Business Come Dancing raises funds to support youth mental health, Parkinson’s Dance and community dance projects across the region. 

As Strictly returned from Blackpool our Business Come Dancing annual fundraiser took Bournemouth by storm as its 2023 line-up of local businesses took to the dance floor at the Highcliff Marriott hotel to compete for the glitterball trophy. 

“What a night! It was incredible and so much fun. Thanks to everyone involved for putting on such an amazing event and if you get the chance to give it a go next year…DO IT!” Sam Devlin, Vetsmiths

Attended by over 150 local business people, the event saw a glittering array of 8 dance performances, including a cheeky Charleston, Tangos inspired by James Bond and Zorro, a silky smooth Fly me to the Moon, a beautiful blend of Bollywood, Tap and Contemporary and a gallon of Grease Lightning! Everyone gave it a ‘Ten’ whilst raising funds for Pavilion Dance South West youth and wellbeing community projects.

At Pavilion Dance South West our vision is to transform lives through dance, supporting such communities from Parkinson’s Dance, youth mental health dance projects, schools, developing artists and communities with limited access to dance and the arts.

We were delighted to welcome back youth mental health charity #Willdoes, to take part as a group who rocked the roof and took home the glitterball trophy.  #Willdoes is dedicated to helping young people achieve wellbeing in Dorset and a special thanks to them for jointly fundraising and taking part in this event.

And the winner…..

#Willdoes group including Lesley Paddy, Steph Buchanan, Nikki Craig, Kristal Bowdler, Sam Lewis, Bekha Evans and Katharine Green dancing with teacher Jazz Gritt with their energetic and crowd-pleasing Grease Lightning!

“It was an amazing experience and we were so lucky to perform as a group.  Thank you to Jazz Gritt for being the best dance teacher ever.  He really did work his magic.  Well done to everyone!” #Willdoes charity group

Runners up…

Two ladies in blue vintage dresses and headbands looking at camera and smiling in front of a dance banner

Sam Rowe from Clarke Rowe Solicitors dancing with Ruby Adams to a fun Charleston routine

Couple in bright coloured Bollywood costume

Oonagh McKinney from Frettens Solicitors dancing with Kamalesh Borkar with a colourful Bollywood routine

A fabulous night supported by many local business contestants including: #Willdoes charity, Merck Life Science, Savills Client Services, Vetsmiths, Coles Miller Solicitors, Clarke Rowe Solicitors and Frettens Solicitors.

Judges: Paul Kinvig, Bournemouth Town Centre BID, Olivia Girling, Lewis Manning Hospice Care, BCP Councillor for Customer, Culture and Communication, Andy Martin, and Kerry Houston-Kypta, Coles Miller Solicitors.

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“An unbelievably brilliant evening as one of the judges.  Such a joyful occasion with wonderful performances from gutsy and talented people in the local business community. Proud to do all I can to support the great cultural and community work of Pavilion Dance on behalf of BCP Council.” Councillor Andy Martin

Host: Steve Harris, BBC Radio Solent

Speaker: Katie Neal, Young People’s Producer (community) and COAST Youth Dance company Artistic Director, Pavilion Dance South West

Kind support and raffle donations by Bournemouth Academy of Floristry, Laser Crystal, Cuco Creative, redManhattan photography, Wagamama Bournemouth, Marriott Hotels, Stewarts Garden Centres, The Bear of Burton, The Jolly Vintner Too, MSP Capital, Tradpots Studio, Dorset Diving Services, Rock Reef Bournemouth, Majestic Wine Warehouse, Midas Prosecco and Dancezie.

We aim to raise £10k through contestant fundraising, gala dinner, raffle, and supporter donations.  Donations are still welcome here.

Want to take part in 2024?  Email Cheryl Baldacchino for more info or visit our Business Come Dancing page for more details.  

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