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Week 6 Oh Strictly Halloween Week, how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways…

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Week 5 This year’s Strictly is becoming renowned for “shock” dance-offs, even though there’s nothing truly shocking about two mediocre lower-leaderboard pairs landing in the bottom. Perhaps more noteworthy is how it’s resisting the producers’ attempts at forced narratives: the hunky sportsman failed to set pulses racing, ditto the supposedly irresistible boy band member, while Judy […]

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Week 2 It’s just the second week of Strictly, and the judges have already taken leave of their senses. It’s going to be a long series. The second performance show – the one which leads to an elimination, and in which, therefore, the scoring is a matter of LIFE AND DEATH (or at least marginal […]

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It’s been a turbulent summer. Warring nations. Deadly disease. Ferocious independence debates. And, of course, a luxuriously bearded baking hipster getting a bit cross with someone from the WI. But fear not, morose nation! Strictly is back, and we can all now join together in admiration of the human body’s ability to turn, leap, shimmy […]

Forget-Me-Not dinner dance

The Dancers’ Forget-Me-Not Fund will host a dinner dance on Saturday, September 13 at the Tylney Ballroom, Leatherhead Leisure Centre in Surrey to raise funds for this worthy charity, which helps dancers when they are ill.

Blackpool Same-Sex Dance Festival: the highlights

The ESSDA European Championships Same-Sex Dancing took place this weekend in the sumptuous surroundings of the Blackpool Winter Gardens’ Empress Ballroom. In a well-organised competition, hosted by Blackpool Same-Sex Dance Festival’s Sugar Dandies Sören and Bradley Stauffer-Kruse, an ever-higher standard of dancing was enjoyed by an enthusiastic and supportive audience.

The Pink Jukebox Trophy 2014

For sheer party atmosphere, you would be hard pressed to do better than the Pink Jukebox Trophy, held at the Rivoli Ballroom in south London on Saturday, February 15.

The UK Open 2014

Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis (pictured), who dance for England, triumphed for an eighth time at the UK Open Professional Latin Championship last week on Thursday, January 23, pipping the US’s Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko to the post in the battle of the Latin giants.

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The grand final The Series 11 final featured four exciting, contrasting couples and was genuinely impossible to call, making it a gripping watch through both shows. Well, apart from the recaps, the recaps of the recaps, the extended retrospective, the “J word” tales, the manufactured clips and the neverending Christmas special trailer. Really, there’s a […]

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Week 12 – The semis We’re back to a lengthy show, so I’ll keep this brief. Here are my five gripes about an otherwise enjoyable semi-final…

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Week 11 If there’s one thing guaranteed to rile up our largely unflappable tea-drinking nation, it is a flagrant breach of fair play. We might rail at, rebel against or surreptitiously mock those in authority, but, on the whole, we are comforted by the thought of an established system with comprehensible rules and a general […]

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Week 10 “We will not have another disaaaahstrous week,” they said. “We will have jazz hands, and the movie musical equivalent of Stars in Their Eyes, and Ann Summers’ take on a Disney dressing-up box!” they said. “We will have props, and pizzazz, and incongruous ghostly backing dancers, and the hills will be alive with […]

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