CHORLEY hairdresser Will Foran will be swapping silky locks for fancy footwork when he takes his place as a judge at a major Irish dance championships.

As the Len Goodman of the hairdressing world, Will shares his time between his hair salon, Foran & Blake Hair and Beauty, in Market Walk, and his dance studio, Foran & Blake Dance 4U studio, in Clifford Street.

Teaching Latin and ballroom styles to students aged five to 65, Will led his class to victory, with 36 trophies in the Sheffield Med-allist Competition earlier in the year.

Now he’s getting ready to judge the All Ireland Dancing Championships for the third year running – a competition where Will himself once reigned supreme, coming first in the open jive, and second in the five dance amateur.

The 38-year-old said: “I think I would compare myself to Len Goodman as a judge, because of my experience with the technical side of dance.

“I will be focusing on footwork, and whether the competitors are moving in time to the music.

“These are the important things for me.”

Will, whose own dancing career saw him compete all over the UK, added: “Dance has always been in my life.

“My mum and dad both loved to dance, and my aunt taught Irish dancing in Manchester That’s what brought me from Sligo to Chorley when I was 21. I wanted to make a name for myself.

“My hairdressing career took off and I was soon in charge of 15 salons as a district leader.”

Will is also keeping his fingers crossed that he will be honoured with the title of business director of the year after making the shortlist of the British Hairdressing Business Awards.