Au Revoir Sunetra and Brendan

Tonight Team Brenetra were given a one way ticket home, when they were voted out of Strictly 2014.

Over the last 10 weeks, Sunetra’s progress, enthusiasm and joy in every dance have made us smile and we think she’ll have persuaded many ladies to take up dancing. Sunetra has been a true star and has shone in every performance. She has really grown on her journey which has taken her right around the world of dance.

Brendan’s choreography has suited Sunetra to a tee and his teaching has been brilliant.

We will miss seeing this couple on the show and would love this post to become a tribute to them. Just comment below and we’ll make sure they see your messages.

Here are their best bits:

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Cassie 🙂

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Smooth Sunday – A Dance Straight from the Big Apple.

Last night we saw our magnificent seven travel around the world for a wonderful show. We were once again truly amazed by the quality of dancing and choreography and it’ll be very hard to say goodbye to any of our couples tonight.

We wanted to continue the around the world theme for a little bit longer, so have chosen to show you one of our favourite worldwide American Smooths. We’ve chosen Michael Vaughan and Natalie Lowe’s American Smooth from New York, New York. This dance was so good, they named it twice.

In a few weeks’ time we’ll be jetting across the Atlantic to spend time with family and we cannot wait.

This performance never fails to make us smile and takes us back to our trip across the pond earlier this year.

The choreography was gorgeous and the dance itself was full of the old-school Hollywood Glamour. We loved the Music and the staging too. Natalie’s dress also gave us serious dress envy. Although it didn’t score the highest score on the night, Michael’s improvement in his dancing was visible and we really loved this dance.

We hope you’ve enjoyed your little trip to the Big Apple. As a little postcard memory, here is Michael and Natalie’s gorgeous and glamorous American Smooth:

We’d love to hear what you thought of this dance. Tweet us @scd_support, comment and like us on Facebook or comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

Cassie 🙂

Strictly come dance books

Some great reads for us strictly fans.

Leeds Reads

Get in the mood for Strictly’s final stages with books on all the judges or some nice fiction featuring Strictly lovedance

Len Goodman’s Dancing around Britain – Len takes a trip through early dance styles and trends while exploring the social impact on people’s daily lives, from the fashion and music to a familiar weekend rite of passage he remembers fondly, plucking up the courage for that ‘tap on the shoulder’. This story follows Len on a personal journey around Britain sharing his dance hall memories in his own unique style and featuring rare and unseen images from the millions of images in the Daily Mirror’s historic archives.

More Like This Darcey Bussell: a celebration by Clive Burton – A lavish tribute to Darcey Bussell capturing special moments – on and off stage.

The ballroom class Strictly shimmer: the novel by Amanda Roberts -Amanda Roberts is a production runner on the set of…

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Strictly Come Dancing 12 – Week 10 Performance Summary

The mighty mighty Monk Seal

INDIA! – The opening pro-dance is a Bollywood Number which manages to not be to Jai Ho for about 30 seconds then just gives in to the weight of gravity and Jai Hos all over the place with extra Jai Hos for dessert. JAI HO.

NETHERLANDS! – Pixie and Trent dance a DUTCHINESE WALTZ, whirling around with clogs, tulips and windmills and yet again Pixie is the star of the show whilst Trent farts around at the back with some Dutch boys. This feels…even less explicable in a ballroom dance than it did last week in a “latin”.

USA! – Mark and Karen are in Las Vegas with strippers (Mark) and showgirls (everyone else) for a YANKEE SALSA to Elvis Presley where Mark just does his In Da Club sex moves to camera for 90 seconds and we all discover why in that context he is Marky No-Moves.

BRAZIL! –…

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Article: Frankie Bridge reveals funny videos of her son Parker keep her motivated in rehearsals

Kevin Clifton Fans

The Saturdays member has her husband Wayne Bridge give her daily updates of the one-year-old

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Writing in her column for OK! magazine, she said: “During the particularly stressful weeks on Strictly, Wayne has a trick to get me through – he sends me a daily video and picture updates of Parker.

“He sent me a hilarious one of Parker eating his breakfast and then putting his face into the bowl while laughing his head off.

“Whenever I’m feeling crap about the dance, those videos always make me happy and I know I’m going to be alright – it’s just a shame Kevin has to watch them all too!”

The mum-of-one also wrote about her excitement for taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing tour.

Videos of her son Parker make her smile [Frankie Bridge/ Instagram]Videos of her son Parker make her smile [Frankie Bridge/ Instagram]

She said: “The decision to do…

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Strictly 2014 – Week 10 Performance Review

Tonight Strictly took us on a magical mystery tour around the world with some amazing and delightful dances. The show kicked off with an impressive and spectacular Bollywood routine. We’d waited many years for this, and it didn’t disappoint. Credit to our amazing professional dancers, the choreographers and backing dancers who did a wonderful job.

We then had a hat wearing contest between our judges. We loved Len in his beret and would like you to vote for your favourite hat wearing judge. Just vote below to decide who won it for you:

First up were Pixie and Trent with an adorable floral Viennese Waltz straight from the tulip fields of Amsterdam. We loved it and it made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. We awarded them a 10/10, even if a cameraman did try to steal their limelight. The dance reminded us of a Disney Princess and her Prince Charming twirling and lighting up the ballroom floor. We awarded them a 10/10. Our judges gave them 38/40.

