHARLOTTE BOND

Tom Lait, 90, gives his wife Pat, 76, a twirl - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Pat and Tom of Lait dance school have won an award for teaching in dancing Pictrue: CHARLOTTE BOND

Pat and Tom Lait are still active dancers - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Mrs Lait, 76, said: "It's been really nice. The awards are the Oscars of the dance world.

Pat and Tom of Lait dance school have won an award for teaching in dancing Pictrue: CHARLOTTE BOND

Pat and Tom founded the Lait Dance Club - Credit: Charlotte Bond

"And we have had lots of ballroom dance winners over the years."

Pat and Tom of Lait dance school have won an award for teaching in dancing Pictrue: CHARLOTTE BOND

Pat and Tom have been teaching all types of dance to people in Ipswich for nearly half a century - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Both her daughter, Annette Lait and son Bruce Lait, who help run the school, have won top dance shows in the UK .

Pat and Tom of Lait dance school have won an award for teaching in dancing Pictrue: CHARLOTTE BOND

Pat and Tom Lait believes dancing can really lift people's spirits - Credit: Charlotte Bond

"It's really a family affair," she said. "We've had an amazing career."

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She said those who walk into their studio feeling a bit down and lonely will soon "brighten up" as a result of dancing.

"They gain more social and health wellbeing," she added.

Pat and Tom of Lait dance school have won an award for teaching in dancing Pictrue: CHARLOTTE BOND

Pat and Tom Lait with their trophy from the Carl Alan Awards - Credit: Charlotte Bond

For more information about Lait Dance Club, click here.

Pat and Tom of Lait dance school have won an award for teaching in dancing Pictrue: CHARLOTTE BOND

The Lait Dance Club in Ipswich opened in 1974 - Credit: Charlotte Bond