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Strictly Come Dancing

John Fitzpatrick and Claire Breslin practice their routine during rehearsals for the opening night.

PRACTICE is underway for the fifth annual ‘Not So Strictly Come Dancing’ in aid of the Westville Family Resource Centre.

The show brings together a range of participants from various sections of the community who train for over two months to perform a group dance, couple Jive and Paso Doble which will bring dance and drama together for a lively performance. Dance tuition is by Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre.

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The event will be held on two nights in the Killyhevlin Hotel, on Thursday November 6 and Thursday November 20 – and it is ticket only.

The Westville Family Resource Centre’s Doreen Mullan explained: “Dancers taking part this year work in various business and will be fundraising for votes to support their performance on the dance floor.

“Not So Strictly participants are marked by three judges, Tommy McLaughlin – Community Relations officer for Fermanagh District Council on attitude, Louise Cullen – BBC outside broadcaster on dance, and Catherine Robinson – colour and style consultant on dress and style to dance. Compere will be Ted Maye.”

The dancers for this year’s event are: Sean Leonard and Christine Cullen, Niall Carberry and Nikki McCaffrey, Julian Fowler and Dervla Quigley, John Fitzpatrick and Claire Breslin, Sean Rushe and Tracey Trimble, Joey Reid and Jessica Young, Brian Kettyles and Gail Timlin, Shane Connolly and Gemma Dann, Daniel Teague and Siona Doherty, Salman Didwai and Majella Beacom.

Also at the event, last year’s group and some of the 2012 group will perform a dance in tribute to Nial Hamilton, who danced in 2012 and then in the group dance in 2013. The 44-year-old fireman died after collapsing while on duty in Lurgan in February.

Doreen went on: “All proceeds will go towards the work that is carried out through Westville Family Resource Centre – Promoting Positive Family values through a range of services including Lifestarts Growing child which is currently delivered each month to 280 children birth – five years in the family home to some 200 families spanning from Roslea to Trillick.

“Other programmes include Early Days project in partnership with Devenish Partnership, Families Together group, Let’s Get Arty, Taking the Fun outdoors and other early intervention programmes to assist child development.”

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She added: “Although the centre receives various funding from different sources including BBC CIN it relies heavily on local fundraising to cover the shortfall. Next year the centre will be involved with the delivery of Lifestart 20 years in Enniskillen and have planned a charity ball to celebrate the achievement.”


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