Dancers in a spin as Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood gives full marks
DANCE lovers were left in a spin after celebrity judge, Craig Revel Horwood visited their club.
The Strictly Come Dancing bad guy visited the tea dance club at the Sherwood Community Centre and watched members perform one of his own routines before awarding them a very rare ten out of ten.
The group has around 60 members with ages ranging from 50 to 92 and offers a mixture of sequence dancing, ballroom dancing and some line dancing, which suits those who don't have a regular partner.
Craig said: "It's fantastic. I really love coming to local community centres to meet real people who are fans of the show and enjoy dancing.
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"Strictly has really enlightened people and inspired them to get up and have a dance."
He added: "I felt like I was a rock star walking in with screaming fans. It was great and good fun and it gives them pleasure.
"Strictly is one of the biggest shows and it is nice to spread that around."
Margaret Howe, of Sycamore Rise, Cinderhill said it was enjoyable to meet the television star.
The 72-year-old, who regularly dances with her husband, added: "I've been a big admirer over the years. Dancing is my passion.
"I loved it – it was fabulous. Tonight when I'm dancing with my husband, guess who I'll think of!
"He's not at all like you would think off the TV – he looks a lot younger."
The club is organised by Mick and Moira Holmes.
Moira said: "We want to get as many people as possible active and dancing. "Dancing is a great way of exercising – it's fun, it keeps you fit, improves balance and really does help to keep your bones healthy."
Beth Holland, who has been dancing for years, had a quick waltz with Craig.
The 75-year-old of Saltburn Road, Beechdale said: "It feels wonderful, he's fantastic. It was magic.
"He's slim and better looking than on TV – he's got the wow factor. I've danced all my life. You meet people and it keeps you fit."
The group is run by the Nottingham branch of the National Osteoporosis Society and meets every Thursday from 1.30pm to 4pm at the centre in Mansfield Road.
Craig has been a patron of the National Osteoporosis Society since 2009 and created the Boogie For Your Bones dance, which the club performed yesterday, in 2008 to get people of all ages dancing.
To find out more, contact Katie Hall on 01543 415482.