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Same-sex ballroom has been challenging conventions long before Dancing on Ice

It had been discussed among fans of the show for some time: when would Strictly Come Dancing feature its first same-sex pairing? One of the judges, Craig Revel Horwood, and a former contestant, the Rev Richard Coles, had both supported … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing, episode one: The technicalities of the dances

Strictly Series 17 opened with a show surprisingly light on first dance nerves – if anything, some celebrities were too exuberant – and plenty of exciting potential. Read the first in my new series for the Telegraph here!

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Strictly Speaking: The launch

Hello and welcome back to the safe, lovely, happy, sparkly world of Strictly Come Dancing! Here there are no rogues proroguing (just the odd lord – or maybe viscountess – a-leaping), and the only Article 50 we are concerned with … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: The Final

Another year, another bloated final that winds up being totally irrelevant to the results. At some point, Strictly bosses might need to look into that… For my money, of the last four, Ashley was the strongest dancer, Joe the most … Continue reading

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Why do Strictly viewers hate Ashley Roberts?

This weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing semi-final saw a third consecutive trip to the dreaded dance-off for ex-Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts – despite topping the leaderboard with pro partner Pasha Kovalev after notching four nines for a fierce Paso Doble and a perfect … Continue reading

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Is Strictly’s judging going to pot?

In these divisive times, we can count on the BBC’s sequin-fest to get all the generations round the telly on a Saturday night, becoming armchair experts on fleckerls and voltas. In this 16th series, however, the good ship Strictly has hit more icebergs … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 1

Hello, new young people viewers to Strictly Come Dancing! Snapchat this on your Tide Pod slime, amiright? Yes, in Joe Sugg’s honour, the BBC has – I’m sorry to say – decided it must be totally hip to the kids … Continue reading

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Dance Nation, Almeida Theatre

Wild, raw, hilarious and tender, Clare Barron’s electrifying play – first seen in New York earlier this year – is a candid portrait of prepubescent girls, rare compared with the myriad male coming-of-age tales. But, like its warrior women, Barron’s … Continue reading

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Interview: Clare Barron talks Dance Nation

The playwright discusses the UK premiere of her latest work at the Almeida Theatre. Read my full Islington Gazette interview here

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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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