Strictly Towcester Dance Fever
The evening of Saturday 24th October saw Tollers Marketing Manager, Karen Walters glam up, put on her dancing shoes, don a couple of very bright sparkly dresses and place her best foot forward to take to the floor for ‘’Strictly Towcester’.
The event was organised to help raise funds for local Northampton Charity The Lighthouse Centre which is a complementary therapy unit offering holistic therapies for people with long term conditions and cancers.
Commenting on how she got involved in Strictly Towcester, Karen said: “I am not quite sure how it all happened…. one minute I was telling Gemma from The Lighthouse Centre that it sounded interesting, the next I was donning a pair of dance shoes and suddenly I had a professional dance partner.”
20 Local Business people, or ‘Local Hero’s’ as the event organisers dubbed them, gave up 6 weeks of their time to go from being non-dancers to, in their eyes, ‘professionals’, in order to take to the Strictly Towcester floor for an evening extravaganza of dance.
Over the 6-week period they learned a group Cha Cha Cha and Waltz, but perhaps the most frightening of all, each ‘Local Hero’ had to learn a solo Jive with their professional partner – which was performed on the night in front of a packed audience of over 300 people.
During the run up to the event there were highs and lows, tantrums and wobbles, but at the end of it all, as the old saying goes ‘It was alright on the night’ and the ‘Local Hero’s’ and the talented professional dancers from Step By Step Dance School put on an amazing show.
Karen said “I decided to get involved with Strictly Towcester as I wanted to support a great charity and have always loved to dance – until this event quite badly! The whole experience has been exciting, scary and at times daunting, but I have found a passion for dancing I didn’t realise I had and I have also made some great new friends. I will definitely continue to dance now the Strictly Towcester experience has ended”.
The evening raised a staggering £7000 for The Lighthouse Centre, but this event was not just about raising money, it was about making friends, facing new challenges and bring people together of all levels to learn to dance and have a blast along the way.
You can find out more about The Lighthouse Centre at www.thelighthousecentre.org or if you, like Karen, want to embrace the challenge of learning to dance contact www.danceschool-stepbystep.com who offer classes across Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.
Finally, Tollers would like to say well done to Karen for all her hard work, it really paid off on the night… keep dancing…