The doors opened to the Ballroom at Phyllis Court Club last night… the eighth door of this year’s Living Advent Calendar, the perfect venue for some dancing! The audience were treated to a series of South American dance routines hosted by Jennifer Benavidez-Glasspole.
Starting with Jennifer and members of the Salsa Bachata Social club dancing the Salsa, they were followed by Bicester Rueda Collective & Funky Dance Collective performing the Rueda De Casino that was born from the Cuban dance casino. Next up were Tayo and Kali from BachaKiz Reading performing Bachata – a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. Afterwards Donato and Larisa from Oxford University DanceSport Club performed the Kizango.
A surprise visit from the red man himself (Father Christmas) was then followed by Jennifer dancing the salsa with Charlie Webb from the Bristol Latin Project before inviting members of the audience up on to the dance floor to have a go themselves.
The evening was raising money for the Henley Festival’s charities – The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and The Teenage Wilderness Trust through the raffle. Emma Lerche-Thomsen spoke about the two charities before the doors were opened.
Tonight’s performance (Monday) is at and will be supporting the Over 60s Club in Greys Road Car Park starting at 6.15pm. The evening is sponsored by Henley Manor care home.