Strictly a Success!

Strictly a Success! Strictly a Success! Strictly a Success!

The Quarterdeck of Britannia Royal Naval College was transformed into a ballroom as twenty-two members of staff put on their dancing shoes to take part in ‘Strictly come Dancing’ all in aid of charity.


To a variety of music played by the BRNC Volunteer Band, under the direction of Phil Watson, the dancers started the evening off with a group Viennese Waltz before venturing onto the floor with their individual show dances.


The dancers represented all elements of staff at the college with RN, VT Flagship, Sodexo and Plymouth University lecturers and Liza Cadby the Britannia Association Secretary all having the courage to get involved. Names were drawn out of the hat in January and the couples then received some basic dance lessons and advice from Ms Brigitte Tardy of Dittisham. They got to choose which dance they wanted to concentrate on and then choreographed a three minute routine.


Competitor and event organiser, Lieutenant Serena Davis commented “fitting practices into our hectic weekly programmes was a major issue for all involved and nerves were certainly running high as the evening approached but we all knew it would be fun and raise money for charity.”


On the night the audience were delighted by jives with lifts, turns and somersaults to amaze, elegant waltzes, leg revealing dramatic tangos, incredibly swift quicksteps not to mention a vibrant paso doble and cha cha cha. Liza was partnered with Lieutenant Commander Sean Ryan, the OC of Initial Officer Training and they started the second half of the evening with an elegant waltz to the music of ‘Three times a Lady’. In line with its sister television show, there were judges to comment and mark the couples but the audience had the final say.


Runaway winners were the C of E Padre, Rev. Nigel Beardsley and Leading Physical Instructor Andrea Marshall who delighted absolutely everyone with a fantastic quickstep to the song of ‘Mac the Knife,’ with Liza and Sean coming second. Over £1,600 was raised for charity.                      



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