The Countdown To Strictly Challenge – Day 8

It’s Day 8 of our Countdown to Strictly challenge and today we’re reliving our favourite Waltz of 2016.

When we say the word Waltz, one dance from last year’s Strictly springs to mind, and that’s Daisy and Aljaz’s unforgettable first dance.

It was one of those magical princess moments which made us feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. It may have even moved some of us to tears *grabs her kleenex in preparation* It showed us the genuine chemistry between this couple and their beautiful and wonderful friendship.

If you missed it earlier, here are Daisy and Aljaz with their wonderful Waltz.

We’d love to hear your favourite waltz from 2016. Comment below or tweet @scd_support to let us know!

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Countdown to Strictly – Day 7

It’s Day 7 of our Countdown to Strictly, and earlier on our Twitter Feed, we shared our favourite Cha Cha Cha of 2016.

Yes, we had the Cha Cha Challenge, but the Cha Cha Cha which really wowed us was Danny and Oti’s Week 1 Dance.

From the moment Danny stepped onto the floor, we knew he had the potential to go all the way, and this dance was so good, it had us wondering who was the pro and who the celeb. His timing was perfect, the choreography and performance were exceptional.

We loved it and it set Danny and Oti as one of our favourites in 2016!

In case you missed the dance earlier, here are Danny and Oti with their wonderful Cha Cha Cha

We’d love to hear your favourite Cha Cha Cha of 2016. Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

The Countdown To Strictly Challenge – Day 6

We love nothing more than a showdance. They are the moments which can decide the winner of a series.

Today, as part of our Countdown to Strictly challenge, we’re watching our favourite Showdance of 2016, Ore and Joanne’s beautiful ballroom dance.

Joanne was World Ballroom showdance champion, and watching this dance and her choreography it’s easy to see why.

The dance evoked everything we love about old hollywood glamour and had a true Gene Kelly feel about it. It was elegant whilst being entertaining and fun!

It took risks (with a giant set of drums) and made us want to get up and dance at home.

If you missed it earlier, here are Ore and Joanne with their brilliant showdance:

We’d love to hear your favourite Showdance of 2016. If you haven’t already done so, tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly News At Ten-ish – Day 5

It’s the end of the first week of Strictly Pro Rehearsals and it would seem that things have gone swimmingly (without any swimming whatsoever!)

Earlier today we had this lovely group shot of the pros:

As well as dancing, our pros have been resting too:

We also saw that one of our new pros is settling into the Strictly family very well too:

We also had some exciting news which is this….

Strictly is officially on its way! We cannot wait but are pretty sure the 1st celebrity will be a yoof! Who do you think it’ll be?

Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

That’s it for the first week. We’re back on Monday for our next bulletin. Hope you can join us then! 

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

The Countdown To Strictly Challenge – Day 5

For those of you who follow us on Social Media, you’ll know, for the next month, we’ll be counting down to Strictly 2017, by reminiscing over some of our favourite Strictly moments from the past 12 months.

Today, we shared our favourite Perfect 10 Dance. There were many fantastic dances that scored a perfect 40, but today we’ve had to choose Danny and Oti’s Showdance. My 7 year old called it “the one where Oti flew and they did lots of Somersaults!”

For us, it reminded us of Oti’s wonderful choreography throughout last series and was like no other showdance we’d ever seen. It was daring and in some places death-defying! It really did impress us. In our eyes it was a moment of pure perfection. If you missed it earlier, here are Danny and Oti with their showdance:

We’d love to hear if you also loved this dance. If not, what was your favourite perfect dance of 2016? Comment below, tweet @scd_support or just holler to let us know!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly 2017 – Strictly News at Ten-ish – Day 4

It’s Day 4 of Pro Rehearsals and this morning we woke to some very exciting news.

