7 January 2017
By Tom Collins
Where: City Hall, Cork
When: Sunday 29th January 2017 3.00pm-6pm
Who: Evelyn Grant and the Cork Pops Orchestra, Special Guest Keith Hanley
Cost: Tickets €10 from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett St, Cork
A January ‘Gathering’ of young and old, from communities all over Cork and beyond who love to dance, will take to the floor in City Hall, to the ‘Savoy Hotel’ style music of Evelyn Grant (RTÉ lyricfm) and the Cork Pops Orchestra. The Lord Mayor’s Tea Dance, hosted by Cllr. Des Cahill, Lord Mayor of Cork, is a not-for-profit initiative organised by a local committee of people from the public, private and voluntary sectors. The committee is chaired by Dr. Andrew Crosbie.
Afternoon tea is a highlight of the occasion and there will be a ‘Cinderella’ prize for one lucky lady, who will receive a hair do prize, lunch for two and a limo to the ball. To win the ‘Cinderella ‘ prize the ticket purchaser must enter their name and number in the shoe box in ‘The Cobbler’ opposite the GPO, Oliver Plunkett St. The proceeds from the raffle are in aid of Enable Ireland.
Young people are invited to bring an older person or a group of older people to the ‘Ball’.
Previous Tea Dances have proven to be great fun and the need for these events is greater now than ever before. These dances recognise the role of a previous generation and offer a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge this contribution at the start of 2017.
Organisers said: “We are inviting ‘The Young at Heart’ of the nation to use the ‘free travel’ to come to Cork for the ‘craic’. We hope by publicising this event nationwide that local groups in cities towns and villages throughout the country will repeat this initiative.”
Entertainment is provided by the Cork Pops Orchestra conducted by Evelyn Grant and we expect some of our dancers to out-dance ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
Viva Dance studio under the direction of Rona Coulter will give a ballroom dancing demonstration and the vivacious Cork Swing Dancers
will give a special exhibition displaying their passion for dance and music.
The orchestra will be joined by special guest Keith Hanley who is starring as ‘The Wolf’ at the Everyman Palace Theatre pantomime.
Proceeds from the raffle wil go to Enable Ireland.
The Cork Pops Orchestra will perform a selection of up-tempo and ‘smoochy’ numbers. Dancers can enjoy a range of music from Johann Strauss to Abba and demonstrate their dancing skills in waltzes, tangos, two-steps, swing dancing and a bit of rock ‘n’ roll.