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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: the final

Perhaps not a vintage year, but Strictly ended on a high with a closer than expected final, bananas returning contestants encore, and a deserving winning couple in Caroline and Pasha. It was a show noticeably light on ballroom – because … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Semi-final

This was a long, long, looooong semi-final. It made War and Peace look like a Tweet. It made the Oscars look like a Saturday cartoon. Stars in distant galaxies went through entire lifespans. And still we came no closer to … 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 10

It was so much worse than we could ever have feared. Strictly’s foray into international waters made Eurovision look positively restrained, tasteful and nuanced. Around The World In 80 Cultural Appropriation Nightmares Week made a mockery of ballroom, logic, fairness and … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 9

Post-Blackpool week is traditionally a Strictly slump, and there was malaise in the form of Frankie enduring Viennese, Steve wincing through jive and Mark visibly relieved to survive tango. However, we also had the majestic return of Jake’s hips, Pixie’s … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 8

It’s Blackpool Week on Strictly, otherwise known as Multiple Comebacks And Rampant Score Inflation Week! For the uninitiated, the current exchange rate is about 1:1.2, meaning up here Donny would be scoring 12s and spontaneously combusting, BABY. Fortunately, the judges did … 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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Fantastic floors, star quality, ganchos and gossip

My articles in the November issue of Dance Today, out now: Put a spring in your step The importance and health benefits of a proper sprung dancefloor Star quality A style-over-substance revival of Evita is elevated by its dynamic central performance Ganchos and gossip Youlie Mouzafiarova offers expert advice in new … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 5

This year’s Strictly is becoming renowned for “shock” dance-offs, even though there’s nothing truly shocking about two mediocre lower-leaderboard pairs landing in the bottom. Perhaps more noteworthy is how it’s resisting the producers’ attempts at forced narratives: the hunky sportsman … Continue reading

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