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Posted on February 28, 2019


Strictly Come Dancing’s Dianne Buswell talks to Nicola Rayner about a new touring show, Here Come The Girls

For one reason or another, 2019 seems to be the year of the same-sex ballroom show – sisters (or brothers) are doing it for themselves. We have Vincent Simone and Ian Waite pairing up for The Ballroom Boys next month and the handsome trio of Aljaž Skorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and Gorka Marquez competing with each other in nightly dance-offs in Here Come The Boys in June, but the first of these same-sex shows to kick off is Here Come The Girls, starring Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and Chloe Hewitt, best known to the public as professional dancers from Strictly Come Dancing.

“We really wanted to make a show that was really girl-empowering,” Dianne Buswell tells me on the phone halfway through the Strictly Come Dancing live tour. “There’s so much hype about the boys – they’re very popular – and we thought: why can’t we do something on our own? It’s 2019 and we can do everything the boys can. We wanted to make a show that might be helpful to young girls and older ladies, too – men can enjoy it as well, but it’s aimed at empowering women.”

Will it be competitive like Here Come The Boys? “No, ours doesn’t have that kind of feel to it,” she laughs. “We’re more about supporting each other. It definitely won’t be competitive at all; that’s more of a boy thing.”

This photograph and above: Dianne Buswell. Photographs by Virtuoso Imaging.


The three dancers will perform with three male professionals. “We’ll do solos and group numbers, plus we’ll be talking throughout the show as well,” says Buswell. “The stories come from each of us. We’re all very different – but it’s about how that’s OK. Obviously, we’ve all done Strictly but our backgrounds vary a lot and our personalities are very different, too.”

In what way? “I’m definitely the most outgoing one. I’m a little bit crazy. I don’t think about things – I just go, ‘Yeah, I’ll do that.’ On the other hand, Amy is so thorough. She thinks about things a thousand times over and she’s got about four diaries that she takes everywhere with her.

“Then there’s Chloe, who’s supersweet, also very organised, actually, and she’s the youngest one out of all of us, but she has a different mindset because of that. She’s always happy – we call her Little Miss Sunshine. The three of us are so completely different and there will be some funny things to do with that, too.”

A longer version of this interview is available in the March 2019 issue of Dancing TimesClick here to purchase a copy.

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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