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.