THE planned “last hurrah” of a long running dance event has proved so popular that it might return again after all.

On Saturday Saltaire’s Victoria Hall hosted the annual Day of Dance, which encourages people to come and try their hands at a wide variety of dance styles, from morris dancing to the Charleston to gipsy skirt dances.

The event raises funds for the Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and has been running since 1988.

Before Saturday’s event, which was the 46th Day of Dance, it was announced that it would also be the last.

The group had announced that a loss of volunteers, increasing costs to run the event and a low turnout last year meant they had taken the decision to end the tradition.

However, on Saturday so many people showed up to the latest event, with some showing an interest in volunteering for future events, that the organisers may re-think retiring the Day of Dance.

Classes on the day included Lancashire Step Clog, Swing Jive, Bollywood, Appalachian, street dance and a Ceilidh to end the day. People could also take part in music workshops to learn African drumming or Ukulele.

Louise Eaton helped set up the event 30 years ago in 1988. For a period there were two days of dance a year, meaning there have been 46 in total.

At the end of the latest event she told the Telegraph & Argus: “It was getting so expensive to run, and last year’s turnout wasn’t the best, so we decided to call this the last one.

“However, because of the huge success of today we think we may do another one now.

“It all started when I came to a dance class here, and thought it was a wonderful place. I organised a Ceilidh and it was such a success that we decided to set up a day of dancing. That is how it started.

“The first event had about nine dance workshops, the next had 18, and we’ve had some where we have up to 50.

“If we want it to keep going we need more help. We’re going to try and make it work.”

The most popular sessions at Saturday’s event were the Charleston, line dancing, African drumming and singing workshops.

Anyone able to volunteer for possible future days of dance can contact the Yorkshire CND on or 01274 730795 or by emailing