A Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce member is hoping his invention will help Strictly Come Dancing contender Kelvin Fletcher get all the way to the final of the Saturday night TV programme after providing him with a unique training device which helps dancers maintain their ballroom ‘frame’.
Nick Gallagher-Hughes, who founded TopLine Dance Products in 2010, met the soap star and his professional dance partner Oti Mabuse during their training schedule at Manchester’s Media City last week. Nick contacted Oti via social media and offered to fit the actor with a new frame for his size and stature.
Kelvin was recently seen using the TopLine Dance Frame on Strictly’s spin-off programme, It Takes Two. Oti has used it with her previous celebrity partners including actor Danny Mac and sportsperson Jonnie Peacock. Nick invented the frame to help dancers maintain their posture. Using it regularly in practice helps create ‘muscle memory’ which improves deportment.
“It was great to meet Oti and Kelvin,” said Nick. “Having achieved such great results in the Latin she is keen to bring out the ballroom dancer in him and ensure that includes good fundamentals as well as crowd-pleasing elements.
“Kelvin has a natural ability and is really enjoying his time on Strictly. It is clear to see that he has developed a real passion for dance, and we hope that the TopLine Dance Frame will help him all the way to the final and ultimately winning the coveted Glitterball.”