Let’s get ready to rumba! Staffin’s fleet-footed Foxes among contenders for Skye dance title

TWO Staffin couples, including a pair of fleet-footed Foxes from Maligar, are getting ready to rumba at a Skye dance extravaganza.

Couples from the Taobh Sear are starring in the popular “DAES Does Strictly”event later this month. Husband-and-wife John and Disie Fox have been in rehearsals for several months along with seven other island dance partnerships. The Foxes are looking to fox-trot their way to the Strictly Skye title and electrician John will be looking to hotwire his quickstep.

Valtos guest house owner Rachel Morrison and Allan MacLeod have also teamed up. Rachel was a stand-out performer at the inaugural DAES Does Strictly last year and will be passing on her experience to her Strictly debutante dancing partner. Allan, a painter and Skye Camanachd veteran, will be going all out to weave some pretty patterns on the Portree Community Centre dance floor with his quickstep, possibly in the tango, one of his favourite colours.

The theme of the night is Hollywood movies and organisers have made strong hints that themes from “Dirty Dancing”, “Ghostbusters” and “The Minions” will be featured in the show so Patrick Swayze bouffants, green slime and yellow google-eyed creatures could be the order of the night.

Another couple who are likely to attract Staffin support is Chris and Amy MacNab. Chris, who used to live in Trotternish Avenue, was a key member of Staffin FC for several seasons and captained the blue-and-whites to victory in the Clan Donald Cup.

The event organisers have promised a “guaranteed night of spectacular glitz, sequins, lycra and dancing” with the couples competing for the trophy in front of an uncompromising and demanding panel of judges. It takes place on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, with the same show on both evenings. Make sure you get your ticket to cheer on the Staffin dancers.

The event, which is organised by parents and supporters of Dannsairean An Eilein Sgitheanaich, the Highland dancing school run by Kilmalaug’s Karen Campbell, will also see performances by her talented young performers. Tickets are available from MacIntyres Newsagents and Portree Filling Station, or via the DAES websiite: http://www.skyehighlanddancers.com/daes-does-strictly-2016.html