Morley MD Gets Ready For Charity Judging Role
After being crowned the winner of the 2017 Variety Strictly Ballroom event, and helping raise over £40k for the charity, MD Ian Short is getting his scoring paddles ready as he joins the judging panel for this year’s event.
Gethin Jones, semi-finalist on Strictly Come Dancing 2007 and roving reporter on Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two, will return as host alongside the fabulous judging panel. The event will also benefit from a little expert dance help courtesy of dancing school Wallflower Dance in Buxton, with all choreography being overseen by owner and professional dancer, Victoria Coultas.
Judge Ian, who individually raised over £10k last year said: “Winning last year’s Strictly Ballroom event was honestly lifechanging for me. Not only did I learn to dance, I also quit smoking and lost over six stones in weight. I’ve continued to dance with my professional partner, Olivia Choi from Freedom2Dance studio, and we’re even entering a competition together later this year.
“In June this year I was lucky enough to be invited to see the money Variety raises being put to good use first hand when the charity asked me to present Mill Field Primary School in Leeds with its own new Sunshine coach. It’s a very worthy cause and I am delighted to be able to continue my support for the work they do.”
Variety, the Children's Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of sick, disabled and underprivileged children. Its objective is to increase their independence, level of confidence and self-esteem, providing them with the opportunity to reach their full potential.
This year’s Strictly Ballroom event will take place 10th October at Bowcliffe Hall in Bramham, Leeds. Standard tickets are £25 with children’s tickets £10 and all proceeds going to help Variety continue its important work. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.