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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 11

Perhaps this is an unfashionable stance in the “tired of experts” era, but for me Strictly’s Musicals Week highlighted a more general issue with this series: we’ve had too much of our ballroom dancers attempting other styles, rather than their … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 10

This year’s couples largely managed to avoid the crippling malaise that is Blackpool Hangover Week, although I could have done without the continuation of bizarre scoring, plus dubious Cha Cha Challenge choices. It’s no secret that the judges have firm … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 7

We’ve reached the halfway point, and with the leading pack tighter than Ore’s salsa trousers the “shock” bottom twos keep coming. Well, it was rather a shock that Doomed Daisy somehow survived a dismal slot in the running order and … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 8

We need to talk about music. Strictly precariously straddles the worlds of ballroom and entertainment, so it can’t – and shouldn’t – be wall-to-wall Victor Silvester, but we’ve reached a crisis point. Song and theme choices (as I understand it, … 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’s newbies and the same-sex debate

My articles in the October issue of the new Dancing Times magazine, out now: Strictly Speaking The class of 2015 assessed, from ringers and dark horses to marmite celebs and comedy acts. Stepping Out Is it time for a same-sex couple on Strictly? New in the Dance … Continue reading

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Baila Brazil, Royal Festival Hall

As we hunt for renewable energy sources, has anyone considered Balé de Rua? The hard-working company maintain their feverishly frenetic motion throughout an ambitious 85-minute show that – in line with the social conscience of co-directors/choreographers Marco Antonio Garcia and … 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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