Strictly Support Group – An International Dance Day Chat

Yesterday was International Dance Day and tonight’s Strictly Support Group had a true international feel! We hosted an International Dance Day chat and went around the world in 80 days minutes with you (our wonderful followers on Twitter.)

We began our chat by asking you:

If you could pick a dance style which best sums up International Dance Day what would it be and why?

Strictly has become a worldwide phenomenon and popular across the globe. For our next question we asked this:

We know that Strictly in the UK is the best version of our favourite show, but if you could see any other version of Strictly which one would you want to see and why?

For our next question we asked “If you could see a world dance Style on Strictly 2016 what would it be?” You overwhelmingly voted for this dance! 

We agree 100% and are even starting a campaign to #bringbollywoodback

For our next question we asked: If you could pick any one dance to represent the UK in an International Dance Day dance-off what would it be and why?

Here are some of your fab-u-lous suggestions:

For our penultimate question we asked you to tell us The Strictly Pro you would name International Dance Day ambassador and why?

Here are some of your uh-may-zing suggestions:

For our final question, we asked you to tell us: The Strictly celebrity who would be your International Dance Day ambassador and why?

https://twitter.com/thengp12/status/726499361102946304

https://twitter.com/normaamies/status/726501532288569345

That ended tonight’s chat. Thank you all for taking part. We hope you enjoyed it. We’re back on Wednesday from 8pm for our weekly quiz. We hope to see you then.

If you didn’t get a chance to take part in tonight’s chat, don’t fear! You can still join in by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – Strictly Come Dreaming (part 2)

What do Craig Revel Horwood, Kara Tointon, A Lift and Pudsey the Dog have in common? Well, they were all in my dream last night. For those of you who follow my blog, you probably know that I have my fair share of bizarre and peculiar dreams. Take This for example!

Last night I had, yet another surreal Strictly dream. It could have been my eagerness to learn which professional dancers would be appearing on the show but it became a bit of a peculiar dream about Strictly 2016.

Firstly, former champions Kara Tointon and Harry Judd returned to the dancefloor, not as dancers this time, but as professionals! They were invited to dance on the show and got to teach some special members of the Strictly family to dance. Harry was partnered with Tess (who looked far too tall next to him) and Kara was partnered with Craig Revel-Horwood who was judged from the other side of the judges desk.


Things quickly became weirder as I realised that all the couples were dancing in a lift! No not performing aerial tricks, but they were performing dances in glass lifts! It was Strictly – The Lift Special. Judging them alongside the other judges was my lovely daughter Bella who was as “impartial” as she could be. She gave Craig a 2 because he was mean to her favourites last year!

You’re not dreaming! Craig really is holding up a 10 paddle.

Things went from the sublime to the ridiculous when the lovely Karen Hauer was partnered by Pudsey the dog (who won Britain’s Got Talent!) My daughter gave them a 10 of course, because in her words they were pawsome!


The dance-off was an even weirder event as the saved couples were lifted up to the roof for the next week where they were treated to fireworks and a cloud of sequins. The eliminated couple (which were Craig and Kara) were left stuck in the lift for 2 days! 

My dream ended quite abruptly as I was told to eat a sequin in order to be part of week 2’s cast!

Well that is my bizarre Strictly dream. Have you had a bizarre Strictly dream too? Let us know by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

DNA Day – Is Dancing Strictly in our Genes?

Today is DNA Day, the day that commemorates the discovery of DNA by James Crick and Francis Watson. DNA defines who we are as people and we have a hunch (albeit a non-scientific one) that us Strictly fans have super Glittery DNA. 

My Daughter Bella loves Strictly and dancing. At her age, I was a very shy and quiet 6 year old who would have been filled with dread at the prospect of performing in front of an audience. Strictly has inspired her to take up dancing and has helped her become a confident performer. Over the weekend I was lucky enough to watch her perform in a Flamenco showcase after her class, with her grandma (my mum.) Something my mum said to me, whilst we were watching her perform got me thinking, she told me “she definitely gets the dancing gene from her great-grandma!” 

My grandma loved dancing. She even met my grandad at a dancing class. I’ve always loved watching dancing, but have never been that great a dancer (my husband always needs steel capped boots when I dance with him!) Bella obviously gets her love of dancing and her ability to dance from somewhere. So, is dancing “strictly” in our genes?

Strictly Come Dancing showcases some of the best professional dancers in the world, two of whom happen to be siblings (Kevin and Joanne Clifton.) Their parents, Keith and Judy Clifton were World Champion Latin American Dancers, so it is possible that they got the dancing bug from watching their parents dance. Practice makes perfect, but it could also be said that they inherited the dance ability from their parents.

