Strictly Week Five Review 

From a Passionate Paso to a Captivating Rumba, it was an amazing night of dance and entertainment.

Here Are My thoughts on Week Five on Strictly Come Dancing 

Alexandra and Gorka danced the Samba to Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

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Well this partnership is shaping up to be finalists if they keep up this standard . A sizzling Samba 🔥

Aston and Janette danced a Waltz to Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley (MREE Cover)

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It was nice to see Aston and Janette slow things down this week and show us their softer side . And it did not disappoint . I think we all fell in love with that beautiful contemporary waltz.

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Brian and Amy danced the Jive to It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones

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I just adored the theme. Brian puts so much energy into his dances and is such a charismatic character . Love his facial expressions.

Davood and Nadiya danced the Jive to Tell Her About It by Billy Joel

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This upbeat dance suited Davood, he put his heart and soul into this dance . It was a lively energetic Jive .

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Debbie and Giovanni danced the Rumba to Baby Can I Hold You Tonight by Tracy Chapman

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Another jaw dropping performance . To master that technique and routine in a week. Well done Debbie . The song/music was perfect for such an emotional performance.

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Gemma and Aljaz danced the Foxtrot to Believe by Madilyn Bailey

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I just adore Aljaz choreography . Gemma is progressing into a graceful elegant dancer. I believe we will see them next week after that fabulous Foxtrot.

Joe and Katya danced a Paso Doble to Diablo Rojo by Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Loved this flamenco style powerful passionate Paso Doble from Joe and Katya . The shaping and arm movements were good. Loved the choreography and characterization. You are a genius Katya Jones.

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Jonnie and Oti danced the Quickstep to Part-Time Lover by Stevie Wonder

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This is Jonnie’s dance. He managed to keep a good frame considering the dance was so fast. Jonnie amazes me each week . They are such a dynamic duo.

Mollie and AJ danced the Viennese Waltz to Anyone Who Had A Heart by Cilla Black

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The story of the dance was beautiful and the opening captured us straight away. It was romantic , graceful and elegant. Mollie’s frame was beautiful and she followed AJ well. The rotations were smooth and effortless. Anyone who had a heart would love that Viennese Waltz too. I feel this was Mollie’s best dance.

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Ruth and Anton danced the Samba to Love Is In The Air by John Paul Young

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Well done to the costume department , Anton’s shirt deserved a 10 😄👏He is the king of charisma and flair. Ruth looked sensational as always and appeared to love every minute of the dance too.

Simon and Karen danced the Charleston to Fit As A Fiddle (and ready for love) by Gene Kelly

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Love the song the outfits and the energy of the performance. The dance may have lacked swivel but Simon performed his socks off with charm.😆

Susan and Kevin danced the Cha Cha to Shoutout To My Ex by Little Mix

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Shoutout to Susan and Kevin for another entertaining performance . Susan is so light on her feet and her face reveals  the joy she feels when she is dancing.  It may not have been technically perfect but Susan and Kevin are a joy to watch .

Here is the Strictly Come Dancing Leaderboard Week Five 

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until next time

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Strictly Week Four Review

Let us relive the magical performance from the Strictly professional dancers for Movies Week.

Here are my thoughts on Strictly Week Four 

After Movies Week you think things couldn’t get any better…WRONG !!  

Alexandra and Gorka danced the Jive to Proud Mary by Tina Turner

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LOVE LOVE LOVED THIS JIVE!! It was like watching two professionals dancing. A Superstar performance .

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Aston and Janette danced a Quickstep to Mr Blue Sky by ELO

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Another full on energetic, entertaining performance from Aston and Janette. They make each dance appear so effortless .

Brian and Amy danced the Paso Doble to I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness

Brian arrived on the Strictly dance floor in character with the intention of delivering a powerful Paso and he attempted to achieve the Spanish lines and he did do his best. He continues to improve each week.

Charlotte and Brendan danced the Jive to Marry You by Bruno Mars

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Charlotte appeared more comfortable and looked like she was having fun throughout the Jive.

Davood and Nadiya danced the Viennese Waltz to Say You Love Me by Jessie Ware

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Davood was focused throughout the dance on maintaining his posture and footwork and he delivered an emotive elegant performance. He produced nice strides across the floor.  What a beautiful partnership.

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Strictly Movies Week Review

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YAY, it’s Strictly Movie Week !

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We went la la for the amazing opening number . The make-up , hair, costumes were outstanding. And as for the SCD Band and singers , they never fail to deliver. Well done to the entire Strictly Team.

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Here are my thoughts on Strictly Movies Week .

