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Dum-da-dum-dum-dum-da-da… Oh yes! It’s time! After a long, cold, sequin-less eight months, “Strictly Come Dancing” is finally back on our screens, and other than Brucie becoming “Sir”, it was business as usual in Saturday’s launch show. Bruno made salacious suggestions, “dahling” Craig prepared his putdowns, Len opened up his box of Carry On metaphors and […]

Travels with my dance

This week: dancefloors – the good, the bad and the ugly The worst floor I’ve ever danced on was the floating nightclub in Leith, Scotland during a rueda salsa class. The club itself was beautiful: a vintage steam yacht, whose ice white paintwork and polished brass sparkled in the reflected street lights – a picture […]

Travels with my dance

This week: where have all the young men gone?  Last night I was at a modern jive and Argentine tango event and there was a young guy dancing. He was, as my female partner said, “hot” in every sense: good-looking, fast on the floor, talented. He was more or less fighting young women off. As […]

Travels with my dance

This week: Village hall heroes Last year I was dancing in the Highlands of Scotland and in the north of England. As I mentioned in my previous blog, if you are in a rural area, you don’t get the option of choosing what kind of dancing you do – it’s a case of doing whatever […]

Travels with my dance

New Dance Today blogger Andrew Stone (pictured dancing with Aila Floyd of the Bee’s Knees) travels all over the UK with his work and takes his dancing in whatever form he can. This week: Should you cross over?  Crossover dancing and events are usually born of a dance environment found in the more rural areas […]

Strictly speaking

Week 12  It’s official: “Strictly” addiction is a dangerous virus, like mad cow disease or swine flu. Do you need a ballroom flu friend? In other news, Bruce has been set loose on the glitterball with a hammer and chisel. Hope the BBC has good insurance.

Strictly speaking

Week 11 It’s the “Strictly” semi-final showdown! Our stars are dreaming of the glitterball trophy, but they get a rude awakening…the nightmare of two eliminations! Really, this is a surprise? Wasn’t anyone listening last week? I’m sure Tess mentioned the double elimination at least six times. (Amusingly, Kara sleeps with a Russian guidebook in place […]

Strictly Speaking

Strictly Speaking Week 10 Saturday “Strictly” Strikes Back with a wonderfully hammy Star Wars opening to movie night, complete with Brucie enacting the MGM lion struck down by tonsillitis. ‘Our pros’ kicked off proceedings with their film fest: Grease (Kristina, naturally, in Olivia Newton-John’s leathers and Robin rocking out as Danny), Top Gun (poser Aviators […]

Strictly speaking

Week 9  Saturday Back to television centre, and this week’s “Strictly” felt like a bit of a comedown after super-exciting home-of-ballroom-dancing Blackpool. There was a general malaise and tiredness. There were more injuries. There was a painfully drawn-out Brucie joke about Ann and Anton getting it on. I rather wanted to rush into the studio with […]

Strictly Speaking

Week 8 Just in case we were IN ANY WAY unclear, after the million-and-one references during last week’s show and the many dedicated segments on “It Takes Two”, this week “Strictly” is coming to you live from Vegas! Or, rather, Blackpool. SO easy to get those two confused. “Everyone wants to ILLUMINATE the dance floor […]

Strictly speaking

Week 7 This week is VITALLY IMPORTANT, as our “Strictly” stars are within touching distance of Mecca…or, at any rate, Blackpool. Cue tension! Arguments! Ann flapping her hands at the camera in super-disapproving fashion! Who will miss out on this sequin-tastic trip and the “99 Bottles of Beer” singalong in the minivan?

Strictly speaking

Week 6 How will they top “Strictly”’s Halloween fright night? Will this be a display to remember (remember)? And is there a seasonal pun that Tess will refuse to say? Of course not! “Let’s light the fuse and set them off!”  

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