A study by Professor Richard Ebstein at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem last year showed that dancers showed certain unique genetic and personality characteristics. In fact, professional dancers have a genetic advantage over the rest of us when it comes to dancing ability. According to the study, “dancers are born to dance. They have an genetically enhanced need and ability to communicate with others and a spiritual side to their natures which enable them not only to feel the music but also to communicate that feeling to others via dance.” So it looks like dancing may well be in our genes.

When I think about key moments growing up, I remember my mum taking me to my very first ballet class at the age of 4. She wanted me to learn to dance, as she did my sisters. I was mesmerised by the pretty pink outfits and tried to look graceful, but in all honesty I had the grace of a baby hippopotamus. I gave up when I was 11 but my younger sister who was also taken to ballet lessons, loved it and still dances to this day for fun. Mum wanted us to enjoy dancing, which we both do, and wanted to us to learn a skill, which we both did (one somewhat more than the other.)

For the first couple of years of her life, Bella was oblivious to Strictly Come Dancing, but one evening, decided to join mummy and daddy on the sofa to watch the show. Within a few minutes, she was enchanted by a magical world filled with sequins, pretty dresses, and dancing. She told me “I like this. Can I dance like them too?” I quickly got her enrolled into a ballet class and over the last 2 and a bit years, have watched her grow in confidence, make friends and learn a skill. She has become a beautiful ballerina and loves dancing. I love watching her and as a parent, it is the best feeling ever seeing your child doing something they love. Although I may not be the most graceful dancer, and Bella certainly didn’t get her dancing ability from me, I think I have nurtured and helped her grow into a dancer.

When we watch Strictly Come Dancing, you see people who have never learnt to dance turn into brilliant dancers. Some have natural rhythm and some manage to succeed through sheer grit and perseverance. Over the  years we have seen many contestants who have surprised us, take for instance Lisa Riley. Who can forget Craig Revel Horwood declaring “darling, you can dance!”after her Cha Cha Cha in week 1? It was easy to see that she loved dancing and had a brilliant rapport with Robin Windsor. She also have natural rhythm which helped her in her Strictly journey. Also, cast your mind back to 2005 when Darren Gough lifted the Strictly Come Dancing trophy. He grew from being described as “Stompy” by Craig Revel Horwood in week 1, to being crowned King of the Ballroom. Yes, he was being taught by one of the best teachers in the world, but his victory would not have been achieved had he not put the hours of training in.

Dancing ability may well be in our genes, but it also can be a case of nurture rather than nature. Practice really does make perfect, but also having a passion can take you as far as you want to go. What do you think? Is dancing in our genes or do you think upbringing has a lot to do with it? Let us know by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 

Strictly Support Group does Inventors Month!

Here at the Strictly Support Group, we like to think of ourselves as being crazy and inventive! Being normal is boring and if we were scientists we would conduct our experiments in a sparkly environment like this (without the spiders, bats and crows!):

 
This month has been Inventors’ month! So as a little fun today we asked you this:

If you could invent a gadget to enhance Strictly, what would it be and what would it do?

We had some brilliant suggestions from you all! Here are some of our favourites:

It’d seem Mr Revel-Horwood likes this idea a little more than we thought he would. *writes to the Strictly producers to make it part of the set for this next series.*

We think these ideas are all fab-u-lous and they certainly made us smile this afternoon. Strictly is truly fab-u-lous and in our eyes keeps getting better and better. If you can think of any other ideas or inventions, just let us know. You can tweet @scd_support or comment below to let us know. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 

Crazy Inventor and Strictly Support Group Minder-Extraordinaire! 

Strictly Support Group – A Marathon Themed Chat

Tomorrow, lots of very brave people will tackle the 26.2 mile course as they run The London Marathon! As a Marathon runner myself, I wish all those running the race lots of luck. Strictly Come Dancing is a little bit like a marathon; it requires lots of training, stamina and practise. It is also a long journey from start to finish. As Strictly is so much like a marathon, tonight we hosted a marathon-themed chat!

We stocked up on lucozade, and donned sparkly sweatbands and leg warmers like these two:  

We then began our chat by asking this question:

A marathon is 26.2 miles long! Like Strictly, it tests even the strongest of runners. Whose time on Strictly has been as much of a struggle as a marathon and why? We had some brilliant suggestions like these:

We then moved on our chat to ask which Strictly dance would fit best in a marathon and why? Here are some of your brilliant suggestions:

https://twitter.com/tufty1985/status/723943025290915840

We then asked you to tell us the performance which was most deserving of a marathon medal! Here are your ideas in playlist form:

For our next question we asked you this. Many athletes/sportspeople have competed on Strictly and/or run the London Marathon. Which Sportsperson would you like to see competing on Strictly 2016? Here are your wonderful suggestions:

For our penultimate question we asked what’s the longest you’ve travelled in honour of Strictly? We had two people who have travelled the world (and the seven seas) in honour of Strictly Come Dancing. Here is the proof:

If you have travelled further than these two sparkly jet setters, let us know! We’d love to hear from you.

