As a regular salsa dancer at Wallflower’s Thursday night classes at Buxton’s The Eagle pub, I thought I knew what to expect at their social for the Fringe held in the considerably more beautiful surroundings of the restored Pump Room.
However organiser Victoria Coultas had some delightful surprises in store with an exciting performance of samba and jive from juvenile dancers Chris and Lexie, both British National Finalists and 2018 semi-finalists on Britain’s Got Talent. They were quite exceptional to watch, dancing with spectacular control and really lighting up the room. The pair then encouraged us to have a go at some slow jive before we were entertained once more by adult couple Joanna and Simon who performed a languorous and slinky rumba as well as some lively cha-cha-cha.
With the help of some very refreshing Mojito cocktails provided by Monk Cocktail Bar, we were all soon on our feet to try some cha-cha-cha and dance the evening away with sultry salsa. Whether you were people-watching or dancing, this was a great way to experience a bit of Cuba in Buxton and I hope the Fringe Award-winning Wallflower will repeat the format on other occasions throughout the year.