An award-winning filmmaker who struggles with co-ordination will be aiming to just “keep dancing” as he takes on the Strictly Air Ambulance competition.

Benjamin Scarsbrook, 30, who lives in Southend, is the founder of the film production company Blatella Films, which was used to film and produce the air ambulance trust’s annual dance competition.

But this year, Mr Scarsbrook will be stepping in front of the camera instead of behind it.

The company has helped the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance film and produce their annual dance competition for several years.

He has partnered himself with professional dancer and trainer Emma Burrell, from Maldon.

He said: “We will be competing with five other teams, our dance routine will be the Viennese Waltz and the Jive. I’ve never been a dancer and I’m really looking forward to it. This is something new to me.

“To be honest I’ve had never really shown an interest in dancing, but if it is for a worthy cause or a charity I am willing to take part.

“Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to practice our dance because I run my company with my wife, and Emma teaches dance. We’re very busy so it’s always about finding time we both have.”

Mr Scarsbrook was born with no co-ordination, but despite this challenge he has put in strong efforts to perfect his routine.

He said: “I was lucky to find five hours yesterday to practice. My balance has been an issue for me, and when I dance I remember the moves but not in which order they should be. So the training it’s all about muscle memory.

“I do find the jive tricky, it’s very fast and it’s just legs everywhere!

“I do apologise in advance for what you are about to see, think of a baby giraffe on an ice rink and then picture something less graceful.

“Emma is an elegant, talented and successful professional dancer who has previously taken part in Strictly Air Ambulance.

“She is a dancer at Starlight Dancing and dances professionally all over the world.

“Emma is looking to win the competition, but I am just looking forward to taking part and experience something different.

“We are doing what we can to raise awareness and money so they can continue their great work.”

The Strictly Air Ambulance competition will take place on Saturday March 24 at Charter Hall, Colchester, from 7pm until 10.30pm.

The annual dance off sees Essex residents paired with professional dancers and competing against each other.

Tickets cost £17.50 for concession, and £20 for adults. Mr Scarsbrook has also set up a Just Giving page asking residents to donate and help support the Air Ambulance service.

Mr Scarsbrook has already collected £545 in donations.

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