Contestants enjoy their Group Training sessions with Accursio

Ruby Parmar – PwC
“So, this week I met my professional dance partner.  It was rather an insalubrious setting, The Memorial Hall, in a place that will remain nameless.  If like me you’ve often wondered who other than short matt bowlers and kindergarten use places like this then  think again.  It’s 50 something women with 20 something dance pros trying to look like dancing hadn’t completely passed them by.  Conjure up that image next time you pass your local village hall.

Seriously though, the guy can dance but luckily for me he can teach too and is patient.  By the end of a two hour session I felt I’d achieved something even if it was only not looking at the floor for at least 10 seconds of the routine.

And it’s Friday night and guess what? I’m not going out for a romantic meal with my husband or drinks at our local with friends. I’m going to another memorable “hall” for three hours of dance practice with my fellow contestants and the lovely Acurssio, the event organiser and dance teacher.   But don’t feel for me even though that’s pretty much how I’ll be spending all my Friday evenings until the event on 18/11 because I never imagined learning to dance would be so much fun.

Let’s hope I’m as up beat next week.”

Jaqcui Gudgion – Mercer & Hole
“Our Friday group practice session with Accursio was great as I met more of the contestants and felt as though the steps were starting to sink in for both dances.  Unfortunately remembering the steps in the right order doesn’t mean I can co-ordinate hands, head and feet all going in the right direction – think patting your head and rubbing your stomach kind of thing; it takes a bit of thought to get it right.

The Samba practice was going fine up to the bit where Accursio added music that would be at about the same pace as we will be dancing to on the night. At that point the ability to move and think at the same time left me completely and I think I may have looked as though I was aged 10 skipping through the playground with no real control! Still, practice makes perfect and I am determined to put the hours in.  Another 2.5 hours on Sunday with my dance partner fantastically patient dance partner Joseph rounded off the week confirming that I really need to do more ankle strength exercises to be able to dance on my toes and need to shape my hands a bit like a Dorriss – anyone old enough to remember the TV show that came from?? No? just me then.”