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jay-mcguiness-aliona-bbc-guy-levyStrictly Speaking: The final
December 21, 2015

Despite a zigzagging final, the inevitable winner is crowned.

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jay-mcguiness-aliona-vilani-charleston-bbc-guy-levyStrictly Speaking: Semi-final
December 14, 2015

Two dance fatigue, BBC cross-promotion and dance-off drama.

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musicals-week-bbc-guy-levyStrictly Speaking: Week 11
December 7, 2015

Jazz hands, Human Props interference and two former leaders in the dance-off.

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quickstepathon-bbc-guy-levy-2Strictly Speaking: Week 10
November 30, 2015

Blackpool hangover, a too-quick Quickstep-a-thon, and Peter Andre’s final speech.

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anita-rani-gleb-savchenko-bbc-guy-levyStrictly Speaking: Week 9
November 25, 2015

Blackpool brings theatrical excess, human props and a dance-off controversy.

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georgia-may-foote-giovanni-pernice-bbc-kieron-mccarronStrictly Speaking: Week 8
November 16, 2015

Razzle dazzle, wretched music choices and the comedy favourite bows out.

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peter-andre-janette-manrara-bbc-guy-levyStrictly Speaking: Week 7
November 9, 2015

Multiple 10s, Jeremy on a horse and the power of Len’s walnut-pickling.

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kirsty-gallacher-brendan-cole-bbc-guy-levyStrictly Speaking: Week 6
November 2, 2015

A retina-searing Halloween show is scary, but not in a good way.

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anita-rani-gleb-savchenko-bbc-guy-levyStrictly Speaking: Week 5
October 26, 2015

Len’s meds, Bruno’s blooper and a salsa meltdown enliven a dreary show.

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daniel-odonnell-kristina-rihanoff-bbc-guy-levyStrictly Speaking: Week 4
October 19, 2015

Music mayhem, redemption arcs, and “comedy” VTs gone mad.

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movie-weekStrictly Speaking: Week 3
October 12, 2015

Movie madness, ringer ructions and the series’ first 10.

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katie-derham-anton-du-beke-photo-bbc-guy-levyStrictly Speaking: Week 2
October 5, 2015

Unwieldy props, lesser spotted training footage and the first elimination.

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judges-bbc-guy-levyStrictly Speaking: Week 1
September 29, 2015

Mad scoring, puns aplenty and Glebmania in the new series’ first night of competition.

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supadance-and-supadance-malitowski-shoe-gallerySo long, farewell
September 2015

Former champions talk retirement and life after competition.

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Come DancingCome Dancing remembered
September 2015

The rise and fall of Strictly‘s iconic BBC predecessor.

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Rachid Q&AQ&A: Rachid Malki 
September 2015

The Swedish pro on leaving the floor and embracing new opportunities.

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Jazz Munteanu and Karin HermanStepping Out
September 2015

New stars, returning favourites and British triumphs at the ESSDA European Championships in Stockholm.

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BalÇ de Rua bring BAILA BRAZIL to Southbank Centre this August. Credit Frederic DesmesureRhythm nation
September 2015

Propulsive entertainment but confused storytelling at the Royal Festival Hall’s Baila Brazil.

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Seven Brides for Seven BrothersBarnstormin’ courtin’
September 2015

Joyful Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre transcends its dodgy gender politics.

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Grand Hotel 1 Victoria Serra (Flaemmchen) with rest of the cast Photo Aviv RonBe our guest
September 2015

Troubled portmanteau musical Grand Hotel gets first-class service from a Southwark Playhouse revival.

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group-shot-credit-bbc-guy-levyStrictly speaking: launch show
September 7, 2015

New pros, ghostly sightings and the Ringer Race 2015 as Series 13 hits the floor.

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west side storyHanding over their hearts
August 2015

Who made our list of the best choreographers – and who did readers pick?

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Bend-It-Like-Beckham-The-Musical-Photo-by-Ellie-KurttzBend It Like Beckham
August 2015

New musical Bend It Like Beckham is a rigorously feel-good time capsule.

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rachel and marieStepping Out
August 2015

Dancers share their experience of making a competitive debut.

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Page41_2The naked truth
July 2015

Is flashing the flesh a necessary part of dance? We investigate.

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practicePractice makes perfect
July 2015

Experts advise on how to master the art of practising.

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22195_833153033438973_2678751750162440052_nStepping Out
July 2015

The Brits impress at the always competitive German Open Championships.

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Teacher interviewSwing while you’re winning
June 2015

Scott Cupit, our Teacher of the Year 2015, recalls his journey from struggling start-up to leader of a swing revolution.

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Bloodless
June 2015

Carrie: The Musical at Southwark Playhouse needs more guts.

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4-High-Society-Old-VicA swellegant elegant party
June 2015

Spacey’s Old Vic era finishes strongly with the irresistible High Society.

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p01gtjxrStepping Out
June 2015

Hadass Armon looks forward to the European Championships, while Strictly‘s Robin Windsor holds his first same-sex dance class.