First, we learnt that the announcement for the first Celebrity of 2017 is fast approaching:

https://twitter.com/elliot_gonzalez/status/892993203133181952

We also had 2 pieces of baby news from a former Strictly Pro as well as news from the Reigning Strictly Champ *gets very broody*

https://twitter.com/hellomag/status/893095414504861698

In the rehearsal rooms there were some strange goings on with post-it notes πŸ€”

And we also learnt that the pros were (as always) best of friends:

Even if one of them does use his instagram specs a lot:

(Nice sneaky filming there Neil!) 😝

That ends tonight’s bulletin. We’ll be back tomorrow night for another news bulletin. We hope to see you then.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group Reviews – Gala For Grenfell

Acts of kindness never fail to touch and move us. In the light of the Grenfell Tower Disaster when we heard that Arlene Phillips had organised a dance related fundraiser we were moved to tears. We’re currently in Italy (or as my 7 year old calls it Gioland) so were unable to attend the Gala For Grenfell on Sunday night. 

Alison, @cakegenie (who not only creates wonderful cakes but writes wonderful reviews too) was there and agreed to review the event for us. Here is a review in her own words:

GALA FOR GRENFELL REVIEW

On Sunday night, Arlene Phillips did something amazing, for a cause close to my heart.

She brought together, at the Adelphi Theatre, London, many of the biggest names from the dance world, including Sir Matthew Bourne & company, Drew McOnie, Ballet Rambert, & also Strictly’s own Anton, Giovanni, Luba, Katya, Neil, Oti, Judge Rinder & Champion Ore, to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

So many dance forms were included – Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, as well as Ballroom & Latin, from world renowned dancers & choreographers.

Giovanni & Luba opened the show, dancing to Un Giorno, a beautiful routine which set the evening up perfectly. Neil & Katya (just off the plane from Miami !) danced to β€˜People Help The People’, an incredibly emotional performance, and Ore & Oti had the audience clapping along & left everyone smiling with a fantastic Jive to β€˜Happy’. I’d like to say a big thank you to these guys for giving up their time to perform.

It really was a top-class night of dance, & Arlene & her team deserve a β€˜10’ (really more like a 15 !) for organising this event.

My only complaint is – no routine from Anton ! If he was just missing a partner, I’d have stepped in for a cheeky little Foxtrot !

Thank you Alison. So that’s what Alison thought of what sounds like a wonderful and emotional show. If you were also there, we’d love to hear what you thought of the show. Tweet us @scd_support or comment below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

The Countdown To Strictly Challenge – Day 4

It’s Day 4 of our Countdown to Strictly Challenge and today we’re sharing one of our favourite Breakthrough Dances. There are moments where during a couple’s journey everything clicks into place and their performance wows us!

Today’s performance did just that. Earlier, we watched Louise & Kevin’s Awesome Argentine Tango.

For many weeks Louise had shown she had the skills to be a brilliant dancer, but with this dance she came out and wowed us (and the judges) achieving her highest score to date – including 2 10s from the judges.

We love the Argentine Tango, and Kevin’s choreography challenged Louise. In fact, it allowed us to see a whole new side to her as a performer and we were impressed.

In case you missed it earlier, here are Louise and Kevin with their brilliant Argentine Tango:

We’d love to hear your favourite Breakthrough Dance of 2016. Comment below or tweet @scd_support to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly 2017 – News at Ten-ish – Day 3

It’s Day3 of the Pro Rehearsals and today we had the first group photo of our Pro Dancers looking truly fab-u-lous:

There has been much excitement and what seems to be a reunion (of the 3 musketeers and Gorka) taking place in Pro Rehearsals:

We’ve also had wedding gifts for our newlyweds:

There has been celebration after rehearsals too (and they sure deserve it after a day full of dancing:)

That ends tonight’s bulletin! We’re back tomorrow for another News at Ten-ish!

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Countdown To Strictly – Day 3

It’s Day 3 of our Countdown to Strictly Challenge and today we’re sharing our favourite Last Dances.

As you know we’re prone to emotional outbursts watching strictly and sometimes when a couple takes to the floor for the last time we have to reach for the box of glitterball tissues. 

Last year, every couple impressed us so saying goodbye became one of the most difficult tasks. There were many last dances which were our favourites but today we’ve chosen Claudia and AJ’s Quickstep which was our favourite last dance of 2016.

It was a dance which not only showcased Claudia’s technical skill and speed as a dancer but also her progress and improvement as a performer. It was their last dance but is just pure joy in our eyes. We loved this dance and in case you missed it earlier here it is again, just for you…

We want to hear your favourite last dance from a couple in 2016. Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie

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