Category Archives: Dance

Our Dancing Town – Skipton (A Review)

Those of you who follow our blog will know we’ve been following a new series on BBC Two, called Our Dancing Town.

If you’ve watched Gareth Malone’s The Choir, this follows a similar pattern and follows West End Actor and Choreographer Steve Elias travel around Yorkshire to help this county show its essence through dance.

Tuesday night’s show was the turn of Skipton to shimmy and show us what it was made of! Skipton is a beautiful traditional farming town and it was clear they had a huge dance community and a passion for dance!

Where as last week Steve had struggled to find people to take part from Barnsley, the people of Skipton were right behind him and came in their hundreds (and possibly thousands) to create a dance capturing their essence.

Along the way we met three people with phenomenal dance talent. We met Alice, a student who had studied ballet, modern and tap but had not danced for some time, Elizabeth, a trained ballet dancer who had to give up dance due to illness and Barbara who used to dance Jive but had not danced since her husband died.

Steve not only managed to create what was a brilliant dance tribute to Skipton, but he also reunited the farmers and market traders who had lost touch with one another.

It was great once again to see another community come together in dance and work together to produce what was a wonderful flashmob style production on the streets of Skipton!

If you watched the show, we’d love to hear what you thought of it. Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hear from you. If you missed out, don’t fear, you can catch up on BBC iPlayer

Cassie 🙂

 

Our Dancing Town: Barnsley – A Review!

As Strictly Superfans, we search for Strictly signs everywhere. On Tuesday, we were pleasantly surprised when we switched on BBC Two to see a new programme called Our Dancing Town.

If you’ve ever seen Gareth Malone’s The Choir, this is the dance equivalent. It features choreographer and West End actor Steve Elias going on a tour of Yorkshire to create a flashmob style performance travelling through the streets of Yorkshire to embody the spirit of Yorkshire!

The first episode centred around the town of Barnsley and we saw Steve set out on his tour around Yorkshire trying to convince the locals to take part in his ambitious performance.

Barnsley has a strong history with the mining industry and glass factory and some of these industries were sceptical about performing a dance routine, but Steve soon turned them round to create something that captured the Barnsley fighting spirit perfectly.

The show introduced us to three remarkable people, Nick, Joan and Danny. Nick was Barnsley’s answer to Billy Elliott and had competed at Blackpool in dance competitions, studied ballet but ultimately chose to give it all up to work in his dad’s fish and chip shop. Joan had dreams of being one of the Bluebell Girls but sadly was unable to join them due to school work getting in the way and Danny who had a raw dance talent. It was lovely watching Nick and Joan whose love of dance shone through with every step they took. It just showed that you can stop dancing, but your love of dancing will never go away.

The whole show just made us feel all warm and fuzzy and made us remember how wonderful dance makes you feel! It also made us fall in love with the Barnsley-ites and their wonderful spirit and pride.

If you watched the show, we’d love to hear what you thought! If you missed the show, don’t fear, you can watch it on player using the following link!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b088pjyf/our-dancing-town-1-barnsley

Cassie 🙂

Strictly Support Group – The Election!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you probably know we are a week away from going to the polls for the General Election 2015!

Here at the Strictly Support Group, we love a poll to decide the answers to those tough questions and to crown an overall winner.

We’ve decided to launch our very own Strictly Support Group General Election! Over the next 7 days, we’ll show you some of our all-time favourite dances. Next Thursday we’ll give you all the chance to vote for your ultimate favourite. We’ll then reveal the winner and Prime Minister(s) of the Strictly Support Group!

Today, we’re watching Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev dance their first-class Quickstep! When we first saw this dance back in 2011 we loved it. The story-telling was great, the choreography even better and the dancing was magnificent! It made us want to sing, sing, sing, sing (and vote) from the rooftops it was that great. It even scored 36 points in week 4 of the competition and showed that these two were true contenders.

We loved it and hope you will too. Here are Chelsee and Pasha with their fab-u-lous first class quickstep:

Now you’ve seen that dance we’d love to hear what you thought of it. Tweet us @scd_support or comment below. Are you Team Chelsee and Pasha? What made them so great a partnership for you? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you.

We’ll be back tomorrow for the next candidate in our Strictly Support Group General Election!

Cassie

Returning Officer of the Strictly Support Group!

International Dance Day – A little fun to celebrate today!

