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Strictly Best Foot Forward 2017

Monday, 11 September ,17 @ 12:00 am - Saturday, 9 December ,17 @ 12:00 am

Fancy following in the talented footsteps of Strictly Come Dancing stars while getting fitter and having fun all for free? 

Now is your chance to get in step for a fundraising Strictly style dance event inspired by a spirited Bury woman following the untimely death of her beloved husband.

Deborah Lisle, 58 from Tottington, has re-discovered her love of dance after joining A Touch of Class Dance Studio in Little Lever and is now aiming to encourage others to hit the dance floor in a bid to raise funds for Bury Hospice.

Deborah’s husband John lost his courageous battle against cancer in 2015, at the age of just 64, leaving a huge hole in the lives of Deborah and the Lisle family.

“After losing John, I needed to find a hobby to occupy my time and make sure I did not sit at home all the time. Although I have amazing family and friends, they cannot be with me 24 hours a day and it is difficult finding yourself on your own so I decided to find a dance class. I had danced as a child at Taskers in Bury but gave up at 16,” explained Deborah.

“Over the years John and I did try dance lessons but it wasn’t for him so instead, we played golf and had many happy times sharing this interest. I realised last year, that I needed to have an interest that would occupy my time and remembered how much I loved dancing. After several false starts, I discovered A Touch of Class. Teresa Croasdale, the Principal, had actually danced and taught at Taskers at the same time as me all those years ago.”

Now Deborah has rekindled her passion for dancing, even taking dance exams in Latin American. “When explaining to friends how dance makes me feel, it’s as if it has given me permission to smile again. I am now dancing four nights a week, am much fitter, far healthier and have lost a stone in weight.“

Deborah’s other passion is Bury Hospice, where she began volunteering in November 2016. 

Deborah continued: “The idea of a dance event to raise funds and awareness of Bury Hospice began to develop in early 2017 and I am delighted to say that everything is now in place for an amazing experience for anyone interested.”

In conjunction with A Touch Of Class Dance Studio and Active Dance Studio in Bury, Deborah and her fellow volunteers are now planning a dance event based around Strictly Come Dancing, culminating in a spectacular Strictly themed night in December.

If you have ever fancied learning to dance then now is the perfect time, free lessons in a warm and friendly studio. Bury is not unique, other hospices up and down the country hold dance events and they are fun and successful.

“Our aim is to raise as much money as possible for Bury Hospice. If your family or friends have been cared for by the Hospice then this is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a fun event for a superb cause,” added Deborah.

“We are looking for 12 ladies and 12 gentlemen with little or no experience in Ballroom and Latin Dancing. You will learn how to Foxtrot and Quickstep and choose one dance from either Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Rock and Roll or Argentine Tango as your speciality dance.”

Participants will be offered 12 free dance lessons on Monday evenings, beginning in September and can be individuals or couples. “We will help to find you the best partner if you fancy taking part but are worried that you do not have a dance partner,” said Deborah.

In return for the free lessons, all participants will be asked to aim to raise a target of £400 in sponsorship leading up to the event. Deborah and the team will offer support and ideas on how to fundraise and if any local businesses want to get involved as sponsors, they can help to make this a successful event.

The dance extravaganza finale will be held at The Longfield Suite in Prestwich on Saturday 9th December 2017. 

“This is a superb venue for our event and of course, some of the real Strictly stars have performed on the very same dance floor,” added Deborah.

“We are delighted to have celebrity judges, which I cannot yet reveal, alongside experienced dance teachers who will watch and score performances and present the glitter ball trophies.

“There will be a supper, raffle and lots of fundraising done in aid of Bury Hospice. Get involved you never know you may find a new hobby which becomes a passion.”

you can now donate to our Just Giving page..



Monday, 11 September ,17 @ 12:00 am
Saturday, 9 December ,17 @ 12:00 am


Bury Hospice
0161 725 9800


The Longfield Suite
Longfield Centre, Prestwich, Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester, M25 1AY United Kingdom
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0161 253 7227