MDI Merseyside Dance Initiative
Inspiring people through dance


MDI is proud to announce Casualty Star and 2014 BBC Strictly Come Dancing Contestant Sunetra Sarker as our patron!

Looking forward to becoming patron of the organisation Sunetra said:

“As a complete new comer to ballroom and Latin dancing and braving it on Strictly Come Dancing this year, I can see just how much hard work and commitment dancers have to give to their art. I am proud to have been asked to be a patron of MDI as a Scouser and a working mother and someone who sees the help dance can make to peoples lives through some of the fascinating work MDI is and has been doing to encourage dance and movement to all. No matter who you are or where you come from... I look forward to seeing the inspiration and joy of dance that they bring to the lives of others through their dedicated work"

MDI will be leading a campaign to vote for Sunetra through their social media and is encouraging the city to get behind the star!

Karen Gallagher MBE & Honorary fellow of LJMU, Artistic Director of MDI said:

“We are so honored to have Sunetra as our first Patron, and marking it in our 21st year really does feel like we have come of age!  Its been a wonderful 21 years so far and this news is just the icing on the cake, all at MDI wish Sunetra much luck on her Strictly journey and look forward to welcoming her into our dance family”.

Born in Liverpool in 1975 Sunetra is best known for her role as Consultant Zoe Hannah on Casualty, a role she has been playing for 7 years. Dance however has always been close to her heart as she grew up with her dancer mother Bishaka Sarker a long-time collaborator with MDI.