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1 (4)Stepping Out
May 2015

Stella Ponne, organiser of Holland’s De Danser competition, talks integration, fair judging and the importance of inspiring the next generation.

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Latin B winners Rachel Sparks and Marie EisenhardtStepping Out
April 2015

London’s 2015 Pink Jukebox Trophy welcomes supreme champions and trailblazing newcomers.

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oh what a lovely warFighting words
March 2015

A deferential revival of Oh What A Lovely War at Richmond Theatre acts more as effective primer than call to arms.

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Burns' Night celebrations at The Glass Works pub, in Islington, London, JanuaryStepping Out
March 2015

The Gay Gordons blend tradition with revolution in their development of same-sex Scottish country dancing.

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Nike_Not An AthleteJust ad dance
February 2015

How does fleet-footed advertising affect the dance industry as a whole, and what made our top 10 ads?

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Janette-ManraraTeacher of the Year 2015
February 2015

As we open our annual competition, dance luminaries pay tribute to their inspiring instructors.

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Stepping Out 2 FebruaryStepping Out
February 2015

Bradley and Sören Stauffer-Kruse on the expanding world of same-sex showdance.

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White ChristmasSnowed under
January 2015

The saccharine sentiment of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre is downright suffocating.

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uktv-scd-221114-4Strictly surprises
January 2015

Following another series of Strictly celebrities being saddled with the “dark horse” mantle, my top five genuinely surprising contestants.

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Heather Lyons and ChrissiStepping Out
January 2015

Looking back at an action-packed 2014 and previewing this year’s most anticipated competitions, at home and abroad.

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Strictly international Darren judging in the Middle East 2Strictly international
December 2014

From India to Finland, South Africa to Turkey, how the hit BBC show travels around the world.

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Cats Gillian LynneTop cat
December 2014

As the West End revival opens, groundbreaking choreographer Gillian Lynne recalls the creation of Cats.

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Damn YankeesHaving a ball
December 2014

An unrefined by enthusiastic revival of Damn Yankees steps up to the plate at Landor Theatre.

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Made In Dagenham Photo by Manuel HarlanStriking the wrong note
December 2014

Cartoonish musical version of Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi does its subjects a disservice by diminishing their achievement.

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Hollywood bookReady for his close-up
December 2014

Brent Phillips’ compelling new book salutes Charles Walters, the forgotten maestro of Hollywood’s golden age.

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Salsa Rosada, credit Ruth WhitworthStepping Out
December 2014

A spicy same-sex salsa class celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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caroline-and-pashaStrictly Speaking: Final
December 22, 2014

An uneven series finishes on a high with close competition, deserving winners and a raucous encore, but relies too heavily on recaps and montages.

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11_caroline_salsa_7767842-low_res-Strictly Speaking: Semi-final
December 15, 2014

A risk-averse, schmaltzy show is salvaged by the first perfect-scoring dance, and another hot favourite is eliminated.

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pixie-7712556-low_res-Strictly Speaking: Week 11
December 8, 2014

Shock! Scandal! Conspiracy! Flashdance! Frontrunner Pixie exits in a controversial dance-off during the otherwise lacklustre quarter-final.

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caroline-7655201-low_res-Strictly Speaking: Week 10
December 1, 2014

Misguided Around The World Week results in horrifying casual xenophobia and intrusive human props.

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Junckers SylveSport Beech Variation on NewEra UnoBat at Central School of Speech & DramaPut a spring in your step
November 2014

The ultimate guide to the sprung dancefloor, from history and creation to costs, importance and health benefits.

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Evita at the Dominion Theatre London until 1 Nov - Madalena Alberto as Eva - photographer credit Darren Bell (2)Star quality
November 2014

A style-over-substance revival of Evita is elevated by its dynamic central performance.

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Youlie tango bookGanchos and gossip
November 2014

Youlie Mouzafiarova offers expert advice in new guide Tango Flow, while Craig Revel Horwood shares Strictly secrets in Tales from the Dance Floor.

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Vienna Dance ContestStepping Out
November 2014

Fierce duels, local talent and a courageous Russian debut at this year’s Vienna Dance Contest.

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caroline-7585673-low_res-Strictly Speaking: Week 9
November 24, 2014

Ballroom gets another blow in a week of illegal lifts and rampant overscoring, as Jake’s Macarena steals the show.

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TX8 RESULTS SHOWStrictly Speaking: Week 8
November 17, 2014

Traditionally histrionic Blackpool brings comebacks and 10s a-plenty, and Judy Murray’s reign finally comes to an end.

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TX7 LIVE SHOWStrictly Speaking: Week 7
November 10, 2014

The judges get (selectively) tough at the halfway mark, and this series’ most endearing partnership bows out.

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TX6 LIVE SHOWStrictly Speaking: Week 6
November 3, 2014

Tortuous Halloween Week brings frightening scores, monstrous music choices, idiotic VTs and the first “real 10”.

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Deep Cambre, Braz Dos Santos and Romina HidalgoFusion confusion
October 2014

New stage show Brazouka‘s combination of hard-luck narrative and sunny sensuality baffles.

