Business Come Dancing 2024


Friday 22nd November 2024 at the Hilton Hotel, Bournemouth

Press Release by Pavilion Dance South West

Business Come Dancing is back ready to take the dance floor by storm! This Strictly style exclusive black-tie fundraising event takes place at its new venue for this year, The Hilton Hotel, Bournemouth on Friday 22nd November.

The event has been running for over 10 years, inspiring our local business network to help Pavilion Dance creatively in fulfilling our mission to transform lives through dance. Since 2014, 65 businesses have put forward 100 people to raise money for Pavilion Dance and other charity partners. Money raised supports us in delivering programmes in our community which create accessible ways to participate in dance & movement, reaping all the physical and mental health benefits it brings. We see dance as a superpower with proven benefits on physical and mental health, which we witness first hand in groups such as our Parkinson’s Dance classes and our targeted health and wellbeing programmes in schools and community settings.

Hosted by Steve Harris from BBC Radio Solent, the event matches Dorset-based business participants with a professional dancer to learn a routine in 8 weeks. The dancing couples perform at a gala dinner in front of colleagues, family, and friends, and help us raise funds towards our community projects. With the support of sponsors and contestants, we hope to raise £25,000 from Business Come Dancing 2024.

Businesses who have taken part previously include: 
Frettens LLP (taken part 3 times), Purple HR, Beales Group, Morgan Sindall, Hoare Lea, Savills Client Services, Rebbeck Brothers, Filer Knapper LLP, #Willdoes charity (taken part twice), Coles Miller LLP, Marsham Court Hotel, Digital Storm, Pure Town Planning, Bournemouth Town Centre BID, Barclays, Ward Goodman, Blu Boho Living.

Take Part – Contestant Callout!

We are currently recruiting participants to take part and encourage anyone that might be up for the challenge to take a step out of their comfort zone and take the opportunity to have an experience of a lifetime, whilst fundraising for a charity that supports many local people and communities.

“This has been one of the best things I have ever done and I’m truly grateful for all the support and encouragement along the way. The journey has been unforgettable”
Kerry Houston-Kypta, Coles Miller Solicitors and Business Come Dancing Winner 2022

The event sees an array of dance styles and performances from Contemporary to Tap, Bollywood, Musical Theatre, Charleston, Argentine Tango, Ballroom and Latin taking to the floor. Contestants get full tuition from professional dance teachers, with rehearsals taking place in our modern, spacious dance studios and support with their fundraising activities.

“It was such fun and the effect of dance on your mental health is powerful. I know as a group the friendship and bond that has been created will be with us forever.” Lesley Paddy, Chair of #WillDoes charity and Business Come Dancing Winners 2023

Business Sponsorship Support

As part of our fundraising we are looking for local businesses to support the event through sponsorship and offer a number of different options for them to be involved. Last year we were joined by Paul Kinvig, Chief Operating Officer, Bournemouth BID as a judge who commented:

“An event such as this, apart from being huge fun, demonstrates a brilliant connection between “art” & “business” in a wonderful way!”

There are different sponsorship options available, from Silver Sponsorship at £1000 to Exclusive Headline Sponsor at £5000. Bespoke options also available. Contact Cheryl Baldacchino for more details at

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