News: Dance Fever

Tuesday 31 January 2006

Hundreds flocked to Laban as the BBC held their popular *Strictly Dance* Fever auditions with celebrity presenter Graham Norton

Graham Norton is back on the road looking for new contestants to compete in the second series to be broadcast this year. Auditions are held all over the country and last weekend the London auditions took place at Laban, Europe’s leading contemporary dance conservatoire.

Laban were delighted to host the 2006 auditions; a prime location in an awe-inspiring landmark building at the heart of South East London’s thriving arts community. Laban brings together students, choreographers, designers, writers, researchers, artists and musicians from across the world, and is also available for corporate hire.

Laban’s Event Manager; Samantha Lacey commented:

“We were thrilled to host the 2006 Strictly Dance Fever auditions. The BBC felt that with 13 air-conditioned dance studios, warm-up areas and changing facilities there was no doubt that Laban was the perfect location. Plus we have a café which was ideal for the hundreds of parents and friends that waited patiently throughout the long auditions. It was a very successful weekend!”

The tough panel of judges; Arlene Phillips, Stacey Hayes, Ben Richards (famous for his role as ‘Bruno’ in Footballers’ Wives) and Wayne Sleep judged hundreds of contestants, many of whom were local, dancing all sorts of styles (from Salsa to Street, Latin to Lindyhop and Ballroom to Bodypopping!), whilst celebrity Graham Norton spent his time interviewing and looking after the hopeful auditionees.

Strictly Dance Fever will be on our screens later this year. To apply to audition for Strictly Dance Fever visit bbc.co.uk

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