Musician swaps learning songs for dance steps as he trains for Strictly Northampton

Tommy Gardner
Tommy Gardner

A musician say he will be completely out of his comfort zone when he takes part in Strictly Northampton later this year.

Tommy Gardner will be taking part in the annual event, organised by Step By Step Dance School, to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Tommy said: “I am one of the organisers of the ongoing “VOICES” charity album project.

“This is an album which features only local artists with a mixture of originals and covers all for charity. For this album I have gained the support from local comedian Alan Carr; I was recently invited down to the filming of Chatty Man where I met with him backstage. The final song of the album is a huge collaboration of a well known Take That song.

“I am also in the local pop band Lost No More.

“I wanted to do something completely out of my comfort zone and I am not known to be a very good dancer so Strictly Northampton is going to be a huge challenge for me. But I love a challenge!”

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This year’s Strictly Northampton takes place on November 19 at the Royal & Derngate Theatre.

Now in its seventh year, the contestants have just eight weeks to learn Ballroom and Latin American dance routines, before dancing in front of a packed auditorium. The dancers will perform before a judging panel and a live audience, with the winner on the night taking home the coveted Strictly Northampton glitterball trophy.

Tickets for the show are available from the Royal & Derngate website.