THEY danced all night and now they want to come back for more.
A charity dance-off between the fire brigade and police service, at the Borough Hall in Hartlepool, has been declared a fantastic success with calls for a re-match.
Just under 400 people turned up to watch teams of firemen and police officers put their dancing skills to the test.
Each of them was partnered with a top dancer from the Carol Hammond School of Dance and was given five weeks to learn the cha cha, waltz, salsa and quickstep.
Then, they put all their new-found talents to the test in a dance-off between the two services.
The competition followed a similar pattern to the Strictly Coming Dancing format on BBC television.
Five fire crew from a watch in Billingham, and five police officers from stations across the Tees Valley, learned the dance moves before performing in public to an audience of hundreds.
Carol said: “It was a fantastic evening and the dancers said they thoroughly enjoyed it.
“It was quite nerve-wracking for some of them but it was all worth it because it was for a very good cause.”
The sponsored challenge raised money for Hartlepool and District Hospice, but the total is not yet known as sponsorship is still being collected.
There was also a raffle, a tombola, and a chance for the audience to join in with dancing as well.
The evening’s attractions also including Carol’s daughter, Adele Jang Don, and her South Korean husband, Jang SeHyoung Don, giving a demonstration of their skills. They are the UK Open 10 dance champions and Professional Showdance European finalists.
Carol added: “The fire brigade won the team event, but it was really tight. The judges had it so close, we had to ask them to do a dance-off.
“I got them to do a salsa and the judges chose the fire brigade team.
“Then police team are wanting a re-match. It might happen, but not this side of Christmas.”
Carol said all of the dancers had enjoyed such a great experience that “they are all friends and are meeting up.
“I can see a re-match on the cards and hopefully it will be next year.”
The Hartlepool Mail was there to capture lots of photographs of the charity dance event.
And you can obtain your own permanent reminder of the event by buying your own copy of the photos via www.northeastpress.newsprints.co.uk