The inaugural edition of Strictly NHS on June 4 will see 12 NHS employees swapping their scrubs and lanyards for sequins and sparkle as they compete in a Strictly Come Dancing-style competition in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The event, partnering with NHS charity Blue Skies, aims to achieve a fundraising target […]
The year 2020 affected all aspects of our lives. The dance world is just beginning to overcome its shock and stress and slowly get back on its feet. Just like me. In March and April, all the dance studios in New York were shut down. Teachers like me were forced to find a new path […]
Two of the ballroom world’s biggest stars, Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova have retired from competitive dancing. As undefeated Professional Ballroom champions, the pair dominated this category for a decade, winning all the major international titles it’s possible to win. In an announcement read out at Blackpool Dance Festival after the Team Match on May […]
The popular Astor tea dance is to be held on Plymouth Hoe for the first time since World War II as part of the Lady Astor Statue Campaign celebrating 100 years of women in Parliament. For one day only, on May 26, there will be dancing again with a band, professional dancers on hand and […]
Vincent Simone talks to Nicola Rayner about his new touring show with Ian Waite “Any chance to please the ladies!” jokes Italian dancer Vincent Simone when I ask about his new show The Ballroom Boys. “It was an idea that Ian Waite had,” he goes on to explain. “It hasn’t been done before that a […]
An intimate account of same-sex competitive ballroom dance, Hot to Trot is now available in the UK via Amazon and iTunes, and DVDS of the film are now for sale. The documentary follows the stories of charismatic Ernesto, a former meth addict from Costa Rica who strives for success and love; Emily, a lifelong type […]
Learn the basic techniques of ballroom and Latin Combi dance – performed by a wheelchair user and standing partner – with the UK’s top Para Dance Sport couple Paula Moulton and Gary Lyness, and international coach, Accursio Romeo. The masterclass on April 7 at Romeo Dance Academy in Milton Keynes will cover the internationally recognised […]
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 […]
Christmas will soon be upon us, and for everyone in the UK dance world this can mean only two things – the start of The Nutcracker season and the climax of the latest series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing competition! In this month’s magazine, these important events are not forgotten. Vikki Jane Vile takes […]
After seemingly decades of celebrity reveals on every BBC outlet known to man (“Now the ident hippos will announce ‘Peter Andre’ via synchronised swimming!”), Strictly has finally begun in earnest and the pairings unveiled to an eager nation. Well, ish. To address the elephantine crystal ball in the room: this wasn’t so much of a reveal […]
Dance fashion company Chrisanne has just been announced winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, which recognises outstanding overseas sales growth in the last three years.
Next week, on March 28, our Dance Today Teacher of the Year 2015 will be announced in the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Five dance teachers, including one husband and wife team, have made the shortlist this year.