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DSC02513Stepping Out
October 2014

The 2014 Cleveland Gay Games featured American dances and a special message from President Obama.

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TX5 LIVE SHOWStrictly Speaking: Week 5
October 27, 2014

Inconsistent judging, the desire to torture Scott and the British public’s refusal to be tamed leads to a “shock” dance-off.

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TX4 RESULTS SHOWStrictly Speaking: Week 4
October 20, 2014

The departure of our confused matador, unnecessary props galore and the post-You-Know-Who comedown.

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movie-week-opener-7279707-low_res-Strictly Speaking: Week 3
October 13, 2014

Donny Dire, strained theming and Dali-esque trouser creation make for a deeply peculiar Movie Week.

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jake-7228727-low_res-Strictly Speaking: Week 2
October 6, 2014

Scoring insanity, death-defying lifts and the series’ first elimination.

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'Sense of Freedom', Deaf Men Dancing, credit Jonathan M HughesSign language
September 2014

Mark Smith’s company and a new tango project demonstrate that deafness needn’t be a barrier to dance.

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john alex pic stepping out septemberStepping out
September 2014

A controversial British Dance Council proposal advocates separating mainstream and same-sex competitors.

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pixie 7182019-low_res-Strictly Speaking: Week 1
September 29, 2014

Ringers shine, Anton wears a kilt and Darcey enters a stoner dream state in the show’s first week of competition.

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Launch ShowStrictly Speaking: launch show
September 8, 2014

Brucie gatecrashes, new pros sizzle, WinkleFringe Watch is born and Len makes a heartfelt declaration as Series 12 kicks off.

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023-ginger-rogers-and-fred-astaire-theredlistShall we dance?
August 2014

American franchise Fred Astaire Studios has found its first British affiliate – will others follow suit?

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carousel picBustin’ out all over
August 2014

The Arcola’s stripped-back revival of classic musical Carousel impresses.

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Stepping Out 8 August picStepping Out
August 2014

Top same-sex dancers hit Blackpool for the first ESSDA European Championships held in the UK.

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A Simple Space EdinburghFringe benefits
July 2014

From sexy samba and surreal circus to fiery flamenco and comic tapping, the dance highlights of the Edinburgh Festival.

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InTheHeights_SouthwarkPlayhouse_RobertWorkmanLatin scorcher
July 2014

The UK premiere of Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights is a sizzling hit at Southwark Playhouse.

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Forum group credit Karen WortleyStepping Out
July 2014

Same-sex dance troupe Is That Allowed?! on landmarks performances at Norwich Pride and the Theatre Royal.

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Darren-Bennett-and-Lilia--002Keep holding on
June 2014

Does the ballroom hold limit dancers and choreographers? Strictly‘s Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova offer their expert view.

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SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERSRootin’ tootin’ wooing
June 2014

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Richmond Theatre is a barnstormer, despite its unsavoury gender politics.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStepping Out
June 2014

Big stars, close battles and British dancers make a French connection at Le Rendez-Vous de Paris.

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shoe pictureThese shoes are made for dancing
May 2014

The development of perfect dance shoes, plus best footwear for beginners and pros, ballroom and Latin, and stunning Strictly stats.

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Playing fairPlaying fair
May 2014

Have we sacrificed ballroom etiquette for a more aggression approach in competition?

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Rufus Hound in Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsRazzle dazzle ’em
May 2014

Slapstick musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy is deeply silly, but an old-fashioned treat.

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doi maria rayFire and ice
May 2014

The Dancing on Ice farewell tour at Wembley Arena is a fitting tribute to a loony programme.

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European Championships BlackpoolStepping Out
May 2014

We look forward to the first ever same-sex European Championships held in the UK, coming to Blackpool in June.

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claudia-credit-bbc-lorenzo-agiusStrictly Speaking: Hello Claudia! Farewell Brucie!
May 14, 2014

Why Claudia is the perfect choice to replace Bruce, and their top 10 Strictly moments, from a LIVE television moment to Paxman prodding.

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WW1 picThe spirit of remembrance
April 2014

The key role of dance during the First World War, and a round-up of the best cultural centenary events this year.

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TV dance picStars of the small screen
April 2014

Strictly made celebrities of its dancers,
so why aren’t professional competitors waltzing onto our TVs? We investigate.

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stepping out april picStepping Out
April 2014

Close battles, supreme champions and inspiring debuts at the 2014 Pink Jukebox Trophy.

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pride and prejudice danceThe write stuff
March 2014

From Pride and Prejudice to Ballet Shoes, readers share their favourite examples of dance in literature, just in time for World Book Day.

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cuban-fury-nick-frost1-636-380-2013Sugar and spice
March 2014

Amiable Brit salsa romcom Cuban Fury has potential, and choreographer Richard Marcel shares secrets from the set.

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Midsummer Night's DreamPuppet problems
March 2014

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Barbican, created by War Horse’s Handspring Puppet Company, is sadly disenchanting.

