Newcastle broadcaster, actor, author and illustrator, Alfie Joey, is set to be the special guest judge for Strictly St Cuthbert’s 2023, the charitable dance competition that has been raising money for people who need Hospice care in County Durham since 2016.

After a two-year break due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show will return with TV Presenter Anthony Rutherford acting as host, and Alfie Joey will be judging alongside dance teachers Lee Dudman of Dudman Academy of Performing Arts & Fitness and Ann Haining of Applegarth Academy of Dance.

The organisers are currently seeking ‘aspiring ballroom dancers’ to take to the dancefloor in March 2023. 10 couples will receive ten weeks of free dance tuition from Applegarth Academy of Dance in West Cornforth, Durham and Dudman Academy of Performing Arts and Fitness in Fenham, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, and will then perform in the grand finale at The Fed, Gateshead.

Strictly St Cuthberts Winners 2020 Sisters Ashleigh and Hayley

Jade McArdle, St Cuthbert’s Hospice Community and Events Manager, said:

“We’re searching for people who would love to learn to dance, all for a good cause! Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, you’ll love learning new steps with support from the talented teachers at the dance schools and coming up with a routine to perform in our glitter-filled finale!”

To sign up, couples must pay a registration fee of £60 and raise a minimum sponsorship of £300. The welcome get together session is on Sunday 8th January 10am -12 noon, and dance lessons will take place on Sunday mornings from 10am- 12noon. The live grand finale will take place on Saturday 25th March 2023 at The Fed, Gateshead.

In Patient Unit Staff at St Cuthberts Hospice

So if you’re a North East resident, why not dust off your dancing shoes and join Strictly St Cuthbert’s 2023? All of the money raised from the event will help St Cuthbert’s Hospice continue to provide free care and support to people with life-limiting illnesses, people approaching the end of life and people that are bereaved. Expressions of interest are being accepted until Friday 6th January, but spaces are limited, so contact the team to reserve your place.

Contact The Community and Events Team on, email or visit to register now.

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