BBC Strictly 2014 Couples – our thoughts

Learn To Dance 2013 SquareSo the line-up of couples was announced on Sunday night, and with a new baby in the house we’ve only just had a chance to catch up with our recording (thanks TiVo).

In terms of the much discussed presenting pairing of Tess and Claudia, we’re all for it.  They seem to work really well together and Claudia brings a great sense of humour and wit to the show.

In case you missed it the announced couples are as follows:

Strictly 2014 Couples

Our Strictly 2014 line-up of couples

  1. Alison Hammond with Aljaz, Jake Wood with Janette, Caroline Flack with Pasha, Steve Backshall with Ola, Pixie Lott with Trent
  2. Judy Murray with Anton, Gregg Wallace with Aliona, Frankie Bridge with Kevin, Scott Mills with Joanne, Tim Wonnacott with Natalie
  3. Sunetra Sarker with Brendan, Mark Wright with Karen,Simon Webbe with Kristina, Thom Evans with Iveta,Jennifer Gibney with Tristan.

Straight after the show the BBC interviewed each of the couples for their initial reactions to the pairings, though as always we’d love to hear how some of the pro’s actually feel!

Having watched the show, and the all important first group dance, we’re definitely looking forward to seeing more from Alison Hammond, Pixie Lott (already touted by the Daily Star as a ringer), Frankie Bridge, Simon Webbe (Christmas Special participant 2011) and Thom Evans.

It will be interesting to see how Scott Mills performs as him and Jo have an obvious connection that could prove fruitful when it comes to performances, but he seems quite shy which could be a stumbling block.

Anton will have his work cut out in the initial weeks with Judy, but as a former sportswoman her competitive streak should see her put the requisite hours in.

There’s always room for a few surprises and we look forward to seeing some of the early training footage if the BBC release it like they did last year – keep checking back as we’ll update you if they do.

Who are you looking forward to seeing this year, and who should be sent to one of our LearnToDance classes to brush up before the show starts?

Your Personal Best Gallery

Learn To Dance Group Shot

Your Personal Best Photoshoot

We’re finally getting round to uploading some our photos from the last 18 months of events, and they’ll trickle through over the course of this week.

First up is a promotional shoot we were asked to do for the Your Personal Best campaign – a campaign to encourage over 55s with a long-term condition, such as Parkinson’s, to keep active.

They were hosting a launch event for the campaign with Len Goodman and Arlene Phillips and wanted a dance group of over 50s to perform at the Olympic Park (which was still under construction at this point).

If you want to see the gallery (and the Youtube video!), head on over to our website.

Change in Strictly line up – No Erin, Vincent, Flavia or Aliona

Strictly Come Dancing BannerFor those that haven’t heard the news the current Strictly Come Dancing professionals line-up has been announced.

Professionals not returning this Autumn are Erin Boag, Aliona Vilani, Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace. Continue reading

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 – The Final!

BBC Strictly 2012 Line-up
So it’s that time of year again, the Strictly Come Dancing final, will we see more 40s tonight and if so will it come from someone other than Kimberley? Continue reading

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 – Week 11

BBC Strictly 2012 Line-up
Five couples remaining, and now they have to perform two dances each. This should really test their dance abilities and we could see quite a few mistakes tonight I fear. Continue reading

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 – Week 10

BBC Strictly 2012 Line-up
This week we have a new concept (well to Strictly anyway, I believe they tested it out on Dancing With The Stars previously) of a dance fusion, either two dances performed within the same song seamlessly, or a split half-way through.

We’ve seen professionals perform these type of dances at shows before, and I’ve choreographed and performed dance fusions before. These could be amazing, or a complete car crash…let’s hope for amazing!
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Strictly Come Dancing 2012 – Week 9

BBC Strictly 2012 Line-up
So we’re down to 7 contestants and Michael has a Samba…that’s got bottom two written all over it!

We actually managed to watch the show on Saturday night for once, though we didn’t start until ridiculously late so thought we’d leave the update til Monday morning as usual.

3 weeks to go until the final, and it’s starting to get harder to say “they should definitely go this week” so we’ll just have to wait for their performances to be sure!
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Strictly Come Dancing 2012 – Week 8

BBC Strictly 2012 Line-up
Sorry for the delay in the blog this week but our hosting company appeared to have a major meltdown of their servers where our database is stored, the website still worked but the blog was unavailable even to draft a post.

Anyway on to Saturday night’s show.

Is it just me or should they really have waited until there were only 6 left before doing a friends skit?!
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