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Ladies First: Dare to take the Lead to be held at ExCeL London

08 June 2018

An Event Celebrating Women, with Katya Jones, Karen Clifton & Jannette Manrar Saturday 4th August 2018 at ExCeL London.

Jannette Manrara, multi-talented professional dancer and choreographer, best known in the UK for her appearances on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, is joining forces with two other Strictly ladies to host a Women’s Day event – Ladies First: Dare to take the Lead.

Taking place on the 4th August 2018 at ExCeL London, Ladies First: Dare to take the Lead, sees Janette and dancers, Karen Clifton and Katya Jones coming to together for an event to celebrate women through a day of dance, fitness, fashion and fun activities 

Says Janette Manrara, “It has always been a passion of mine to see women come together and be inspired by one another, and Ladies First will allow us to do exactly that. What better time than now to celebrate us!”

Andrew Swanston, Head of Sales at ExCeL London, added: “We are delighted that Jannette, Karen and Katya have decided to host Ladies First at ExCeL London. We look forward to welcoming them and their guests, to celebrate women in this unique and exciting way.”

The aim is to motivate and inspire women to celebrate one another, and to value their individual strengths. 2018 is the year of the woman.


It marks the 100th anniversary of the year women were allowed to vote in the UK (1918), which then lead the way for Dutch women to vote in 1919, followed by American women in 1920.  Ladies First wants to create a space where individuals can learn some dancing, work on their fitness, and hear the stories of women who have taken the lead in their lives; a day filled with fun, celebration, education, fitness, and DANCE! 

The day will begin at 11am with a glass of bubbly and a light lunch, followed by a dancer experience class with Karen Clifton; Musicals Star dance class with Janette Manrara; DIY fashion tips with Katya Jones and meet & greets.  There will also be live music from West End performer Miranda Wilford before the day ends with a Ladies First Q&A with Janette, Katya and Karen. 

The aim of Ladies First is to create awareness for women, men and children about the women in their lives. To celebrate women! 

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