BUSINESSES took to the dancefloor to compete for a glitterball trophy in a Strictly-style fundraiser.

Around 150 people attended the spectacle at the Highcliff Marriott Hotel in Bournemouth which featured eight dance performances.

The event raised funds to support youth mental health, Parkinsons’s Dance, and community dance projects across the region.

Dances performed at the event included the Charleston, tangos inspired by James Bond and Zorro, Bollywood, tap, and contemporary.

The team from youth mental health charity #Willdoes were crowned winners with their performance of Grease Lightning.

A spokesperson for Pavilion Dance South West said: “At Pavilion Dance South West our vision is to transform lives through dance, supporting such communities from Parkinson’s Dance, youth mental health dance projects, schools, developing artists and communities with limited access to dance and the arts.

“We were delighted to welcome back youth mental health charity #Willdoes, to take part as a group who rocked the roof and took home the glitterball trophy. #Willdoes is dedicated to helping young people achieve wellbeing in Dorset and a special thanks to them for jointly fundraising and taking part in this event.”

Runners up were Sam Rowe from Clarke Rowe Solicitors dancing with Ruby Adams to a fun Charleston routine.

Oonagh McKinney from Frettens Solicitors dancing with Kamalesh Borkar were also runners up with a colourful Bollywood routine.

BBC Radio Solent DJ Steve Harris hosted the event.

Judges were Paul Kinvig of Bournemouth Town Centre BID, Olivia Girling from Lewis Manning Hospice Care, BCP Councillor for Customer, Culture and Communication, Andy Martin, and Kerry Houston-Kypta, Coles Miller Solicitors.

#Willdoes charity group said: “It was an amazing experience and we were so lucky to perform as a group. Thank you to Jazz Gritt for being the best dance teacher ever. He really did work his magic. Well done to everyone.”

The event aims to raise £10k through contestant fundraising, gala dinner, raffle, and supporter donations. Donations are still welcome and can be made at

To take part in the 2024 event, contact Cheryl Baldacchino on