Morley Glass & Glazing managing director Ian Short is getting ready to put his best foot forward as he prepares to take part in a charity dance competition.

Alongside nine other contestants, Ian will be paired with a professional dancer to battle it out for the title of Variety’s Strictly Ballroom champion on Wednesday 11 October at Bowcliffe Hall in Bramham, Leeds. The amateur dancers and their partners will be joined by a star-studded judging panel, featuring the X Factor’s Ray Quin, choreographer Ian Banham and professional dancer Jemma Girling.

Morley Glass & Glazing is already a familiar name in the dancing world, after it stepped in last year to sponsor outfits for Nottingham University’s student-led Latin, Ballroom and Salsa Society.

Commenting on the event, Ian said: “I have attended Ballroom and Latin Classes at North Leeds Dance Academy with my wife Kathy in the past but we’ve never gone beyond a beginner’s level. This competition is really taking things to another level! I’ll be training all summer to make sure I’m on top form and hopefully we’ll have a great turnout to support such a great cause.”

Ian and his dance partner Olivia Choi from the North Leeds Dance Academy will compete in two group dances and a solo dance. Ian said: “I’m very excited to be dancing the samba, which is a lively, energetic and fun dance, which perfectly matches my large than life character and personality. It’s a difficult dance with bounce and odd rhythms but I’m going to give it my all and hope for the best.”

Tickets are £25 and all proceeds will go to help Variety continue its important charity work, providing practical, tangible help to children in the UK coping with sickness, disability or disadvantage. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

For more information or to book your ticket contact Jane Clynes on 07703 271238 or email

To sponsor Ian visit here.