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Summer dance fun “Strictly”-style to raise funds for Lewis-Manning Hospice and Parkinson’s Dance

This Friday, 24 June, at 6pm, the wait is finally over for nine local businesswomen and -men who have volunteered to take part in the Business Come Dancing Summer Ball 2016 to raise funds for Lewis-Manning Hospice and Parkinson’s Dance at Pavilion Dance South West.

The “Strictly”-style black-tie gala event, jointly organised by the two charities, will take place at the Bournemouth Pavilion Ballroom, hosted by Nigel Hedges and with a judging panel featuring last year’s winner, Calum Morrell, who wowed the judges with his Irish dancing. All proceeds will be split equally between the two charities and will go towards supporting people living with Parkinson’s and other life-limiting illnesses.

After a drinks reception and three-course gala dinner the audience will be treated to a night of performances with dance styles reaching from Musical Theatre and Ballroom to Street, 1940s Social Dance and Contemporary. After the crowning of the winners the audience themselves will be invited onto the dance floor to end the evening in style, dancing the night away.

The 2016 Business Come Dancing Summer Ball contestants are: Sophie Hudson from Seventa Events, Kieren Criddle from Barclays, Vanessa Ugatti from The True Worth Expert, Donna Douch from IAAM Salon, Lucy York from My Herbal Life, Sharon Canning from Move On Rentals, Sue Franklin from Poole Together, Erica Regis-Williams from the Freedom Inspired Movement and Simone Ritche from Steele Raymond Solicitors.

Maria Tidy, Fundraising Manager at Lewis-Manning Hospice, says, “We are delighted to be working with Pavilion Dance South West, and in particular Parkinson’s Dance, on this fantastic event. Fifty percent of our Day Hospice patients have Parkinson’s disease and we recognise the profound benefits that dance and music can have both physically and spiritually.”

We are absolutely chuffed that so many people have volunteered to support our Bournemouth Parkinson’s Dance Class and the fantastic work done at Lewis-Manning Hospice”, adds Helga Brandt, Head of Marketing and Development at Pavilion Dance South West. “Parkinson’s Dance provides a lifeline for people living with the condition, and what better way to raise funds for this important work than through dancing? I can’t wait to see the performances on the night!

Tickets for the 2016 Business Come Dancing Summer Ball are still available. They are £45 per person (£40 per person if a table of 10 is booked) and include welcome drinks, gala dinner, performances and disco.

To book please call 01202 203630 or book in person at Pavilion Dance, Westover Road (overlooking Lower Gardens), Bournemouth BH1 2BU.

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