Former Strictly Winner Flavia Urges Fundraisers to Come Dancing with St Luke’s

Former star of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing Flavia Cacace is urging Cheshire couples to quick step up to register for St Luke’s ‘Strictly Learn to Dance 2014’ fundraising event.



If you’ve always dreamed of being a dance diva or you’re keen to lead your partner round the dance floor with grace, now is your chance to get involved as the entry for the Winsford Hospice’s hugely popular ‘Strictly Learn to Dance 2014’ has now opened.

Organisers are hoping to attract 20 couples who over the course of 3 months will be transformed into confident dancers.

Flavia Cacace, who appeared on the hugely popular BBC1 from 2006-2012 winning the last series with her partner gymnast Louis Smith, has a word of encouragement for anyone considering signing up in aid of the hospice.

She commented:
“Dancing is a fantastic way to keep fit, stay healthy, motivated and have fun at the same time you can show your support to a very worthwhile cause so put on your dancing shoes and get on the dance floor.”

It doesn’t matter if you have two left feet, as from 29 January 2014, regular Rock n Roll and Waltz tuition, of 45 minutes per week, will be given to all the participants in Crewe, every Wednesday evening.
This tuition is given free of charge by Mark and Holly from Dancebasics dance school in Crewe.

The event will culminate in a fabulous Grand Finale at Nantwich Civic Hall on Sunday, 18 May, in which a panel of judges will watch the couples dance and pick an overall winner.

Participants will be asked to register and commit to raise a minimum sponsorship of £600 per couple.

Tickets for the Grand Finale will be on sale from late April to raise money for St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice, which cares for sufferers of cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Nicola Jepson, Senior Fundraising Events Co-Ordinator, said:
“This event has been a tremendous success over the last two years and has raised over £40,000 for the Hospice.
As well as being a successful fundraiser it is very much a fun event to take part in.

“We’re delighted to have Flavia’s support and I hope her words of encouragement will inspire couples to take to the floor for a wonderful cause.”

If you would like to register your interest or would like more details please contact Nicola on 01606 555684 or


The Crewe News had the chance to speak to one of last years participants about their memories of the competition to give you an idea of the experiences they had along the way.

We asked what made them choose to enter a dancing competition and had they danced before.

The Participant Said:
“We had already had a few dances lessons as we had joined Dancebasics three months before, but we hadn’t done Salsa or Tango before.
I enjoy a challenge and St Lukes Hospice is a charity close to my heart so thought I would love to have a go at this and support them in the process.

I like a challenge but found it Just a little bit daunting as we had never done Salsa or Tango before but soon found the steps easy to pick up.
We had a very good teacher and assistant. They showed us the steps in stages which made it easier for us to learn.

If you have not danced before then do not worry, this annual competition by St Lukes Hospice is fun filled and you will be helped along the way, please consider taking part in what promises to be a fun filled evening.

Last years competitor went on to say how fantastic the evening was itself.

They added:
On the evening of the event itself we were not nervous at all and we couldnt wait to get out there!
We had lots of support from family and friends who were waving banners and flags for us.
My tip for those who are thinking of joining is Just go for it as it’s great fun.
You get lots of support from St Luke’s, the dance teacher and the other dancers, we really enjoyed it.
The best part of the competition was all of it!.
We missed it when it was all over.
It was a wonderful experience and a fun way to learn how to dance and raise money for a great charity.

Visit the St Lukes Cheshire Hospice official strictly page on the blue link below and download the application form now

St Lukes Strictly Learn To Dance

Last Year's Strictly Learn to Dance Audience Award winners Susan Whitfield and Ray Pond and Judges Award Rachel Kibble White and Tim Clarke. Pic courtesy of

Last Year’s Strictly Learn to Dance Audience Award winners Susan Whitfield and Ray Pond and Judges Award Rachel Kibble White and Tim Clarke.
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