Strictly Social Dance, Latin & Ballroom

Strictly Social Dance, Latin & Ballroom

The Hawth will be hosting a Strictly Social Dance with guest star and Strictly Come Dancing Finalist, Ian Waite, on Friday 29 November at 8pm.

The Main Theatre will be transformed into a cabaret style setting and Ian will make a special appearance during the evening to teach a group dance, offer tips and answer questions. The perfect opportunity to show off your dance steps, meet new people and have fun!

Best known for his role as one of the professional dancers on The BBC’s hit show Strictly Come Dancing, Ian has appeared in almost every series aired, competing in six of them, and built up a following of dedicated fans.

Ian’s dance career started at the age of ten when he accompanied his younger brother to Saturday dance lessons and was enticed onto the dance floor for the first time. It was clear to all that despite being in his school rugby and football teams, Ian was a born performer and dancer!

His achievements include Winner Dutch Professional Championship with Natalia Panina, Runner-Up Open British Professional Rising Stars Championship with Inga Haas, Runner-Up French Open Professional Championship, Runner-Up World Professional Latin American Showdance Championship  with Daisy Croes, Runner-Up UK Closed Professional Latin American Championship with Camilla Dallerup and many more.

Dancers can enjoy a pre-event two course meal from 5.45pm at Café Vita for £12.95 per person.

Tickets for the event are priced £15 and are available from the Box Office on 01293 553636 or can be booked online at


Strictly Latin & Ballroom

Adult Dance Classes with Lorraine Drolet

Come and learn the Cha Cha, Jive, Tango and Waltz at The Hawth with former World Ballroom champion and Strictly Come Dancing trainer, Lorraine Drolet.

Lorraine started dancing at the age of 4, and has competed nationally and internationally. Her amateur career culminated as World Amateur Champion, receiving the Ballroom Dancers Federation Award for outstanding performance and after turning professional, she became Canadian Champion and European finalist. After retiring from competition, Lorraine toured in the first live dancing show of its kind – Burn the Floor, and is now a teacher and adjudicator at championship, intermediate and beginner levels for all ages.

Lorraine has taught everyone from 11000 children in Croydon schools, to 3000 children in Westminster as part of the Olympic bid and even cricketer Darren Gough and EastEnders and Hollyoaks actress Gemma Bissix prior to their appearances on a Sport Relief Does Strictly Come Dancing in 2012.

Lorraine is honoured to be one of 11 judges at British Closed Nationals at the Winter Gardens this month, by far the most important and prestigious competition in the British dance calendar.

Strictly Latin and Ballroom classes are in The Hawth’s Sway dance studio on Mondays from 11am – 12pm. No partners are needed.

Tickets priced £5 per class and are available from the Box Office on 01293 553636 or online at

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