After six months of hard work eight teams (two of which were comprised of businesses based at Welsh ICE) competed in formation teams to help raise over £32,000 for The Breast Centre. The teams danced in front of an audience of 450 at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff and were scored out of 10 by a celebrity panel of judges consisting of TV presenter and personality, Matt Johnson (TV’s Surprise Surprise, Good Morning Britain, This Morning and Lorraine), Welsh actress Justine Jones, (BBC drama ‘Ludo’) and professional dance teachers Sean and Kay Perry.
Competition was fierce but we are incredibly pleased to report that our two teams, Stars In Your ICE and WRize came first and second respectively.
Strictly Top Dancer was launched four years ago (inspired by The Breast Centre’s Julien Macdonald’s stint on the BBC show), by Wize Virtual Admin with a target of £5000. Since then, the event has evolved and grown massively in size which Wize Director, Cariann, attributes to the support of the people involved over the years. She said:
“It was a big step to take the event to a larger venue with eight teams of eight people who were prepared to dedicate time and effort for six months all in aid of an amazing charity. What has been achieved is truly amazing and we feel our aims of helping people learn a new skill, raise as much money as possible and giving everyone a truly memorable experience have been met. We are so thankful to the dancers, teachers, guests and supporters involved and everyone should be super proud of the staggering amount of money raised.”
Winning team, Stars In Your ICE is comprised of Community Manager, Jamie McGowan, Facilities Technician, Huw Williams, Alison Lavelle of Simplicity Training, Sara Jones of One Eyed Cat, Ollie Page of Page Promotions, Rheinallt Williams of ExCaelo Aerial Imaging, Paula Massey of UMAT and Helen Rudge.
Huw Williams stole the show as he and the team danced to a medley of ‘Ice Ice Baby’, ‘U Can’t Touch This’ and Frozen’s ‘Let it Go’. He said:
“The training was tough, I’ve learnt a new skill and it was all worth it knowing how humongous that total was and the effect this will have for The Breast Centre.”
Meanwhile Laura Davies, Rachel Harris, Becky Parry and Becky Weston from Wize Virtual Admin, teamed up with fellow ICE members Briony Mogg, Gareth Mogg, Graham Mogg and Steve Mogg from WRi to create team WRize.
Team member Rachel Harris said:
“In a way it doesn’t feel like it’s been six months since we began this journey while at the same time it’s strange to imagine a time when we weren’t learning to dance. When we first started, we never could have imagined that we’d place second and we’re so grateful to everyone who supported us along the way and helped us contribute to such an amazing total. Everyone should be incredibly proud!”
Congratulations everyone. We’re already excited for next year!