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My Incredible Strictly Come Dancing Journey

29th April, 2015

Claire House Does Strictly Come Dancing 2015

I must say a few words about my incredible journey to become a dancer (of sorts!) on Saturday night (25th April 2015) at The Titanic, Liverpool. Over 400 people were present to watch me and my lovely pro Linus Backstrom do the American Smooth Quick Step.

The routine had been broken down into 3 sections 11 weeks ago for me to learn and when I saw what I had to do I started to regret ever saying I would take part. Not only did I have one of the fastest dances but also very complicated footwork and posture positioning to think about, and it all made even hard by having a song to dance to that I had never heard before. Not to mention the evening dance classes when I have such a busy schedule.

With support from family and friends and Headliners dance school I came a very long way in an 11 week period with an hour or two each week to knit the dance together and plenty of dancing round my kitchen in my pjs.

Then on week 8 came the lift….crash mats were put out and, having thought a lift would be easy, I suddenly found myself legs a straddle, upside down on my pro’s back with my skirt round my head in a far from lady like finish.

All of that aside it was ‘alright on the night’ and this fantastic event raised just under £50k for Claire House Children’s Hospice, which as Chair of the charity I am extremely proud of.

For all of the other dance competitors reading this, I want to say very well done to all of you. It was a really tough thing to do and a proper challenge that we all rose to on the night. A special congratulations has to go to Jayne O’Gorman from Azure who came second on the night with her beautiful Austrian Waltz and Simon Brander from Multisol who came first with the Tango.

To all of our supporters can I take this opportunity to say a massive THANK YOU!

To view the slideshow of some photos of the event please click here (some systems require you to choose save and then open)

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