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ABN Amro Dancefloor Challenge 2018

 


 

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Dance Floor Challenge  

 

2018

 

Friday 27th April Dance Extravaganza

 

Saturday 28th April Matinee

  

Saturday 28th April Gala Dinner Dance

 

 tickets go on sale 13th January 2018 @ 10am
 

Tel: 07781 111347

Friday night dance Extravaganza £30.00 per person

doors open 7.30pm show starts 8 pm, Carriages 11.45pm

Saturday Matinee:- Adults £25.00, Under 18 and over 65 £12.50

 doors open 12 pm, show starts 12.30 pm, Carriages 3.45pm

Saturday Gala Dinner Dance   £75.00 pp (members of GADA £70.00 pp)

Drink reception 6.30pm, Carriages 12.45am

Cheques payable to Let's Dance or GADA please

(Money Non Refundable)

Postal address to send cheques:

Lets Dance
Penrith
Carteret Road
Cobo
Castel
Guernsey
GY5 7YU
  

Raising Funds for both  

GADA (Guernsey Amateur Dancesport Association)  

&
Headway

  Headway is a specialist, local charity supporting over 70 islanders and their families who are coming to terms with and living with the devastating effects of sudden brain injury. The charity runs a unique range of services, including cognitive and physical rehab, IT sessions, a social group, an art group and a mentoring group. All sessions are held in a forum where their brain injury is understood and in a confidential and supportive environment. In Jan 2017, Headway opened a purpose built Headway House at KGV, running 7 sessions across the week helping to retrain the brain to learn new skills and relearn old skills and helping members live as independent life as possible.

Health professionals from GPs to the neurological team at the PEH make regular referrals to our services and the charity also works closely with the island neuro-physios to ensure continuity of care for our members. Increasingly, we are offering targeted outreach support within the community.

 

2018 Line up of Dancers TBA

 


Sheena Le Prevost & Scott Carre

 

Dancing the Salsa & Group Dance 

 Sheena  

I am 55 years young and employed as the Business Travel Manager at Wayfarers Travel, where I have worked for the past 16 years arranging corporate clients’ travel, and for those who trust me, their holidays!
In addition to this I sing as part of a duo with my husband who is the drummer/singer of the local band City Limits. I am also responsible for taking bookings for them which as you can imagine keeps me rather busy.
My hobbies obviously are travel, singing, watching films, going for walks, going out for meals, looking after my six year old grandson. I absolutely love watching Strictly Come Dancing and up until recently thought I could dance - but having now gone to a few beginners’ dance classes I realise that actually I cannot.
I am very much looking forward to joining the Dance Floor Challenge and hopefully whoever I am lucky to be paired off with will make a dancer of me and have the patience of a saint. 

 Scott

I am kept busy running 2 international retail businesses however always time to fit in practice and training for the annual Dance Floor Challenge.  

I am looking forward to the 2018 event as the dance we have has never been done, as a DFC competition routine, before so it will take a lot of hard work to get it right and to make sure the audience enjoy it.

My partner will be working hard from day one but I can guarantee that whoever takes up the challenge will have a fantastic time working with the DFC team over the coming months.


Luke Webb & Charmaine Garrick

 


 
 

 Dancing the Salsa & Group Dance

Luke

“Guernsey born and lived here all my life, bar the three years I spent away at Uni. I work for BBC Radio Guernsey as a Broadcast Assistant and absolutely love it.I've always had an attraction to the BBC, growing up on TopGear and David Attenborough. It was a huge part in shaping the person I have become, and I get a huge sense of pride being able to say I'm a BBC employee...plus, the work is pretty fun!When I'm not terrorising the public with questions about fireworks or the states, I'm a self-confessed nerd. I've played video games most of my life. I'm also an artsy person...I love photography and I'm a bit of a film buff. Nothing better than a Netflix binge!  

As for my history in Dance...there isn't any!”
 

Charmaine   

I’m very much looking forward to taking part in my sixth Dance Floor Challenge and I am sure it will be as much fun as the last ones I’ve been lucky enough to take part in.
I have been dancing since I was 4 years old and started with ballet which I did for 12 years. I’ve recently signed up to adult ballet classes and found that I loved it as much as did 20 years ago. I’ve enjoyed learning different ballroom and latin dances over the years and am excited to be doing the first ever salsa in a DFC! Teaching someone else to dance is part of the fun of the DFC and hopefully my partner will enjoy learning the steps and performing the routine at the end of April.
Alongside working for the Guernsey Border Agency I’m also busy being mum to my two young boys, Flynn (8) and Noah (5). If I can find any spare time I also enjoy surfing, swimming and baking.

