Friends go head-to-head in Strictly-style dance-off

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Couples Nina and Sacha Bedding with Linsey and Nick Watson, and, teachers Carol Hammond and Diane Bell.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Couples Nina and Sacha Bedding with Linsey and Nick Watson, and, teachers Carol Hammond and Diane Bell.

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IT’S rivalry on the dance floor as two village couples go head to head in a Strictly Come Dancing-style charity contest.

Sacha and Nina Bedding, and their friends and fellow villagers Nick and Linsey Watson, all from Elwick, Hartlepool, are taking part in Let’s Dance to raise money for the Hartlepool Branch of the NSPCC.

Hartlpool's strictly come dancing style comp for the NSPCC. Couples from left Nina and Sacha Bedding with Linsey and Nick Watson.

Hartlpool's strictly come dancing style comp for the NSPCC. Couples from left Nina and Sacha Bedding with Linsey and Nick Watson.

Organisers were seeking 10 town couples to take part in the contest and Nina, 36, was the first of the couples to hold up her hand.

She roped in her husband Sacha, 42, who in turn persuaded Linsey, 32, who then twisted the arm of her hubby Nick, 40.

So now the pairs are practising to perfect their moves ahead of the big night at The Borough Hall, at the Headland, on Friday, March 13.

Linsey is taking it so seriously that she broke two ribs while trying to jump on Nick’s hip!

The full-time mum-of-three daughters, Lily, seven, Isla, five, and Freya, three, laughed and joked as she said: “We were asked to get involved by our friends Sacha and Nina.

“They don’t know what they’ve let themselves in for though because we’re way better than they are.

“We will win, it’s not a question of ‘if’ we win.”

She added: “I’ve had to have two-and-a-half weeks off because I broke two of my ribs practising a move, but I still think we’ve got what it takes!”

Linsey and Nick, a property developer, will dance to one rock ‘n’ roll number, and also the Charlston and quick step in the second round.

They have been practising about eight to nine hours a week in Carol Hammond’s Dance Studio in Dalton Street, and also in Elwick Village Hall.

Sacha and Nina, on the other hand are putting in about 15 hours a week practice in the dance studio, and also at Sacha’s work at The Annexe in Dyke House, or even in their lounge once their kids Joshua, 11, Millie, nine, and Zac, five, have gone to bed.

Sacha says he even finds himself thinking about steps while he is walking the dog.

He said: “Nina’s friend is one of the organisers so that’s how we got involved - I was kind of volunteered to do it by my wife.

“I’m not built for dancing at all, I don’t even ‘dad-dance’, I just don’t dance!

“We’re way better than Nick and Linsey though - we’re friends but we’re rivals.

“It’s been fun but Nick is quite competitive so he wants to win. He won’t though!”

Sacha and Nina, who works in the health service, are dancing a tango and a cha cha.

The contest will see three finalists, voted for by a panel of judges and the audience will then perform in a dance off, before the winning couple are crowned.

The committee hopes the competition will raise £10,000 for the NSPCC through sponsorship and ticket sales and each couple is expected to raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship.

lTo sponsor the Beddings or the Watsons log onto the Just Giving page and type in either couple’s names.