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Strictly Stortford dance contest finally hits the dance floor this weekend



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It seems a lifetime ago that training began for Strictly Stortford - a charity dance contest mirroring the BBC1 production of Strictly Come Dancing.

Cue the pandemic and everything ground to an immediate halt. But undeterred, organiser Clive Weir has got the glitter ball going again and on Sunday (June 19), eight couples will perform in front of a panel of judges and a live audience at South Mill Arts Centre where the long-anticipated competition will finally have its moment in the spotlight.

The pairings have all been fitted for their costumes and training hard as they prepare for two shows - a 2.30pm matinee and a 6.30pm evening performance - where they will begin with a group dance - the Argentine Stroll - followed by their individual routines.

South Mill Arts Centre, Bishop's Stortford. Clive Weir has organised the Strictly Come Dancing style dance competition. l-r: Clive Weir, Stephen and Hazel Evans (Evans School of Dance) and Bernie Weir. Stephen and Hazel will be teaching the dancers. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (57274254)
South Mill Arts Centre, Bishop's Stortford. Clive Weir has organised the Strictly Come Dancing style dance competition. l-r: Clive Weir, Stephen and Hazel Evans (Evans School of Dance) and Bernie Weir. Stephen and Hazel will be teaching the dancers. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (57274254)

As with the popular TV show, there will be a panel of four judges who will crown Stortford's very own Strictly couple. The audience will also be treated to a musical interlude with special guest singer, Miguel Olivares, ahead of the awards ceremony.

There are still a few tickets available for both performances via the South Mill Arts Centre box office and money raised will go towards Hope for Justice, a charity seeking to bring an end to modern day slavery and people trafficking and the driving force behind the whole event.

Clive is a passionate supporter of the charity and he has gathered a dedicated team of dancers and helpers in order to stage the dance spectacular and raise money for the organisation which has spent the past 15 years tackling slavery, which is "now more profitable than drug smuggling".

Strictly Stortford (57274270)
Strictly Stortford (57274270)

He secured the help of the Harlow based Evans Academy of Dance and its teachers, husband and wife team Stephen and Hazel and their daughter, Cheryl, who have expertly guided the group through their training.

Of the eight couples taking part, some have no dance experience while others come with some background in other genres of dance, but all have loved learning their routines.

They are: Fran and Martin, Bernie (Clive's wife) and Anita, Annice and Ryan, David and Heather, Gillian and Bertie, Christine and George, Sarah and Liz and mother and son, Nyree and Sebastian.

East Herts Council also gave a £300 grant which went towards the cost of hiring South Mill Arts Centre.

To find out more about Hope for Justice visit its website at https://hopeforjustice.org/



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