    
  Stephen Rouxel & Debbie Bideau

 

 Dancing the Paso Doble & Group Dance

Stephen

Professionally Stephen works as Head of Business for HSBC's Asset Management division in Guernsey. He is President of the Young Business Group, a member of the Chamber of Commerce Council and also sits on the GIFA Technical Committee. In his spare time he enjoys singing with the Accidentals and acting and singing in productions with GADOC (recently - The 39 Steps, Oliver, Les Misarables, Jeeves and Wooster) and the Guernsey Youth Theatre (recently - Journeys End) He is married to Deputy Sarah Hansmann Rouxel (who patiently puts up with chronic over commitment) and together they have two fabulous children Joshua and Taryn. Stephen was so excited to be asked to do the Dance Floor Challenge, mainly because he knows just how much of a challenge it will be! Anyone who has been to a GADOC musical production will certainly have seen Stephen sing and act but when it comes to dancing, all GADOC choreographers have in, Stephens words, "a thoroughly justified habit of putting me in musical numbers that don't, shall we say, have a large amount of dancing. Experience has shown that its just easier that way!". Stephen is incredibly excited to be part of the 2018 challenge hopes to entertain, to learn and to help the Lets Dance team to raise money for the fantastic Headway Guernsey.
 

Debbie

I am the Head of Music at Guernsey Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre and you can usually find me conducting a range of musical groups including bands, orchestras and choirs. My love of dance started a few years ago when I received a flyer through the door advertising modern jive classes. Not knowing what it was, I decided to try it out and was hooked!
I never thought I would find a passion equal to music but I feel that I have found that in dance. This is my 4th dancefloor challenge, having been lucky enough to experience winning it 2 years ago with my jive partner, Marc Griffiths and coming top of the judges leader board with last year's partner, Christopher Jehan. Both of them are now dancers in this year's DFC so they must have enjoyed it! I am looking forward to the training again and hope that my new dance partner enjoys dancing as much as I do!

 

Philippa Stahelin & Christopher Jehan

 

 Dancing thePaso Doble & Group Dance

Philippa

Philippa is Executive Director of Headway Guernsey and keeps herself fit with hockey, both umpiring and playing, cricket and the odd Pilates class. She does however admit that dancing is not one of her pastimes and, with 2 left feet and virtually no rhythm, this promises to be a huge challenge!
However, with her natural competitive spirit, determination and the fact that she will do anything for Headway, she is game to get involved in this island event and will give it her all in the spirit of the dance- let the challenge begin!!!

 

Christopher

One year you’re leaning to dance… the next you’re back as the experienced dancer with a new partner to work with! Winning the judges choice trophy last year with the Viennese Waltz was almost too good to be true. I took the advice of the judges, kept on dancing and was lucky to continue partnering Debbie (who still has a lot to put up with).Last year was crazy as I had just left my employer of 20-odd years to launch my own business (Midshore Consulting Limited), co-launched and became Chairman of the Association of Data Protection Officers, was Vice Chairman of the Guernsey Investment Fund Association and serving on the Committee of the local branch of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. All of these things remain in my life, although a year on everything is a bit more bedded down.Take “not enough hours in the day” add in a love of singing & playing piano and you have the perfect recipe for learning to dance. I can’t wait to meet my new dance partner and hope that they enjoy the dance journey as much as I have – it’s a great bunch of people to see and rehearse with on a regular basis. Dancing the paso doble with Debbie and her new partner is going to be fun!

   

   Phil Breban & Debi Harris

   

Dancing the Jive and Group Dance

Phil   

  I am more used to racing around a football pitch rather than on a dancefloor, although I was never one for side steps on the pitch. However, when offered the opportunity to take part in the Dance Floor Challenge, with the encouragement of my family and the ‘support’ and banter of work colleagues, I thought I must give it a go. After all, if I can do a tandem skydive, could this be any more frightening! I am 53 years old with many years of service in the Guernsey Police having faced challenges during those years but nothing that compares to this. I am not sure who is more surprised that I am taking this challenge on, myself or everybody who knows me, either way it has certainly raised several smiles at work. I anticipate feeling the fun and fear factor during the training and particularly the event itself but am really looking forward to it and will give it my best.

This will be an experience and a challenge for me and even more so for my dance partner. I hope that she has lots of patience!

 

Debi  

This is my second year taking part in the Dancefloor Challenge and I can't wait to get started. I was part of team Tango last year dancing alongside my husband Wayne. This year we will be dancing the jive, which will be fast and fun.
We are really looking forward to meeting our new dance partners and will do our best to make sure they have great time whilst learning this dance. Go team jive!
 


