Spalding dancers with special understanding of partners’ steps

Members of Spalding Sequence Dance Club on the dance floor. Photo: SG170613-246NG
Members of Spalding Sequence Dance Club on the dance floor. Photo: SG170613-246NG
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Spalding Sequence Dance Club has done rather well itself in terms of longevity.

It is 61 years old and leaders Dennis and Jean Pates say they have been involved from the beginning, and as leaders since the late 1970s.

There are about 38 members of the club and, not surprisingly, some have lost husbands or wives.

However, that is not a problem as people simply join up with another singleton to form a dance couple.

In fact Sheila Shillaker (she and Cyril are looking forward to their diamond wedding anniversary next year) says this occasionally works so well that these couples might go on holiday together too.

Sheila Abbott says Alan, her husband of 56 years, had a stroke, so can only do certain dances.

She adds: “He can’t do the fast dances but if there is anybody to spare they will come and ask me to dance.”

However, there’s a benefit to long-term partners dancing together: 50 years married Margaret Walls says: “You know each other so well you can pick up what the other is going to do... or not going to do.”