Article: Dancers take to Brentwood Centre floor for Strictly Air Ambulance

Light delight: Professional dancer Karen Hauer is held aloft by fellow professional Kevin Clifton and air ambulance crew Stuart Elms and Ben Myer [Picture: Gareth Morgan]

GLAMOROUS dancers took to the floor and showed off their best moves at the Brentwood Centre for a night of fundraising entertainment dubbed Strictly Air Ambulance.

Six couples, each comprising one professional dancer and one contestant, fought to win the illustrious glitter ball in front of an enthusiastic 800-strong crowd – with all proceeds from the night going to the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance.

Among the pros were Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Cliffton, who partnered Susanna Reid in last year’s show, and Karen Hauer, who danced with Hairy Biker Dave Myers.

The winning pair was 22-year-old Sarah Cotton, a special needs teacher, and her professional dance partner Petar Pavlovic.

Events manager of Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Wendy Marcon-Knightley said: “We were thrilled the evening was such a great success, raising all important funds.

“It really was a fantastic night with some fantastic dancing and entertainment.

“The standard of dance from both our professional dancers and the contestants this year was truly amazing.”

The competition, which is now in its fifth year, kicked off with a Latin dance and was followed by a ballroom dance.Judges selected three finalists who danced again before the winner was crowned. One of the amateur dancers was a volunteer for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, Chris Davey, and another was partner to Heart’s Su Harrison, Sinclair Walton.

There were professionals from Essex-based dance schools including Chelmsford Dance Centre and Western Dance Centre in Hadleigh.

Money was raised through the sale of tickets for the show on March 7, a raffle and an auction, which included a VIP helicopter ride.

Another prize was a backstage pass to a meet and greet with Kevin and Karen as well as a private dance lesson.

Source: Brentwood Gazette

Article: Strictly sparkling new addition to Cleethorpes Memorial Hall thanks to members of Cliftons Dance Academy

GENEROUS: Members of the Cliftons Dance Academy ballroom dancing class, look on as Keith Clifton, left, and Judy Clifton, right, present Jim Henfrey, Memorial Hall committee member, with the mirror ball the group have bought and donated to the Memorial Hall.

GREAT: Judy and Keith Clifton, present Jim Henfrey, Memorial Hall committee member, with the mirror ball which their ballroom dancing group have bought.

VISITORS to Cleethorpes Memorial Hall will have added sparkle when they turn up to have a ball.

Thanks to members of Cliftons Dance Academy a new mirror ball is gracing the hall.

The £200 glittering ball was donated by dance school owners Keith and Judy Clifton to committee member, Jim Henfrey.

As reported, the couple are no strangers to adding a bit of dance floor sparkle, after their talented son Kevin danced his way to the final of hit BBC TV show Strictly Come Dancing.

Kevin “from Grimsby” – who was brought up in Waltham – and his dance partner, BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid, were firm favourites with the public in this year’s show. Members of the dance school supported raffles at party nights held at the Memorial Hall.

Kevin’s dad Keith Clifton said: “It will help transform the venue. It already has a wonderful floor, comfortable seating and looks great thanks to the redecoration.

“This will give it a look of Strictly glitter.

“It is an iconic attraction that is related to ballroom dancing. All the Mecca dance halls had one when Judy and I were competing and there is one for Strictly Come Dancing, so we are recreating the atmosphere of the classic ballroom.”

The owner of the dance school said Grimsby’s link to the hit BBC TV show had created more demand for ballroom dancing.

His school now has a children’s ballroom dancing class with up to 20 members.

There are also more adult members joining the ballroom classes.

Memorial Hall Trust committee member Jim Henfrey said: “We are delighted with the donation of the mirror ball. We are a charity so welcome all donations.”

Dance student Michelle Elliot said: “It will add an atmosphere of fun and gaiety and a lot of sparkle.”

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Reminder: ‘Strictly Air Ambulance’ event with Kevin and Karen this evening!

According to this tweet, tickets will be available on the door this evening, so if you haven’t got tickets already and you’re in the area, get yourself down there – support Essex Air Ambulance, and see our fave dance couple too!


Date and time: Friday 7th March, show starts at 7:30pm

Location: the Brentwood Centre

Tickets: £17 (£14 concessions)


❤️Strictly Love is all around us!❤️

Originally posted on strictlysupportgroup:

Tonight our blog was  struck by  Cupid’s arrow and we were left in a romantic daze. 😍 Yes, in honour of it being Valentine’s Day we asked what have been the most Romantic Strictly Moments for you.

Here are some of your responses:-







As Rumba is the dance of love, we moved on to asking you all what the most romantic Rumba you’d seen on Strictly was. Lots of you voted for Chelsee and Pasha, Ali and Brian and Rachel and Vincent’s Stunning Rumbas, however the overall winner was Kara and Artem with their fab-u-lous, exquisitely danced, perfect Rumba. Here’s a video to remind you just why it was so good:

This is why you thought it was so good:-



Thank you all for taking part in our #strictlysupportgroup tonight. We hope you enjoyed it and all have a fantastic Valentine’s Day.

Lots of love and glittery hugs from

Cassie :)

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Announcement: Event starring Kevin and Karen – Strictly Air Ambulance 2014

So another date to add to the diary; this time for a worthy cause, Essex Air Ambulance. Kevin and Karen are a busy and popular couple, which is a good thing of course!

All the details below:

Where: Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex, Brentwood CM15 9NN

When: Friday 7th March 2014

Ticket price: £17 (£14 concessions) plus booking fee

How to book tickets: Call 0871 2241112

The extremely popular Strictly Air Ambulance event is returning to Brentwood for a breathtaking show starring celebrity pro-dancer Kevin Clifton who reached the final with Breakfast News Presenter Susannah Reid and his dance partner Karen Hauer.

The Charity is calling on all dancing and ’Strictly’ fans to join them at the Brentwood Centre on Friday 7th March 2014 for a spectacular evening of dance and entertainment all to raise vital funds to keep the life-saving helicopter flying.

Hosted by Su from Heart Breakfast, this fun filled evening will see six couples battle it out on the dance floor to try and impress the judges.

This is a chance for ‘Strictly’ fans and Essex Air Ambulance supporters to enjoy some fantastic dancing and world class entertainment all in aid of a very worthy cause.

Source: Essex Air Ambulance