Alexandra and Gorka danced the American Smooth to Wouldn’t It Be Lovely from My Fair Lady

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It was indeed lovely. The American Smooth brought out a sweet and softer side to Alexandra this week. Alexandra was light on her feet and played the character to perfection. The girl can do no wrong. Latin/Ballroom she can do it all. Love Gorka’s choreography.

Aston and Janette danced a  Cha Cha to Can’t Stop The Feeling from Trolls

Can I commend the strictly hair, makeup , costumes for this duo  Brilliant!! I just adore this partnership, they are perfectly matched in stature and talent. It was a cha cha with a blend of hip hop. Can’t stop the feeling of wanting to keeping watching these two dance dance dance again.

Brian and Amy danced the American Smooth to If I Only Had A Brain from The Wizard Of Oz

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This performance was much better than last week. Loved Amy’s choreography . Brian executed the lifts well and his timing was good . They were a delight to watch.

Charlotte and Brendan danced a Tango to Danger Zone from Top Gun

Loved the opening scene. This dance was much better than last week. There were a few mistakes but Charlotte is improving each week.

Davood and Nadiya danced a Samba to Stayin’ Alive From Saturday Night Fever

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Davood puts everything into his performance each week . It was better than last week . Good hips , maybe over enthusiastic pelvic thrusts but we certainly had a fever after this full on fun Samba/disco dance.

Debbie and Giovanni danced a Quickstep to Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off from Shall We Dance?

Debbie continues to capture the essence of each dance she performs. It was like watching two professional dancers . Pure Class!

Gemma and Aljaz danced a Charleston to The Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book

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A charismatic Charleston and  fun dance to watch. Adore Aljaz choreography it really brought out their personalities.

Joe and Katya danced the Viennese Waltz to Somewhere My Love from Doctor Zhivago

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Joe is becoming a serious contender in this competition. His floor craft was excellent and technique. His frame was good. A beautiful romantic Viennese Waltz. Katya is an amazing dancer and choreographer and super stylish lady.

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Strictly Newsflash !

It’s MOVIES WEEK 

MOVIES WEEK SONGS AND DANCES 

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Alexandra and Gorka will dance the American Smooth to Wouldn’t It Be Lovely from My Fair Lady

Aston and Janette will Cha Cha to Can’t Stop The Feeling from Trolls

Brian and Amy dance the American Smooth to If I Only Had A Brain from The Wizard Of Oz

Charlotte and Brendan will Tango to Danger Zone from Top Gun

Davood and Nadiya will Samba to Stayin’ Alive From Saturday Night Fever

Debbie and Giovanni Quickstep to Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off from Shall We Dance?

Gemma and Aljaz Charleston to The Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book

Joe and Katya dance the Viennese Waltz to Somewhere My Love from Doctor Zhivago

Jonnie an Oti dance the Paso Doble to The Raiders March from Indiana Jones

Mollie and Aj will dance the American Smooth to Climb Every Mountain from The Sound Of Music

Rev. Richard and Dianne will dance the Paso Doble to Flash’s Theme from Flash Gordon

Ruth and Anton Rumba to Diamond’s Are Forever from James Bond (Diamonds Are Forever)

Simon and Karen will Quickstep to You’ve Got A Friend In Me from Top Story

Susan and Kevin Samba to Wonder Woman (Theme) From Wonder Woman

Loving the choice of songs this week .

Here they are in training this week. 


Get ready for Saturday Night At The Movies on 

Strictly Come Dancing @18:35 BBC ONE

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until next time

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Strictly Week Two Review

The competition is hotting up from Debbie and Giovanni’s beautiful Vienesse waltz to Aston and Janette’s sizzling salsa to Alexandra’s and Gorka’s powerful passionate Paso . Here is my #Strictly Come Dancing Review week 2. Enjoy!

Alexandra and Gorka danced the Paso Doble to Ven a Bailar On The Floor ( Spanish Version) by Jennifer Lopez

WOW! what a powerful passionate paso doble . They totally killed it. The drive and determination throughout the dance was undeniable. They even got a standing ovation from the four judges. (yes even craig)

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Charlotte and Brendan danced the Cha Cha to Sugar by Maroon 5

It wasn’t charlotte’s night. She lost the timing at the beginning of the dance and got nervous after that. I feel charlotte will be better at ballroom. Charlotte’s has so much potential and will come back next week and nail it no doubt.

