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Strictly stars salsa their way to Solihull for charity event

Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson reunited with his professional dance partner Erin Boag to strut their stuff at Solihull’s branch of npower

Colin Jackson and Erin Boag joined npower's workforce in Solihull as part of Macmillan Coffee Morning
Colin Jackson and Erin Boag joined npower's workforce in Solihull as part of Macmillan Coffee Morning

They're the pair whose fancy footwork wowed the judges in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Eight years on, Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson reunited with his professional dance partner Erin Boag to strut their stuff at Solihull’s branch of npower.

The pair were there at the Prince’s Way premises to teach a dance routine to staff - the showpiece of the company’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Those whose feet weren’t up to an half-an-hour crash course were instead taught the few simple steps to Gangnam Style.

And last Friday’s event was rounded off with the pair performing a quick step to Glenn Miller’s That Old Black Magic.

After they’d finished the energetic performance, the Solihull News grabbed the twosome for a chat.

“I remember the awkwardness, of not knowing where to put your feet. It sounds simple but one of the hardest things is moving with the music,” said Colin, when asked whether teaching the npower team had brought back memories of his first tentative steps on the dancefloor.

“What’s great about dancing is that it brings people together. That group all shared in the experience and those that didn’t take part probably regret it a bit now.”

Colin, who finished as runner-up in Strictly’s 2005 series, reveals he took some convincing to strap on the sequins and take a chance on the cha-cha-cha.

“I had a call from an old friend of mine who was a producer on the show and he asked if I fancied dancing in front of seven million people on a Saturday night - I said ‘ you must be joking’.”

But he relented and was partnered with New Zealand-born Erin.

“We’re delighted to be doing this short tour [of npower offices] for such a good cause, I think everyone has been affected by cancer.”

And do the pair have any tips for who they think will win the latest series of Strictly, which started last week...

“That’s a tough one,” said Colin. “In previous years everyone who people thought was going to be good has turned out to be lousy.

“It’s one thing to be in rehearsals but you have to wait to see how they cope with the added pressure of a live performance, when you’ve got cameras in the way, lights flashing and the crowd going mad.”

l Coffee mornings were held around the borough with events at Knowle’s Red Lion, The Drum and Monkey in Dorridge and Berry Fields Farm Shop.

 

 

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