Carrie O'regan & Wayne Harris
 

Dancing the Jive & Group Dance

Carrie  

I am 37 years old I work at Island FM as the station Co –coordinator I have a very exciting job and work with a great bunch of people.
I am very excited to be asked to the dance floor challenge. I have no dance experience whatsoever, but very excited to learn and am always up for a change and not scared of hard work.
I like to say I used to have a lot of hobbies one being my boxing where I joined at a late age to try to get fit and tone up, like you do at our age to end up loving the sport with a great coach behind me all the way, to which I had my first every ABA boxing fight in Poland and many more fights in the UK and Guernsey’s Beau Sejour shows and St.Pierre Park dinner boxing. Unfortunately, after many knee operations, I do not box anymore but its still a big part of my life. I also like softball and hoping to get back into that very soon.
I am very excited to take part in this challenge learning to dance and raising money at the same time, a challenge I will not forget.

Wayne    

I am just about to start a new challenge for myself as store manager at Magnet so it is a very exciting time for me. My wife and I performed in the 100 years of Dance show in October which was a really great show, so we hope to reproduce some great entertainment at the 2017 DFC.

I am looking forward to be dancing the Jive this year, something that I never thought I would say, especially when I was over seventeen stone at the start of 2017. Team Tango last year did a great job and we had loads of fun.

I would like to welcome all new dance partners to the DFC and wish you all well this year in this great challenge and hope you all have a wonderful experience.


 

 Andre Francart & Karen Michel  


 
Dancing the Waltz & Group Dance

  Andre  

 Bonjour, here I am at the age of 66 taking part in the Dance Floor Challenge, something that I had never imagined I would be doing.
I started in the Navy and found myself coming to Guernsey in 1971. Having met Sue during my Navy days, we married in Guernsey and have been married for 44 years. We have two children, Simon & Robbie, and three grandchildren, Eden, Jack and Oakley.
On arriving in Guernsey, I started work as a chef in a popular local restaurant, I then moved to Butchery, and then went back to a chef at the hospital. Work became a lot, lots of long hours and I decided it was time for a change so I took up a Caretaker job at Beechwood. I thoroughly enjoyed the change and so much so, I was there for 17 happy years.
During this work time, I have also helped out Jason Hamon on the butchery front for many years, and have now taken up a butchery position at Surf & Turf Limited. And having taken on a job with him …….. I find myself not only doing butchery but DANCING!

In my spare time I enjoy gardening and socialising. Although having said that, spare time is rare these days.
Sue loves to dance, but I have to say, if we were at a wedding I would be the one sat on a chair watching and she would be the one up and dancing however I now find myself up and dancing and Sue sat watching!
This is going to be a challenge, however, one that I am willing to give my best shot. I have heard someone say “if you danced with a broomstick, it would be more flexible!”.
Au Revoir and wish me luck!

Karen 

This is my last year I say, every year for the last 3 I've said this but it's just too addictive, and the buzz on the night is just magical. Everyone should experience it.
This is my 6th dancefloor challenge, I started out as a personality and just got bitten by the glitter bug that this is and carried on as a dancer. I love the whole experience every year and Im especially looking forward to dancing the waltz with Andre to such a beautiful piece of music. I know he's going to love the journey. And what a fun theme, horror. Let's hope we can have lots of fun whilst raising funds and awareness for a fantastic charity.

We wanna hear lots of screaming and shouting, especially from the Surf and Turf.

 

Victor Den Hoedt & Sara Mellors
 

 

Dancing the Waltz & Group Dance

Victor

I am working for ABN AMRO Channel Islands. I am a Dutchman. For the major part of my professional live my wife and me have been living abroad on several sides of the globe. Hence we are people who do not really know what to call home anymore.

However Guernsey is certainly a place where we feel very much at home. My dancing experience to date is a sad story, many years ago when just married, my wife (at that time an enthusiastic ballroom dancer) and I subscribed with a dance school somewhere in the north of the Netherlands. After 2 lessons the dance school went belly up and that ended my aspirations to learn to dance.

After almost 40 years of marriage my wife finally gets what she wanted me to do for so many years, I will learn to dance. And for that I had to come all the way to Guernsey.

Sara

I have been dancing in Guernsey for ten years now and am looking forward to my 5th Dance floor Challenge as a sixty year old. I am delighted to be partnering Victor and hope we will have a wonderful time learning to dance the waltz with each other. As always I feel bless with the support of my husband Steve and son Reuben, who will be there on the night cheering loudly. 

