Hunt for men to take part in Strictly Come Dancing-style contest

The Bolton News: Presenter Susanna Reid shows how it’s done on TV’s Strictly Come Dancing with partner Kevin Clifton Presenter Susanna Reid shows how it’s done on TV’s Strictly Come Dancing with partner Kevin Clifton

AS fans of TV’s Strictly Come Dancing look forward to the show’s first all-female final, Bolton Hospice needs three more men for its charity dance extravaganza.

Now in its second year, Strictly Learn to Dance is a great opportunity for anyone with dreams of becoming the next Louis Smith or Alesha Dixon while raising money for the hospice.

Nine couples have already signed up, but three male participants are still needed to strut their stuff on the dance floor and go head-to-head in the grand final on Saturday, April 5, at Whites Hotel, Reebok Stadium.

Sally Wilson, events co-ordinator at Bolton Hospice, said: “This is a fun-filled way to learn a new skill and to raise vital funds for Bolton Hospice.

“Each week entrants will be taught the moves to exciting routines by experienced dancers before they get the chance to dance in front of friends and family at the finale.

“Age and experience are not important — even if you have never danced before, all that matters is that you come along, enjoy yourself and support a fantastic local charity.”

The charity event is inspired by BBC’s Strictly which will see model Abbey Clancy, presenter Susanna Reid, actress Natalie Gumede and singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor battle it out for the Glitterball Trophy in tonight’s final of the 11th series.

Abbey, aged 27, who is married to footballer Peter Crouch, will perform her showdance to the Guns N'Roses hit Sweet Child O' Mine.

She said: "The routine's epic, the song's epic. “I've got to find that last little bit of strength. I'm excited, I want to do myself proud."

Former Coronation Street actress Natalie, who is partnered by Artem Chigvintsev, revealed she will dance around a pole for her showdance to Fred Astaire's Stepping Out With My Baby.

The 29-year-old said: "Artem has choreographed some beautiful moves around the pole. I hope no one gets any ideas as its about grace and flow, it's really tricky but if I can get it right it will be great."

Bolton Hospice’s Strictly Learn to Dance weekly sessions will be held for 10 weeks, from Monday, January 20, under the expert guidance of A Touch of Class, Little Lever.

Participants must commit to raising £400 in sponsorship, the amount it costs to run the hospice for one hour. Contact the events team on 01204 663055.

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