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Dance Power for the British Red Cross

Posted on June 16, 2015

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image-of-lady-dancingStrictly dancer Anton Du Beke will be among the stars taking to the stage for one night only to raise funds for the British Red Cross.

Dance Power, which will take place on October 11 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, will be hosted by Anton, who will also perform with his dance partner Erin Boag. The audience will enjoy an evening of spectacular international dance that will include top performers representing countries where the Red Cross carries out some of its lifesaving work.

Anton will be joining other confirmed performers and dance acts from around the world including Strictly stars Aljaž Skorjanec and Janette Manrara and Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe, the cast of West End hit musical Stomp, flamenco star Paco Peña, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, a world premiere from Adaire to Dance, Bollywood dancer Nileeka Bose, African drumming group Zulu Drummers, the Jiving Lindy Hoppers, BBC Young Dancer of the Year finalist Harry Barnes and many more.

Anton Du Beke said: “I find the work the British Red Cross does very inspiring and I am proud to host the show and perform at Dance Power this October alongside my dance partner Erin Boag and other talented performers. This spectacular evening promises to be filled with glitz, glamour and some great moves.”

Dance Power was first held in 1999 at the London Palladium, organised and produced by Angela Rippon. Sixteen years later, the famous journalist, broadcaster and Red Cross vice president is organising the show once again.

Angela Rippon said: “As vice president of the British Red Cross, I know at first hand the work of the lifesaving organisation and although it might not always make the headlines, the Red Cross is there every day, helping people in the UK and abroad. The event in 1999 proved to be a great success and I want to give audiences another chance to watch some of the greatest stars of the dance world, while raising money and learning about the very important work of the Red Cross.”

British Red Cross has responded to disasters including the Ebola crisis, the devastating Nepal earthquake and the on-going conflict in Syria and Yemen. The Red Cross has also been hard at work closer to home – for instance, teaching First Aid, providing ambulance support and helping people get back on their feet after a stay in hospital. Funds raised through Dance Power will help the British Red Cross to continue its work across the world and here in the UK.

Tickets prices range from £20 to £80. VIP tickets include a canapé and bubbles reception available for £120. The show starts at 7pm at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. To find out more or buy your tickets please visit

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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