Strictly for fun!

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Whether you are a fan of Strictly Come Dancing or not, there is no denying it is a much-loved programme. It appeals to young and old, male and female and has as much appeal in the south as in the north, the east or the west.

Good job BBC and congratulations to all those that took part including Alexandra Burke, Debbie McGee, Gemma Atkinson and especially to the winner, Joe McFadden.

But that’s not really why we love Strictly at Quartet.

We love it because it shows people learning a new skill. Applying themselves even though some will never be the best. It is about teaching; testing one’s resolve. Never giving up. Taking on board constructive criticism. Building relationships and more.

It is about physical movement, no matter your age, ability or size.

There are thousands of us who ‘dad dance’, but that rarely stops us from giving it a go. And have you ever seen anyone on the dance floor looking miserable? Laughing yes. Miserable no.

We understand the importance of movement and dancing, particularly for those who struggle with visible and invisible disability, or with joint and muscle problems because of age.

We know about the social interaction that dance and music delivers; the warmth, the smiles and the giggles.

Quartet Community Foundation provides grants to a number of organisations that deliver musical movement and dance to disadvantaged groups in our region. From the Misfits Theatre Company, running a monthly, inclusive nightclub for people with learning disabilities, to Make a Move, offering music and movement sessions for people with dementia and their carers.

So when you look at programmes like Strictly, just have a think about the inspiration it provides for all of our communities and the great work our small and local charities are doing to make sure that everyone has a chance to take a few small steps to enjoying themselves.

And …. Keep dancing!

If you want to support small and local charities but don’t know what they are doing or where they are, you can reach them through Quartet. We provide almost 1,000 grants a year in our region.

If you are a business and want to join our campaign to choose a cause of the year, rather than charity of the year then take a look at our Choices Toolkit.