The Dancers' Forget-Me-Not Fund Annual Balls - 2018 and 2019



Annual Ball 20th September 2019

WOW what a night, it was fabulous. The setting was the Aviation Suite, Thistle Hotel Heathrow, which has beautiful chandeliers, candelabra on perfectly arranged tables, soft lighting that was subtlety changed to suit the mood, and a large dance floor, perfect.

The positive comments we had on the meal, which was a choice of menu, was due to the Thistle’s very competent head chef, and very smooth running of service by Ricardo their Catering Manager, who could ask for more, well we did.
We had the fabulous Ross Mitchell Combo, whose music kept everyone up on the floor dancing and enjoying every minute, right to the very last waltz.
We had a fantastic demonstration by the exceedingly talented Latin World Finalists Troels Bager and Ina Jeliazkova. Everyone was enthralled by their fantastic dancing, choreography and characterisation, but I must give a special mention to their Rumba which was truly mesmerising.

Joining us on this wonderful night were our President Stephen Hillier MBE and his wife Jennifer, also, our invited guests Michael and Vicky Barr, legends in Ballroom and Michael and Lorna Stylianos, legends in Latin.
The evening went so well, it just flew by and before you knew it the last waltz was being played….some people had taken advantage of the Thistles generous overnight stay package whilst the rest of us made our way home….might I say in good spirits.


ANNUAL BALL 29th September 2018

“Yet another fabulous promotion” words echoed by everyone that attended; other comments were - ”What a wonderful venue” - ‘’The food was comparable with Michelin Star” – “Such Fantastic Music” – “Terrific Demonstration”… all great ingredients for a very successful evening.  Let me put into perspective the reason for some of these compliments…

“What a wonderful venue”, well that would be the Aviation Suite, Thistle Hotel, Heathrow; such a glamourous room lit by huge chandeliers with customised lighting and lovely candelabras on beautifully laid tables, they certainly pulled out all the stops and did everything to perfection.

“The food was comparable with Michelin Star”, it certainly was.  It was not a set menu, everyone had a choice of starter, main course and sweet and it was all cooked to perfection, the serving staff were very pleasant, fast and efficient, it went like clockwork right down to the last fresh coffee.

“Such fantastic Music”, well of course as we would expect no less from the legendary Ross Mitchell, he had everyone on the floor enjoying their dancing right up to the very last minute.

“Terrific Demonstration”, it was a very beautiful Ballroom demonstration given by Alexander Zhiratkov & Irena Novozhilova.  They are the Russian Champions and in the top six at every major competition and they did not let us down, with great dancing and such beautiful gowns.

All in All it was a wonderous night attended by some of our top Great Ballroom Professionals, Richard and Ann Gleave, Michael and Vicky Barr, Kenny and Marion Welsh, who were up dancing and enjoying the evening.  There were also many schools who booked tables, and loyal supporters, all who were responsible for the very kind comments.

Our Compere for the evening was Ken Day, who as usual kept everything running smoothly and on time.  Our Chairman Colin Mansbridge was responsible for playing his great music while Ross took his break. Our President Stephen Hillier MBE was in attendance with his wife Jennifer and did commentary for Alexander while Irena changed her gowns.