Humans watching other humans move to music goes back to the eons of pre-history. There is something obviously captivating about watching or participating in dance, which has permeated every culture, location and age on Earth.
With ever-dwindling TV ratings, as people desert their televisions for DVDs, blu-rays and the Internet, it’s amazing that last Saturday evening 10.35 million TV sets were tuned in to watch the BBC’s hugely popular Strictly Come Dancing programme.
Unlike the original series that ran off and on from 1949 to 1998, the show now uses household celebrities to lure the audience in.
While some experts mourn the fact that some of the music has been ‘dumbed down’ from the traditional Latin Paso Doble rhythms to simpler pop music, there is no doubt that the series provides a perfect prime-time spectacle – one that has truly captured the imagination and interest of the nation’s press and public.
We believe that anything that gets the wider public interested in the arts can only be a good thing. So, we welcome the swathe of hit TV shows that highlight dancing as something positive, cool and meaningful. These include:
- So You Think You Can Dance
- Britain’s Got Talent
- America’s Got Talent
- Dancing with the Stars
Even the West End has been full of dance-orientated musicals, such as Fame, Dirty Dancing, Thriller and Billy Elliot.
Our mission is to get people interacting and feeling the joy of creating something together. Several years ago, we saw the opportunity of offering dance-based team building activities and corporate entertainment events, inspired by Strictly Come Dancing. So, we launched our Strictly Team Dancing event. We have wonderful professional ballroom dancing instructors to lead your group step-by-step to performance standard.
In contrast to the TV series, our sessions are designed to be in full accordance with many corporate personal contact policies. So, when we deliver our Strictly Team Dancing, we use Formation Ballroom dancing. This means that participants, who are split into teams of four or eight, experience all of the excitement, glamour and passion of dance without any colleagues actually touching.
Over many years, dancing has proved to be a perfect activity for team building and corporate entertainment, and works perfectly as a surprise dinner activity. We offer additional options – for example, to add your own VIP judges, theme the room and even add a live band to play – to enhance Strictly Team Dancing even further.
Long may TV programmes stimulate the interest in, and the enjoyment of, dance across all ages. For more information, please view our Strictly Team Dancing page.
Cha Cha for now!