Foxtrot Friday

Here at the Strictly Support Group we love the ethereal and floaty nature of the Foxtrot so for today’s Strictly Fix went back to 2007 to see this “Heavenly” Foxtrot from Alesha Dixon and Matthew Cutler.

We loved this dance when we first saw it and seeing it again reminded us just why it was so great. Not only did Alesha and Matthew dance beautifully, but they forgot the routine and no one noticed (not even the judges!) It was a strictly moment where music, dance and everything came together to give the perfect performance. From us it definitely deserves a 10. Here’s a link to remind you how great it was along with some tissues (as it gets a little emotional!)Β 

We hope you enjoy watching it. As a bit of fun this afternoon we’d like to hear what you think has been the best Foxtrot in Strictly History and why. Tweet @scd_support or let us know your comments below.

We’d love to hear from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚


Strictly Associations – Our Thursday Night Fun

We don’t know about you, but we see strictly in all aspects of life. Tonight, spurred on by a great pic from @clare_chazey which reminded her of Kevin from Grimsby (see below)

Kevin (the chipmunk) from Grimsby

we thought it’d be a great idea to ask you what non-dance related things remind you most of strictly. Your answers really made us smile. Here are some of our favourite comments from this evening:-

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We’d love to hear from you if anything else makes you think of strictly. Do you regularly experience or have you ever experienced any #strictlyproblems? Feel free to tweet @scd_support with your thoughts or comment on this post below.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Dance Till Dawn Review

We love hearing about dance shows, so when the lovely Dilly @dilly4 sent this amazing review of Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace-Mistry’s show Dance Till Dawn, we couldn’t resist sharing it with you all. Here’s what she thought of the opening night in Eastbourne!

“It was incredible!

Dance ‘Til Dawn is the second show produced by Adam Spiegel Productions and directed by Karen Bruce that Vincent & Flavia have starred in, and with Midnight Tango being such a huge success for them it was always going to be a hard act to follow. I had been to see Midnight Tango many many times and had wondered just how on earth they would manage to create something that little bit different, but which would be every bit as good… if not better.

I was already loving the new Dance ‘Til Dawn cast who are so very friendly with their twitter chit chats and had looked at some of their profiles on the Dance ‘Til Dawn website and could see from that just how talented they all were.

Our front row seats were brilliant and we were right behind the musicians in the orchestra pit ( so close that we could read the song titles on their sheets of music!)…I tend to jump in and get front row tickets, and then kind of regret it as sometimes it can be hard to see the entire stage from there, but with the musicians in between us and the stage it didn’t seem quite so bad and the whole stage could be viewed perfectly πŸ™‚

I’ll keep the storyline of the show very brief, and only say what has already been mentioned before in press interviews etc, so that I’m not giving any spoilers.

It is basically centered around a film set in 1940’s LA, where a romance unfolds between a Hollywood couple (Vincent & Flavia) but things aren’t plain sailing for them with murder, mystery, suspense…. and a LOT of comedy inbetween. The interaction between other cast members (Tommy and Lana) is brilliant and definitely worth a special mention, as is the singing by Oliver Darley.

The set designed by Morgan Large is amazing and there are lots of props used throughout the show to brilliant effect… so many funny moments including the use of clothes rails, boxes and even lampshades (to name just a few) that will have you laughing out loud at the comedy antics from the cast.

The timing from Flavia and Vincent is BRILLIANT with these props and it is hard to believe that they hadn’t really done any acting until starting in theatre. Multi-talented doesn’t quite cover it when it comes to the cast of this show.

The cast members are all singing-all dancing and work incredibly hard throughout from beginning to end. Some very hi-energy routines which are exhausting to even LOOK at, and danced while singing too! Unbelievable!

There is a massive variety of music in this show which ranges from some old numbers, to some new numbers and I *think* maybe even one or two which have been especially created for Dance ‘Til Dawn but I’m not 100% certain on that one. All fab songs though and fit perfectly with the style of the show.

Another thing I had been dying to see were the costumes and in particular all the new dresses…. they were GORGEOUS and some very beautiful jumpsuits and playsuits! All cleverly styled to create the 1940’s feel, while having that bang on trend touch too. Loved them all and would be a very happy owner of ANY of them πŸ˜€ Flavia had amazing costumes which included a tennis dress, fur collared coat, sparkly fringed number…. and even a swimsuit! Yep, you heard right… a swimsuit!

Caroline Hannam, who is head of wardrobe on the show (and was the same on Midnight Tango) is a whizz with costumes/styling, and between her and the DSI team everyone on stage was looking ultra glam and every inch the Hollywood superstar.

The solo routines from Vincent and Flavia are as incredible as ever, and they treat us to a whole assortment of dances including a Quickstep, Jive, Charleston, Waltz, Foxtrot, Salsa, their wonderful Argentine Tango (which no show would be complete without)… and a very moving Rumba to Mi Mancherai which is beautifully sung by one of the cast.

Another which stood out for me was the fab ‘Feelin’ Good’ number which Flavia and the cast danced on Royal Variety Performance at the end of last year. It was great to see that danced live and is one I can’t wait to see again.

