Wednesday’s Weekly Warm-Up – A dance to give you Hap-Hap-Happy Feet

It’s that time of the week again; time for us to cure your hump day blues with a dance from the glittery vaults that’s guaranteed to make you smile.

For today’s dance we’re going back to Fusion Week in 2012, where the producers challenged our pros and celebrities with unlikely combinations like the Tango Cha Cha Cha and the even more bizarre American Smooth Samba. We’ve chosen our favourite dance of the night which was Dani and Vincent’s adorable Charleston Quickstep Fusion. This was possible the most conventional of the fusion dances, but was beautifully choreographed and exquisitely danced. They were in perfect synchronicity throughout the dance and just looked adorable together. It’s a dance guaranteed to make you smile and give you hap-hap-happy feet, even on the cloudiest (or foggiest) of days.

This comment on youtube summed up exactly how we felt about the dance.

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We hope you feel the same and enjoy watching it. Tweet @scd_support with your views or comment below to let us know what you think of the dance. We’d love to hear from you!

Cassie 😊

International Dance Day

Yesterday (29th April) was International Dance Day so we were treated to these beauties at our dance class (yum!)

They helped us with our foxtrot which goes to prove Cake is good for learning dance steps. It’s scientifically proven (we think!)

We thought we’d ask to find out what strictly and dance mean to you. Here are some of your answers:

At the end of the evening we decided this is what dance and strictly means to us all:

Do you agree? We’d love to hear what dance and strictly mean to you. Tweet us @scd_support or comment below to let us know.

Cassie😊

Tango Tuesday – A dance worth “checking” out.

Whilst searching for a tango this week we hit checkmate when we remembered an amazing chess-inspired Argentine Tango from Strictly 2013 Runner-Up Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev.

This dance was steamy, smooth and seductive. It was so good, my daughter was banned from watching it. (Sorry Bella, you’ll understand why when you’re older!) Natalie played the part of the tango temptress perfectly and the atmosphere of the dance took us to a chess board at dusk in Buenos Aires. The music, costumes and performance were amazing,

Technically it was brilliant too, with lots of ganchos, flicks, kicks and lifts. We loved the dance and in our books it deserved a perfect score. Here it is just for you, our Tango Queen and The Dark Knight together dancing Argentine Tango on a chess board. We hope you enjoy it.

We’d love to hear what you think of the dance. Tweet us @scd_support or comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly Support Chat – Breakfast anyone?

Tonight we gave you a very late brunch and decided to have a chat about Breakfast Presenters who’ve appeared on our favourite Glittery Show. This was all in honour of Strictly Finalist Susanna Reid’s new show Good Morning Britain.

There have been lots of Breakfast Presenters who’ve competed on the show over the last 11 series. Some have impressed whilst others have entertained. Here’s a summary of those who have appeared and what they are most remembered for:

Series 1 Winner Natasha Kaplinsky

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Natasha’s natural grace and elegance in the ballroom routines made her memorable and the well deserved winner of series 1.

Fiona Phillips from Series 3

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She may not have been a natural dancer and had to be propped up by Brendan, but she certainly entertained and tried.

Bill Turnbull from Series 3

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Who can forget Bill with his bees, Wycombe Wanderers, foot problems and “married couple” style relationship with his partner Karen? We loved Bill. He was a gentleman who had he not suffered a foot injury could have won the series with his charm and dance ability.

Kate Garraway from Series 5

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She entertained, even though not the best dancer. We remembered her Samba for sheer fun and entertainment value. She started a theory GMTV presenters couldn’t dance.

Andrew Castle – Series 6

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Could dance, but seem to only remember one of his dances for Ola’s catsuit.

Chris Hollins – series 7 winner

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His Charleston still goes down in Strictly History as one of the cutest and one of our favourite ever routines. Team Cola had charm and charisma making them a popular couple and Chris broke the curse of Breakfast Presenters, proving they can dance.

Richard Arnold – Series 10

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He entertained us with all his performances and had good natural rhythm. We felt for him though as nerves took over and some of his routines didn’t go as planned. His enthusiasm and entertainment value made him a memorable contestant and one we loved in series 10. Who could forget his Samba at Wembley?

Susanna Reid – Series 11 Finalist

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Susanna’s enthusiasm, improvement, love of dancing and ability to multi-task (be a mum, commuting to and from Salford, presenting Breakfast and dance training) quite frankly made her superwoman. Her and Kevin were very well matched and their Paso is one of the most memorable moments of Strictly history ever. Her performances were brilliant and her love of dancing shone through in every show.

