Tickets for this Saturday’s Strictly Northampton 2015 are sold out and more than £28,000 has already been raised for charity.
The event is taking place at Derngate and is the sixth annual charity dance competition organised by Step by Step Dance School of Northampton. This year’s contest features 23 couples who will perform a jive, American smooth waltz and group freestyle dance in front of a panel of judges, including former BBC Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer, Robin Windsor.
Strictly Northampton 2015 organiser and event founder, Andrzej Mialkowski, said the evening was already a great success because of the tremendous amount raised and thanked the non-dancers competing, who have each had to raise £1,000 to take part.
He said: “It is fantastic and we expect to raise even more money coming up to the night itself. Thanks to all the people taking part for all their hard work and putting so much into the event.
“Some of the contestants have raised £3,000.”
Strictly Northampton 2015 is in aid of Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Spinney Hill, Northampton, and the event is sponsored by Aspers Casino of Commercial Street, Northampton.
David Stratford, general manager at Aspers Casino in Northampton, said: “We’re thrilled that this year’s Strictly Northampton has been such a success. 100 per cent of our sponsorship fee goes directly to Cynthia Spencer Hospice and to know that the event is sold out and so many people are getting behind it makes us proud to be involved.
“While our 24/7 venue is about fun and excitement, charity and local community involvement have always been a big part of Aspers casino: we’ve been working with Cynthia Spencer for many years. It is a charity close to many of our friends’ and supporters’ hearts.”
Although this year’s show hasn’t taken place yet, people are already queuing up to take part in Strictly Northampton 2016 after Mr Mialkowski put out an appeal for anyone interested through Facebook.
“I’ve already had 20 people saying they want to take part next year,” he said. “It is a great experience. You are learning something new, making new friends and raising money for a good cause.”
Strictly Northampton is one of 10 Strictly charity dance competitions organised by Step by Step Dance School across Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, and so far they have raised a whopping £700,000 between them for various good causes.
“It is amazing,” said Mr Mialkowski. “People love it and are very passionate to do it. Our show on Saturday night will be great fun and very exciting to watch as we have changed the format from before.
“I have no idea who is going to win though,” he added. “It is anyone’s game on the night and a lot of it depends on text voting from the audience.”