The below information was for 2015. We hope to offer the High Tea Dance again in 2016. This will give you an idea of the format and we can take booking inquiries now.

A tea dance or ‘ thé dansant’ (French) is an afternoon or early-evening dance usually held in summer and reputedly has its origins in the French colonization of Morocco and quickly spread to Europe and England. The Esplanade is welcoming the Spring with our own High Tea Dance.Tea dances are particularly appropriate to Devonport as they were historically given by Royal Navy officers aboard ships at various naval stations.

The Esplanade is offering the traditional refreshments and we welcome a small band playing light classical music. The types of dances performed during tea dances included Waltzes and Tangos.

The Esplanade welcomes guests dressing for the occasion in their favourite era; Edwardian, 1920s, 30s 40s etc. A prize of a Gourmet Dine and Sleep package for two awaits the winner for the ‘best dressed’ guest.

The band is called Vododeo playing vintage jazz from the 1920s. The band is six piece including Makareta Umbers.

Decadia Vintage will be offering vintage makeovers at the Esplanade, inspired by the
golden age of glamour from 12 – 4pm on October 3rd to coincide with the High Tea Dance.
To book your makeover please email

Booking Details

$75 per person.(premier Ballroom seats. Limited seating. First booking basis (tickets not refundable).
$65 standard seating.
Limited availability (tickets not refundable).
A High Tea is included in the price. This includes tea (Harney) and coffee, champagne, sandwiches, cake, six piece band.

Book now on 09 445-1291 or email:

Enquiries and Bookings

Phone: (09) 445 1291, or