Strictly Banbury needs more male heroes


Charities to benefit from Strictly Banbury but male volunteers needed ahead of training this weekend

A group of local heroes are preparing to cha-cha, tango and freestyle to raise money for local charities as Strictly Banbury returns for 2020.   However, the show is urgently seeking a couple more male volunteers to complete their line-up.

Strictly Banbury, the local version of the popular TV show, has now been running for eleven years.   Training for this year’s shows will begin on Sunday.   Any men feeling they could rise to the challenge should contact organiser Glenda Harper from Step By Step Dance Promotions.   She told Banbury FM it doesn’t matter if you have two left feet, telling us, “We get the two left feet turned into one of each – we get there!”.

Volunteers only need to commit to a three hour Sunday afternoon training session over the next eight weeks.  During these sessions the volunteers – or local heroes as Glenda likes to call them – will be partnered with a suitable professional dancer who will guide their training.

Whilst everything is covered up to the point of being “show ready” at the Sunday training sessions, Glenda did concede that for some a competitive element takes over.   She said, “There’s always a surprising person who says ‘I’m not wearing glitter and I’m not wearing fake tan’ when they walk into the room.   But by the end of the eight weeks a competitive side comes in as to how much fake tan they can have and how much sparkle on their outfits”.

Strictly Banbury will run across three shows which are scheduled for Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April at The Mill.   Each show is self-contained with dancers able to be crowned the winner on each occasion, dependant on their performance at that show.   Three local charities will benefit from the money raised.   This year the proceeds will be split between The Samaritans in Banbury, Samuels Charity for the children’s ward at the Horton Hospital and Age UK Oxfordshire. 

Any men that feel they could step up to the challenge of joining in this year should email Glenda (, contact her via the Strictly Banbury Facebook page, or call her on 07800 577962.

Tickets for Strictly Banbury 2020 are on sale now from the Mill priced at £18 for the evening shows and £14 for the matinee, with concessions available.  

You can listen to show organiser Glenda Harper talking to Andy Green on Banbury FM Breakfast here:

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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