The waiting is almost over for the contestants in this year’s Strictly Northampton and the nerves, for some, are starting to kick in.
Rehearsals for the show start on Saturday at the Step By Step Dance School in Henry Street and it will signal the start of seven weeks of rehearsals.
Most people taking part have known since March so it has taken more than six months to finally start their Strictly journey.
The television show has started in earnest on BBC1 but for some it has proved too daunting to watch.
Stephanie Boak, executive assistant for the chief operating officer at The University of Northampton, said: “I can’t bring myself to watch it, it would make me too nervous.
“I am nervous about the show, but I’m really excited as well.
“It has been a little while since the launch of Strictly Northampton at Kelmarsh Hall but it is great that we are now about to start the rehearsals.
“I haven’t done any dancing since finding out about taking part so I will be starting completely from scratch.”
The university is an associate sponsor of the event and Stephanie is expecting a lot of support on the night. “I think there will be one or two there!” she added.
Fellow contestant, Bobbie Keane, from main sponsors, Fong Spa, admits to getting in a few ‘sneaky lessons’ ahead of the official rehearsals.
“I’ve had a few lessons and I think I got on okay. I haven’t got a favourite type of dance, but I enjoyed the salsa when we tried that. I’ll get a better idea when the rehearsals start.
“I’ve been to the Derngate lots of times; it’s a big stage but I’m hoping that I won’t be able to see the audience with all the lights.”
Stacey McFaul, display advertising manager at the Chronicle & Echo, said she had been an avid viewer of Strictly Come Dancing.
“I’ve been watching all of them trying to pick up tips...I’ve been driving my other half mad,” she said.
More than 1,050 tickets for the show, which is on Saturday November 23, have been sold and there’s only about 150 tickets left.
Chronicle & Echo editor, David Summers, said: “It’s great to see the support that Strictly Northampton gets from the community and to have so many tickets sold at this stage is amazing.
“It promises to be another great night and will raise thousands of pounds for Cynthia Spencer Hospice.”