This weekend, we’ve ditched the Samba and Salsa and turned it into *clenches teeth and grabs hold of teddy bear in fear* Spooky Saturday! In honour of Strictly’s Halloween special, we’ve dedicated a post to revealing our top 10 Halloween inspired dances.
10. Thriller Group Routine (2012)
No Halloween list would be complete without the obligatory Thriller performance! We love group routines and this one is one of our favourites (partly because we could dance along at home!) The pros and celebrities all looked fierce and we’d have been terrified if we’d saw them on Halloween!
9. Hairy Biker Dave and Karen’s Jive (2013)
Although he wasn’t technically the best dancer, this is a truly memorable routine in my household. My 4 year old loved it, as (in her words) “Dave looked like a Panda!” 🐼 Karen choreographed this to play to Dave’s strengths and his performance was brilliant. He truly did the Monster Mash and it was not just a Graveyard Smash, but a smash with the viewing public at home!
8. Holly and Artem’s American Smooth (2011)
This wasn’t very Halloween themed, but Artem’s balletic choreography was unique and fitted in perfectly with the Swan Lake theme. It was a truly memorable routine which we loved and it’ll certainly go down in history as one of our favourite ever Halloween routines.
7. Kimberley and Pasha’s Pasha Doble (2012)
As you know from last week, we love a good Pasha Doble! The red riding hood concept behind this dance was brilliant, and Pasha definitely made an adorable wolf! The choreography was challenging and Kimberley performed it brilliantly. It was powerful, passionate and perfect for the Halloween show.
6. Time Warp Routine (2013)
Let’s just embrace the madness that is Halloween for a moment and pay tribute to this fantastic dance! It was completely crazy, but Strictly does crazy in such a way it is brilliant and we love it. Combining all our celebrities, pro dancers and judges on the floor at the same time was a brilliant idea. The choreography once again could be followed along at home making us feel part of the show and extra special! What more could you ask for on a Saturday?
5. Susanna and Kevin’s Charleston (2013)
Kevin as a werewolf was worth paying the TV licence alone! Enough said. On a more serious note, this dance was pure brilliance. Kevin’s choreography was challenging and Susanna performed it amazingly. Even though she managed to get away with not wearing a Halloween disguise we loved it. It was so expressive, so much fun and pure exuberance which only Strictly can do.
4. Strictly Professionals Routine to Toxic (2012)
Imagine being transported to a Halloween Masquerade Ball and this is what you get, a powerful dance with amazing costumes! We love a good bit of Britney, so whoever choreographed this dance gets extra brownie points from us! We loved it and it features all our favourite professional dancers!
3. Harry and Aliona’s Tango (2011)
What do you get when you give a drummer a pair of fangs and some amazing choreography? A vampire tango! We loved this dance and Aliona’s choreography played to Harry’s strengths. The dance was rhythmical, sharp and expertly performed. We loved the maskography and for us it’s in our top 3 routines.
2. Patrick and Anya’s Quickstep (2013)
Being in the dance-off brought this celebrity to life and his Halloween quickstep opened up last year’s show with a bang. Anya’s choreography was intense and Patrick danced the steps perfectly. For us, it was our favourite dance of last year’s Halloween show, followed closely by the werewolf Charleston.
1. Louis and Flavia’s Zombie Tango (2012)
For us nothing says Halloween better than this dance. A graveyard Tango full of delights. Flavia choreographed an impressive Tango routine which Louis performed perfectly (whilst being a zombie!) The dance had plenty of attack and we loved it. It is our all-time favourite Halloween performance!
Now you’ve heard our top ten, we’d love to hear what your favourite routines are. Comment below or tweet us @scd_support. We look forward to hearing from you!