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“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.

Strictly speaking

Week 1 “We’re going from the red carpet to the red-hot ballroom floor!!!” Enough of the understatement, Tess. Actually, how often do breakfast TV sports editors, ex-footballers and impressionists get to hang out on the red carpet? Never mind, they’re on “Strictly” now! Instant fame awaits! (I’m ignoring the weird intro bit that started with […]

“Strictly” professionals announced

The countdown to “Strictly” has begun, with the announcement of the professional dancers for this year’s series.

BBC fund’s support for dance

The BBC Performing Arts Fund is launching two new schemes in support of dance, Community Dance and Dance Fellowships. The fund, a BBC charity committed to developing new performing arts talent in the UK, will be awarding up to £350,000 in grants through the two schemes. This is the first time the charity has supported […]

From injury to performance

Olympic gold medallist and “Strictly” star Denise Lewis and Rambert dancer Angela Towler were among those highlighting the need for comprehensive medical support for dancers and athletes at a conference organised by Dance UK and the Royal Society of Medicine.

BBC Performing Arts Fund supports dance

For the first time, the BBC Performing Arts Fund will award bursaries to dancers, offering funding to community dance groups and young professional dancers.

Kara Queen of “Strictly”

Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev were the winners of this year’s “Strictly Come Dancing”.

Widdecombe voted out

Ann Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke became the ninth couple to leave “Strictly Come Dancing” this weekend.

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 […]

Michelle’s paso doble exit

Michelle Williams and Brendan Cole became the sixth couple voted off “Strictly Come Dancing”.

Jimi’s shock exit from “Strictly”

Jimi Mistry made a tearful exit from “Strictly Come Dancing”, when he and partner Flavia Cacace became the fifth couple voted out of this series.

Tina tangos off

Former “Coronation Street” actress Tina O’Brien became the fourth celebrity voted off this year’s “Strictly Come Dancing”.

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