Tag Archives: tango

Casanova and Wild Tango, Sadler’s Wells

Northern Ballet’s narrative work is overcomplicated but seductive, while German Cornejo’s latest is a muddled misfire. Read my The i Paper reviews here

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Strictly Speaking: Week 11

Thank the Strictly gods for that! Yes, our long national nightmare is over – Dan Walker has finally exited the ballroom. Read my full Dancing Times blog here

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Strictly Come Dancing 2021, week 11

A bad week for lifts, and Dan Walker’s unlikely journey finally comes to an end. Read my Telegraph talking points for the main show and the results show

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Same-sex partnerships and lead swapping could revolutionise ballroom – and that is no bad thing

When John Whaite and Johannes Radebe took to the Strictly floor last weekend, they made history as the first ever all-male couple. But their triumphant tango contained an added twist: they swapped the lead. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Strictly Speaking: Week 6

A rather mediocre performance week, with some improvement in scoring, and alas still some glaring biases. However, poor Clara Amfo really doomed herself with an error-strewn jive that was actually marked quite kindly, yet cemented her place in the dance-off. … Continue reading

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Maisie Smith’s footwork was this week’s real Strictly triumph

This week saw Clara Amfo try to shake her tail feather in a redemptive Tina Turner jive. But she hit the (Nutbush City) limits of her recovery skills when an early mistake tripped her up – and a deluge of errors … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing 2020: week 2 recap – Jacqui Smith trotted round the ballroom like a drunk pony

As England is plunged back into lockdown, Jacqui Smith is locked out of the ballroom – and rightly so. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Strictly Speaking: Week 6

A dark curse has been placed upon this series of Strictly – by a very powerful witch, or possibly a disgruntled ex-pro. How else to explain…THE INVASION OF THE DANCE-SNATCHING DAD-DANCERS. For not only did David “Vacant” James outlast genuine … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing Week 6: Who danced it best?

With a couple of spook-tacular exceptions, Strictly’s Halloween show missed the mark this year. Scarily bad music choices hampered the dancers, while the judges’ frightening scores – once again, over-rewarding improvement in the weaker dancers – skewed the leaderboard. Read … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 4

Madness. What were the judges thinking with those insane scores? What were the producers thinking with those insane music choices? And why, off the back of Movie Week, inflict this level of dance-obliterating am-dram intensity upon an unsuspecting public? MADNESS. … Continue reading

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