Monday, 14 May 2012

Banbury Can Dance and Strictly Banbury

It was a really busy day yesterday at The Mill Centre in Banbury. Firstly the kids I teach at local school Bishop Carpenter (AKA the 'BC Crew') had made it to yesterdays final of Banbury Can Dance. They did amazingly well - especially as they were up against kids who have been dancing for years whilst most of my lot had only been dancing a few months. It was a mixture of all styles of dance - theirs was a street dance routine. They scored 9 across the board from the judges!

Later that night it was the final of Strictly Banbury of which I was a judge. The couples had to perform a Rumba, a Quickstep and a Free style routine. It was a combination of local celebrities paired up with experienced dancers, and it was fantastic what they had managed to achieve in a few weeks. The freestyles were wondrously creative including Charleston, American Smooth, Blues Brother jivers and the winners ... cha cha cha-ing footie players! 

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and so nice when everyone including the audience took to the floor to dance at the end. It was great to see how much difference the knowledge of a few steps to use on the dance floor makes to the enjoyment of dancing in a social occasion. I hope my wedding couples keep their steps in the bag for such occasions!

Monday, 7 May 2012

Strictly Banbury 2012!

I am delighted to have been asked to be a Judge on this year's Strictly Banbury 2012 competition! It looks to be a great show with the couples performing Quickstep, Rumba and Freestyle.

The Banbury Guardian stated last week:-

"BANBURY’S Strictly fans have created a rush on the box office in anticipation of 2012’s sparkling show, for there is not a seat to be had for the Banbury Guardian’s hit annual spectacular.
The ballroom dancing extravaganza was declared a sellout over a week ago as supporters of this prestigious charity event snapped up all seats at the Mill Theatre, Banbury on May 12-13.
Run in collaboration with Step by Step Dance School, Strictly Banbury 2012 features a dozen local celebrities paired with experienced tutors.
The couples will be judged on all three dances by a panel of ballroom experts and the audience will choose the winning couple from the six pairs whose scores get them through to the dance off, where they perform their favourite routine of the evening.
As well as the dance challenge, Saturday will feature an amazing demonstration of ballroom and Latin dancing by Britain’s number three Latin dance couple, David Roberts and Andrea Law."

It looks like fantastic fun and I can't wait to see all the local celebraties strutting their stuff!

Here's a shot of the couples in rehearsal!