Dancing days at 
the Avenue

Terri and Liz with the celebratory cake.
Terri and Liz with the celebratory cake.

IT WAS high tea and twinkle toes at the Avenue shopping centre when Terri Docherty hit the dance floor.

Primavera Bistro celebrated its first anniversary last week and the 92-year-old dancer was on hand to blow out the candles on the birthday cake.

Terri, a former ballroom dancer, really enjoys the weekly sojourn to 
Primavera Bistro and tripping the light fantastic.

Liz Hannah, of Phoenix Dance School, sad: “Our weekly tea dances have proved a big hit with locals, attracting around 40 dancers a week.

“Our dancers have a mixed age group, though typically age from around 40 upwards – but given that we have kids during the summer holidays, you might say that our dancers range from nine to their nineties!

“Our oldest dancer, Terri, who was a ballroom dancer in her younger days, really enjoys the weekly tea dance and always says it makes her week!”

For the cost of a tea or coffee from Primavera, dancers also have access to instruction in basic dance moves such as samba and ballroom.

Michelle McCabe, centre manager at the Avenue, said: “Not only do tea dances offer a fun way to meet people or catch up with friends, but dancing down the Avenue offers visitors a chance to show off or brush up their fox trots, before or after a bout of shopping, while Primavera Bistro provides the perfect spot to wind down over a bite to eat”.

Tea dances at the Avenue are open to accomplished and novice dancers alike and take place every Thursday from 7pm until 9pm at Primavera Bistro.