It’s International Dance Day! A day to celebrate the wonderful art form that is dance. Strictly went around the world (in almost 80 days) last year with an Around the World Week, featuring a spectacular Bollywood performance followed by a Riverdance-inspired routine from our wonderful pros!

For a little fun today, we’re asking you to vote for the routine (of these two dances) which means the world to you. Watch the two routines below and then vote in the poll to choose your favourite.

We’ll reveal the overall winner tonight during our Strictly Support Group weekly quiz from 8pm

We did a little survey on Instagram earlier and this was the response from you beautiful, wonderful people:

  Get voting people! We also want to know the dance you feel represents the international day of dance best and your official international day of dance ambassador. Comment below or tweet us @scd_support with your suggestions.

From all at the Strictly Support Group, we wish you a very Happy International Dance Day!

Cassie 🙂

Foxtrot Friday – The Final Hurdle of our Commonwealth Games

So far this week we’ve seen 2 Quicksteps, a Tango, a Jive and a Viennese Waltz, but for today’s dance (the final event in our Strictly Commonwealth Games) we’re watching a magical foxtrot from 2012.

Today’s athlete is Victoria Pendleton, and we’re watching her Foxtrot with Brendan Cole. Although she wasn’t a natural dancer, her progress was amazing over the series. This dance oozed elegance and style. It wasn’t perfect, but she tried and looked like she was having fun, which is what Strictly is all about. We hope you enjoy watching this dance too:

So there we have all 6 of our sportspeople have danced and now we can start our poll. Just vote below for your favourite before 8pm tonight when we’ll have a medal ceremony and a ceremonial handing over of the baton to my lovely friend Cassie who’s back from her holidays today.

If you missed any of the dances this week, just click the links below to view them again:

https://strictlysupportgroup.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/throwback-thursday-a-sporting-treat-for-you-all/
https://strictlysupportgroup.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/wednesday-warm-ups-two-jives-to-relieve-your-hump-day-blues/
https://strictlysupportgroup.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/tango-tuesday-our-next-delightful-dance-from-one-of-our-strictly-sportsmen/
https://strictlysupportgroup.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/monday-memories-a-hop-quickstep-and-a-jump-for-one-of-our-athletes-from-the-strictly-archives/

Get voting for your favourites!

Serene 🙂

Strictly Support Group – Keeping Kids on their toes this summer!

Here at the Strictly Support Group, we know there are not only lots of grown-up Strictly fans but also some very young ones too! Young fans, who’ll soon be on their school holidays and claiming “mum, I’m bored!”

Well, fear not! We’ll be here with daily strictly fixes and fun to keep you occupied, but for the second of our special activities to keep the kids on their toes this summer, why not enrol them in a dance course!

There are lots of dance courses nationwide throughout the Summer. It’ll allow them to meet lots of new friends, have fun, learn a new skill and most importantly keep them smiling and active throughout the 6 week Summer Holiday. It’ll also give you mums and dads some peace and quiet for a little bit, whilst they tip-toeing across the dancefloor.

To find a dance course near you, visit
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=holiday+dance+clubs&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari#hl=en&q=school+holiday+dance+workshops+uk&safe=active.

If you’ve already enrolled your little dancing stars into a dance workshop, we’d love to hear what they think. Ask them to comment in the box below what they thought, or tweet us what they’re excited about and how they get on once they’ve been. We look forward to hearing from you.

Serene 🙂

A massive, humongous, glittery thank you to you all for being simply amazing!

Last week we finally reached 1000 followers on twitter. When we found out we were just a teensy bit excited, and reacted a little like this:

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We selected two fantastic winners for our prize but wanted to thank you all for your support over the last 5 months.

We cannot believe how quickly this page has grown and love being there to support you through the strictly and glitter drought between December and September. Your comments always make us smile. We love reading your tweets and our chats every week. We’ll always be here for you, but want to thank you for simply being amazing. Here’s a little artistic gift from us to you. We hope you like it!

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Once again, thank you all for your support. We really appreciate it. It really does make running the blog and twitter feed a sheer joy!

Cassie 😊

Introducing my lovely friend, a super strictly fan!

