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Dancing for joy! Tap dancers stay on their toes with new venue

PUBLISHED: 14:01 16 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:01 16 July 2019

Jill Streatfeild and her tap dancing team outside their new venue the Woodbridge Cruising Club Picture: GEMMA JARVIS

Jill Streatfeild and her tap dancing team outside their new venue the Woodbridge Cruising Club Picture: GEMMA JARVIS

Picture: GEMMA JARVIS

The Woodbridge group has found a new meeting place with picturesque river views.

The dancing class are very happy with the new venue as they tap away by the river Picture: GEMMA JARVISThe dancing class are very happy with the new venue as they tap away by the river Picture: GEMMA JARVIS

When this tap dancing class was left without a venue, its members were worried there would be nothing to keep them on their toes.

But now these ladies are dancing for joy after finding a new location for their weekly sessions with stunning river views.

The dilemma was brought about by the restoration of St Mary's Church in Woodbridge, where the group used to meet.

Members were understandably upset at the thought they might no longer be able to strutt their stuff - but Woodbridge Cruising Club has sailed to the rescue to give the club a new home.

Ms Streatfeild leads her ladies during the fun-filled toe tapping class Picture: GEMMA JARVISMs Streatfeild leads her ladies during the fun-filled toe tapping class Picture: GEMMA JARVIS

Dance teacher Jill Streatfeild explains: "Daphne, here in the dance class, is also a member of the Woodbridge Cruising Club and said it might be possible to use the club as our new venue.

"There was a lot of 'to-ing and fro-ing' as the committee was unsure due to the floor conditions. Then they had an official meeting and said yes."

The Woodbridge Cruising Club is located right beside the River Deben and makes an ideal venue for the ladies, with its expansive wooden flooring and the most stunning river views that, paired with the therapeutic toe tapping, lifts your mood immediately.

Daphne Warwick is the member of both groups who liaised between the two parties.

She said: "It's worked really well. We have lots of social events at the club so it made sense.

"We have a three-month trial period with them for the tap dancing classes but I think they'll be pleased with having us, so we're hoping there won't be a problem with it being extended."

Ms Streatfeild originally trained in classical ballet, tap and modern dance.

In the West End, she worked as a production assistant on the original creations of Once a Catholic, Steaming, Outside Edge and Bent.

Ms Streatfeild also worked as associate producer for Charles Vance, producing and managing national tours, repertory seasons and pantomimes, at the same time as co-editing Amateur Stage Magazine.

Commenting on the cruising clubs' room, she said: "I'm delighted. It's a lovely venue."

There are two variant classes held every Thursday, from 9.30am to 11.30am.

If you would like to join or find out more information, please contact Jill Streatfeild via her website here.

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