They came, the sparkled and they danced!
A ‘magnificent seven’ brave participants stepped out at the Magherabuoy House Hotel in Portrush recently for a Strictly Musicals dance event to raise money for the Marie Curie cancer charity.
Part of the glittering line-up was Ballymoney hairstylist Stephen Cairns who bravely ‘cut a dash’ with his partner Cara Kelly to dance the paso doble.
Their dramatic Spanish dance won them second place in the competition which was held in front of a packed house.
The other participants on the night were organiser Gerald McQuilken and his partner estate agent Kate Peden,
Mr Ice Cream Nino Morelli with his partner Olivia Hayes, GAA player Pascal Proctor and his partner Brenda Tosh, Dunluce tea rooms proprietor Avril Lamont and her partner Leroy Dempster, Maureen Roddy and her partner Len Boland and X Factor singer Roger Boyd and his partner Emma Durrant.
All the contestants put in many hours of rehearsals to perfect their dance routine which ranged from an elegant waltz to a full tilt disco classic complete with cartwheels!
Full marks to Len Boland who stepped into the breach with only three weeks notice to partner Maureen Roddy after her original dance trainee had to drop out.
Len and Maureen performed a beautiful waltz to the Sound of Music song ‘Edelweiss’.
Judging the event were Alan McClarty, Deigh Reid, Stacey and Una Culkin.
They were highly impressed with all the dancers but awarded their prize of the evening to GAA player Pascal Proctor and his tutor Brenda Tosh who dazzled with a crowd pleasing Charleston.
Then it was over to the audience to vote for their favourites - and the winners were X Factor singer Roger Boyd with his tutor Emma Durrant.
They set the dance floor alight with a disco routine to an Abba favourite ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’.