Darren & Lilia official statement

From Jillie Bushell Associates Ltd
Agents to Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova
Statement from Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova ref Strictly Come Dancing 2010
10th June 2010
We are in contact with the BBC regarding the proposed changes to our role within the show this year. We are unable to comment on our decision at this time until we have further understanding of the actual requirements.
 “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the fantastic response we have received on email, Twitter, facebook & forums. Dance is our passion & life and whatever we decide that will never change”

Strictly Professionals for 2010 announced

So returning to compete with celebrities this year are:

Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole, James Jordan, Vincent Simone, Ola Jordan, Flavia Cacace, Erin Boag, Kristina Rihanoff, Natalie Lowe, Aliona Vilani, Katya Virshilas

Added to this are three new professional dancers (3 girls were added last year so 3 guys are added this year):

Images courtesy of BBC Strictly mini-site

ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV, a Latin Champion who is a graduate of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ in the US and has unique experience of very different dancing genres in addition to his ballroom champion-level skill.
JARED MURILLO, who at 21, was a US open Swing Youth champion. Trained in America, Jared was a principal dancer in the movies ‘High School Musical’ 1 & 2.
ROBIN WINDSOR has completed five world tours of the worldwide ballroom dancing phenomenon ‘Burn the Floor’, in which he has starred and choreographed routines.

The BBC have reduced the number of celebrities from 16 to 14 this year (I think a good move as last year did feel like there was just too many).  This has meant however that 5 of the existing professionals are now not going to compete this year – Darren & Lilia, Ian Waite, Matthew Cutler and Brian Fortuna.  They have been offered the opportunity to form a ‘dance supergroup’, along with some other as yet unnamed professionals, that will come on each week and perform a dance spectacle for the audience.

At present Brian has confirmed that he will not take part, and will concentrate on the West End production of Burn The Floor with Ali Bastian, and it is rumoured that Darren & Lilia have also declined – they may also wish to concentrate on their Latin Fever tour.  Ian and Matthew have yet to respond, neither have a show on the side as they are both on the Professionals Tour, so may both agree to take part this year.

So, the BBC tinker with the formula again and only time will tell whether they have more luck than last year.  Amid rumours last week that Alesha was due to quite as judge (yay!) the Daily Star and Sun have stated that she is due to re-sign for another year (boo!).

Have any of your favourites been ditched this year, or are you looking forward to some new blood?

Learn To Dance Newsletter – 01.06.2010

In this newsletter: Brendan Cole: Live and Unjudged; June and July private lessons; Practice on June 25th; any questions just contact us

 

Brendan Cole: Live and Unjudged

Brendan Cole will be at New Theatre Oxford at 19.30 on Thursday 10th June bringing his live show to the stage.
As there’s no classes that week we thought we’d arrange a trip to go and watch the show.  Tickets start at £32 including booking fees. They have said that they’d be happy to sign autographs for our students afterwards.
If you’re interested in attending please let us know asap, the New Oxford Theatre is around an hour away by car but if there’s enough people interested we might look at hiring a minibus/coach.

Private Lessons

Private lessons cost £35 for 45 minutes (for an individual or couple), or a special price for 6 lessons of £200, and I have the following slots available at present:

June
July
Date
Time
Date
Time
Tue 1st
14.00
14.45
15.30
16.15
17.00
21.45

Fri 2nd
10.15

Fri 4th
10.15

Sun 6th
11.15
12.00

Sun 4th
10.30
11.15

Tue 15th
14.00
14.45
15.30
16.15
17.00
17.45
20.15
21.45

Tue 6th
14.00
14.45
15.30
16.15
21.45

Wed 16th
14.00
14.45

Wed 7th
14.00
14.45

Fri 18th
10.15
11.00
11.45
12.30

Fri 9th
10.15
12.30

Sun 20th
12.00
12.45

Sun 11th
10.30
11.15
12.00
12.45

Tue 22nd
14.00
14.45
15.30
16.15
17.00

Tue 13th
14.00
14.45
15.30
16.15
20.15
21.45

Wed 23rd
14.00
14.45

Wed 14th 
14.00
14.45

Fri 25th
10.15
12.30

Fri 16th
13.30

Tue 29th
14.00
14.45
15.30
16.15
17.00

Sun 18th
17.15

Wed 30th
14.00
14.45

Tue 20th
14.00
14.45
15.30
16.15
20.15
21.45

Wed 21st
14.00
14.45

Fri 23rd
10.15
12.30

Please let me know if you would like to book any of the above private lessons as slots tend to go very quickly.  Please note that 1 weeks notice will be required for any cancellation of private lessons or a £10 charge is payable, if less than 48 hours notice is given then full lesson cost is due.  We reserve the right to cancel lessons if we deem this necessary, or circumstances arise that are outside of our control.
All private lessons take place at the Eton Wick Village Hall, Eton Wick Road, Eton Wick, SL4 6LT.

 

Practice Night

Our practice nights take place on Friday 25th June & 9th July at The Baldwin Institute Hall, Eton Court, Eton, SL4 6BQ.
The practice starts at 8.30pm and costs £6 per person (£5 if you pay in advance).  The session lasts for 2 ½ hours and is a chance for you to come along and dance as much or as little as you like.
Please feel free to bring your own food and drink (alcoholic or non).

Contact Us

If you need any further information, or to book, please feel free to email me back or call me on 07736 272225.
Thanks,

Antony Holeksa
Learn To Dance
p: 07736 272225