Category Archives: Dance

Like the rest of us, Strictly must learn to live with Covid

Series 19 of Strictly had a fab-u-lous first competitive show on the weekend, but the new battle in the ballroom was swiftly overshadowed by the grim news that pop singer Tom Fletcher and his professional partner Amy Dowden have tested positive for Covid. … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 1

We’re off! This opener had everything we love about Strictly: dance, drama and dance-drama; a bewildering costume lottery; Tess patronising people to within an inch of their lives; scoring that began sane and then descended into utter chaos; and, most important, … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing 2021, week 1: AJ Odudu, Adam Peaty and the first all-male couple top the leaderboard

My talking points for the first show – from a surprise jive to a history-making tango. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Strictly Speaking: Launch show

Hurrah, we’re back! Hello, fellow Strictly watchers – I’m so glad that our Saturday nights are sparkly once more.  Read my full Dancing Times blog here

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Strictly Come Dancing 2021 Launch

Catch up with my talking points from Saturday’s exciting opener – including our first all-male pairing and the return of champion Bill Bailey. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Gene Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and the hot dogs, and me

As Scottish Ballet restage his love letter to the art form he adored, his widow Patricia Ward Kelly talks about life with the dance star. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Strictly Come Dancing is late to the party with same-sex couples: men have been dance partners for centuries

This year’s sequin-splattered contest to win the coveted glitterball trophy will feature a Strictly debut, as the show introduces its first all-male pairing. Read my full The i Paper article here

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Strictly should be congratulated for introducing an all-male pairing – but is it fair?

This weekend, 15 new celebrities will waltz into the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom. Among them will be Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite, who will form one half of the programme’s first all-male pairing.  Read my full Telegraph article here

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Audio memory and good vibrations: how Strictly’s first deaf dancer might take home the glitterball

Deaf choreographer Mark Smith and deaf dancer Billy Read explain how Rose Ayling-Ellis will fare when she makes British TV history. Read my full Telegraph article here

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This year’s golden Strictly line-up might result in its best show yet

I must confess that I was worried about this upcoming series of the BBC ballroom behemoth. How could it possibly live up to the 2020 edition, which saved an entire nation from Covid gloom? Read my full Telegraph article here

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