So as I write this post sitting on the sofa with my legs up I have the Comic Relief Danceathon from the Red Button recording playing on the TV. And I'm reliving the fantastic experience that it was. Yes, I'm tired. Yes, I'm emotional. But would I do it again - you bet I would.
So far the Team Honk total stands at just over £29k - that's an amazing amount, but you can help get it higher. My personal fundraising amount is at £675 and 225% of my target amount. Thank you to everyone who's supported us so far!
We started off with 70s Disco and that was always going to be popular with me and then it was the unknown Swag, which it turned out was all about having attitude. I think I managed to pull that one off and before we knew it the first hour was already done. The next session of 80s Power was much harder and although the instructor's gold leggings (and thighs) were amazing I didn't enjoy this as much as I hoped I would, and I started to worry that it might be a long afternoon after all.
However the Musical Theatre session restored my confidence, despite the Bollywood content. This was another session led by a fantastic instructor and I think having a sing-shout along to Any dream will do from Joseph was a real highlight for me. Perhaps not for the people around me though...
The 90s Rave section was never going to be my favourite - I found it a bit bright and loud if I'm honest, but I got through it - my main move for this half hour was big fish, little fish, cardboard box. I think at some point I should have been banging my drums too, but never mind. After the rave it was the Michael Jackson moves section which was one of the highlights of the day, where we learnt to dance to Thriller.
Next up and was some Funk and I picked up some new moves here, I'll be trying those out next time on the dance floor! Although my legs are tired they're not too bad or as bad as I thought they might be anyway. Bizarrely it's the back of my neck, in-between my shoulders that's sore. I'm not sure why, perhaps I snuck in my own head-banging section without realising.
The Dancing Divas section was led by a guy in a suit and the amount of energy he had was amazing, so unsurprisingly it was quite a tiring session, so when the Bashment slot started slower it was very welcome. Basement is suited to Jamaican music and although it speeded up it was OK, my knees felt it in this session but we survived and anyway I was looking forward to the Pop section so I wasn't about to have a rest. The pop music gave me some much needed spring in my step but I knew there was still an hour to go.
The penultimate section was led by Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe from Strictly. I'm pretty sure that Ian started the session offering us a warm-up and as we'd been going for five hours by now we thought we were already pretty much warmed up! It was a great thirty minutes though and fab to experience the Strictly dancing, although I wouldn't fancy my chances in front of Craig much!
Somehow that meant we were onto the last thirty minutes of 60s Soul and this wasn't the Twist and such like, thankfully as if I'd got down I'm not sure I'd've made it up again! And then before we knew it some of the cast from the Commitments were on stage as a special treat and it was all over. Where did the time go?
So all in all a fabulous day, and I feel honoured to have been part of this fabulous team. And knowing that the money we raise goes towards so many good causes makes it all worthwhile, and it's makes me emotional every time I think about it. Goodness knows what I'll be like during the programme on Friday evening.
If you could spare some money - it doesn't need to be much - to support me and Team Honk we'd be very grateful.
And I'm pretty sure I went to sleep last night repeating "single, single, double" to myself...