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stepping out march picStepping Out
March 2014

DJ, teacher and competitor Jacky Logan discusses dramatic changes over the past few decades in same-sex social dance.

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shadowland picComing out of the shadows
February 2014

From the Oscars to the Olympics, a look at the renaissance of shadow theatre, plus a preview of Pilobolus Dance Theatre’s new Sadler’s Wells show Shadowland.

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Zumba FitnessGoing solo
February 2014

The best ballroom classes and activities that don’t require a partner, and how to search for one if you want a break from solo life.

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valentine danceWhich dance is your romance?
February 2014

Are you a dreamy waltz or a sizzling samba? Put your relationship to the test with our Valentine’s Day quiz.

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quidam, cirque du soleil, Statue Act, Photos Matt Beard and Costumes Dominique Lemieux lLe freak, c’est chic
February 2014

Cirque du Soleil wows with the jaw-dropping aerials of Quidam at the Royal Albert Hall, but its narrative loses the plot.

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Stepping Out 12 December picStepping Out
February 2014

Former Strictly pros Erin Boag and Nicole Cutler share their experience of judging same-sex ballroom competitions.

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stepping out january 2014Stepping Out
January 2014

A preview of 2014’s packed competition calendar, from Ohio’s Gay Games to Blackpool’s European Championships.

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fruit vegThe dancer diet
December 2013

Expert nutritional advice from former world Latin champion Corky Ballas and top dietary consultants.

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Craig Revel HorwoodIt’s behind you…
December 2013

A short history of the pantomime and my picks of the festive season.

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imgresMarking time
December 2013

 New West End musical From Here to Eternity is let down by sluggish plotting.

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Strictly Come DancingStrictly Speaking
December 2013

Highlights of Series 11, from best performance and lines to wardrobe malfunctions, injury porn and vital stats.

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Stepping Out pic DecemberStepping Out
December 2013

All the news from the Blackpool Same-Sex Dance Festival, including celebrity fans and a surprise proposal.

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Strictly Come DancingStrictly Speaking: grand final
December 22, 2013

Cossack pole dancing, Groundhog Day repeats and most painful hairography awarded in a gripping, closely fought match with a surprise winner.

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Strictly Come DancingStrictly Speaking: Week 12
December 16, 2013

Borrowed family prop points, wanton abuse of salsa and the last man standing exits the ballroom in a tense semi-final.

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Strictly Come DancingStrictly Speaking: Week 11
December 9, 2013

The otherwise bland quarter-final is enlivened by the leaderboard-altering swingathon AKA our JFK conspiracy controversy (with sequins).

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Strictly Come DancingStrictly Speaking: Week 10
December 2, 2013

Musicals Week produces a Simba samba, karaoke travesty and Ann Summers’ Disney dressing-up box, but not much ballroom.

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Chrisanne-sponsored Craig Shaw and Evgeniya Shaw, BlackpoolA flair for hair
November 2013

Top tips for dancers on styling, bedazzling, products
and avoiding hair horror.

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ZooNationMake ’em laugh 
November 2013

From hip hop and burlesque to Strictly and Gene Kelly, what are the challenges and rewards of introducing humour to dance?

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Ballroom A class men finalistsStepping Out
November 2013

Retirements, politics and a baby boom at the action-packed Vienna Dance Contest.

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Strictly Come DancingStrictly Speaking: Week 9
November 25, 2013

Blackpool Comedown Week produces an alarmingly mediocre show with godawful song choices and you-know-Who puns.

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Strictly Come Dancing susanna kevin pasoStrictly Speaking: Week 8
November 18, 2013

Theft, sentient tail feathers and the judges get overexcited at Blackpool, resulting in some Dadaist scoring.

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Strictly Come Dancing mark iveta bondStrictly Speaking: Week 7
November 11, 2013

The Natalie Lowe Casualty Curse strikes again and the Hairy Biker finally hits the road after his Burns Night travesty.

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Strictly Come Dancing week 6 halloweenStrictly Speaking: Week 6
November 4, 2013

Shock results, catfights and 10 reasons why Halloween Week should be banned.

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supadance-and-supadance-malitowski-shoe-galleryVery superstitious
October 2013

From cups of tea to enthusiastic singing, ballroom greats share their cherished competition customs.

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Joseph Sewell and Charlotte MiddlemissThe ones that got away
October 2013

Dances like Charleston and swing have lots in common with the standard 10, so why aren’t they included – and should they be?

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john and alex stepping outStepping Out
October 2013

Alex Lewalle and John Church discuss their landmark mainstream competition win.

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Strictly Come Dancing dave salsaStrictly Speaking: Week 5
October 28, 2013

Faux fusion, furniture removals and the first dance-off “shock” of the series.

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Strictly Come Dancing susanna kevin samba week 4Strictly Speaking: Week 4
October 21, 2013

The unofficial Messin’ Abaht Week sees capricious scoring, pastiche content-lite routines and wardrobe’s rainbow acid trip.

