Is formal dress expected at events?

Formal dress may be requested at our party nights, particularly the Christmas Ball and Summer Party.  This will be made clear on the ticket.  “Formal” may be taken to mean DJ/Tux and bow tie (or at the very least a suit and tie) for the men, and long skirt or dress or cocktail dress for the ladies (but always with the freedom to dance in mind).  One of the pleasures of ballroom dancing is the excuse to dress up!

Where not specified, at other parties and tea dances, smart-casual is expected with due respect for your fellow dancers.

Practice nights are different.  Competitive ballroom dancing is an athletic sport, and dancers practice in whatever they find comfortable (within the bounds of decency!).