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Ipswich: Ballet master Gary Avis to judge Suffolk dance competition

17:55 18 February 2014

Ballet master for the Royal Ballet Gary Avis

Ballet master for the Royal Ballet Gary Avis


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.”


  • This event is being held at Inspire, Suffolk in Lindbergh Road, rather than the Ipswich School of Dancing. I hope it is a huge fund raising success.

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    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I find it interesting that such a prestigious event is being held at the Ipswich School of Dance and not Dance East who have public money thrown at them from every direction. Nationally,regionally, from the Borough and County. God bless the Arts Council who are so generous with money for this elitist organisation. Maybe there is not enough in it for them to get involved in a public event. Wait till the funding starts to dry up!

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    Billy Knowbend

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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