 
Dean de La Mare  &  Charlotte Trigwell

 

Dancing the Quickstep & Group Dance

Dean

 I was asked at work recently if I would be interested in doing the Dance Floor Challenge, they didn’t know who else to ask! Then before I had too much time to think about it, I had been signed up. The only dancing I have done previously is when acting in some musicals with Evoke Productions, and then it was only the most basic of steps and that was tricky enough!I am Senior Officer for Operations with the St John Emergency Ambulance Service, where I have worked for 18 years, although I have been a member of St John since I was 8.I am involved with the charity Guernsey Jumbulance Holidays and will be organising a holiday to the south coast of England for a group of elderly and disabled people next May. Also I sing with the local sea shanty group GU10 and I am being promoted to the position of Captain for 2018! Keeping the guys under control will be another challenge!My dear late Mum was a local Ballroom Dancing champion and danced for the island, so I will be thinking of her as I take on this challenge, however I definitely did not inherit her talent for dancing by any means!

I am also pleased to be helping to raise funds for the great work done by Headway.  

Charlotte   

Dancefloor Challenge 2018 will be my 3 DFC journey and I am thrilled to back to share my knowledge and passion for Ballroom dancing.By day I am a working mum of two, Cameron 17 & Freya 12 (who also join me regularly on the dancefloor). I work in the Compliance department of The Fort Group and my dancing is my way of combining fitness with an escape from the stresses & strains of daily life.The journey we are about to take is a very rewarding one for me, being given the chance to guide someone who has never had a dance lesson in their life to the point where they have the confidence to perform in front of hundreds of spectator’s some of which are their family, friends & colleagues with a smile on their face is the best feeling ever. I look forward to this journey, and all the challenges and new friendships it will bring.

  

Jai Vaudin & Carine Bichard
 

 Dancing the Quickstep & Group Dance

Jai

I am a local funeral director of 20 years and the Managing Director of Vaudin’s Funeral services, I am also the islands mortuary technician. Besides work I enjoy Basketball and I am referee and Guernsey’s Under 17 Head Coach as well as playing too.

I have a background of martial arts, and roller-skating. My mother and father were into ballroom back in the days of St Georges Hall, however this will be a first for me. I have the support of my wife Jayne and my two lads Luke and Alex. I am looking forward to the challenge, of swapping the basketball court, for the ballroom.


Carine

I am so excited to be taking part in my first dance floor challenge! Anyone who knows me well will tell you this is my dream come true. I am French originally, from Toulouse, where I learned ballet for 17 years. I came to Guernsey in January 1998 and did not dance again until 2 years ago when I was told by a friend we were starting dancing lessons with Jamie and Bonnie, like it or not! I had never danced with a “partner” before and was quite nervous. But that was it, I was hooked again! I have since qualified as a Zumba instructor and have been teaching Monday classes with Jamie and Bonnie since. When I’m not dancing, my little girl Lucie (5) certainly keeps me on my toes!

 

  Paul McCormick & Julie Haimes

 

Dancing the Rumba & Group Dance

Paul  

Originally from Alderney, Paul was educated in Guernsey and after spending time in the UK and New Zealand returned to the island and qualified as a Financial Adviser. After a number of years in banking he is now an Independent Financial Adviser with Sydney Charles Financial Services. At home he is kept busy by his two young daughters and is married to Sarah. He has no dance experience, but is always up for a challenge and is relishing the chance of learning a new skill and having a lot of fun along the way.  

Julie

So looking forward to the Dance Floor Challenge again this year as this will be my third performance as a Dancer. I love the challenge of a new competition dance and I am already falling in love with the Rumba. Hopefully me and my new partner will have fun learning the new amazing choreography whilst working really hard to perfect our technique. As a FITSTEPS dance instructor and a dancer at Let’s Dance School, I am hoping all of my training and practice with Ian Waite and Jamie Le Tissier will help me keep improving my own fitness and dance skills. It is the best experience ever and I can’t wait to dance with my new partner and raise money for such a worthy cause.

