Stricly Come Dancing inspired show to raise cash for food bank

Tizzy Jones with former Advertiser reporter Gavin Moore in Strictly By Brackley in 2011
Tizzy Jones with former Advertiser reporter Gavin Moore in Strictly By Brackley in 2011

Amateur dancers will share the spotlight with seasoned professionals for a one-off charity performance inspired by TV’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Strictly Buckingham is the latest charity venture by the Step By Step Dance dance school, which runs classes in north Bucks, south Northants and Bicester.

Fifteen volunteers have been paired with experienced dancers from the dance school to learn to trip the light fantastic in time for a public dance-off at Buckingham Community Centre on September 13.

In just six weeks of rehearsals, dancers have to master two dances to performance level – a jive and an American smooth foxtrot.

Each volunteer raises sponsorship for taking part, and the money raised will go to the Buckingham Food Bank, run by St Peter and St Paul’s Church.

It will be used to buy fresh food for food parcels which the church donates to people who are in need.

The charity was nominated by Step By Step teacher Jean Conway, of Steeple Claydon.

Mrs Conway, who has taught classes in Buckingham, Winslow and Steeple Claydon for the past eight years, is a member of the congregation of the parish church.

Over the past five years, the dance school has raised more than £300,000 for charity from similar events.

Last weekend saw the start of Strictly Buckingham rehearsals, which take place for two hours every Saturday afternoon in Calvert Green.

Mrs Conway said: “It went extremely well. Everybody’s very keen. I hope it stays that way.”

There are also extra masterclasses during the week for those who need them.

Event organiser Tizzy Jones said: “We try our very best to put on a nice show and to make it a worthwhile show to see for the whole family.”

Tickets, costing £15, are already selling fast for the show, which starts at 7pm.

They can be purchased from Jean Conway on 07855 546406 or Tizzy Jones on 07986 837119.

The event could use two more male volunteers. Contact Tizzy Jones immediately if you would like to take part.