Before taking part in this event, the participants had no prior dancing experience, so it has been a steep learning curve for them to put on such an incredible show after just nine weeks of rehearsals! ‘Judges Favourite’ Apryl Pinckney and her professional dance partner Mel Garlick blew the audience away with their incredible Charleston-feel showdance, while the overall ‘2018 Strictly Kettering Champions’ Amy Franklin and her dance partner Damian Reilly managed to pull off a slick and entertaining routine to Chicago’s Cell Block Tango!
As well as wowing-crowds with their new-found dancing-feet, the dancers also pulled out all the stops with their fundraising! We are excited to announce that almost £25,000 has been raised from the event.
Not only was the audience incredibly generous on the night (with one donor voting an incredible £1,000 for his favourite pair, Scott Edwards and dance partner Julia Wrightson!) – but the dancers had been busy hosting fashion shows, bake sales and even a head-shave to boost their fundraising totals in the run-up to the event!
Of course, ‘Strictly Kettering’ wouldn’t have been possible at all without the tireless support from Debbie Redding at Debbie’s School of Dance. Our Events Manager, Shelley Green commented:
“Cransley Hospice and the celebrity dancers alike are honoured to have received Debbie’s support throughout the past nine-weeks, no ‘thank you’ will ever be enough!”
We are now busy working on plans for the 2019 Events Programme. Make sure you ‘Like’ our Facebook page to be the first to hear about the launch of new events!