Strictly Cobh Dancing 2017 Returns for the 3rd Year

by Leah Ring

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Strictly Cobh Dancing returns to the Island for the third year running this April and Cobh Tourism are searching for 12 couples to get involved.

A meeting for interested dancers will be held in the Maritime Room of the Commodore Hotel on Sunday, 15 January 2017 at 12pm.

Chairman of Cobh Tourism, Hendrick Verwey said: “We are looking for competitors at the moment. It is open to everyone in the area. We need 12 couples and if you come as a couple it makes it even easier. In the past we had some trouble getting enough men involved but anyone who has done it really has enjoyed it.”

Cobh Tourism began the event three years ago to raise funds for the Sonia O’Sullivan statue but the group decided to run the dance annually as a result of its success.

Mr Verwey said: “There was a huge effort put in and it was hugely successful. From a fundraising point of view it was good but it was even better in many ways for the community spirit and feel good factor. People really love it.”

Once the couples have been chosen Declan Roche will hold 30 minute one to one dance lessons every Sunday.

Mr Roche choreographed the event last year and works as a dance teacher in Cobh.

He said: “It was a fantastic success last year. We are just waiting for people to get on board for this year to get the ball rolling.”

The competition is open to dancers of all levels and convers a range of different disciplines.

“Last year about 80 – 90% of those involved hadn’t danced before. It is very rewarding and the couple that won last year, they were husband and wife, hadn’t been dancers before. It is open to anyone but it is a big commitment. It is two months where you eat, sleep and breathe dance,” Mr Roche explained.

Julie Murtagh and Hayley Gould Higgins will choreograph the opening and closing dance routines with couples.

The competition costs €200 per couple and can be raised through sponsorship, coffee mornings or table quizzes.

Strictly Cobh Dancing will run in the Commodore Hotel on Friday, 7 April 2017.

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