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Strictly Speaking: The Launch Show

I must begin on an earnest note: what a minor miracle it is to have this sliver of sequinned normality back on our screens. Thank you, thank you to everyone on Team Strictly whose tireless work allowed us to forget … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing 2020: launch show – who impressed on the dance floor? Who was ‘horribly wooden’?

We got our first chance to assess the Series 18 celebrity hopefuls in the launch show’s group dance – and it’s great news. Not only is it a treat to have Strictly back, but this year’s cast is seriously promising. Read my full … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing 2020: Why this year’s stripped-back series will put the focus firmly on the dancefloor

I am always giddy about the return of Strictly, but this year, the BBC’s dose of sequins feels downright curative. Already in semi-lockdown, and with more curbs looming, what better refuge than a show that celebrates connection? Read my full The … Continue reading

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With Honour

Jacky Logan talks about being awarded the first Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Same-sex Dancing. Read my full Dancing Times article here  

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‘I’m fighting for gay rights through same-sex ballroom dancing’

The 2020 New Year Honours list included a landmark entry: the first honour for services to same-sex ballroom dancing. Pioneering dancer, DJ, event organiser and campaigner Jacky Logan now has a Medal of the Order of the British Empire – though … 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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Stepping Out

Marianka Swain looks back on a busy year and previews 2016 Same-sex dance made headlines again in 2015 with the Strictly debate, but the real news was on the dancefloor, with improvements in outreach and visibility leading to exciting competitions … Continue reading

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Come Dancing, retirement, Baila Brazil and EuroGames

My articles in the September issue of Dance Today, out now: So long, farewell Former champions talk retirement and life after competition Come Dancing remembered The rise and fall of Strictly‘s iconic BBC predecessor Q&A: Rachid Malki The Swedish pro on leaving the floor and new opportunities Barnstormin’ … Continue reading

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