Chizzy and Pasha danced the Foxtrot to I’m A Woman from ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’

I just adore these two together . Chizzy is one sassy woman and performer but the foxtrot requires a more smooth approach. They delivered a more fierce foxtrot …

Debbie and Giovanni danced the Viennese Waltz to ‘She’s Always A Woman’ by Billy Joel

Debbie is beautiful elegant lady and dancer. From the placement of her feet to her graceful movements it was just effortless. I just adore Giovanni and his routines. 👌

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Gemma and Aljaz Waltzed to Un Giorno Per Noi (A Time For Us) by Gosh Groban

Gemma is progressing beautifully on her strictly journey. Such a gorgeous couple to watch.😍

Molly ans AJ  danced the Tango to ‘Addicted To Love’ by Tina Turner

As the song goes, we might as well face it were addicted to that tango. Great topline/posture. Red Hot Tango!

Ruth  and Anton danced the Charleston to The Charleston by Bob Bob Wilson and His  Varsity Rhythm Boys

Ruth looked fabulous as a 1920’s flapper girl , confident and ready for her charleston this week. The basic swivel was good but could have been a bit more energetic but she did pull her hamstring the previous evening. Her timing was great, overall a big improvement on last week. This dance suited Ruth’s personality. Love Anton’s charleston routines.

Susan and Kevin danced the Charleston to If You Knew Susie by Enoch Light and The Charleston City All-Stars

Who knew Susan could charleston like that. Susan is truly loving every minute of strictly . A joy to watch.👐😄

Aston and Janette danced the Salsa to Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber

Loved the festival theme. It was fast, compact and full of lifts. Aston is a natural dancer . Janette has confidence and complete trust in Aston to give him this routine . Amazing!!

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Brian and Amy danced a Cha Cha to Shake Your Groove Thing by Peaches and Herb

Brian is a born entertainer and didn’t fail to deliver . Technically not as good but an enjoyable performance. Adorable to watch though.😆

Davood and Nadiya danced the Quickstep to Last Nite by The Strokes

I think I need to start visiting my library… 🤓It was a full on fast paced routine.

Joe and Katya danced a Tango to Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran

Not as good as last week. Needs to work on posture . But still has great potential to go a long way in the competition.  Would love if my wardrobe led to the strictly dancefloor. Would you?

Jonnie and Oti danced a Jive to Johnny B. Goode by  Chuck Berry

Jonnie was more than good it was amazing to watch. He is not only an incredible athlete but dancer too. Oti never fails to deliver.👏👏

Rev. Richard and Dianne danced the American Smooth to Love Really Hurts Without You By Billy Ocean

Rev. Richard put everything into this dance. But it lacked the “American Smooth” …

Simon and Karen Waltzed to You’ll Never Walk Alone by Rogers  and Hammerstein

Simon touched the hearts of the nation with this emotional waltz. There were a few mistakes due too Brian’s level of concentration. An improvement on last week.

Here is the week two leaderboard 

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Who is your favorite?

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The First Strictly Live Show

What an amazing start to a new season of

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2017 

Well done to the entire #Strictly team . It’s going to be an amazing series.

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Alexandra and Gorka danced the Waltz to (You Make Me Feel Like A) ‘Natural Woman’  by Aretha Franklin.

The tissues were out early for Alexandra’s first dance. It was an emotional one . Which is why Strictly can be a healing journey for both the contestants and viewers. We have got to “Feel to Heal” people. A perfect #Strictly partnership.

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Charlotte and Brendon danced a Foxtrot to ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ by Michael Buble.

This lady just exudes elegance down to her fingertips. A gorgeous partnership. Brendan’s choreography is old hollywood style, pure class. 👌

Chizzy and Pasha danced a Cha Cha to ‘Boogie Fever’ by The Sylvers.

This is a fun partnership and their first dance did not disappoint. Full of  energy. Chizzy has great rythmn and her personality sparkled throughout the dance. This girl can move .  Pasha is an amazing teacher👏

Debbie and Giovanni danced A Paso Doble to ‘Be Italian’ by Fergie.

This was a surprise…even for Giovanni 💋. It had passion, intensity , kicks, splits . Debbie didn’t hold back and put everything into that first dance. Looking forward to seeing their dance next week.

Gemma and Aljaz danced a Cha Cha to ‘There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back’ by Shawn Mendes.

Gemma appeared super confident for her first dance looked amazing . It a fast fun routine . There’s nothing hoding you back after that cheeky cha cha  Gemma.

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Mollie and AJ Jived to ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’ by Little Richard.n

What an adorable partnership. Molly played her role to perfection. Facial expressions were on point. Yes , there needs to be more bounce action in the jive but it is only week one . Love these two together.

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Ruth and Anton Waltzed to ‘This Nearly Was Mine’ ( Seth MacFarlae version)

Ruth looked the picture of elegance . Such beauty and grace. Ruth has so much potential but the nerves took over a bit  . You can do it Ruth. A gorgeous couple.

Susan and Kevin performed  the Viennese Waltz to ‘Mad About The Boy’ by Dinah Washington.

