Dorset businesses sparkle in Strictly style fundraiser gala to raise funds to support Youth Mental Health, Parkinson’s Dance and many other community dance projects across the region.

Our Business Come Dancing fundraiser was back with a bang last night after a 3 year break. As Strictly went to Blackpool, local business contestants took the dance floor by storm at the Highcliff Marriott in Bournemouth to compete in the Pavilion Dance Business Come Dancing gala final.

Attended by over 190 local business people, the event saw a glittering array of 10 dance performances, including a cheeky Charleston, a tantalising Tango, a rousing Irish Dance, a carnival Afro Fusion performance, a beautiful Bollywood and a sprinkle of Dirty Dancing.  Everyone had the ‘time of their lives’ whilst raising funds for event charity partners Pavilion Dance South West and youth mental health charity #Willdoes.

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 partner with youth mental health charity #Willdoes, that is dedicated to helping young people achieve wellbeing in Dorset.  A special thanks to Lesley Paddy, Stephanie Buchanan and Hennie Weld for supporting the event and taking to the dance floor!

And the winner…..

Kerry Houston-Kypta from Coles Miller Solicitors dancing with Marek Lynch with a spectacular Argentine Tango!

In second…

Laura O’Mahoney from The Pamper Cabin dancing with Kate O’Leary with a crowd-rousing Irish Dance.

In third…

Stephanie Buchanan from our charity partner #Willdoes dancing with Jazz Gritt to a fun Lyrical Jazz routine from musical Tick Tick Boom!

A fabulous night supported by many local business contestants including: #Willdoes charity, King’s Beach Residence, Creative Flow Collective, Savills, Blandford Aesthetic Centre Ltd, Heathland House Care Home, The Pamper Cabin, Coles Miller and Marsham Court Hotel

Supported by Edwards Florist, Laser Crystal, Cuco Creative, BCP Media, Lighthouse Poole, Marsham Court Hotel, The Real Greek, City Cruises, Oceana Hotels, The Tank Museum, Cuco Creative, BCP Media Group, Conker Gin, Stewarts Garden Centre and Lim Maker UK.

Judges: Dr Anna Farthing, AUB, Ian Girling, Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Victor Fung, Pavilion Dance

Host: Steve Harris, BBC Radio Solent

Speakers: Rod Cossou, Parkinson’s Dance participant, fundraiser and Pavilion Dance board member & Matt Hawksworth, Young People’s Producer, Pavilion Dance

Winner Kerry said: “I am absolutely over the moon.  It’s been such an incredible 8-week journey and I really want to thank Pavilion Dance for all their support.  I’m thrilled to have been able to raise money for such a worthy cause.  Huge thanks to my partner, Marek Lynch for believing in me and getting me here.”

Quotes from the night: “I attended Business Come Dancing raising awareness and funds for Pavilion Dance, a phenomenal charity supporting people through dance.  What better way to help you feel all those delightful and good things in life.  Loved being there.”

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for letting me be part of such a wonderful experience!  I loved every minute of it!”

“This was an amazing event!  I was so impressed with all of the dancers and the food at the Marriott was lovely.  The speech about the impact of dance and community for people with Parkinson’s was so moving.  THANK YOU.”

The event aims to raise £10k through contestant fundraising, gala dinner, raffle, silent auction and supporter dontations.  Donations welcome:

Want to take part in 2023?  Contact Cheryl Baldacchino on

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