Our Strictly night, on April 16th, was a great success and I was pleased to see lots of parents, carers and friends of Tanglewood there to witness it. This was the 7th time we have held this very popular event which was organised by club helpers Christina & Jackie who are pictured receiving a bouquet of flowers for their efforts.
A total of nine couples took part and the each preformed a dance lasting approx.. 2 minutes in front of four judges – Jackie’s husband John, Club helper Carol’s daughter Victoria, Carolyn and Malcolm – the latter two being professional dancers who had just returned from performing their dances on a cruise ship. Just like the real strictly, each judge was given a set of numbers and after each dance they gave a score of up to ten, and made comments on the routines. We ended up with a winner and runner up – there are no losers of course and all the couples received a certificate and a medal.
The runners up were Karen & Rakesh. Karen won this event in 2015 & 2013 and was a runner up in 2011. Rakesh who was a runner up in 2011 was a last minute replacement for Christopher Sullivan who had been taken ill earlier in the day, so well done to Rakesh for standing in at the last minute. Considering they hadn’t danced together at all before the night, they did extraordinarily well to achieve 34 pts to take 2nd place. They each received a runners up certificate and a silver medal.
The gold medal, winners certificate and trophy went to Debbie & Chirag. Debbie won the very first “Strictly” in 2010 and her partner Chirag was appearing in his first Strictly. Head judge Malcolm was the first to vote and gave them a maximum 10 pts all the other judges agreed that it was the best routine and they all gave them the maximum score making their total 40. Many congratulations to them and of course to all the couples for taking part, and not forgetting the organisers Christina & Jackie for making it a very enjoyable evening.
We did make a video of the evening and copies of this will be available soon – watch this space.