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Did you know?

The very first Blackpool Dance Festival was held during Easter week in 1920 in the magnificent Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens.

It is thought that the idea of a Festival came from either Mr. Harry Wood, the Musical Director of the Winter Gardens or Mr. Nelson Sharples of Messrs Sharples & Son Ltd., the music publishers of Blackpool. In those days the dances in the Ballrooms consisted mainly of Sequence Waltzes, the Lancers, Two Steps and many Novelty Dances.

Enjoy a few images from the 97th annual Blackpool Dance Festival in 2023! Don't miss your chance to be part of the magic and 98 years of history in 2024!

Image credit: Tomasz Reindl

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