A very memorable evening was enjoyed by the lucky 250 attendees who managed to get hold of a ticket last Saturday evening at Edgar Hall, Somerton as ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ arrived in town!
This was the first time Somerton RFC had organised such an event and there is no doubt the event was an overwhelming success with everyone there enjoying a truly wonderful evening’s entertainment full of fun, spectacle and glamour.
The event was run in conjunction with GingerFred Dance Studio, Langport, with tremendous help and support from, Louise Barrett, from GingerFred. Louise is a professional dance and theatre director who has spent over 18 years in the performing arts industry as a teacher, choreographer and performer so the participants were in very safe hands.
Six of our club members volunteered to take part in the competition and all were paired with a dance partner from GingerFred. Each of the players had no previous experience of dancing and had to put in many long hours of practice beforehand in the dance studio with lots of help and encouragement from their dancing partners and Louise. These fledgling dancing rugby players did themselves and their dancing partners proud with the high standard of performance delivered on the night and brought great credit to our club!
The competitors were:
Simon Rumbles and his partner Jennifer;
Dan Dury and his partner Katey;
Richard Worsdale and his partner Lucy;
Scott Godley and his partner Kim;
Tom Wills and his partner Katie, and, finally;
Justin Marks and his partner Juliet.
The judging panel was comprised of:
Stephen Benn, a local businessman and supporter of SRFC; two well known local people within the Langport and Somerton areas: Cara Naden and Mo Fletcher respectively and, finally, Robin Windsor, a British professional Latin and Ballroom dancer, best known for his appearances in, of course, the BBC television series ‘Strictly Come Dancing’!
The proceedings got underway with Louise Barrett and David Duthie doing a fabulous job as hosts providing great support to the dancers and keeping everything running smoothly in line with the event timetable.
The dancers did a 5-minute routine with a range of dance genres covered, each one executed brilliantly despite the nerves. The judges got into their stride providing a summary of the performances on display which greatly added to the enjoyment of the evening with their well delivered thoughts, wit and humour and, of course, the important scores.
The judges scores reflected the standard of the dancing on display with each score being very close. At the end, however, it was Justin and Juliet who topped the ‘Leader Board’ (with a 10 being awarded by Robin) but it was going to be down to the audience to decide who won the competition.
Before each pair returned to do a repeat performance there was a beautiful routine performed by a group of young dancers from GingerFred who finished their routine to tumultuous applause. The participants then went through their dance routines again allowing all spectators the opportunity to appraise their performance for a second time before making their minds up when it came to the vote. This was clearly not going to be an easy task with so little to choose between them!
While the audience made up their minds, there was a second routine performed by other members of the dance studio, again, this was very well received by all present and testament to skill and dedication of the dancers involved.
The moment then arrived for the winning couple to be announced by our hosts. This was a very nervous time for everyone as each couple had performed so well. After a tense pause, David confirmed that very few votes separated the six couples! He then announced the winning couple as Club Captain, Tom Wills and his partner Katie. To rapturous applause, Tom and Katie were presented with their winner’s trophy and they performed their routine for the last time as competition champions.
This was a truly magnificent event that was extremely well organised and enjoyed by all. Huge thanks to all participants, the judges, Louise and David, GingerFred dance studio and all the sponsors of the event. Special thanks go to the main organiser, club Treasurer Paul Farmer – well done Paul!
Finally, huge thanks and well done to our six club members who were truly magnificent on the night and whose efforts made this a very special occasion in what was, for them, unfamiliar territory! Please follow the link to our short video of the evening.
(Hon. Secretary Somerton RFC)