That’s what we thought, however It wouldn’t be the strictly support group if we didn’t have a chat. We started by asking which breakfast presenter competing in strictly has been the most memorable for you? Here are some of our favourite tweets of the night.

We then moved on to asking who you thought had been the best Breakfast a Presenter contestant on Strictly?

There have also been breakfast presenter contestants who’ve entertained but might not have been the best dancers. Here are your tweets of who you thought this statement summed up perfectly.

For our final question, we asked which Breakfast Presenters you’d like to see appearing on Strictly and who you’d pair them with. Here are your tweets:

And that ended our chat. We hope you enjoyed it. We’re back on Wednesday at 8pm for a quiz. Join us then to take part.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Monday Memories – Good Day to you, the Strictly Support Group!

Earlier today Good Morning Britain launched with a team including Strictly 2013 finalist, Susanna Reid.

Being massive Team Kevanna fans, the whole household, watched the show getting ready for school and work. My 4yr old was a little disappointed Susanna wasn’t dancing with Kevin or doing Cartwheels or Sofa Tips, but she still watched along at home and stayed still enough for me to plait her hair – never normally happens in the morning – thank you Good Morning Britain!

Anyway, we’ve digressed, so let’s return back to our subject, Monday memories.

For today, we decided to choose two Team Kevanna routines but needed a little help, so turned to one of their fans and our past polls. With the help of @susannareidfans, the first dance we chose was their phenomenal Paso Doble. Not only is it guaranteed to wake you up like an alarm clock, they were sensational and set the ballroom on fire with their dance. Susanna put her heart and soul into the dance and they truly deserved four 10s – if we had a time machine we’d go to Blackpool and switch Craig’s score paddles around. It was a dose of Seville Sunshine that left us on the edge of our seats and feeling truly amazed by the Spanish SeΓ±orita and her Grimsby Matador! Here it us just for you all, Susanna and Kevin’s phenomenal Paso Doble:

We’ve also chosen this routine which had to be the perfect Quickstep for a Breakfast TV Presenter. It never fails to make us smile, you voted it your happiest dance on strictly and it would make a perfect opening title dance to Good Morning Britain. We hope you enjoy watching it:

In honour of this programme we’ll be having a breakfast themed chat tonight from 7.30pm. Hope you can join us.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly Support Group – Back to the Future – a recap

*hits play on this http://youtu.be/e8TZbze72Bc, hums along and hops onto her hover board*

So last night we made our childhood dreams come true and hopped onto our hoverboard, sat behind the driving seat of the DeLorean and took a trip Back to the Future to September 2014 and the next series of Strictly.

Whilst the rumour mill spins round like a whirling dervish about who’ll replace Brucie as host, there have been lots of celebrities rumoured to be taking part in Strictly 2014 from Reality TV people like Joey Essex and Mark Wright to soap stars like Michelle Keegan and Helen Flanagan. Sports royalty like Alex Ferguson and Judy Murray (Andy Murray’s mum) have also been mentioned as well as Mary Berry and even Bruce Forsyth, so we thought with just 5 months until the show starts, we’d start our chat by asking you which of the rumoured celebrities would you like to see and who do you think is most likely to appear on Strictly 2014. Here are some of our favourite tweets of the night:

We then asked you who you would like to see appearing on strictly 2014. Here are your answers:

For our final topic we asked you which of our amazing, wonderful, talented and inspirational professional dancers you’d like to see back on the show in September. Here are some of our favourite answers:

We had lots of great chat and really enjoyed your answers, they definitely made us smile. Thank you once again for being amazing. We’re back next Saturday at 6.30pm for our next Strictly Support Group. We hope you can join us then. Until then we’re jumping into the DeLorean and coming back to the present day that is the 27th April 2014.

Cassie/Marty McFly πŸ™‚

Smooth Sunday – We’re off somewhere beyond the sea!

We’ve treated you all to lots of holidays over the last few weeks from Chicago and New York to London and Rio! We’ve now even sneaked in a cheeky Cruise to somewhere beyond the sea (you lucky things!)

We’re not quite sure where that is, but it sounds pretty sparkly, exotic and in keeping with the feel of Strictly, so for today’s Smooth Sunday fix, we watched one of our favourite dances of Strictly 2013, Ashley and Ola’s amazing American Smooth.

