I can’t dance (Red Nose Day Danceathon with Team Honk)

Red Nose Day Danceathon

As a child, I took dancing lessons. Latin, mostly, and I excelled at the Samba in particular.

Let’s start that again, shall we? What I actually mean is that me and my block-heeled silver sandals made it through a few certificates before I hung up my sequins in favour of a ra-ra skirt and drainpipe jeans. The Human League didn’t do ballroom, so neither did I.  Of course, now that my daughter likes to watch Strictly, I pretend to her that I’ve been there and done that. In reality I did a bit of cha-cha-cha, stiffly partnered by some poor boy drafted in for the exams, both of us desperately trying to avoid contact, other than at the fingertips. Romantic Rumba it was not.

Fast-forward 10 years to my university days, and I still couldn’t dance, my signature move being to ‘sit down’ when James told me to; middle of the dance floor, pint of lager in hand. Oh yes, don’t tell me you didn’t do that, because I know you did. Didn’t everyone?

More recently I learned to salsa, in a bid to correct the rather tipsy first dance Actually Daddy and I undertook at our wedding. I kind of understand the rhythm now, but I’m not naïve, and I know that we looked utterly ridiculous when we demonstrated our new skills (if you were there, stop nodding – I can see you..).

So what on earth I’m thinking of by signing up to the Red Nose Day Danceathon is anyone’s guess. I blame the machine of motivation that is the Team Honk Trio, sweeping up every social media contact they have into the emotional tidal wave they have manage to create in support of Comic Relief over the last 3 years. Their passion and influence is nothing short of epic. And so I am in. In March this year I will be dancing at Wembley for 6 hours, to raise funds for Comic Relief. I hope there’s Prosecco in a plastic cup on sale to keep me going.

12 thoughts on “I can’t dance (Red Nose Day Danceathon with Team Honk)”

  1. Well done Helen, what a stunning photo there, don’t give me “can’t dance” with a pose like that! Will be thinking of you all dancing away in March.

  2. Well done Helen. Wishing you all the luck in the world for the Team Honk Danceathon. I’m sure downing a few glasses of Prosecco will make for some amazing dancing.

  3. Well done Helen! I, too, partook of Latin and Ballroom when I was younger and sometimes I dream I am waltzing! SO glad Strictly is bringing it back and my next husband is going to have to be able to whizz me around in a fashion not unlike yours up there 😉 X

  4. Awesome! Love this post and your honesty at not being able to dance 😉 I sadly can’t join in this year but I think it’s probably for the best….I definitely have 2 left feet unless I’ve had a glass or two of prossecco then I somehow have three left feet!

  5. I feel quite nervy now with all that dancing experience. And Uni days – think I still do that sit on the floor move when I’ve had a few lol


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