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Ipswich: Ballet master Gary Avis to judge Suffolk dance competition

PUBLISHED: 17:55 18 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:55 18 February 2014

Ballet master for the Royal Ballet Gary Avis

Ballet master for the Royal Ballet Gary Avis

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Inspire Suffolk have launched a fundraiser with a difference – the Strictly Charity appeal.

The group have recruited candidates who will be trained to dance Strictly-style, before taking part in a competition
in May, and now they’ve recruited some top judges as well.

First on the panel is Gary Avis – ballet master and character principal for the Royal Ballet. The second celebrity VIP judge is Lesley Dolphin – BBC Radio Suffolk’s Afternoon Show host. Alongside them will be Emma Hawley, head of Ipswich School of Dancing, and Terry Baxter, CEO of Inspire Suffolk.

The contestants are currently being trained at the Ipswich School of Dancing and will be partnered with an expert for the competition.

Mr Baxter said: “We are so grateful to Gary, Lesley and Emma for giving up their time to help us not only raise funds for Suffolk’s young people but also raise our profile.”

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Snow could fall in parts of Suffolk this morning as temperatures dropped overnight.

Trains between London and Norwich are being cancelled this morning as a result of engineering work not having been completed on time.

Police are searching for a 52-year-old man from Leavenheath who has been reported missing.

Police have arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with an incident that caused armed officers to swoop on Ipswich town centre tonight.

Highways bosses have announced they will be carrying out a series of improvements to the road network across Suffolk and north Essex this week.

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