Pavilion Dance South West’s Business Come Dancing Raises Around £3,000 for Mayor’s Charity Appeal

Last Thursday, 14th December, saw another successful Business Come Dancing fundraising gala, hosted by Bournemouth’s dance power house, Pavilion Dance South West.

This time the event raised around £3,000 for the Mayor of Bournemouth’s Charity Appeal, comprising the four charities Hannah Levy House Trust, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Pavilion Dance South West.

The evening saw eight local business participants deliver a selection of high energy dance performances with their professional partners. At the end of the night, Sarah Luiz from Aruba and Westbeach was crowned Business Come Dancing Christmas 2017 Champion for a stunning Argentine Tango with professional dance teacher Lawrence James, closely followed by Lidia Talai, representing Aster Group, and Joel Cottrell, representing Pavilion Dance South West.

The Mayor of Bournemouth, Cllr Lawrence Williams, said: “What a wonderful event. The dancers were fantastic and it was really difficult to select a winner. Thanks to everyone involved, particularly the sponsors and especially Zannah and the team from Pavilion Dance South West for making a difficult job look so easy. I can’t wait to go to the next one next year!

Zannah Doan, CEO of Pavilion Dance South West, is delighted about the evening’s success: “We are honoured to be one of the Mayor’s charities this year, and it’s wonderful to see three local arts organisations in the current line-up. The arts have so much to offer in terms of quality of life and adding value to a place of living, and we are very lucky that this is recognised in Bournemouth. Dance literally can change lives, and on Thursday Night we all shared a glimpse of how: it boosts confidence, has benefits for health and general wellbeing, and – last but not least – is joyous and beautiful to watch.

Business Come Dancing Christmas 2017 Details

Judging Panel

Cllr Lawrence Williams; The Mayor of Bournemouth

Hannah Walker; Purple HR and first runner up at Business Come Dancing Summer Ball 2017

Kelly Knight; Dance teacher and previous Business Come Dancing professional

Jane White; Senior Lecturer/Course Leader of Dance at Arts University Bournemouth


Maximillian De Kment from Saxe Coburg. Dancing Quickstep with Carrie Anne Gill.

Lidia Talai from Aster Group. Dancing the Musicals with Jasmine Taylor.

Lynne Henderson from Mary Kay. Dancing Lyrical with Lizzie Martin.

Sarah Luiz from Aruba and Westbeach. Dancing Argentine Tango with Lawrence James.

Joel Cottrell from Pavilion Dance South West. Dancing Irish with Kate O’Leary.

Denise Ward from The SME Financial Controller. Dancing Hip Hop with Anthony Biela.

Jo Cruickshanks from Bare Collective. Dancing the Musicals with Ryan Grimshaw.

Sonia Mundey from Yellow Book Interiors. Dancing Persian with Kataneh Karimian.

Thursday’s event was sponsored by Saxe Coburg (PDSW Gold Sponsor), Wagamama Bournemouth (participant catering), Laser Crystal (trophies), Berendsen (tablecloths), Make Up By Amelia, Classic Beauty, Experience Beauty and Enchanted Beauty (hair and make up).

Raffle prizes were donated by The Mayor of Bournemouth’s Office, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth Rugby Football Club, Turtle Bay, Moors Valley Country Park, Nando’s Bournemouth, Coastal Comedy, Mary Kay, Live Laugh Love Ladies Club, Tesco Triangle Express, Harriet Muller, Cafe Nero, Adventure Wonderland and Yellow Book Interiors.

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