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What's on: Time to Dance, Accrington, July 21
SOME of the world’s leading dancers will be heading for Accrington Town Hall next Saturday night for the culmination of a month-long festival in Hyndburn.
Time To Dance has brought different styles of dance to members of the public and next Saturday a gala evening will see the professionals take to the floor.
Leading the way will be Strictly Come Dancing favourite Katya Virshilas, who will be dancing with her professional partner — and new husband — Klaus Kongsdal.
Katya has appeared in three series of TV’s most watched dance show partnering celebrities Phil Tufnell, Gavin Henson and Dan Lobb along the way.
She has also toured with fellow Strictly star Pascha Kovalev.
Born in Lithuania, Katya has competed in and won numerous championships, including being the youngest-ever British Columbian Latin Dance Champion at the age of 16.
She co-choreographed, trained, and danced in the tango dance sequence in the movie Take The Lead with Antonio Banderas.
Also taking part in next Saturday’s show will be Ryan Hammond and Lindsey Muckle, semi-finalists on Sky One’s ‘Got To Dance.’ Lindsey and Ryan met in 2004 and have been dancing together ever since, competing and demonstrating all over the world.
Ryan, originally from South Africa and Lindsey from Newcastle are the four times British Latin Showdance Champions and also starred in the South African version of Strictly Come Dancing, which Lindsey won.
They have recently returned from a tour with stars of Strictly Come Dancing Katya and Pasha.
As an added treat, they will teach a group dance during the evening giving the audience the opportunity to join in.
Rounding off the bill will be a performance by the British Youth Latin and Ballroom Champions — AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt.
AJ, 17 and Chloe, 16, are among the brightest young stars on the dance circuit.
The evening will be hosted by MCs Wilf and Frances and Terry and Glenda who will lead both ballroom and sequence dances.
Time to Dance’ was launched in, 2009 and due to its success and demand the event has grown each year.
Hyndburn Leisure events manager, Kerry Smith said: “Each year we win new fans and the festival gets more and more popular. It’s great to see that dance has such a big following in the area. Last year we had 30 events and due to the popularity, this year we have put on a programme of 50 with everything from tea dances and modern sequence to zumba and jhoom.”
~Time to Dance finale, Accrington Town Hall, Saturday, July 21. Dress code: lounge suit/ black tie optional.
For details of this and all Time to Dance events call 01254 380293
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