Twelve couples have taken a giant step towards competing in a hospice’s dancing competition.
Strictly Florence, in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice, will be performed in front of a live audience and VIP judging panel to include Craig Revel-Horwood from the TV show Strictly Come Dancing!
Over six weeks, starting on Sunday, August 25, the couples’ will learn two dances which they will then showcase in the final dancing competition at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on Sunday October 6.
Each dancing duo will be put through their paces, courtesy of dance school GB Dance, and are tasked with learning a Cha Cha Cha and a Tango.
Joining Craig on the judging panel will be Chinnor-based celebrity chef, writer and presenter Lotte Duncan, Scott Cole, dance choreographer and brother of Brendan Cole, and ex professional dancer Jean Orchard, who once studied at the Italia Conti Stage school in London under the tuition of previous Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips.
Mix96 Drivetime presenter Katy Butler will be adding her support by taking on the glamorous role of ‘Tess Daly’ for the evening.
Tickets are on sale now from Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Box Office (0844) 871 7607 or by visiting www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury Prices start from £20 (excludes booking fee), with limited premium and corporate seating packages available.
For prices for all corporate seating contact Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity (FNHC) on 01296 429975 or email email@example.com
The event will herald the start of Hospice Care Week, which runs from October 7-13, as well as kick-start the 25th anniversary celebrations for Florence Nightingale Hospice.
FNHC needs to raise over £600,000 each year to provide both in-patient and at-home services for local families affected by life-limiting illness across Aylesbury Vale, Bedfordshire and parts of Oxfordshire.
The 12 couples are:
Kevin Jefcoate, from Drayton Parslow, with Emma Jefcoate-Scholes, also of Drayton Parslow, no previous dance experience.
Ian Merry, Aylesbury, no previous experience, with Joanne Gaskin, from Aylesbury, who did basic ballroom dancing at primary school aged eight.
Kevin Brook, from Aylesbury, with Lianne Tipton, from Tring,f both with no previous dance experience.
Karen Thomas, from Wendover, with experience salsa classes/Jazzercise/Zumba classes from and Liam Thomas from Wendover, who has no previous experience.
Carla Justice, from Aylesbury, who has ballet, tap and experience in shows for hair exhibitions, with Derrol Brown, from Aylesbury, who has some theatrical experience.
Aerobics and Zumba teacher Joanna Beardsmore-Dilks, from Aylesbury, did ballrom dancing as a child. Her partner is Mark Cope, from Winslow, who has experience from a weekly dance class doing various styles.
Teresa Williams, from Aylesbury, did some ballroom when working as a Blue Coat. Her partner will be Richard Williams, from Aylesbury, who has no previous experience.
Robert Stobart, from Aylesbury, has one and-a-half years’ experience in ballroom and latin. His partner is Sandra Ewers, from Aylesbury, who has experience of latin (salsa).
Sarah Ovey, from Aylesbury, is classically trained in ballet, Salsa and Kizomba and does social dancing. Her partner is David Bonner, from Buckingham, who has ballroom dancing bronze and silver, teaches salsa, Bachata, Kizomba.
Sarah Whitmore, from Aylesbury, has a few jive sessions as experience. She will be partnered by Nafaiz Meeran Mohamed, from Aylesbury, who learned ballroom and latin more than 10 years ago.
Sian McCarthy, from Waddesdon, studied ballet, tap, modern and contemporary dance. Her partner is Mark Henderson, from Aylesbury, who has no experience.
Hannah Mills-Jenkins, from Aylesbury, attended ballroom/latin classes four years ago once a week and learned waltz for a wedding last year. She is partnered by Dave Mills-Jenkins, from Aylesbury, who attended ballroom/latin classes with his wife and learned waltz for wedding last year.
For more information, visit www.fnhospice.org.uk.
For more information about GB Dance visit www.gbdance.co.uk