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Strictly Come Dancing susanna kevinStrictly Speaking: Week 3
October 14, 2013

Luuuuuurve Week brings passive-aggressive VTs, Princess Leia hair and the return of the wobbly lamppost.

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Strictly Speaking: Week 2sophie charleston strictly
October 7, 2013

Girl power, family prop points and the revenge of partners past, plus the first elimination of Strictly Series 11.

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Decoding the judges picDecoding the Strictly judges
September 2013

My translation service for the new crop
of celebrity hopefuls
 strutting their stuff on Strictly Come Dancing.

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Leaders vs followers picLeaders vs Followers
September 2013

Strictly celebrities and professionals address the fiercely debated question
of who has it toughest.

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dirty dancingStepping off the screen
September 2013

As the stage version of classic film Strictly Ballroom arrives in Sydney, we consider which medium is the true home of dance.

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Teacher feature picTop of the class
September 2013

Our Teacher of the Year, Pauline Mason of Danceworks, shares the secret of her success.

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Stepping Out September picStepping Out
September 2013

British dancers take the Antwerp Same Sex World Championships by storm.

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Strictly Come Dancing karen daveStrictly Speaking: Week 1
September 30, 2013

Alan Partridge, existential angst and the Cossack escort service: Strictly kicks off with promising debuts and Lunatic Corner.

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Strictly Come DancingStrictly Speaking: launch show
September 9, 2013

New pros, new celebs and new pairings, plus dubious musical guests and the requisite “comedy” VTs.

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bruce and tess strictlyStrictly celebrities revealed
September 3, 2013

This year’s contestants include sportsmen, soap stars, glamour pusses and a few intriguing wild cards.

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luke and hanna picBoys can dance
August 2013

…but do they? We investigate whether the gender gap in ballroom is really closing.

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tai chi picPerfect harmony
August 2013

Why is t’ai chi becoming a national phenomenon, and how can it benefit dancers?

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Teacher announcement picTeacher of the Year
August 2013

We announce our worthy winner and hear what her students love about her, plus there’s a shortlist of brilliant runners-up.

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2. How Like An Angel - Norwich Cathedral - copyright Chris TaylorCelestial bodies
August 2013

Circa’s How Like An Angel at St-Bartholomew-the-Great is a truly transcendental experience.

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footstorm picStranger than fiction
August 2013

Footstormthe 2012 Got to Dance champions’ new show at Sadler’s Wells, is let down by its storytelling.

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stepping out august picStepping Out
August 2013

Following a triumphant debut, Bradley and Sören Stauffer-Kruse preview this year’s bigger and better Blackpool Same Sex Dance Festival.

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Royalty picRoyal seal of approval
July 2013

As the world welcomes the royal baby, we examine the complex relationship between monarchy and the evolution of dance.

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Fitness picStrictly Come Fitness
July 2013

Two pros from our favourite show launch FitSteps, and experts explain why dance is the best way to get fit this summer.

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Stepping Out July picStepping Out
July 2013

Barry Free, chairman of top dance footwear brand Supadance, tells us why he’s supporting same-sex ballroom.

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Lisa PaddleStrictly uncovered
June 2013

New stage show Strictly Confidential tells the truth behind the sequins, reveal creator Craig Revel Horwood and star Lisa Riley.

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Stepping Out 6 JuneStepping Out
June 2013

How Dutch ballroom partners Simone Taverne and Lisette van Bruggen found love on the dancefloor.

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vincent flaviaIt takes four to tan-go
June 6, 2013

Following the departure of Strictly pros Erin BoagVincent SimoneFlavia Cacace and Aliona Vilani, we pick their three most memorable moments on the show.

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Darren and Lilia clinicDarren and Lilia’s Dance Clinic
May 2013

Strictly champions and top coaches Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova answer readers’ burning questions.

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Blackpool Top TenBlackpool remembered
May 2013

The top 10 memories of the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival, from classic rivalries and emotional farewells to the power of simplicity.

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Stepping Out 5 MayStepping Out
May 2013

Is it possible to introduce same-sex dance into mainstream competition and judge it fairly? We investigate…

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y.m.c.a.Crazy for dance
April 2013

The ultimate countdown of the top 30 dance crazes, from Y.M.C.A. and Gangnam Style to MJ’s Moonwalk and Thriller.

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Stepping Out 4 AprilStepping Out
April 2013

Close contests, shock results and international co-operation at the 16th annual Pink Jukebox Trophy.

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Chrisanne Couture 2013A passion for fashion
March 2013

We examine the good, the bad and the bedazzled of dancewear through the ages, plus the top five best dressed and top five fashion disaaaahsters.

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Strictly DVDStrictly the best
March 2013

The latest Strictly Come Dancing DVD takes on an impossible task – and doesn’t quite succeed. Seh-ven!

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teachDance Today Dance Teacher of the Year
March 2013

We launch our brand-new reader competition, celebrating the unsung heroes of the dance world.

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Caroline and PetraStepping Out
March 2013

International champion couples Csaba Csetneki and Balázs Gáti and Caroline Privou and Petra Zimmermann share the secrets of their success.