Love this partnership and love Susan’s tweets even more, such a funny lady.  Were all mad about Kevin and his imaginative routines . Susan is loving her strictly experience as we can see.

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Aston and Janette danced a Foxtrot to ‘It Had To Be You ‘ by Harry Connick Jnr.

WOW, it’s week ONE !! It had to be you Aston, what a showman. A show stopping performance . Janette brings out the best in her partners. Loved her retro look .   A dynamic duo. The ones to watch 😉

Brian and Amy danced a Tango to ‘Temptation’ by Heaven 17.

Liked the setting and the story of the dance. Who can resist red shoes  👠😍 It wasn’t an easy dance for Brian’s first dance but he got through it . Well done.

Davood and Nadiya danced a Cha Cha to ‘Dedication to My Ex’ by Lloyd ft. Andre 3000

One word “HOT”🌡

Joe and Katya Jived to ‘Rockin’ Robin’ by Michael Jackson.

Joe put 100% into this dance , brilliant. He got the character of the dance and so light on his feet . I could watch this over and over again. Katya is an sensational dancer and teacher. They were certainly rockin’ it tonight. Another couple to watch.

Jonnie and Oti Waltzed to ‘When I Need You ‘ by Luther Vandross.

For an athlete who isn’t used to dancing , Jonnnie was extemely good and performed with such charm. The basic side close side and heel leads were very good. Just needs to work on his posture more . A beautiful partnership and excellent first dance.

Rev. Richard and Dianne danced the Cha Cha to ‘There Must be An Angel’ by  The Eurythmics.

Rev. Richard was on cloud nine and full of enthusiasm throughout the dance.

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Simon and Karen performed  the Paso  Doble to ‘Song 2’ by Blur.

Simon appeared focused and determined throughout the paso. If he relaxed his knees a bit more he will drive through the dance better but a difficult first dance. Well done Simon. 

The Strictly Leaderboard : WEEK ONE 

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Loving the new judge Shirley Ballas , such vast knowledge and experience in ballroom and latin. An excellent choice .

I am looking forward to the coming weeks and seeing the improvements they make on their strictly journey.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post

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Strictly Come Dancing – It Takes Two

Starting Monday 25th September 6.30pm on BBC Two

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Strictly Launch Show 2017

       What an amazing launch show. Well done to the entire #Strictly team .

But now I

 Gotta Dance …

Meet The Class of Strictly Come Dancing 2017!

 

Meet the New Head Judge 

Shirley Ballas 

So looking forward to Shirley judging with her vast experience she will be a valuable asset to the judging panel.

Meet the 3 New Strictly Pro Dancers Nadiya Bychlova, Amy Dowden and Dianne Buswell.


And What An Entrance They Made on Strictly Come Dancing 2017

It was an emotional show for Tess , Claudia and the strictly team. (I Had the tissues out at this stage) . Sir Bruce will never be forgotton.

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What a beautiful heartfelt and moving tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth. 

Here are your Strictly Couples 2017

Loving the pairings this year. We have the perfect petite pairing – Aston and Janette, can’t wait to see their jive.  The tall and elegant Gemma and Aljaz, they will be gorgeous in ballroom. And maybe this could be Anton’s year now he is paired with the beautiful Ruth.

Watch Them All Perform Their 1st Group Dance 

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Strictly Come Dancing Series 15

The 1st Live Show Starts on Saturday 23rd September 2017

Until then

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The Official Photos Are Here …

The #Strictly Class of 2017! 

And don’t they all look amazing.

 

 

We are only 4 days away from the

STRICTLY COME DANCING LAUNCH SHOW

Saturday September 9th 7pm

Until then

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Keep Dancing

Oh, the excitement…

We are just one week away from the 2017

Strictly Come Dancing 

Launch Show !!

So keep the date in your diary

Saturday 9th September @ 7pm

Until next time

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Keep Dancing

HOLISTIC HEALTH BENEFITS OF DANCE

Dance Can Improve Your Life on a Mental, Emotional, Physical and Social Level.

  • Boosts memory
  • Relieves Stress
  • Improves coordination and mobility
  • Elevates your mood
  • Diminish Depression
  • Improves strength and flexibility
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Improves circulation
  • Increases physical fitness
  • Weight management
  • Increases energy
  • Improves your self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improves your social skills
  • Make new friendships
  • Improves overall well-being

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If you are considering learning to dance or joining a dance class , I suggest you read the following:

Dancing can be a great way to stay fit and healthy for individuals of all ages, shapes and size. If you have not exercised in a while or have any medical or age related conditions or concerns, please consult your doctor first .

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If you get the chance, I hope you dance x

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