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Brave dance hopefuls to strut their stuff for charity

PUBLISHED: 16:11 09 May 2014

Gloucestershire’s very own Strictly Come Dancing….Strictly Star!

Gloucestershire’s very own Strictly Come Dancing….Strictly Star!


Dance hopefuls will be putting their cha cha cha to the test in Gloucestershire’s own Strictly Star competition, being organised by former

Kirsty Muir and Karl BissekerKirsty Muir and Karl Bisseker

UK Lindy Hop champions and international teachers James and Bridget Hamilton of Jazzjiveswing and the National Star College.

Sixteen couples will take to the dance floor at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on September 20th to compete for Gloucestershire’s Strictly crown and raise money for National Star. All money raised will go to supporting young people with complex disabilities. The charity hopes to raise £50,000.

Among those who taking part are Paralympian Mel Nicholls, Oli Christie, founder of Neon Play and Rock the Cotswolds, celebrity doctor Dr Dawn Harper and Cotswold Life’s own Kirsty Muir.

Also signed up the competition are: National Star principal Kathyrn Rudd OBE; Gloucester City Council leader Paul James; Cotswold Chef Rob Rees MBE; Paralympic footballer David Clarke; BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter Claire Carter; Rowena Perkins of Cotswold TV and Donna Renney, former CEO of Cheltenham Festivals. The business people not scared of discarding their suits and ties in favour of sparkles are: Guy Biggin, of accountants Crowe Clark Whitehill; Tristan Freer, of Bank House Investment Management and Phil McCabe of Britannia Construction.

Paralympian footballer David Clarke has played for his country 144 times but the thought of dancing in a competition terrifies him. He also performed in Strictly for Sport Relief. “I am the sort of person who dances after a couple of bottles of red wine,” said the 43-year-old. “I’m a frustrated dancer. I love music and have rhythm but it’s hard to do when you can’t see what other people are doing around you on the dance floor.”

As the gala launch party held at the Star Bistro this month the contestants found out who their partners are, all dancers from Jazzjiveswing and what dance they will be performing. Now they have until September 20th to learn their routines.

Phil McCabe of Britannia Construction said “If I can make my little girls smile, entertain the audience and raise some money for this good cause then I will be happy,”

Kirsty Muir of Cotswold Life’s Business & Professional magazine added: “Everyone knows I love a good party and this is going to be the best night of the year - especially as its raising money for such a brilliant cause.”

To find out how to get involved or about corporate sponsorship opportunities please email Patrick Taylor, Corporate and Events Fundraiser

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