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Chinese dance picEastern promise
February 2013

As Chinese New Year approaches, learn about the history, artistry and cultural significance of Chinese dance.

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ChemistryA lesson in chemistry
February 2013

Discover the formula for a great partnership – just in time for Valentine’s Day…

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Stepping Out 2 FebruaryStepping Out
February 2013

Rory Desch asks for support for London’s Gay Games 2018 bid.

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A Chorus Line picOne singular sensation
January 2013

As the award-winning show arrives in the West End, choreographer Baayork Lee reflects on the evolution and enduring popularity of A Chorus Line.

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ChampionsWe are the champions
January 2013

While we look back at the World Professional Ballroom Champion, dancers and coaches explain what it takes to get to the top.

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Strictly WheelsStepping Out
January 2013

Strictly Wheels, who were a big hit at the Same Sex Open in Blackpool, discuss their partnership.

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CharityDance gives back
December 2012

As we approach the season of giving, three organisations tell us about their outstanding charitable work.

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Dance heroHolding out for a hero
December 2012

Leading industry figures, from Strictly‘s Kristina Rihanoff and Darcey Bussell to Shirley Ballas and Karen Hilton, name their dance hero or heroine.

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BurlesqueAll tease, no sleaze
December 2012

A review of the surprisingly charming An Evening of Burlesque at London’s IndigO2.

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Tango NuevoThe shock of the new
December 2013

A review of Carolyn Merritt’s impressively comprehensive Tango Nuevo.

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Caroline Privou (left) and Petra ZimmermanStepping Out
December 2013

A report on all the action from the first-ever Same Sex Open in Blackpool.

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VoyageThe dance odyssey
November 2012

Where in the world are the major ballroom centres? My voyage of discovery.

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Stepping Out 11 NovemberStepping Out
November 2012

All the news from the Vienna Dance Contest and the Pink Dancers Anniversary Ball.

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EtiquetteA comprehensive guide to ballroom etiquette for modern ladies and gentlemen
October 2012

I don my Emily Post hat to dispense dance wisdom.

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Floor craft 1Cracking the craft
October 2012

Are we in danger of losing the all-important art of floor craft?

Read the full article here: Part 1, Part 2

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Bruno book reviewStrictly fabulous
October 2012

A review of Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli’s autobiography – which turns out to be a wild ride…

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Stepping Out 10 OctoberStepping Out
October 2012

Guyz in Sync’s choreographers share a showdance opportunity and a report on preparations for the Same Sex Open.

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MusicLet’s face the music and dance
September 2012

Does quickstep need Big Band and waltz soaring strings? A debate on ballroom musical choices.

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Keith BainStrictly inspirational
September 2012

A reflection on the life of the late Keith Bain, Strictly Ballroom muse and an extraordinary influence on dance and drama in Australia and beyond.

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EducationEducation, education, education
September 2012

Can we improve our training system to better serve the next generation? Let’s go back to school.

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Youlie book reviewPractice makes perfect
September 2012

A review of competitor and coach Youlie Mouzafiarova’s excellent book Fifty Latin Dance Exercises.

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team-shotHow to win Strictly
September 2012

My sage advice to this year’s crop of hopefuls on how to get that all-important glitterball trophy.

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Play Without Words reviewBody language
September 2012

Matthew Bourne gives us a steamy night at the sensational Play Without Words at Sadler’s Wells.

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Stepping out 9 SeptemberStepping Out
September 2012

Alex Lewalle and John Church discuss their foray into mainstream dancesport competitions.

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Dance Your PhDDoctor dance
August 2012

John Bohannon explains the origins of the weird and wonderful world of ‘Dance Your Ph.D.’.

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Pro-AmThe pros and cons of Pro-Am
August 2012

Could this dance form, which is taking hold across the globe, become an institution in Britain?

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West Side Story reviewIt all began tonight
August 2012

The transformative experience of West Side Story at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Stepping Out 8 AugustStepping Out
August 2012

How the organisers and same-sex competitors overcame challenges in Hungary to make the EuroGames a success.

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It takes twoIt takes two
August 2012

Who is the best ballroom partnership of all time? Dance Today readers contribute to our countdown of the top 25.

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Against Time reviewThe time of my life
July 2012

English National Ballet and Flawless make a good case for creative collaboration in the exhilarating Against Time at the Hammersmith Apollo.

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Stepping Out 7 JulyStepping Out
July 2012

Organisers Bradley and Soren Stauffer-Kruse share more details and explain the significance of the Same Sex Open, the first such competition to be held in Blackpool.

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PasoPerfect 10: the paso doble
June 2012

In the latest instalment of our series on the standard 10 dances, prepare to dance for your life as you learn the passion, drama and cultural significance of the paso doble.

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Dave ArchThe sound of Strictly
June 2012

Dave Arch and his wonderful orchestra share their Strictly stories ahead of their first live music tour.

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Revolution reviewBack to the future
June 2012

Reality show stars and a Pussycat Doll fail to salvage bafflingly awful West End dance show Revolution.

