ASHLEY BANJO loves the idea of showing that dance is for everyone. "It just seemed perfect to go somewhere and use dancing to bring the community together, " he says. The somewhere he went was Stockton, where he aimed to teach the whole town to dance. Banjo, who rose to fame as the choreographer for the dance troupe Diversity, spent two months teaching people there how to dance. Why Stockton? "It's really run-down; the recession has hit them quite hard. Every other shop was boarded up. We wanted to help the community a bit with this project, " he says. "You're not going to fix it in two months, but just put a little light back into it. And it really, really did help." So did he have trouble convincing people to be on the show? "Loads. It's a big thing to commit to. Over time, the 'Yes' got a bit easier, but within the first month, when the momentum wasn't rolling, oh my God, I was literally just getting 'No' and 'Go away', " he says. How did they fit in dancing with work? "Some people took time off from work, then some people would literally work all day and come straight on, and other people would rehearse in the day and do night shifts. That's what made it so special. These people were committing time, effort and money to it, " says Banjo. He was worried that he would not be able to teach so many people to dance, saying: "Normally when I'm doing something I think, 'This is going to be harder than I thought, but we can do it'. But at one point during this show, I said, 'I don't know if there's anything I can do to pull this off. There are so many people, and so many people who can't dance'. "In the end, it came off from sheer hard work and determination. It was tough though." Ashley Banjo's Big Town Dance (Sky 1 HD, 8pm ) VERNON KAY , one of the presenters of ITV1's Splash! in which celebrities learn to dive, isn't keen on diving off the high board himself. " Even Tom Daley says he still gets nervous on the ten-metre board, " he says. "Standing there looking down, I thought, 'The guys who are doing this are absolutely mental'. When you are watching TV, you don't realise how high it is. The experts say, 'Don't look down', but how can you not? It's so high, it's ridiculous."
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