Our Blue Light Presents:​

Dance Your Blues Away

The Competition:
Dance Your Blues away was launched on the 5th April 2017. Selected dancers who are representatives of the UK Emergency & Essential Services had 6 months dancing lessons, following this time they all came together in Blackpool on the 22nd September for our grand competition where 3 lucky finalist were chosen.

On the evening of the 23rd September, the three finalist competed in the world famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom, in front of 500 guests at the Our Blue Light Charity Ball - where our Dance Your Blues Away 2017 champion was crowned. 

If you missed out on this years event - please don't worry, applications for 2018 will be open from January 2018.
While you may be aware of the physical benefits of dancing, perhaps you didn’t know that it has an even more beneficial effect on your brain.

Dancing improves brain function in many ways, according to a recent article published in Psychology Today. For one, regular dancing and steady practice can help ‘train’ the brain against dizziness. But learning dance steps, going through the moves slowly and then performing them over and over, also affects cognitive learning. Both mastering a sequence of dance steps and then repeating them requires a deep level of concentration.

If you think you have two left feet consider this: dancing is something that comes naturally to human beings. We have been dancing since prehistoric times, as a form of expression, celebration, or ritual. Dancing in a social setting causes the release of endorphins – the chemical in the brain that reduces stress and pain – resulting in a feeling of well being similar to what is known as “runners’ high.”

A recent article in the AARP newsletter cites a Korean study which found that older adults who were taught to cha-cha, twice a week for six months, improved their memory and cognitive function. Meanwhile, a 2005 study by researchers with Montreal’s McGill University compared a group that took tango lessons with a group that walked for exercise. While both groups scored well on cognitive tests, the dancers performed better when multitasking.
Dance Your Blues Away
'The Heats'
Viva Blackpool - 22nd September 2017
Join your emergency and essential service as they compete in this new and exciting dance competition.

Dance Your Blues Away 'The Heats' will see 28 couples from around the UK converge in Blackpool for this exciting spectacle. 

The event will be held at the amazing Viva Blackpool, where refreshments will be available to purchase throughout the day, we will also have lots happening throughout the day to ensure everyone its thoroughly entertained.

Towards the end of this amazing day we will also be lucky enough to witness the return of the Mental Health Relay - back into Blackpool.

Tickets are limited to please buy now to avoid disappointment.
Please use the form below to buy now or visit Eventbrite

Dance Your Blues Away
'The Final'
Blackpool Tower Ballroom - 22nd September 2017
Join us for the Grand Final of the 2017 Dance Your Blues Away competition which will take place at the world famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom. The event will take place during the Our Blue Light Charity Ball - this event is highly popular, if you would like to attend we reccomend purchasing tickets as soon as possible to avoid dissappointment.

Click Here to purchase tickets for the Our Blue Light Charity Ball 2017
See You on the weekend of the 22nd September for the
Dance Your Blues Away
"Weekend of Dance"