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Stepping out 6 JuneStepping Out
June 2012

Competitors, coaches and judges discuss growing opportunities for same-sex dancers and lay out their hopes for the future.

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JudgingJudgement time
May 2012

The fate of the top couples in the world lies in the hands of a few individuals. What pressures do they face and how can dancers impress them?

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Stepping Out 5 MayStepping Out
May 2012

Fresh from their Britain’s Got Talent success, the Sugar Dandies share their new venture: the first-ever same-sex ballroom competition in Blackpool.

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imgresNoises off
April 2012

Cha cha chattering is a harmless part of a dancer’s life – but lip-syncing and sound effects could prove fatal to a performance.

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TapHappy feet
April 2012

How has tap evolved, and why are so many people rediscovering this addictive form?

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Stepping Out 4 AprilStepping Out
April 2012

The latest craze among ballroom-loving university students is same-sex dance – but are there enough competitive opportunities?

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StreetDance 2 ReviewStreets ahead
March 2012

The show-stopping Latin wins out in the amiably lightweight and unintentionally hilarious StreetDance 2.

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Cha cha chaPerfect 10: cha cha cha
March 2012

Continuing our exploration of the standard ten dances, the cheeky cha cha cha is one of the most well-travelled ballroom forms – and, of course, the most flirtatious.

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Stepping Out 3 MarchStepping Out
March 2012

The best dancers in the world gather at London’s Rivoli Ballroom for the annual Pink Jukebox Trophy.

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Viennese waltzPerfect 10: Viennese waltz
February 2012

The oldest of the standard 10 ballroom styles may seem stately now, but it used to be the cause of great social scandal.

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Stepping Out 2 FebruaryStepping Out
February 2012

Same-sex ballroom’s inclusive spirit means it’s not just for the gay community, explains UK Fun Competition entrant Lisa Dowdeswell.

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Dance-Proms-2012-lA night to remember
January 2012

The first-ever Dance Proms makes a sensational debut on Remembrance Sunday at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Stepping Out 1 JanuaryStepping Out
January 2012

Hadass Armon, co-president of the European Same-Sex Dance Association, talks about her outreach work and ambitions for the future.

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Big Dance - 10Jul10A year in dance
January 2012

Get out your diaries! Here are some of the 2012 dance highlights, from festivals and exhibitions to stage shows and competitions.

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Stepping Out 12 DecStepping Out
December 2011

As the Pink Dancers celebrate their 20th anniversary, long-time member Jacky Logan looks back on their rich history.

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Russell Grant ‘Strictly speaking’ consolation for Russell
November 22, 2011

Russell Grant, the seventh celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing, is proud of his work on the show – and delighted to be named a Dance Today’s Strictly Legend.

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FundingToo high a cost
November 2011

The dance industry expected a reduction in funding this year, but the lottery of cuts – some surprisingly substantial – has had a devastating impact on several flagship organisations.

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Footloose film reviewKick off your Sunday shoes
November 2011

The Footloose remake is a predictable cover version of the original and the standard of acting is variable at best, but the uplifting dance sequences make it worth the ride.

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Darren and LiliaStrictly Legends
November 14, 2011

Whether good, bad or downright Crazytown, these 20 partnerships have helped define Strictly Come Dancing and make it a national phenomenon.

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Stepping Out 11 NovStepping Out
November 2011

Competitions at home and abroad, with reports from the Vienna Dance Contest and UK Fun Competition.

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Dirty Dancing liftDance on the silver screen
October 2011

We reveal the best dance films of all time, plus the most coveted outfits, best scene-stealers and most cherished corny lines.

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Latin legendsLatin legends
October 2011

What does it take to become the best dancers in the world? Battling Latin superstars Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis and Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko share the secrets of their success.

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Csaba left 4Stepping Out
October 2011

A look back over an incredible year for same-sex dance and an interview with the founders of Studio La Danza.

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urlFlipping out
September 2011

Is the increase in tricks and athleticism a positive part of ballroom’s development, or are we in danger of losing the character of the dances?

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Standard 10Perfect 10
September 2011

In the first of a new Dance Today series, find out when the “standard ten” dances originated and how they became known around the world as the main competition styles.

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Stepping Out 9 SeptStepping Out
September 2011

A top same-sex couple relate their mainstream competition experience, plus all the British results from this year’s EuroGames.

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Becoming Gingers Rogers book reviewDance for your life
September 2011

In her book Becoming Ginger Rogers, New York PR guru Patrice Tanaka chronicles the personal and professional renaissance ballroom gave her.

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Stepping Out 8 AugustStepping Out
August 2011

American performer and teacher Lemington Ridley about crossing the pond and his innovative approach to the British same-sex dance scene.

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Stepping Out 7 JulyStepping Out
July 2011

DJ Jacky Logan talks line dancing, Gay Pride, modern music and Dance Al Fresco.

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Dance Proms featureThe Proms King
June 2011

Christopher Nourse, organiser of the first-ever Dance Proms, shares the rewards and challenges of pioneering a new national festival.

