Dancers in Need
Tina and Graeme
Dancers in Need 2008
Dancers in Need 2008 was officially a massive success. Thousands of pounds was raised for the sold out event at Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion, which saw 12 of BBC Suffolk's staff learn to dance in six weeks.
Read more about the contestants below or use the links to see photos and video footage from the big night.
Ipswich School of Dancing will provide tuition and partners for our competitors, who are (in alphabetical order):
ALISON 'Salsa Ali' ACTON (Broadcast Journalist)
Dancing experience: Lots around a handbag;
EMILY 'Disco Diva' ANDERSON (Breakfast Show producer)
Dancing experience: I used to go to the Lait Dance school for social dance classes, but I haven't been since I got married in May;
Dancing experience: Various performances in various nightclubs across the UK. I wouldn't call it dancing though. In fact, there are some places in Lincolnshire where I am no longer welcome.
JAMES 'Timebomb' HAZELL (Presenter, weekdays 9am until midday)
Dancing experience: Reggae, at teenage discos;
Sadly James has been forced to withdraw from the competition. Read more in his blog entry dated 22/10/08 >>
KATE 'High Kick' ARKELL (Broadcast Journalist)
Dancing experience: I've been taking part in classes with my husband for nearly two years - but haven't taken it very seriously... until now!
LESLEY 'Disco' DOLPHIN (Weekday Lunchtime and Saturday Breakfast presenter)
Dancing experience: Very little other than boogying when I was younger;
MARK 'Bigfoot' MURPHY (Presenter)
James and Sally - trying out some moves
NIGEL 'Victor' LUNGLEY (Broadcast Assistant)
Dancing experience: I haven't ballroom danced for years, though I have maneuvered partners around the stage in Musical Theatre.
ROB 'Towering Inferno' DUNGER (Presenter and travel)
Dancing experience: Zilch;
STEPHEN 'Foxtrot' FOSTER (Presenter)
All of the judges are qualified teachers with the National Association of Teachers of Dancing. Rosemary, Jennifer and Sue are the owners of the Ipswich School of Dancing which was formerly the Arlington Ballroom. They were all trained by Olga Wilmot at the Arlington Ballroom.
The judges are aware that the competitors have only had six weeks to learn four dances. They will be looking for a natural sense of co-ordination and rhythm. Correct technique and footwork will work in the competitors' favour.
Above all the couples have been working to entertain an audience and that is exactly what the judges would like to see them achieve!
Rosemary started dancing at the age of 16 and three years later was teaching full time for Olga Wilmot. Rosemary kept the school open following Olga's death in 2000 and in 2003 she went into partnership with Jennifer and Sue - renaming the school Ipswich School of Dancing LLP.
Jennifer started dancing when she was 12 years old. She turned professional and was teaching at the age of 15. She competed in the World International, won the All England Basic and Standard three times and won the professional All Ladies competition three times with Rosemary.
Sue is Rosemary's sister and has been dancing since she was 8-years-old. Sue competed nationally and internationally in New York, Denmark, Germany and many others as a junior competitor.
At 16 Sue turned professional and started teaching. Sue also won the professional All Ladies Cup.
Emma is Sue's daughter and has been dancing since she was 8-years-old. She entered national and international competitions as a junior and adult competitor.
Whilst competing she was ranked number 4 in the British Amateur 10 Dance charts. At 18 Emma turned professional and started teaching for the Ipswich School of Dancing.
last updated: 13/11/2008 at 16:17
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