Local VIPs Step Up and dance

Press Release: 22/04/2014

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Winchester City Council is putting dance in the spotlight by delivering its own version of a popular TV dance contest. Called Step Up! Winchester, the competition challenges local people of all ages to take up dance and become healthier in the process.

Step Up! Winchester has matched local ‘VIPs’ who have no dance experience with six dance schools from across the Winchester District. They are already hard at work learning one routine, each one in a different style of dance. At the big finale on 11 May at Guildhall Winchester, the judges and a voting audience will identify the winner.

The Council has today announced the names of the local celebrities taking part. First to step up for the challenge was Professor Joy Carter, Vice Chancellor of the University of Winchester. She will perform a rock and roll number with Platform School of Dance who rehearse locally in Stanmore.

James Cretney, Chief Executive from Marwell Wildlife in Colden Common, is also ready for action and will be dancing with NuTango who teach Argentine Tango.

David Gibbons from Denplan, one of Winchester’s largest private sector employers – specialising in dental health care plans - will be learning West Coast Swing with Silvia from

Salsa Y Sol who runs classes across the Winchester area. Also from the local business community is Jane Fish, Managing Director of the Ministry of Fish, Marketing and Advertising Agency. She will be Stepping Up with Integr8 Dance, who inspire young people through street dance.

A trio from The Carroll Centre in Stanmore - Lesley Richards, Eloisa Broadbent and Kat Goodchild - will be picking up some essential hip-hop moves with The Firefly Theatre School.
And finally, a group of apprentices from Winchester City Council, has opted for safety in numbers with an ensemble routine choreographed by Roynon Dance. Roynon are a long-established dance school in Swanmore offering tap, ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre and street. So which dance style will the council’s young apprentices opt for? Everyone will be kept in suspense until 11 May.

Eloise Appleby, Assistant Director (Economy and Communities), said:

The dance routines will be kept a guarded secret until the grand performance on Sunday 11 May. The Step Up! Winchester show night promises to be a glitzy, prestigious, and talked-about event. Proceeds from the event will go to the Mayor of Winchester’s Charities and Marwell Wildlife. Don’t miss out as tickets will undoubtedly sell out very quickly.

Tickets are now on sale through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/step-up-winchester-tickets-11151463327 and from Winchester’s award-winning Tourist Information Centre. Book your tickets today as spaces for this very special Winchester event are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.