Dramatic duo hoping Strictly will cure dancing ‘Achilles heel’

Nicola and Terry Casserley have signed up to teh 2014 Hospice of St Francis Strictly Learn Dancing competition.
Nicola and Terry Casserley have signed up to teh 2014 Hospice of St Francis Strictly Learn Dancing competition.

Two amateur dramatists, keen to add some fancy footwork to their repertoire, have become the first couple to step up to The Hospice of St Francis Strictly Learn Dancing challenge.

Entry opened last week for the fourth annual charity dance extravaganza and Nicola and Terry Casserley, who first met treading the boards at the Hemel Hempstead Theatre Company, have jumped at the chance to gain expert dance tuition, expand their personal portfolio and raise funds for the hospice.

“Acting’s more our thing, we can deliver a song but dancing is our Achilles heel,” said IT development manager and dad-of-three Terry, 51, from Boxmoor. “We couldn’t think of a better way to learn. It’s a fantastic opportunity to master a new skill.”

Terry and Nicola are used to the spotlight, having performed in numerous local productions at The Boxmoor Playhouse.

But mum-of-two Nicola, 40, revealed, “I haven’t danced since I was 12 and Terry only dances at weddings when he’s had a few drinks, so we’ll be a sight to behold.”

The Northchurch-based hospice is looking for 20 couples to embrace this year’s strictly fever and learn the speedy, rhythmic samba and the passionate, sensual Argentine Tango in just six weeks.

Wednesday evening training sessions start on January 29 at Hemel Hempstead’s Cavendish School with participants learning under professional dance teachers Brian and Shirley from Balia-Cusworth Dance School.

The competition will culminate in a grand finale on Saturday, March 15 and participants will need to raise a minimum of £400 in sponsorship. To sponsor Nicola and Terry, visit www.justgiving.com/Nicola-Casserley

To find out about taking part call 01442 869555 or email fundraising@stfrancis.org.uk