It was a night of glitz and glamour as dancers pulled off their best moves on the dancefloor at Sheffield Come Dancing.
After weeks of gruelling rehearsals, a collective of dancers from across South Yorkshire showed off their salsa, waltz and lindy-hop moves.
But unlike its star-studded BBC counterpart, there were no professional partners on hand to provide a reassuring squeeze at the Genting Club on Friday, July 15.
Instead the inspiring group of amateur dancers was made up of people from all walks of life, including a health care assistant, a parish councillor, a student, a fireman and an archaeologist.
After a night of thrilling moves, the winners were Lottie Bennett and Lauren Mather, who regularly compete in wheelchair ballroom competitions together. Gary Mulcrone and Marie Hodkin were runners-up.
Dance teacher Jennie Swift organised the event as she wanted to do something to raise money for charity and was inspired by watching BBC hit show Strictly Come Dancing.
I have loved the journey that each couple has gone on leading up to the competition. They have all grown as performers and dancersDance teacher Jennie Swift
She said: “I have loved the journey that each couple has gone on leading up to the competition. They have all grown as performers and dancers and it was lovely to see couples who had either never danced before or performed in front of a live audience shine during the competition. Both the winners and the runners-up were dedicated right from the beginning and like all of the couples put their heart and soul into their performance.
“I am also grateful to our celebrity judges. Not as blunt as Craig Revel Horwood, but they did give their honest and constructive feedback.”
Judges included dance artist Charlotte Armitage, salon owner Niamh Kavanagh, drama teacher Annie Sawle, entrepreneur Pennie Raven and entertainer Matt Bugg.
The event raised £1075 for the Cathedral Archer Project and Pending Coffee Sheffield, both of which provide support to homeless people. Next year’s event is set for the Genting Club on July 14. Anyone interested in taking part can contact Jennie by email at firstname.lastname@example.org