Next up were Mark and Karen with a Vegas-inspired Salsa. Once again, Karen had our favourite costume of the night. For us, it was a fun routine full of party spirit and Mark’s hips can move! We really enjoyed it and for us we awarded them a 9/10. Some of our judges (Craig!) were extra grumpy (we think he may have had a spot of jet-lag flying to the states.) as they awarded them 32/40.

Sunetra and Brendan then took us to Brazil for a Rumba which was soft and elegant. Sunetra’s dress and arms were beautiful. Although not technically perfect, Rumba is hard and she did a good job. We were also slightly jealous of the fact she got to dance with 3 hot men (including Brendan in very tight (Anton’s) trousers!) We awarded her a 7/10. Our judges gave her 27/40.

We were then whisked back across the Atlantic and off to Turkey for a Delight of a Charleston from Pasha and Caroline. This dance was brilliant. They were in perfect synchronicity, it had amazing choreography, music and beautiful dancing. It was flawless and delightful. We gave them a 10/10. Mr Grumpy only gave them an 9, but they still earned the highest score of the competition (Donny week excluded) with 39/40.

Simon and Kristina then performed a gorgeous, romantic, soft and elegant Waltz which left us feeling a little weepy. It was pure dancing which made us, smile, cry and want to join in. Kristina’s reaction to her 10s was the best thing ever. It showed pure dancing (with some help from snow) can get you top marks. We loved this dance and for us, we gave them a 9/10. Our judges gave them 38/40.

Frankie and Kevin wizzed us back across to the States for a Rad surfing-inspired Jive, which was truly fabulous. It was fast, fun and fantastic! We gave them a 10/10 (even though my 4 year old didn’t like Kevin’s shirt) and our judges gave them 36/40.

Our final couple to take to the floor with a Greek (yes Greek) inspired Argentine Tango were Jake and Janette. We thought they coped with the theme very well, but think nerves got the better of them. For us we awarded them a 7/10. Our judges gave them 27/40 which prompted my husband to say “someone hit Craig over the head with a plate!” (No judges were harmed in the making of this post!)

All in all, tonight was a brilliant, fun, fabulous night. We especially liked the globe glitterball on the opening titles, so credit to the Strictly graphics department. Who were your favourites? Vote in the poll below and we’ll reveal the results tomorrow evening before our results show chat:

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Cassie

Samba and Salsa Saturday – A Birthday Treat For a Very Special Lady (@StrictlyLucy2)

As you all know by now, Saturday is not just Strictly Day, but also Samba and Salsa Saturday. These dances are the perfect way to celebrate the start of the weekend and any special occasion.

Today is the lovely Denise’s (@strictlylucy2) birthday. As we’re super polite, we’d never reveal how old a lady is, but we hope she has a fantastic day. She’s helped us out a lot over the last year and for that we’re very greatful. As it is her special day, we asked her to name her favourite Samba and Salsa routine, to help her celebrate.

For her favourite Samba she’s chosen Zoe Ball and Ian Waite’s Samba. She’s chosen this dance as it’s “what samba is all about – having fun. Zoe & Ian looked like they were having a ball. No pun intended” We agree! This dance was sensational and Zoe brought her dress to life! The music was great, the choreography fabulous and the dancing was fit for a space on the Rio Carnival. We loved it just as much. Here are Zoe and Ian with their Samba:

For her Salsa, Denise chose Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy’s Hip-Shaking Shimmying Salsa. She says “It was Hot. Mark was quite a shy character and that dance did something to him. He just came out of his shell performing.” This dance really showed Mark as a contender. Despite a wardrobe malfunction, he showed his fighting spirit wanting to do his best. Karen’s Choreography was pure fun and the dancing made us want to get up on our feet and dance at home. We loved it and hope you do too. Here are Mark and Karen with their Salsa:

Denise, we hope you have a wonderful day and all your birthday wishes come true. Thank you for all your support with our page over the last year, we really appreciate it.

If you have a birthday or special occasion coming up soon, let us know. You can tweet us @scd_support, comment below or on our facebook page, and we’ll make your birthday dreams come true. If you want it to be a surprise, DM us or private message us and we’ll make your Strictly Birthday wish come true.

Cassie 🙂

Foxtrot Friday – A Trip To The Big Apple 🗽🇺🇸🚕🇺🇸🌃

As it’s Around the World Week on Strictly today we’re jetting you off to New York to watch a fabulous Foxtrot. We’re also taking you back in time to 2005 too. Eat your heart out Doctor Who!

For our Foxtrot Friday fix, today we’re watching Colin Jackson and Erin Boag’s wonderful dance to Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York.

Colin and Erin were one of our favourite couples of Series 3, and Colin’s transformation from Athlete to Ballroom Dancer was seamless. As a very well-matched pairing these two had a very long journey, making it all the way to the final (hurdle) and we loved watching them dance.

Colin’s technical dancing and performance were brilliant and Erin’s choreography suited him down to a tee! This dance made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside and sums up everything we love about the Foxtrot. We hope you enjoy it too. Here is Erin and Colin’s floaty, dreamy foxtrot:

We’d love to hear what you thought of it. Tweet us @scd_support or comment in the box below. You can also like, comment and share on our facebook page. We’d love to hear from you.

Cassie 🙂