Strictly Ballroom: Tales from the Dance Floor

Strictly Ballroom: Tales from the Dance Floor

Diana Melly


At the age of 76, Diana Melly took up ballroom dancing.

She was suffering from bereavement, having recently lost her husband George to dementia, and was told that dancing might help. It has done much more than that, opening up a whole new chapter in her life.

In this disarmingly funny and moving book, Melly takes us on a whirlwind tour of modern 'Ballroom': from wardrobe mishaps and tea dance etiquette to the perils of Argentine tango and how to stay upright in rough seas on the QE2. We meet her new circle of friends, including her dance teacher, Dino - 'I'll teach you, darling; it would be a pleasure.'

Strictly Ballroom is a memoir unstinting in its honesty and glowing with humour and spirit. It will have you reaching for your dancing shoes...

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