Strictly Speaking: Week 11

professional-dancers-bbc-guy-levyPerhaps this is an unfashionable stance in the “tired of experts” era, but for me Strictly’s Musicals Week highlighted a more general issue with this series: we’ve had too much of our ballroom dancers attempting other styles, rather than their own. The pro numbers are overwhelmingly contemporary or theatrical, and the quarter-final’s theming meant every competitive routine was ballroom dancers having a crack at West End.

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2 Responses to Strictly Speaking: Week 11

  1. Liz says:

    Aw Marianka, I read your blog every week and always love it. The only thing I disagree with you on this week is about showcasing other styles. Some of the dancers are trained and very accomplished in other genres. It’s wonderful to showcase their incredible talent, and sometimes music and themes are better suited to another style. Of course there’s a few that it looks a bit more awkward on but I shall mention no names!

  2. Cindy Crallan says:

    What does it matter what genre? If you can dance with a bit of tuition you can dance any style – as some of the non dancers have proved Strictly was amazing this weekend and if it takes some of the pros to the West End then so be it – it could be a big improvement !

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