‘Strictly’ hits Lancaster


Lancaster University Ballroom Dancing Society’s (LUBDS) annual Charity Showcase is set to return to Lancaster University on Friday February 3rd, and “it promises to be the biggest and best yet” LUBDS President, Andrew Pickup, told SCAN.

The Showcase will be taking place in the Great Hall at 7.30pm, and will be helping to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The evening will include performances from LUBDS, as well as ULMS (Lancaster University Music Society) Big Band and LUDans (Lancaster University Dance Society).

LUBDS Publicity Officer, Sophie Sheard, told SCAN that “it’s a great event to perform in, we’ve all worked so hard to perfect our dance routines and it’s great to see so many people getting involved.”

“The evening hosts a variety of fantastic entertainment and it’s all in aid of Cancer Research, I can’t think of any better reason to come along” she added.

LUDans have performed at the showcase in previous years “and it’s always a good show” said society President, Emma Stafford.

“We are honoured to have been asked to perform at this event as all money raised goes to a good cause” she continued, going on to say that LUDans  will “be performing dances that [they] have recently placed with at a competition at Durham University.”

LUBDS’s own ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ will also be hitting the stage, “which as ever, promises to be the highlight of the evening'” said Pickup. The contestants will partner up with members of the LUBDS Exec and perform a dance in an attempt to win the audience’s votes.

Kathryn Piekarski, LUBD’s Charity Officer, revealed to SCAN that the ‘Strictly’ contestant line-up includes: Lancaster University Student’s Union (LUSU) President George Gardiner, Matthew Power LUSU Vice President (Media & Communications), Olly Trumble LUSU Vice President (Events & Democracy), and Alex Carlin LUSU Vice President (Academic).

ULMS President, Rhian Davies, will also be amongst the contestants, along with Sam Thurgood, Chairman of Lancaster’s Conservative Future, Josh Bancroft, Vice Chair for the Lancaster Labour Club, former Graduate President Sarah Taylor, LUSU Council Officer Danny McGuire and LUSU Social and Events Officer Rachel Essex.

“The hard work and effort that has already gone into [the showcase] by those involved demonstrates that it will not be a disappointment” said Piekarski.

Tickets for the Showcase will cost £5 or £4 with a Purple Card, and are available on Monday 8pm-10pm from County South Lecture Theatre, Wednesday 2pm-10pm in the Minor Hall and Thursday 7pm-10pm in County South Lecture Theatre. Tickets will also be sold in Alexandra Square between 10am and 5pm on Tuesday January 31st.

Free entry tickets for the Sugarhouse that night will also be offered to the first fifty people to arrive at the showcase.

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