Dawn determined to dance on despite unlucky break

A broken arm didn’t stop Dawn Owen attending her latest dance fitting at Strictly Worcestershire sponsor Emms Alterations in Droitwich.

The show will go on for brave Strictly Worcestershire contestant Dawn Owen, who will take part in next week’s charity dance spectacular despite breaking her left arm in training.

Dawn tripped and fell during rehearsals with partner Gareth Keyte last Saturday but the pair are determined to perform their two dances, a rumba and ballroom routine, at the Chateau Impney in Droitwich Spa on Thursday, May 24.

“I got my right foot caught in the strap of my left shoe and flew four feet across the floor – it was quite spectacular,” said Dawn.

“Ironically it was one of the few moments when Gareth and I were at opposite ends of the floor otherwise he’d have caught me.

“We’ve worked extremely hard over the past eight months and the last thing we want to do is let down all the people who have bought tickets and the charities the event is supporting, St Richard’s Hospice and Rory the Robot Appeal. Our dance teacher Sharon Tilki is helping us to amend our routines and I’ll be blinging up my cast,” Dawn added.       

Event co-producer Julia Williams said: “Everyone involved with the show is not surprised that Dawn has taken the famous song line ‘Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again’ to heart. I’m sure she’ll smile through the pain and do her utmost to put on a memorable performance.”   

Dawn, who works for BodyKraft accident repair centres, and Gareth, a police inspector based in Bromsgrove, are among seven couples aiming to lift the prized glitterball trophy.

Alan Dedicoat, the voice of TV’s Strictly Come Dancing, is the show announcer and the MC is BBC Hereford and Worcester breakfast show presenter Elliott Webb.

The judging panel will comprise former trade minister and business ambassador Lord Digby Jones, veteran broadcaster Bob Warman, dancer/choreographer Katie Love and choreographer Jennifer Bennett Price.

For more details, visit www.strictlyworcestershire.co.uk

Chris Green Media are Strictly Worcestershire PR and communications partners for the fifth successive year.