'Dancing On Wheels' has started a buzz around the web! Yesterday The Sun newspaper stated that Heather Small would be taking part in the new BBC Three dance show. Today the BBC have confirmed this:
'BBC To Air New Dance Contest Show
Actress Michelle Gayle and singer Heather Small are among the celebrities who have signed up to take part in a new BBC dancing competition.
Dancing On Wheels sees the celebrities partnered with wheelchair users who have never danced before.
The winning couple of the six-part series will represent the UK at the Wheelchair Dance Sport European Championships in Israel this autumn.
BBC Three boss Danny Cohen said the show would be "fun and glamorous".
He added: "This is a really important project for BBC Three, and underlines our commitment to covering disability in a mainstream way, following the success of Britain's Missing Top Model last year."
Gold medallist Mark Foster, actor Kevin Sacre, rugby legend Martin Offiah and presenter Caroline Flack have all signed up to compete.
Professional ballroom dancer and wheelchair dance teacher Brian Fortuna will choreograph the couples.
The couples will train intensively and perform in front of a panel of judges, who will decide each week which couples stay in the competition.'
Summary of other information from a variety of websites:
'Contestants will be given only five weeks to master every move from the cha-cha to the paso doble.
They will all be learning the art of Wheelchair Dance Sport, an international sport where at least one dancer is a wheelchair user.'
'The wheelchair users are: Simone, a 22 year-old Cambridge graduate; Diana, a 48 year-old magazine editor and mother; 27 year-old Carolyne, who enjoys nothing more than a night out; James, a cocky 31 year-old with some impressive acrobatic abilities; Paul, a 24 year-old festival-goer who is looking forward to Glastonbury this summer; and 23 year-old Harris, who recently got married to a girl he met whilst travelling in Thailand.
Wheelchair dancing is an extremely popular international sport, which is practised in 22 countries and with competitions and championships held across the world. In the series, the couples will be competing in the 'combi' event, where a standing able-bodied dancer partners a wheelchair user.'