In what must be Ariapita Avenue’s best kept secret, De Nu Pub comes alive with a romantic evening of ballroom dancing every Sunday. Patrons enter through the tucked away double doors into what feels like a private world of elegantly clad couples twirling through a well worn dance floor. This past Sunday event was held by the Rising Star Ballroom Dance School which invited guests to join them in An After Easter Nite of Togetherness.
Before 8 pm, the walls of this little club thrummed to sounds of vibrant music which choreographed every move of the dancers who were captured by it. The dance floor is the centerpiece of this serious club where tables and chairs are firmly pushed into the corners and non-dancers relegated to the sides. In this fantasy world, ladies wear beautiful dresses and no frou frou heels or impractical stilettos are allowed; instead, they strap their delicate ankles into well loved ballroom dance shoes. Couples change partners between every song but little idle chit chat and no misplaced step can be witnessed throughout the evening. Any lady can find a partner at every turn—no one remains a wallflower for long at this club.
De Nu Pub has been hosting a ballroom dancing evening since its inception 23 years ago. Most of the dancers who visit on this evening are regulars, and many of them have attended these elegant weekly events for the last 23 years. DJ Hard, the 73 year old music and dance lover who has been with the pub since its beginning, still plays there and insists that he is committed only to De Nu Pub and proudly declares that he plays nowhere else.
Throughout the night, the young and the young at heart, dip, sway, turn and promenade across the space to ballroom, calypso, reggae, Latin and R and B beats. During this romantic evening, it was difficult to take photos on the crowded dance floor where for the space of one song, every couple seems to have eyes only for the each other.
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