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Strictly Speaking: Week 3

Ah, Movie Week, AKA Can You Remotely Recognise The Dance Under Ten Layers of Theming Week. This was no exception – I had to keep checking my notes to see which dance was supposedly being represented. Also: Trolls. I’m just … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: The final

There was something of an elegiac feel to this year’s final, as Len Goodman, Strictly institution, finally hung up his “Seh-ven!” paddle, gave us one last scrambled metaphor and waltzed off to the great golf course in the sky. We … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 5

Has anyone checked if the Strictly studio is built on an ancient Indian burial ground? Or has a disgruntled crewmember started compiling voodoo dolls? For there is a curse afoot, and not the usual home-wrecking one, with this drama-laden series … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 10

Ah, post-Blackpool Week – Strictly’s annual hangover show. Lower the lights, pass the Berocca, and for god’s sake don’t make too much noise. Not generally a vintage night, and so it proved, with several celebs stuck with styles that didn’t … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 9

Welcome to Blackpool, where, according to Strictly, the beaches are positively balmy in November, time has stood still since Len’s Fifties heyday, and the local scoring exchange rate is approximately 1:1.5 – 9s and 10s for all the vaguely good … Continue reading

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Strictly Strictly Week 7

Phew! A return to form following last week’s Halloween hellscape, with some great performances, the series’ first 10s, and Jeremy Vine riding a horse. All that, AND copious amounts of genuinely informative training footage? You’re spoiling us, Mr Ambassador. Read … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 4

It’s almost worth having bonkers Strictly theme shows just to make us really appreciate the relative sanity of a non-theme show. Well, almost. We’re into “I keep whacking myself with a hammer because it feels so good when I stop” … Continue reading

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Top teachers, best adverts and the world of showdance

My articles in the February issue of Dance Today, out now: Just ad dance How does fleet-footed advertising affect the dance industry as a whole, and what made our top 10 ads? Teacher of the Year 2015 As we open our competition, dance luminaries pay … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 11

We love a good Strictly scandal. In a year sadly devoid of both romantic chemistry between partners (no CURSE OF STRICTLY break-ups on the horizon) and genuine drama, the producers finally managed to manufacture some of the latter in an otherwise … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 6

Oh Strictly Halloween Week, how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways… Idiotic VTs If I comment on every single one of these, I will cry. Instead, each am-dram fright with the production values of a 1970s training video … Continue reading

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