On Saturday 24th September, our Strictly St. Joseph's dancers will take to the dance floor at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool to perform LIVE with their professional dance partners.
All our Strictly participants will receive six dance lessons over the summer from our partners at Marshside School of Dance in Southport so that they are ready to perform LIVE at Strictly St. Joseph's 2022.
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For a sneak peak of last year's event, all the photos are available here.
Our Strictly Stars of 2022
Aaron Pearson is a solicitor from Southport. Aaron enquired about some Latin American dance classes at our partner Marshside School of Dance when they told him about the event and the rest, as they say, is history! A huge Strictly fan, Aaron's favourite pro is Anton Du Beke but says that former Strictly pro Aliona Vilani was technically the best pro ever! Sponsor Aaron here!
Becca Cordey, from Crosby, attended our Strictly event last year and had so much fun so she decided that she would get on her dancing shoes and give it a go. She loves dancing to anything from Nirvana to Dolly Parton so is hoping for something fun and energetic. Becca’s friends and family will be there to cheer her on and she’s really looking forward to learning to dance and the whole Strictly experience. Sponsor Becca here!
Christine Makin, from Waterloo, says that Strictly is something she has always wanted to do. She says watching Strictly on the TV is like a little bit of magic on a Saturday night. Her favourite Strictly pros are Anton and Giovanni and she says she fancies taking on an Argentine Tango or Waltz.
Clare Whitehead, from Formby, is a Macmillan Nurse who started her career at St. Joseph’s Hospice when she was 16! Not having watched a lot of Strictly, she says: “I don’t really know what I am doing here, as I truly can’t dance but I am up for anything once and am ready to give this my all. This is such a great charity who do amazing work and the lovely staff looked after my friend’s sister so beautifully when she was unwell."
Donna Murphy, from Crosby, can’t wait to get on the dancefloor and is looking forward to supporting the hospice. She says; “Watching dancing is joyful and I love seeing the journey the celebrities go on. The theme tune alone is enough to cheer me up!” Donna’s favourite professional in Strictly is Johannes and she can’t wait to have one to one lessons from her very own pro!
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Elizabeth Brown Blackburn, from Thornton, says that St. Joseph’s Hospice is a charity very close to her heart. She only started watching Strictly a couple of years ago but now she's a big fan and loves all the dresses and upbeat dances. “I love dancing to 80's and 90's music and I'm really excited about taking part in this year’s event. I just want to have a really good laugh, meet new people and raise money along the way.”
Jennifer Swain, from Seaforth, is huge Strictly fan and has always dreamt of being on the show. Jen loves the glitter, the costumes, the music, and the dancing and is hoping she will get the chance to do something fast and funky. “When I heard about Strictly I jumped at the chance. I love to dance so getting the chance to have lessons, perform, and raise money was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up! Sponsor Jen here!
Joseph McEvoy, from West Derby, is a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing, especially Oti Mabuse. He said: “It’s my favourite program. I love the feel good factor, the music, the costumes and, most of all, the dancing.” He is looking forward to raising money for the hospice and learning a new style of dance. He’s particularly keen to give the Jive or Cha Cha a try!
Keri Bristow, from Hightown, loves Strictly and is very excited to support the hospice. She said: “I love the progress the contestants make on Strictly, the support the pros give and the confidence it builds. It’s also brilliant at supporting diversity!” Johannes is her favourite pro and Keri is hoping for something up tempo like the Quick Step, Jive or Cha Cha but most of all she wants to have fun whilst raising money for a good cause.
Sarah Gadzina, from Formby, is the HR administrator at the hospice. She said: “Since I joined the hospice team last year, I have seen first-hand what our brilliant nurses and carers do every day and I think they are amazing. I have no dance experience but I love the sparkle of Strictly. I’m looking forward to learning my dance and meeting the other contestants but, most of all, wearing a fabulous frock and having loads of fun.”