Contestants sought for Strictly inspired fundraiser in Grantham

1st November 2016

The contestants from Strictly Ballroom 2016

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice is searching for 28 novice dancers to take part in their third Strictly Ballroom Fundraiser in Grantham

Commencing January 2017 dancers will learn to dance a Rumba and a Quickstep with local dance teacher Ann Gibbons. Contestants will then compete on stage in front of a live audience and an experienced judging panel for the grand finale.

The finale will be held on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at the Guildhall Arts Centre where contestants will be given two chances to win the Strictly Ballroom crown with an audience vote and a judge’s vote.

Janie McCormick, Event Organiser for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, said:

“We are looking for 14 couples to join us and take on this fundraising challenge. This is the perfect event for couples looking to do something special or to take on a new hobby together.”

Suzanne Stevens, audience winner from Strictly Ballroom 2016, said:

“It was an absolute honour to be on that stage, dressed up and showing the audience what we had learnt over the last 11 weeks, also knowing that we were helping lots of different families by raising vital funds for St Barnabas too.

“I have been on an incredible journey, made fantastic new friends, learnt some dance moves and felt exhilarated on the stage! I would recommend everyone to have a go, I promise you will overcome the nerves and have an evening you’ll never forget!”

Registration is charged at £5 per person with each dancer expected to raise a minimum of £100 sponsorship. Lessons span 11 weeks and begin on Wednesday 11th January, 8pm – 9pm at Long Bennington Village Hall.

Janie McCormick said:

“Grantham held its first ever strictly fundraiser event in the spring of 2014 and it was a fantastic success with adrenaline at an all time high. Last years event raised over £5,350 and we hope to raise even more this year!”

To register or for further information please visit or call Janie McCormick on 01476 591010 or email [email protected]

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