Salsa dancers spice up Strictly Mondays

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MONDAY nights are set to be seriously spiced up after Strictly Salsa danced its way into Chichester.

World-class dancers Richard Marcel and partner Lemon, from Chichester – who have both worked on the hit BBC 1 show Strictly Come Dancing which has just returned to our screens –hosted the launch party of their new venture which aims to get the city dancing.

Would-be dancers who turned up to the Vestry on South Street on Monday, September 8, enjoyed a glitzy opening evening of fine entertainment.

Lemon, who grew up locally and went to school at Fishbourne and Bishop Luffa School, has since trained a whole host of 
TV stars on a range of prime-time shows.

She said: “We had a fantastic night, the Vestry went off!

“It’s amazing to see my home town learning salsa and loving it. Can’t wait for next week.”

Dancers Richard Marcel, Lemon and Ethian Antuche in action. Pic by Femi Sems

Dancers Richard Marcel, Lemon and Ethian Antuche in action. Pic by Femi Sems

In between learning their first salsa steps, those who turned out for the very first session enjoyed free mojito cocktails and also tried their hand at traditional Cuban dance Rueda, the ‘wheel’, assisted by fellow professional dancer Etian Antuche.

Even the bar staff at the South Street pub couldn’t resist getting involved.

At the end of the night, they were treated to an energetic performance from Richard, Lemon and Etian Richard, one of the UK’s best-known dancers and choreographer on Strictly Come Dancing, said afterwards: “That was great fun.

“A very successful opening night, everybody was enthusiastic and feeling the salsa spirit.

Strictly classes coming to Chichester. Below: Lemon with celebrity friend Tom Daley

Strictly classes coming to Chichester. Below: Lemon with celebrity friend Tom Daley

“The venue is amazing, the atmosphere was hot and everyone did brilliantly for their first attempts at dancing.

“This is going to be the start of something amazing for Chichester and it coincides with Strictly Come Dancing coming back on the TV.”

Strictly Salsa nights are every Monday at the Vestry from 7.15pm and cost £7 per person.