All in all it is a MUST-SEE show. The whole production is truly amazing and every cast member whether singer, actor, musician, dancer, or behind the scenes crew have done a truly magnificent job and I definitely predict a West End run will follow at some point.

I had high hopes as I know that anything Vincent & Flavia do is only ever going to be brilliant… This is brilliant and then some! This is BRILLIANT-ER! πŸ™‚

I hope I haven’t given too much away, and I would love to write more about the actual story and dances etc but I’ll write another blog update next time I see it (Edinburgh) as by then a lot of you will have been to see it yourself and won’t mind me giving away too many details.

Anyone going to see the show is in for a HUGE treat, and anyone who hasn’t booked tickets already… what are you waiting for? GO DO IT! … πŸ˜‰

Thank you Dilly for that amazing review. If you’re going to see one of the phenomenal dance shows out there please let us know. You can tweet @scd_support or email and we’ll post your reviews on here! We’d really love to hear from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Guess The Caption. Our Wednesday Night Fun!

We like to have a little fun now and again, so for tonight’s chat decided to pick some of our favourite Strictly images and ask you lovely lot to come up with captions to go with them. You gave us some amazing answers which really made us smile! Here are our favourites along with the pictures:

Mark and Iveta Cha Cha

For our next caption, we looked at Susanna and Kevin’s Charleston. Here’s the picture and what you thought they were saying:

Susanna and Kevin Charleston

We then showed you an iconic Paso Doble! Who could forget John Sargeant and Kristina’s Paso Doble. Here’s the picture and what you thought they were saying:-


For our final caption, we had to choose Ann and Anton with this very funny image. Here’s the picture and whatΒ you all had to say:-


We think you’d agree these captions are all amazing, so huge congratulations to @DaveKingston6 and @MANDYTOPPING who really made us smile tonight.

If you can think of any other captions, let us know, either by tweeting @scd_support or by commenting on this post.

Cassie πŸ™‚


Wednesday’s Weekly Warm-Up

It’s Hump Day and we hate that feeling knowing there are still 3 more days until the weekend. But fear not my friends! We’re here to relieve your hump day blues and make you smile!

For today’s dance, we’ve chosen the fabulous, fun Jive from Louisa Lytton and Vincent Simone in series 4. Despite minimal practice, this dance achieved the first perfect score of 2006 and can never fail to make us smile! πŸ˜€

We hope it leaves you with smiley faces too. Enjoy watching it!

For today’s Β lunchtime fun, we’d like to find out what strictly moment never fails to make you smile. Feel free to comment in the box below, or tweet @scd_support.

Cassie πŸ™‚

The greatest Tango of all time (according to you lovely people!)

So your votes have been cast, Β counted, checked and verified. We’re pleased to announce the Tango you consider the greatest of all time is the amazing Kimberley and Pasha’s Tango which taught us not only what it sounds like when doves cry (tweet tweet) but what pure perfection looked like! We love the Tango and it would be our dream come true to dance Tango like that (especially if Pasha was involved!)

So here, especially for you is Kimberley and Pasha’s tempestuous, thrilling and terrific Tango.

We hope you enjoyed it. Also, massive congratulations to Kimberley and her partner Justin on their happy news. We think they’ll make amazing parents.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Tuesday’s Tempestuous Tango Fix

As you probably know, to us strictly fans, Tuesdays are known as Tango Tuesdays. It’s the day when we like to remember and cast our eyes over some of our favourite Tangos from strictly history.

For us, one Tango has stood out over the past 11 series, the very dramatic and terrific tango from Zoe Ball and Ian Waite in series 3. It was superbly danced and performed sending shivers down our spine.

Here’s a reminder for you all:

We think you’ll agree it was simply superb. We’d like to find out which Tango has been the greatest Tango of all time for you. Just enter the poll below to cast your vote.

We’ll post the results on here later tonight after our Ballroom Class.

Cassie πŸ™‚


Monday’s feel good strictly fix

We all know how Monday always seems to come round so quickly and leaves us thinking where did that weekend go?

Here at the strictly support group we like to help relieve your start of the week blues. After all, it is a new dawn, a new day and a new (week of) life for us.

Here’s our Monday memories fix, especially for you from the Strictly Male Pros 😍

We hope it leaves you feelin’ good! We’d love to hear what makes you feel good on a Monday? Feel free to comment on the post below, or tweet @scd_support.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Chill Out Sundays

We think you’ll all agree, Strictly Come Dancing is the perfect stress relief after a long day, so tonight we thought we’d ask you which Strictly dances make you feel relaxed and chilled out. We had lots of interesting choices. Here are some of your tweets:

It seems that for you, American Smooths, Waltzes, Viennese Waltzes, Rumbas, Jives and Quicksteps are the most relaxing dances. To help you chill out we’ve created a spotify playlist especially for you. Just click on this link to see ourΒ Strictly Chill-out Playlist. We hope you enjoy listening to it! Please message us if you can think of another dance which makes you relax.

Cassie πŸ™‚