Our final question was this Of all the people on Strictly who do you think would beat the competition in a marathon and why? Here were your suggestions:

And with that question we reached the finish line and the end of our Marathon themed chat. Thank you all for taking part. If you were pipped to the post and missed tonight’s chat, don’t fear! You can still join in by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Good luck to all those running in the London Marathon! We’re back on Tuesday from 8pm for our weekly quiz. We hope to see you then.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – πŸ’πŸ°πŸ’ A Springtime Chat πŸ’πŸ°πŸ’

 Spring has well and truly sprung, so tonight we hosted a Spring themed Strictly Support Group!

We sprung into action by asking you this question:

Which Strictly moment most reminds you of Springtime? Here are your answers in a sparkly Playlist form:

If you can think of any other dances to add to this, just let us know. You can tweet us @scd_support or comment below to let us know. We look forward to hearing your suggestions.

For our second question, we moved on to ask which Strictly moment made you Spring into action/gave you a spring in your step? Here are some of your fab-u-lous suggestions:

https://twitter.com/tufty1985/status/718868655946272768

We then moved our question on to ask this:

We love watching flowers come into bloom at this time of year. Who on Strictly and which moments on Strictly do you think are blooming lovely and why? 

Here are some of your brilliant suggestions:

For our next question, we asked you to tell us the moments that have made you a bit emosh and blub like an April shower! Here are some of your glitterbox of tissue deserving answers:

For our next question, we asked you to tell us the moments or people on Strictly who have been a breath of fresh air for you and what made them so refreshing! Here are your suggestions:

For our final question of the night, as we suffer from terrible Hayfever, we asked you to tell us the moments that have left you feeling feverish and hot under the collar! Here are your fab-u-lous answers:

That ended tonight’s chat! Thank you all who took part. We hope you all enjoyed it. If you didn’t get a chance to take part, fear not! You can still take part by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below with your answers to our questions. We look forward  to hearing from you soon.

We’re back on the 20th April for our next quiz! We hope to see you then.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – Bella Takes Over (For One Night Only!)Β 

Today, my super Strictly fan, Bella turned 6! For those of you who’ve read this blog in the past, you’ll know she’s the smallest biggest Strictly fan I know.

Tonight, I let her take over our Strictly Support Group for One Night Only. She hosted her birthday chat. We have a feeling a certain judge was grumpy (no surprises there!) Sorry Craig, if your cake didn’t reach you in one piece. You can’t trust Carrier Pigeons these days.

  

She began her chat by asking this question:

Being six is super and awesome, just like Superheroes. Who are your Strictly Superheroes and what makes them heroes in your opinion?

  

For Bella, there are 3 superheroes on Strictly, The Cliftons (AKA The Three Strictly Musketeers!) She thinks they are awesome. They have inspired her to learn to dance and in her words “they are superdancers with magical dancing superpowers.” Here are some of her favourite answers of the night:

Being six is super sweet and awesome too! Bella then asked you to tell her your six super sweet moments. Here they are in playlist form:

If you can think of any other dances to add to this, please let us know and we’ll make sure they’re added as quickly as possible.

Bella was well and truly spoilt rotten today for her birthday. She got a real unicorn and lots of sparkly gifts. She asked you to tell her what your dream Strictly related birthday present would be. Here were some of her favourite answers:

https://twitter.com/thengp12/status/716340062259122176 

For her next question Bella made a wish. She cut into her unicorn cake and wished that she’d be on Strictly this year! She then asked you to tell her what your wishes for Strictly 2016 would be. Here are some of her favourite answers:

We know that Strictly 2016 will be even more Fab-u-lous than Strictly 2015.

Bella did create the Get the Glitterball to Grimsby Campaign! Hopefully this year it will succeed. *Crosses fingers, legs and toes*

Yesterday, at her party, Bella ate lots of yummy food (including sparkly unicorn cake – with edible glitter!) She asked you for her final question to tell her which snacks remind you most  of Strictly and why? Here are some of the best answers:

After all that chatting, my little Bella was very tired, as it was past her bedtime! She did mummy proud this evening and she says thanks you to everyone who took part in her chat. We hope you enjoyed it.

We’re back on Wednesday from 8pm for our weekly quiz. We hope to see you then!

Cassie and Birthday Girl Bella!