Sunday, April 02, 2006

By Rosamond Hutt, Community Newswire
SHOWBIZ Record London, 17 Mar 2006 - 10:21

The stars of Strictly Come Dancing have today revealed they are hoping to quickstep their way into the record books while raising thousands of pounds for charity. Anton Du Beke, Erin Boag, Ian Waite and Camilla Dallerup have kicked off an ambitious new bid to get the most number of people ballroom dancing at the same time.

The stars of the hit BBC show are looking for 1,500 amateur dancing enthusiasts to take part in the record-breaking event on May 6. Guinness World Record chiefs revealed the current record for the most couples ballroom dancing at the same time is just 270.

The record-breaking attempt is in aid of the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign, which is the Institute of Cancer Research's campaign to raise awareness and funding for male cancers. Participating dancers will be encouraged to raise money through sponsorship, with all proceeds going to the charity.

The Strictly Come Dancing stars launched the bid today at an event at Abbey Road in north-west London.
Camilla Dallerup said: "There has been an explosion in interest in ballroom dancing since the series first aired and this is going to be a really exciting night."

Guinness World Records editor, Craig Glenday, said: "It's great that a Guinness World Record is being broken for such a good cause, and what better way to set a new record than by dancing the night away." The bid will take place at the Battersea Park Events Arena in south-west London. The event is organised by Virgin Money and details can be found at the website