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Stepping Out 6 JuneStepping Out
June 2011

Torben Doose makes a French connection as he tells us about Le Gais Musette, the country’s leading same-sex ballroom club.

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Second handDress to impress for less
May 2011

Dancewear can be one of the most enticing aspects of ballroom, but also one of the most expensive – unless you’re au fait with the second-hand market…

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Waltz CD reviewSpot the waltz
May 2011

The curiously misnamed Waltzing Classics CD offers the listener a Where’s Wally? challenge due to its bizarre shortage of waltz tracks.

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Stepping Out 5 MayStepping Out
May 2011

Three female same-sex partnerships share the successes and challenges of their dance journeys.

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Junior-juvenile champsThe next generation
April 2011

How do our young dance champions cope with the pressure of competing and is there enough support for rising British talent?

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IVDC reportUniversity challenge
April 2011

All the student action from the hotly contested Inter Varsity Dance Competition in Blackpool.

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72241_450153902337_3395313_nStepping Out
April 2011

Three male same-sex partnerships tell us how they got started and their hopes for the future.

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Women in ballroomDancing backwards in high heels
March 2011

Can modern women succeed in the dance world, or does the rise of ballroom herald a return to old-fashioned social values?

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Stepping Out 3 MarchStepping Out
March 2011

This year’s Pink Jukebox Trophy saw stars, surprises and some very special performances.

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Make-upLooking the part
March 2011

Do long lashes, sparkle, slicked-back hair and fake tan really make a difference on the competition floor? Dancers, judges and designers debate whether styling is the key to success.

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Romance through danceLove at first step
February 2011

Dancing may be the key to romance, but what makes a partnership endure both on and off the floor? Couples who met their partners through ballroom, from top pros to teachers and students, share their stories.

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Stepping Out 2 FebStepping Out
February 2011

Members of the UK Same Sex Dance Council talk about what they’ve achieved so far and their hopes for the future.

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Strictly DVD reviewNew year, new you
February 2011

The BBC’s has a decent contender in the battle of the workout DVDs in the form of Strictly Fit: Dance Fit.

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Stepping Out 1 JanStepping Out
January 2011

Three dancewear designers share their thoughts on what works best for competitive same-sex couples.

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Calendar storyStrictly Come Stripping
December 2010

Enterprising university students are baring all in a nude calendar to raise funds for their ballroom society.

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Stepping Out 12 DecStepping Out
December 2010

Same-sex ballroom is becoming increasingly visible, from national TV exposure in Israel to a growing crop of regional dance clubs.

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Theatre and danceAll the world’s a stage
November 2010

From the West End to the RSC, dancing is becoming more and more prevalent in theatre. The choreographers of the latest hit shows explain why dance is such an asset to drama.

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In syncIn sync
November 2010

From Strictly stars to ballroom beginners, dance troupes are all the rage. But what makes a group successful?

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Jive DVDJive test-drive
November 2010

The 10-time UK Modern Jive Champions make a decent case for the style in a pair of DVDs.

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Stepping out 11 NovStepping Out
November 2010

British couples fare well in the Vienna Dance Contest, while, closer to home, beginners relish the chance to shine in the UK Fun Competition at the Rivoli.

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Shoes reviewShoes, glorious shoes
October 2010

Sadler’s Wells’ Shoes is a foot fetishist’s dream, but needs more variation in tone and a stronger dramatic message.

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ArtemMad about the boys
October 2010

Strictly new boys Artem Chigvintsev and Jared Murillo talk about joining the cast and what they’re planning to do with their celebrity partners.

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Stepping Out 10 OctStepping Out
October 2010

The Cologne Gay Games saw record results for British competitors in a number of categories.

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Fulham-Latin galaSave Fulham Town Hall
September 2010

Stardust Ball organiser Mark Kendal explains why dancers need to fight the council’s decision to sell the building.

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ChrisanneChrisanne is strictly fabulous
September 2010

The dancewear designer puts on an exclusive fashion show to raise money for Kids Company.

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Stepping Out 9 SeptStepping Out
September 2010

Beginners take their first competitive steps in the UK Fun Competition while the top couples go for gold in Cologne.

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BallroomsNo room for ballroom
August 2010

Britain is in the grip of dance fever, so why is there such a dearth of quality ballroom spaces?

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Stepping Out 8 AugStepping Out
August 2010

In the first instalment of a new regular column on the world of same-sex dance, a big bus makes a big splash and there’s fierce international competition in Berlin.

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WellbeingDance for joy
July 2010

Dancing isn’t just a great way to get fit – it can also have transformative psychological effects.

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ZuRumbaZuRumba fever
July 2010

A new Latin fusion style is raising temperatures both on and off the dancefloor.

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Al Fresco pic

Dancing in the street
May 2010

From tango in the park to dancing on Nelson’s column, people across the nation are embracing al fresco dancing.

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Same sex ballroomSame difference
April 2010

Same-sex dancers might challenge ballroom’s traditional gender values, but they’re wonderful advocates for its skill, passion and ability to bring people together.

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