Strictly St Cuthbert: TV dance show-style fundraiser for hospice

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A razzmatazz charity event promises to sprinkle some sparkle at a Wearside arena.

Inspired by prime time BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing, Strictly St Cuthbert’s will see amateur dancers, professionals and even the audience hit the floor for a night of sequins and fancy footwork.

The event, at Rainton Meadows Arena in Houghton, is the culmination of weeks of training for aspiring dancers from across the region.

Last year, the Durham City hospice appealed to couples to take part in a sponsored dance competition and friends, siblings and partners answered the call.

Dance schools, Zazz in Houghton and the Dudman Academy of Performing Arts in Newcastle, are providing free tuition, and on the big night, on February 6, the couples will showcase their skills to a panel of expert judges.

This will include Darrien Wright, from Darlington, who won the BBC One show Strictly Dance Fever in 2006.

The audience will also get to vote for their favourite performances and there will be plenty of opportunities for them to bust some moves too.

Professionals and experienced dancers from both dance schools are planning show-stopping routines and a band, bar and refreshments will add to the party atmosphere.

Sheela Joy, senior community and events fundraiser at St Cuthbert’s Hospice, said: “Strictly St Cuthbert’s is shaping up to be an unforgettable night.

“Our dancers have been training really hard and have some wonderful routines up their sequinned sleeves.

“It would be wonderful to have a large crowd there to support them and help raise funds for a hospice which provides free palliative care and bereavement support in County Durham.”

Tickets for the grand final, which takes place from 7pm to 11pm, are £15. VIP tickets, which include a three-course meal, are also available at an early-bird rate of £35 until Friday, January 15.

After this, the VIP package will cost £40.

For more information or to book, visit www.stcuthbertshospice.com or call Sheela on Tel. 374 6194.