Strictly success

15 November 2016

EIGHT couples wowed the judges with their dance moves at Wigan and Leigh Hospice’s first Strictly event on Saturday (November 12th).

Strictly Night 1

Eight professionals were teamed with eight wannabe dancers to perform a dance at the DW stadium in front of almost 300 guests and three judges including Coronation Street star Kym Marsh.

Judging alongside her were David Hipshaw, a Fellow, examiner and past president of the Allied Dancing Association and Fellow of the International Dance Teachers Association, and Bryan Mottram who has appeared in a range of musicals including Singin' in the Rain, CATS and Chicago.

Former Hollyoaks star Carley Stenson sang with her group Diamond during dinner while her partner Danny Mac was in London taking part in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

After dinner amateur Fiona Riley and her expert partner Chris Houghton were the first couple onto the dance floor and performed a Quickstep. They were followed by amateur
Carol Snape and Marky Broomfield who delighted the audience with their Paso Doble. Laura Stevenson and expert dancer Peter Crow turned up the heat with a Tango followed by Ian Riley and Alex Seddon who performed an energetic Jive. Mario Carta and his expert Hannah Grimshaw delivered a fantastic Quickstep and were followed onto the dance floor by Christine Charnock-Jones and her expert dancer Mark Garity to perform a Samba. Patricia Speakman and her partner John O'Reilly followed to Waltz their way to success.

Finally Monica McCahery and her partner Chris Houghton performed a Cha Cha Cha which garnered three perfect 10s from the judges. They were named as Glitterball Champion 2016 and were awarded their trophy by Kym Marsh and Mayor of Wigan, Coun Ron Conway.

Christine Charnock-Jones, a Local Government Manager at Wigan Council, and Mark Garity won the Audience Choice Award for their Samba.

Kathryn Hurst, from Hurst Dance Studios in Hindley which provided many of the expert dancers and studio time for the dancers to practice, acted as compere for the competition introducing the dancers and chatting to the judges.

Christine Edwardson, Community Fundraiser, said: "All of the dancers' hard work paid off and it was an absolutely fantastic evening of entertainment. Over £10,000 was raised for the Hospice and we would like to thank everybody who attended or helped in any way - we couldn't have done it without you."

Strictly Night 2


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