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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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Singin’ in the Rain, Sadler’s Wells

​​Trust the British weather to make the opening of Singin’ in the Rain an immersive experience, with a flurry of umbrellas outside the theatre to match those onstage. And while the revival of Jonathan Church’s 2011 Chichester production was certainly cheering on … Continue reading

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Telegraph articles

I spent a fantastic six months as a cultural commissioning editor and regular writer at the Telegraph. I hope to migrate all those articles across at some point, but for now you can find them at my author page here

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Best dance in 2021

My picks for the new year – from The Great Gatsby to The Car Man. Read my full The i Paper article here

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The Nutcracker, Birmingham Royal Ballet online

It’s a tough year for our festive favourite, with the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s (BRB) Nutcrackers all obstructed by the Government’s tier restrictions. But, 2020 style, it’s a pivot to digital for BRB, who live-streamed their production from Birmingham Rep … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: The Final

What an extraordinary end to the series. The Strictly final aired just hours after Boris Johnson made his latest screeching u-turn, announcing that millions of people would have to cancel their festive plans and spend Christmas separated from loved ones. … Continue reading

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Mesmerising Bill Bailey has last laugh as he seals Strictly Come Dancing victory

Coming into this series, many expected Bill Bailey to be pure comic relief. Well, he’s certainly had the last laugh, not only making it to the Strictly final, but lifting the Glitterball trophy. Read my full Telegraph article here

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The usually indomitable HRVY met his match in the Strictly semi-final

Two dances usually equals double trouble on Strictly – and so it transpired on this early semi-final. Ranvir Singh was good, but not great, in her ballroom number, and she simply couldn’t survive the jive. It knocked her down to the bottom … Continue reading

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The Strictly ‘trained dancer’ controversy is absurd – without them, the show would die

It’s been a very different series of Strictly Come Dancing, thanks to Covid, but some things remain the same: Tess Daly’s startling wardrobe choices, at least one rumour of a “showmance”, and the age-old debate over whether trained dancers should … Continue reading

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‘A phenomenon for decades’: should the Arts Council fund breakdancing?

It has been announced this week that breakdancing will joining the Olympics, making its competitive debut at the 2024 Paris Games – and bringing this popular dance form global attention. Read my full Telegraph article here

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