This dance was great for a number of reasons:
1. It was suave, smooth and sophisticated.
2. It featured great choreography and beautiful lifts which we’re perfectly executed, especially since the dance was performed in Week 2!
3. Ashley had minimal practice in that week as he became a daddy again, and produced an impressive performance, despite limited hours of training.
4. We loved Ola’s dress and had another series case of dress envy.
5. Once again the music was amazing! We love the Strictly Band!

So here it is, just for you, Ashley and Ola’s American Smooth. We hope you enjoy being aboard our cruise ship for our short journey beyond the sea:

Bon voyage!

Cassie πŸ™‚

Samba Saturday – Grab Your Bags We’re Off To Rio!

We’ve booked a taxi to the airport and a return flight to Rio… Well almost. For today’s Samba Saturday we’re going back in time to 2006 to see the champion Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy’s traditional, gimmick-free and pure unadulterated Samba.

We love the theatricality of Strictly and really enjoy how props and themes are now part of the routines, but this Samba reminded us how brilliant choreography, great music and costuming can give just as good (if not better) an effect than a themed and staged dance with lots of props.

We loved this routine for several reasons:
1. Mark really came out of his shell (no he wasn’t a tortoise!) and performed in the Latin dances, especially this one.
2. Karen’s choreography was tricky but Mark mastered it and it was really hard to tell the celebrity from the professional.
3. The music and costuming we’re amazing! I want a pink tail now!
4. You know a dance is good when you see Mr Grumpy (Craig Revel-Horwood) bobbing along to the music!
And finally… 5. They captured the carnival atmosphere and it was just like being in Rio! They really did smile and take us to Rio!

So here it is just for you, Mark and Karen’s carnival of a Samba! We hope you have an amazing day!

We’d love to hear what you think of it. Tweet us @scd_support or comment below to let us know.

Don’t forget! We also have our Strictly Support Group chat at 6.30pm tonight. Follow us on twitter @scd_support and join in the fun! games and chat. We hope to see you there!

Cassie πŸ™‚

Foxtrot Friday – A Dance So Good We Can’t Take Our Eyes Off It!

For today’s Strictly Fix we decided to rewatch Susanna and Kevin’s adorable Foxtrot which left us feeling all warm and gooey inside, probably like a caramel chocolate in Kevin’s chocolate box.

We’ve had a challenging week and needed a dance to make us smile. Throughout Strictly 2013, this couple never failed to make us smile with their beautiful dancing as well as their endless energy and enthusiasm. All their dances can turn a frown upside down, reach your heart where nothing else can and are a pure tonic for the soul. If the Duracell bunny was human, he’d most definitely be these two.

We’ve chosen this foxtrot for several reasons:
1. We like chocolate and there was a big box of chocolates in the dance (nom!) 🍫
2. Kevin’s choreography was beautiful and Susanna danced it perfectly (we’d have given them four 10s if we were judging – take note Craig and Darcey!)πŸ’ƒ
3. Susanna’s dress was beautiful and gave us serious dress envy.πŸ’ƒ
4. The music was a classic crowd pleasing song which got us all singing along at home (and when we saw it on tour!)🎀
5. Susanna and Kevin’s reaction to their 10s had to be the sweetest ever reaction. They really did look like human Duracell bunnies!🐰
6. Kevin’s glasses – just one word, adorable!

So here it is just for you, a dance so good it’s too good to be true we can’t take our eyes of it! Susanna and Kevin’s fabulous and spellbinding foxtrot. It’ll definitely make you smile! πŸ˜€

We hope you enjoyed watching that dance and reading this post. Let us know what you think, either by commenting below or tweeting us @scd_support. We’d love to hear from you.

Cassie πŸ˜€

Throwback Thursday – Back to the 1920s

For today’s Throwback Thursday, we went back to the 1920s, we’ll not quite that far, to see this wonderful Charleston and Quickstep pro dance from Anton, Erin and the fabulous Swing Extreme.

This dance really transported us back in time and made us smile. The Charleston was an example of perfect synchronicity and just a sublime performance. Anton and Erin glided across the dance floor in their amazing quickstep. From watching this dance it’s clear to see why they are the king and queen of ballroom, and we hope to see Erin back this year too (Good luck with the baby, Erin! πŸ‘Ά.) Our only criticism, πŸ˜‰ we know Craig doesn’t have a 10 paddle, but Anton’s solo performance was definitely worthy of more than a 1, Erin. 😊

So here it is just for you, this sublime pro routine. We hope you enjoy watching it.

Cassie 😊