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Rehearsals will take place weekly on Tuesday evenings between 8pm-9pm at the Stamshaw and Tipner Community Centre (69 Wilson Rd, Portsmouth PO2 8LE). See the venue in Google Maps.
No stranger to competition, Katy is a former female Olympic swimmer for Great Britain. She became the first British swimmer to win a World Championship title when she won the Women’s 200m in 2003. She has represented Great Britain in two Olympics, four World Championships and three Commonwealth Games. She was awarded the MBE for services to swimming in 2004.
Our second judge is a Patron here at the Hospice – TV legend Fred Dinenage!
Fred has appeared as a presenter on many TV programmes such as ‘Tell The Truth’, ‘How’ and its successor ‘How 2’, and BBC quiz show ‘Pass The Buck’ and ‘Gambit’. Fred has presented Meridian Tonight for ITV since 1993, and became co-anchor of a new pan-regional edition in 2009. In 2014 he celebrated his 50th anniversary as reporter/presenter with ITV.
Bessie is an actress from Portsmouth who reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2007. Bessie went on to star in the children’s comedy-drama, My Phone Genie. After training at the renowned Sylvia Young Theatre School, London, she’s held leading roles in a number of productions including the feature film “Nativity!” as well as other acting credits such as “By Any Means”, “Doctors”, “Casualty” and “Dr Foster”. Bessie now runs the Bessie Cursons Theatre & Dance Academy in Portsmouth.
Born in Portsmouth, Amanda worked as an estate agent in Havant and part-time as a barmaid for five years before becoming a professional model. In 1994, Amanda took over the role of the Scottish Widow and in 2001, she became the main presenter of the Channel 4’s ‘A Place in the Sun’. Amanda can currently be seen presenting a prime time property show on More4 called Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb.
Express FM presenter Darren Gamblen is our compere on the night, announcing each dance and supporting the couples as they face the judges! Darren describes himself as a “Middle-aged moody Pompey fan and maintain our City is the best anywhere. Happy to support this local charity”.
Competitive Ballroom and Latin champion dancers Adam Parry, 17 and Poppy Shorland, 15 will be performing a special showdance on the night. They are currently competing for England Under 21s nationally and internationally so we know they’ll produce something truly a-ma-ZING darling!
More information to come soon.
We are offering businesses the opportunity to be an exclusive Show Partner and join us in hosting what promises to be an exciting, fun-filled evening for all, raising vital funds for the Rowans Hospice Charity. We have a range of corporate packages to suit all budgets, whilst providing a great opportunity to boost your organisational Corporate Social Responsibility profile by partnering with a leading local Charity.
This glittering evening is our 2020 flagship event as part of our Silver Jubilee Appeal to raise £7.5m for the development of the Rowans Hospice. Rowans Does Strictly is a fantastic opportunity to support your local Hospice as we continue to build today for the care of tomorrow.
Summary of Corporate Opportunities:
It is through our strategic partnerships with generous corporate benefactors that the Charity can ensure that all funds raised are channelled 100% back into the services we offer.