Laura Tardiff & Marc Griffiths


Dancing the Rumba & Group Dance

Laura

I gave up dancing 22 years ago, and while I love to keep fit and enjoy a boogie at parties, participating in the Dancefloor Challenge will take me way beyond my comfort zone.I've never danced any Latin or ballroom routines, but I have signed up because I want to challenge myself mentally and physically; I know this will push my fitness to a new level.I am 38 years old and work as a PA at Louvre Fund Services. Outside of work I am like many other mums, ferrying my children to their various activities. I spend my weekends on the side of a football pitch or in my daughter's dance studio, so it will be a nice change to have my family watch me do something.My daughter's passion is dancing, and I am sure the Dancefloor Challenge will give me an insight into a world she loves. She picks up and remembers new routines so quickly, so I am hoping she can help me and in turn, I will be able to understand how hard she works. Although I'm currently a huge embarrassment for doing this!I am looking forward to the challenge, but I hate people watching me, which will undoubtedly make me more nervous. The realisation of the task is hitting home, but I am excited and very determined.

 

Marc

 

After being persuaded to enter the DFC as a personality back in 2016 I was lucky enough to be crowned the overall champion along with my then dance partner Debbie Bideau. 

 

 

Having got the bug, I continued taking lessons and was then kindly asked by Jamie to take up the role as the ‘experienced dancer’ for this year’s challenge. With it being such a great opportunity to keep dancing and also raise money for another great charity it was almost impossible to say no.

 

I am really looking forward to working with my new dance partner and I will try my very best to get them ready for the opening night. Hopefully they will learn lots, have fun, make some wonderful friends and enjoy the amazing journey that is the DFC.

 

Charlie Frost & David Le Poidevin


Dancing the Argentine Tango & Group Dance

Charlie

 

I moved to Guernsey in 2015 ago to take up a job at Channel TV as a news reporter. My first journalism gig in telly, it's been a fab two years of reporting on a huge range of stuff (from States, to donkey statues!) & I've completely fallen in love with the island. I've been so warmly welcomed by islanders & have even been lucky enough to meet a Guern of my own, so Guernsey really does feel like a second home.

 

Now, Strictly Ballroom is my all time favourite movie, so when I was asked to take part in the Challenge it felt like a great excuse to live out my film fantasy! No ballroom background at all, but a willingness to try - I really am looking forward to learning to dance. AND with my boyfriend, Ben Queripel, one of the other competitors in the Challenge my competitive side is desperate to beat him! Our home life may be a bit strained for next few months!!

David

 I am a relatively new face to the Dancefloor Challenge after a late entry in last year’s show with my partner Colette. Despite being last minute with only four weeks to learn our routines we were able to take home the judge’s “Most Improved” award.I work for Orion Insurance Management as a Senior Accounts Executive, a job I am just entering my fourth year of employment in.Myself and my partner Rosie starting dancing around three years ago in search of a new hobby and quickly found and interest. Since then we have performed in a few shows and social competitions and have our sights set on our medals and UK competitions in the future.I look forward to meeting my partner for this year’s show and hope I can drive them to find as much enjoyment for dancing as I have.

 

Benjamin Queripel & Rosie Pennington

 

Dancing the Argentine Tango & Group Dance

Benjamin

 Currently the Manager at HMV Guernsey, I've been with the company for almost ten years, working my way up from a part timer to the boss! I really enjoy my work, chatting with customers and being part of a team. I also love selling records, I'm a big music fan and also a bass guitar player. I'm hoping this means I've got good rhythm and musicality - both which may come in handy on the dance floor!

When Charlie told me we'd been asked to take part in the Challenge as competitors I jumped at the opportunity to try something new. She's seen me on the dance floor in Folies so I know she's worried I'm going to beat her! But whichever of us comes higher on the leader board on the night, I'm hoping all this practice will mean we will be able to dance properly together in the future.

Rosie

This is my first year in the Dance Floor Challenge and I'm hoping to make a lasting impression. My partner David and I have been dancing for around three years after we decided to find a way to get us off the couch and out doing something active. Dancing seemed to take a shine to both of us and quickly became our most frequent and favourite pastime.When I'm not dancing or binge watching the latest series on TV I am a Trust Administrator working for Hansard Trust Ltd. Whilst I haven't been with the company long I've already met some wonderful people and found a keen interest in my field of work.

I can't wait to meet my partner for the show and dive head into my first Dance Floor Challenge.

 

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Thank you to everyone who helps and to all the very generous people/companies who donate raffle/aution prizes

THANK YOU TO:
Beau Sejour:
Dave Ferguson Hall and changing facilities
Sueco: food and beverage
Alan Bull: Digitalphotopost and GADA Photographer.
: Video filming.
Gwyn Sherrif : dresses and outfits
Balloons and decoration: Bonboniera
Hair:
Make-up:
Electrical technician: Jamie Lewis
Music: Marianne De La Mare
Scrutineer: Lesley Le Tissier:
Administrator: Becky Link
GADA Committee and the team of helpers.
Alan Dedicoat: BBC Voice of the National Lottery