Waltz along and join the fun

IPSWICH: With over 300 members, it takes more than two to tango for this town club.

The Lait Dance Club was founded in 1974 by Tom and Pat Lait and now teaches hundreds of people across Suffolk various dance techniques and routines.

The club holds a selection of social events throughout the year for its members, including tea dances and themed-dance nights.

Perhaps the main attraction of the club is its vast range of teaching facilities – which are available to all ages and abilities.

The club has 14 teachers, with talents in various dancing disciplines – many of which are previous students and members.

Pat Lait organises most of the club’s activities and, working alongside her husband, trains dancers from a beginner stage to a professional level.

She said that the club had its beginnings more than three decades ago.

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Mrs Lait said: “Dance is really a hobby for me that became a profession.

“I think that the club has really moved with the times. When John Travolta became popular, we started doing disco freestyle and rock’n’roll classes, then in the 90s we started salsa classes.

“Nowadays we’ve transformed again and we teach hip hop and street dancing – we’re always updating our knowledge. We’ve got between 300 and 400 dancing members at the moment.”

Offering classes in ballroom and Latin, disco freestyle, rock’n’roll and salsa, the Lait Dance Club also offers its members the opportunity to compete in dancing competitions.

Mrs Lait said that the club was proud to take part in competitive events across the country.

The talented dancing teacher added: “We provide teaching and training for medallists and competitors.

“We help those who are aspiring to take their dancing further and we then train them to a high competitive level.”

For more information on the Lait Dance Club, contact Pat Lait on 01473 215543 or visit www.laitdanceclub.co.uk