Princely dancing as Charles shakes
a leg during tour of quake-hit city

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The Prince of Wales gave a masterclass in ballroom dancing yesterday when he took to the floor - without the Duchess of Cornwall.

Charles impressed the public with his moves as he twirled a female companion around to the sounds of 1940s swing jazz music.

But Camilla was not left out, she also shimmied a few feet from the prince with her own partner.

The royal couple showed their lighter side as they visited Christchurch in New Zealand to learn how its residents have rebuilt their lives following last year’s devastating earthquake.

The dancefloor is a pop-up facility called Dance-O-Mat, created by the charitable trust Gap Filler, which has coin operated lighting and sound.

For almost two years the organisation has been finding creative uses for open spaces left following the earthquake that struck Christchurch in September 2010 and the second deadly quake in February 2011 that claimed more than 180 lives.

Camilla was the first to take to the dance floor after she accepted an invitation from Sam Johnson and then Lisa Shannon, 57, a psychology student from Christchurch seized the moment and invited Charles to cut the rug.