Hartlepool hospice to benefit from Strictly-inspired dance event

Jesmond Gardens Primary School pupils practising for Friday's Strikly Salsa Kids event.
Jesmond Gardens Primary School pupils practising for Friday's Strikly Salsa Kids event.

Young dancers are set to dazzle on the dance floor in an event inspired by TV’s Strictly Come Dancing in aid of Hartlepool’s hospice.

Town dance teacher Carol Hammond is hosting the inter-school dance competition in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice called Strikly Salsa Kids.

The hospice is a fantastic local charity which is close my heart

Dance teacher Carol Hammond

Taking place on Friday at The Borough Hall, on the Headland, it will see 70 children from seven primary schools across the town take to the floor in the event modelled on the BBC’s ratings hit Strictly Come Dancing.

There will also be dance demonstrations by the UK Open 10 Dance Champions and British Showcase Champions Jang Sehyoung Don and Adele Jang Don.

Carol is a long-term supporter of the hospice and has raised more than £18,000. She said Strikly Salsa may become a regular event if it is a success.

She said: “I have always wanted to host an inter-school competition and if this is successful, I would certainly like to do this as an annual event. It is also good to be able to support the hospice, a fantastic local charity which is close my heart.”

She added: “I am very grateful to Cameron’s Brewery for covering the cost of the dancing shoes for the children.”

The hospice, based in Wells Avenue, thanked Carol for her years of support.

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice, said: “Carol is a long-term supporter of the hospice who has raised over £18,500; a phenomenal contribution.

“Her events are always an absolute pleasure to attend I am thoroughly looking forward this one. I would like to say a great big thank you to Carol and her dancers, as well as wishing everyone all the very best for the competition, which I am sure will be another great success.”

Tickets to watch the dance spectacle are £12 each and are available from Carol Hammond Dance Studio, Dalton Street, Hartlepool or call Janice Forbes at the hospice on (01429) 855536. Doors will open on the night at 6pm and the show will begin at 7pm.