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Strictly Confidential does Strictly Ballroom

We're launching a ballroom dancing contest - want to take part?

Published on March 8th 2011.


Strictly Confidential does Strictly Ballroom

If you wish you could learn to dance like the stars of Strictly Come Dancing, we have just the thing for you this spring.

Strictly Confidential has teamed up with the Sunshine Dance and Performing Arts Studios to put together a ballroom dance contest for our readers. Weekly ballroom dancing lessons will culminate in a glittering ball where the contestants will compete in front of a judging panel to win a mystery prize worth up to £500 (trust us, it will be really good)– while an audience of friends, family, and fellow Confidential readers look on in barely-concealed envy.

Like on the TV show, this is a competition for absolute beginners who want to learn how to dance, rather than for people who regularly glide into a foxtrot on a Friday night. You'll start as an amateur, then with one-hour classes every week for 12 weeks, you'll gradually learn how to perform two ballroom dances to a very respectable standard indeed.

You'll be taught by a professional dance instructor from Sunshine Studios Manchester – one of the North's most respected dance and performing arts studios. Their clients include the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Walt Disney, and Britain's Got Talent – so we think they know their stuff.

And each week, we'll do a feature on a different couple on Manchester Confidential – getting the lowdown on what they've learnt and how they're progressing from the instructor.

For all involved, it will be the most exhilarating three months of their year. They'll be getting fit, learning a new talent, and discovering the joy of being able to dance well – a skill that can be enjoyed for life.

And with the contest limited to just 40 people, they'll also have a very good chance of winning £500 at the finale ball. The contest will be judged by a panel of experts from Sunshine Studios and Confidential's publisher Gordo (he doesn't know much about dancing but we're sure he'll have lots to contribute anyway).

The ball will be held at Lancashire County Cricket Club. Beautiful dresses and sleek suits will be the order of the day, and there will be plenty of time for the audience to take to the dance floor after the contest.

The contest will begin on February 22nd with lessons held every Tuesday night from 8-9pm until May 17th. The lessons will take place at Sunshine Studios, which is on Newton Street in the Northern Quarter, Manchester city centre.

The 12 ballroom dancing lessons including a ticket to the ball and entrance into the competition cost £180 (payable at £60 per month over 3 months). Only 20 couples can take part in the contest – and places will be given to those who apply first. You can enter as a couple or on your own – we will help you find a suitable dance partner from the other applicants.

To book your place on this exciting event, please enter your name and phone number and then pay the deposit and you could be part of the winning team.

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Female deposit - £60

Male deposit - £60

Couples £120

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