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Karen Hauer joins “Strictly”

“Strictly Come Dancing” will have a new professional dancer this series. Karen Hauer will replace Katya Virshilas when the show returns to BBC1 this autumn.

Katya Virshilas leaves “Strictly”

“Strictly Come Dancing” professional Katya Virshilas has been dropped from the BBC series. Katya, a Lithuanian-born dancer who made her debut in series seven in 2009, is the only professional who will not be returning this year.

Darcey Bussell becomes President of the Royal Academy of Dance

Darcey Bussell has been elected president of the Royal Academy of Dance, following Dame Antoinette Sibley, who retired in April after 21 years in the role.

“Strictly” Jubilee

“Strictly Come Dancing” will be part of the line-up for Hyde Park’s Jubilee Family Festival, marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Dancers from the BBC One television show will give main stage performances on each day of the event, which runs from 10.30am until 7pm on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, 2012.

“Strictly” holidays

“Strictly” stars will be appearing at country house hotels for “VIP Dance Spectacular” short holidays this spring and summer. Anton du Beke and Erin Boag, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite, Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor and James and Ola Jordan will be encouraging guests to tango, waltz and quickstep, with the chance to meet the […]

Alesha Dixon leaves “Strictly” for “Britain’s Got Talent”

Alesha Dixon is to leave “Strictly Come Dancing” after three seasons as a judge on the show to join ITV1’s “Britain’s Got Talent” later this year. Dixon, who won “Strictly” with professional dancer Matthew Cutler in 2007, said in a message on her website: “After three incredible years on the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ judging panel, […]

Strictly speaking

Week 11 Can you believe it’s the “Strictly” semi-final already? Just as well – I fear for Tess’s sanity if she has to deliver any more puns. Mind you, I bet she’s now a major hit at Christmas parties, nailing every cracker joke before it’s even half uttered. (“Tinselitis!” “Low elf esteem!” “A CONFUSED SNOWFLAKE!”)

Dance Today’s consolation for Russell Grant

Russell Grant, who became the seventh celebrity to be voted off this year’s “Strictly Come Dancing”, is proud of his work on the show – and delighted to find himself one of our sister magazine Dance Today’s “Strictly Legends”.

“Strictly speaking” consolation for Russell Grant

Russell Grant, who became the seventh celebrity to be voted off this year’s “Strictly Come Dancing”, is proud of his work on the show – and delighted to find himself one of Dance Today’s “Strictly legends”.

Strictly speaking

Week 3 It’s only Week 3 on “Strictly” and it’s already Random New Theme Week. Now, I’m all for Random New Themes, particularly when they involve loony VTs, psychotic costuming choices and potentially disastrous props, but I’m afraid I have to begin with a mini rant entitled “Why the confused and confusing Broadway Week didn’t […]

“Strictly Come Dancing”: Broadway Week

This week, “Strictly Come Dancing” returns with the first of its themed weekends, “Broadway Week”. The couples will dance to Broadway classics and will evoke the spirit of the stage in their glitzy costumes and elaborate make-up.

“Strictly” and “Strictly Speaking”

“Strictly Come Dancing”, the BBC’s flagship dance show has returned to television. To get the most out of the programme’s extravaganza of sequins, fake tan and unlikely dance casting, don’t miss “Strictly Speaking”, Marianka Swain’s delectable blog for our sister magazine, Dance Today.

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