It's a dance contest set to star Southampton's own Kai Widdrington alongside fellow Strictly Come Dancing star Vincent Simone. 

City disability charity The Rose Road Association has been named as the partner charity of global dance competition, the Britannia Open Titles 2024, which will take place at Southampton's Hilton Utilita Bowl from April 12 to 14.

The world-class contest welcomes and celebrates individuals from all walks of life to experience the transformative power of dance.

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Strictly professional Kai, who, as the son of Saints star Tommy grew up in Chandlers Ford, has danced in support of Rose Road in the past. 

He and Vincent, a Strictly pro from 2006 to 2012, will donate dancing lessons as raffle prizes at the event. 

Shareen Thomas, Rose Road Activities Co-ordinator, said: "We are thrilled that the event organisers will also make special provisions to welcome several young people who attend Rose Road as special guests to the event. This will give them the opportunity to enjoy a unique day out watching a whole range of dance performances." 

The event will host the World Juvenile Ballroom & Latin American Dance Championships and the European Professional Latin Championships.

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James Prouton, professional dancer and event organiser, added: “The invaluable work of Rose Road extends beyond care; they offer empowerment, understanding, and endless support to disabled young people and their families.

"It's this spirit of compassion and community that the Britannia Open Titles aims to connect with and amplify through the universal language of dance, from the spirited rhythms of Latin to the elegant flows of Ballroom."

The Britannia Open Titles 2024 is a three day competitive dancing event for amateur and professional Latin and Ballroom dancers.

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The Rose Road Association. established in Southampton in 1952, provides direct respite and outreach care services for over 300 children and young adults living with complex disabilities and medical care needs from across Hampshire and the surrounding counties.

They also provide SEN information advice and support services to around 1000 families per year.