VIDEO: Strictly Corby is nearly here!

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The wait is nearly over for 10 nervous celebrities and their dance partners.

This Friday, October 18, the 10 Corby celebrities will take to the dance floor at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel to star in this year’s Strictly Corby, in aid of Lakelands Hospice.

Reporter Janet Bew gets some final dance practice with dance partner Alex Turigel

Reporter Janet Bew gets some final dance practice with dance partner Alex Turigel

The dancers, including me and my dance partner Alex Turigel, the owner of Desborough Fish Shop, have had 10 weeks to learn the waltz, cha cha and a show dance, which we will perform in front of a sell-out audience of 400.

Most of the celebrities have never danced before and have spent hours practising the New Yorker, whisk and various other steps they never knew existed until a couple of months ago.

Alex and I have practised most mornings before work at MaSh dance school in Field Street, Kettering, perfecting our routines while I have tried to avoid stepping on Alex’s feet.

Alex said: “I only learned to dance two years ago, and if I can do it anyone can.”

Don’t believe him, I have discovered I have two left feet and no sense of rhythm.

Last year’s event raised more than £16,000 for the hospice and the organiser, Paul Marlow, is hoping to top that this year.

He said: “The dancers have shown an enormous amount of commitment, now it’s time to put on a great show for the audience.

“There are some cracking show dances, a real good mix that will go down a storm.

“The dancers should be proud of themselves, they are all making such a difference to a cracking cause.”

All the dancers have a Just Giving page.

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