We’ve been a little preoccupied with an event and spending time together as a family over the last few days. Not wanting to deprive you lovely lot, I decided to hand the blog over for one day to the very safe hands of my best friend (and another Strictly Superfan) @serenepingu. She’s mad as a box of frogs, a bundle of energy and a little ray of sunshine. I love her to bits and fully trust her, so here are her thoughts about Strictly!

Hi! My name’s Serene and I’m a Strictly Addict. I can’t dance for toffee, but I’m like a magpie and gravitate towards anything glittery, sparkly and dance-related. Cassie entrusted me with writing posts, tweeting, taking pics and reviewing Flashmob yesterday so she could have a well deserved break in Scotland! All in all we had lots and lots of fun.

I was sent a little questionnaire before today to let you know a bit more about myself:

Name : Serene
Age : 29
Twitter Handle @serenepingu
Likes : Penguins, Strictly, Marshmallows, Glitter, Music and Haribo (together it’s a lethal combination – think roadrunner! – I’m very easily excitable!)
Dislikes : Snakes, Spiders, Fish and Coffee
Favourite Strictly Series all of them, I cannot possibly choose one.
Favourite strictly professionals: Kevin and Karen, such watchable dancers whose performances and technique are incredible. This dance shows that off perfectly, http://youtu.be/0-Uy5VVvmb8.
Favourite Ever Strictly Moment – Susanna and Kevin’s Showdance (neck of steel) *gets out the Kleenex, it could get emotional!*

Most memorable dance on Strictly for you – John and Kristina’s Paso Doble. It had us in stitches, very entertaining.

The tune that’ll make you get up and dance badly: Get Lucky! – Daft Punk
Favourite Dance Style on Strictly I love ballroom, especially Foxtrot and Quickstep, but love a good Salsa or Samba too.
Have you prepared for your big evening at Flashmob Tour? I met a new partner, he needs to improve his framea little:

20140529-014904-6544022.jpg I’ve also found lots of glitter and charged my phone up ready for the big night out.

Serene! Thank you for that insight into your likes and dislikes. Cannot wait to read your review and see your pictures too. I’m just a bit jealous, but we’ll see the show together soon. It seems a good time to introduce Serene, as she’ll be helping me with blog posts, tweets and the Strictly Support Group whenever we’re away. She’s a social media guru and all round good egg so will look after you, we promise.

Cassie and Serene 🙂

Lindy Hop Day – The Day With More Bounce Than The Easter Bunny

We are very very grateful to the world of dance at the moment. Not only does it make us smile and provide us with endless televisual treats in the cold winter months, but also it’s been providing us with some fantastic days as of late. Yesterday we had Tap Dance Day and today just so happens to be World Lindy Hop Day.

Yes, there is a day dedicated to this lively dance, which has more bounce than the Easter Bunny (sorry Bugs!) We have seen several professional Lindy Hops over the last 10 years on Strictly, however in the final of 2009, Chris Hollins, Ola Jordan, Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe performed Lindy Hop together on the dance floor. Its cheeky and fun nature along with tricks, lifts, jumps and spins makes it a real show stopper, so we’ve chosen to show it to you today for your daily Strictly Fix. We hope you enjoy it:

Now you’ve seen the dance, we’d love to hear what you thought of it. Tweet us @scd_support or comment in the box below. We’d love to hear from you.

We’ll also be hosting a Lindy Hop Day Chat from 7.30pm tonight. Join us on twitter @scd_support to take part.

Look forward to hearing from you then.

Cassie 😊

Tap Dance Day – A Strictly Take On The Day’s Events

Believe it or not, today isTap Dance Day! Yes, there really is a day dedicated to this form of dance!

In a change to our usual Smooth Sunday fix, we chose a dance incorporating tap dance, lifts, spins, ballroom and the everything imaginable from the world of dance. It even had a pole in it!

For today’s Strictly Fix, we’re watching the wonderful showdance from Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev. *jazz hands and shuffles* This dance had flair, panache, fabulous dancing, lifts, tricks, a wonderful tap dance sequence….the list goes on! It’s safe to say we loved it and it is one of our favourite show dances of all time (along with Susanna and Kevin’s gorgeous dance which made our eyes ever so slightly very leaky.)

Here it is just for you to wish you a Happy International Tap Dancing Day, Natalie and Artem’s divine Showdance!

We hope you enjoyed watching that dance. Tweet us what you thought of it @scd_support. We’d love to hear from you.

Cassie 🙂