A DANCE star returned home and got a seal of approval for her latest moves from volunteers and dancers.

Saffron Barker visited the Volunteering Matters dance team in Woodingdean ahead of her performance with AJ Pritchard on tonight’s episode of Strictly Come Dancing.

The 19-year-old took a few lessons from the volunteer teachers, and said she couldn’t stop smiling.

Activity lead Julie White organises activities at the Woodingdean Methodist Church and enjoyed welcoming the Strictly stars.

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She said: “It was the day when the stars aligned for us. Seeing our group mingling with Saffron and AJ and teaching them a trick or two including our own star dancers like our 93 year old volunteer was amazing fun.

“We will remember this for years to come.”

Saffron, from Rottingdean, has earned a huge following on the internet for her YouTube videos and Instagram posts.

She has four million subscribers to her channel, and has been dancing with AJ on Strictly this year.

But even they learned a thing or two from the Volunteering Matters team as they were put through their paces.

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They performed a sneak peek at their samba routine, which they will perform for viewers on tonight’s episode.

Saffron said: “We had an amazing afternoon with the Volunteering Matters team learning a thing or two from their brilliant teacher and dancers.

“It’s such a lovely organisation. AJ and I had so much fun, we couldn’t stop smiling. I think we had the seal of approval for our samba.”

Volunteering Matters director Emma Thomas-Hancock said: “We are a national charity that drives volunteering-led social change.

“In Brighton and Hove, we have 40 Lifelines Projects, with around 130 volunteers supporting 450 older members of their community.

“It helps people to discover new social networks and friendships, as well as enhanced well-being and physical health.

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“Volunteering Matters is committed to building even more local volunteering activities, including, like with AJ and Saffron this week, bringing together younger and older members of our communities.

“Our volunteers are full of fun ideas, and there is something for everyone, whether dancing, learning Spanish, developing computer skills, or sitting down and having a good chat over tea.”