Rekindle your romance by dancing for charity

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A DANCE contest could rekindle the romance in your relationship, say the pair who won it last year.

As The Hospice of St Francis launches the 2012 Strictly Learn Dancing event, last year’s winners have told how the event helped “rekindle” their relationship.

Busy parents-of-two Adam and Megan Conn took part to raise cash for the Northchurch charity and spend more time together.

Adam, 31, owner of a security company, said: “Being a parent you neglect personal time for yourselves so our weekly dance lessons were our regular date night to have some fun as a couple again.”

His wife Megan, who is a make-up artist, said: “Instead of falling over on the dance floor, we’ve fallen in love again. It’s rekindled our sparkle as a couple.”

The 2012 event begins on Sunday evenings from January 15 at Sportspace in Hemel Hempstead, where there will be 90-minute lessons for six weeks.

It is open to 10 couples who will be taught dance moves including waltzing and jiving by professional teachers from Baila-Cusworth Dance School.

The couples will compete in a grand finale in front of a large audience at Berkhamsted School’s Centenary Hall in Kings Road on Saturday, February 25.

Matt Baker, who was runner-up in BBC One’s celebrity show Strictly Come Dancing – on which the contest is based – advised contestants to “just enjoy it”.

He said: “It is a brilliant opportunity to do something you would not usually do.”

At the finale contestants will get a free hairstyle, spray-on tan and makeover from Berkhamsted’s Gorgeous Hair and Gorgeous Beauty and gowns from Hemel Hempstead’s Froxy Lady.

Each dancer is asked to invite 10 people to the finale, which costs £15, and get at least £400 in sponsorship for the hospice.

To learn more, call the fundraising team on 01442 869555 or email fran.martin@stfrancis.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, November 30. The event is only for non-dancers and couples who sign up together will get priority.