Danceathon 9th & 10 Oct 2015


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This year’s Poppy Appeal seeing the RBL Club in Ferndown bringing a dance extravaganza to Ferndown with a Modern Line Dance social evening on Friday the 9th and a number of dance demonstrations, exhibitions and workshops on the 10th October.

Club Chairman Gordon Whitehead commented “ we have been planning this for some time and our danceathon has a lovely ‘twist’, instead of just dancing for a good cause we are running different dance workshop sessions so the community can come along to watch, or participate.” .

All proceeds will go to the Poppy Appeal Dorset Fund.Whilst there are no entry charges we do ask for a minimum donation and if you can raise optional sponsorship for your dance that’s great too.

On Friday night at 7.30 pm – 11pm we have a modern line dance social

Saturday sees a host of different events.  All workshops are delivered by local instructors.

10am     The Event will start with a tiny tots class  for just £1 entrance per child, mums and children will have a fun packed hours workshop.

11am     With Laura Swabe – The latest dance craze ‘Fit Steps ’ a creation of  Strictly’s Natalie Lowe who commented  “You’ll get fit, boost your confidence , learn the steps and have a great time doing so!”

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FitSteps came to life in 2013 as the result of a collaboration between two of the UK’s most famous ballroom dancers and Britain’s most successful swimmer!
During the long, arduous dance training sessions that are an integral part of Britain’s most successful entertainment show, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, Natalie Lowe, Mark Foster and
Ian Waite had a great idea.

They decided to mix the graceful steps of Ballroom and the up tempo steps of the Latin dances together to create a really fun, energetic and effective way to stay fit and keep trim that would appeal to everyone, even if they couldn’t dance. A dance fitness programme that is ‘so much fun you don’t even realise you’re getting fit!’

FitSteps® is unique. It is the first time that classic Latin and Ballroom dances have been brought together with proven fitness techniques and principles to create not only a programme that can have extraordinarily wide appeal, but one that also has the potential to make a real and lasting impact on the health of the nation.

The important point to note is the distinction between the plethora of dance classes that exist and FitSteps®. FitSteps® is a fitness class, delivered through dance.

The programme is based around twelve of the most popular Latin and Ballroom dances from Cha  Cha Cha to American Smooth and from Rumba to Quickstep.

The dances are broken down into easily learnable sections and each section is capable of being delivered at varying levels of effort, accommodating people of varying levels of fitness and dance ability.

You will have so much fun, you won’t realise you are actually exercising – that’s why
we call it

“Exercise in Disguise!”


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12 noon we move local to a Dance Zumba with Chloe , this one hour workshop will provide you will enough calorie savings to have a nice coffee and cake afterwards and not feel guilty or just add them to your exercise schedule for fun knowing you have done your bit for the Poppy Appeal.


1pm  With all that exercise we welcome you to stay for lunch and sample Mike’s infamous lunchtime menu .


2pm  it’s all about Shake and Street dance with Rachel King    

Shake video

 Ever wondered how those guys managed to ‘shake it, shake it? Well this exhibition, instruction and workshop will show you how. It’s different, fun and a must do. For all ages, photo showing just how young you can go but Shakers start young, with crews for all age groups….and even a Mumma’s crew. Come and have a go!



3.30pm Ballroom for all

Your favourite dances with a special teacher during dance sessions!!!!!!!!


5pm  We will kick off with modern line dancing,  great fun , well instructed you will enjoy this session with your friends. Come and meet Linda Brooks

A great workshop, full of fun with extra on the floor teachers to help.

(note we also have a Friday night dance night at the Legion Hall from 7.30 – 11pm on the 9th October)


6pm  Disco fever

Yep nice and easy, just do what you do


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 7pm We see  Jive Riot in action with Carl. Always wanted to do those great moves? Dance to any music using the great moves which anyone can do?

Jive Riot

You will learn enough to help you at any future dance event, in fact the Rock & Roll and great music  from the live band later in the evening will be one of the places you can put this into action.

So what’s the difference?

Rock Roll is a four step but French Jive is only two which means you can dance to any type of music, pop, classical, Latin etc ( including Jive’s which are three beat  so 2 of this beat gives you three with French Jive moves).

Under instruction from a qualified French Jive teacher you will be taken through a series of steps, taxi (junior teachers) will be helping you through the moves whilst dancing or you can Jive with friends or new acquaintances!.

This is a really great way to keep fit, meet new people, learn to dance, be able to take your lesson to other events and build your confidence when boogieing on the dance floor.


 8.30pm Live band – Dance and Rock’n’roll with THE APACHE

Time to strutt your stuff and dance the night away, perhaps Rocking, using moves from the French Jive workshop or just doing your own thing. Whatever it is you will be supporting the Poppy Appeal and having fun at teh same time.



So what are the costs?

Whatever your fancy our Danceathon  Extravaganza will certainly ensure your day is fantastic.

The children’s session are a minimum of £1 donation per child, of course we welcome larger contributions.

Each workshop we ask for a minimum £5 contribution, or you may donate a £10 for any 3 workshops which are open to all ages.

The evening with the live band is only £3.50, superb value for a live band.

The contents of this event are copyright of RBL Ferndown Club.

We thank all companies and sponsors for their kind use of material and assistance to the Poppy Appeal.

Thanks must also be given to the instructors, demonstrators, and helpers who have donated their time free of charge.


The RBL Club Ferndown Ltd take no responsibility for injury or health issues that may arise from participation. All dancers exercise at their risk.