Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Disabled Persons Railcard

Dancing on Wheels comes to Marylebone Station
Heather Small and Brian Fortuna are seen filming BBC Three's new Wheelchair Dance Sport series.

Last week rail travellers at Marylebone station witnessed a Tango with a difference. M-People singer Heather Small and her wheelchair-using partner performed a dance routine as part of their preparation for the BBC Three’s new series Dancing on Wheels.

The series, due to be screened later in the summer, unites celebrities with wheelchair users in a television dancing competition first: each pair will be learning the art of Wheelchair Dance Sport, a popular international sport where at least one dancer is a wheelchair user.

Emma Gascoigne, PR & Communications Executive of Chiltern Railways which manages Marylebone station said: “Our passengers and staff were saying that seeing the dancing at Marylebone made their day - that's exactly what we hoped for when we said we would host the dance. We are very glad that we've been a part of this programme.” One rail traveller, who asked not to be named, said: "I thought they were wheelie good."

Lead choreographer Brian Fortuna, a professional ballroom dancer who appeared in the last series of Strictly Come Dancing was also at hand to watch his prodigies performing. Brian has been teaching wheelchair dancing for the last eight years and will be putting the couples through their paces.

Under the guidance of Brian and some of the other top names in dance, the couples will be trained intensively each week to compete in a variety of challenging dance disciplines as they battle to get to the final dance-off, and the chance to represent Britain in the European Championships in October 2009.

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