2009-03-12 / Entertainment

Big Band Music Swings At Second Annual Hancock Tea Dance

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From the height of the Victorian era into the roaring 1920s to the nostalgic 1940s, the tea dance was an opportunity for community members to demonstrate their dancing abilities and enjoy society and conversation. The town of Hancock brings back this elegant social tradition when it holds its second annual tea dance at the Hancock Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 15, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, the event will feature the Tri-State Big Band and the Hancock Waltz Kings playing music to dance by and favorite tunes of yesteryear and today.

"Whether people want to dance or just hear a concert of great music, the Tea Dance is a great event for a Sunday afternoon," Arts Council President Sinclair Hamilton said. "Last year's dance gave participants an opportunity to gather, socialize, and enjoy good music." Given its popularity, Hamilton said, the Arts Council has decided to make the tea dance an annual event. "It's an opportunity for all to enjoy, not just skilled waltzers and swing dancers," Hamilton said. "The auditorium at the Hancock Town Hall has excellent acoustics and the best dance floor in our area."

Although the dance is not strictly a formal event, the Arts Council is encouraging attendees to wear their Sunday best in keeping with the tradition of the tea dance. Light refreshments, including tea, cookies and water will be served.

According to Hamilton, donations will be accepted, and all proceeds from the event will help the Arts Council to deliver future cultural and community programs in Hancock.

For more information or to reach the Hancock Arts Council, e-mail Sinclair Hamilton at sinclairhamilton@ verizon.net or call 301-678-5719.

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