Bella Reviews – Karen and Kevin Dance Live! 💃🏻🦄💃🏻

Those of you who follow the blog will know that my seven year-old, Bella, is one of Strictly’s smallest superfans and is also a huge fan of Team Clifton!

The tooth fairy was very kind to little Bella, and bought her tickets for not just one of their shows, but two! On Friday night, we went galavanting into Guildford and then yesterday evening we went wombling into Wimbledon! 

Here is what she thought of the show in her own words:

I love Kevin and Karen as much as I love unicorns and Strictly (note from mummy, that’s lots!) so I was really happy and excited to be seeing them this weekend. On Friday night, I went with my mummy, daddy and little sister Elodie and yesterday Mummy took me and my best friend from school and my grandma to see it.

Everyone needs to see this show, it is amazing, awesome, fab-u-lous, sparkly and magical and if you don’t go to see if you are missing out. If you have already seen the show, you need to see it again, because it just gets better and better.

It tells the story of Kevin and Karen and is a bit of a love story but also shows through dancing how they got into dance. My favourite bit had to be Kevin pretending to dance when he was little, it was really funny and I couldn’t stop laughing, but I also loved their Paso Doble. Mummy tells me the Paso Doble is from Spain, but I think she’s wrong; it’s from Grimsby. Kevin is the Paso King and Karen, the Paso Queen.

The costumes and music are beautiful and all the girls looked like princesses in their outfits!

If I were judging the show on Strictly, I’d give it 4 10s and a Glitterball because it is awesome! It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside like a hot chocolate does and I think this show would make even a really grumpy person smile a lot! 

So there you have it, Bella’s review of Karen and Kevin Dance. I have to say it is one of the most well-choreographed, directed and danced shows we have ever seen. It’ll make you laugh so much your cheeks ache, there are moments which’ll make you cry and moments which just leave you mesmerised. If you’ve been to see the show too, we’d love to hear what you thought of it. Simply tweet @scd_support or comment below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cassie (and Bella)

Strictly Cruise – A Review by @Team_Clifton

Ever wanted to go on a Strictly Cruise? The lovely Marisa (@TeamClifton) on twitter recently returned feeling sparkly and reinvigorated following a Strictly Cruise. She kindly agreed to review her experience for you all. Here is what she thought of the whole cruise in her own words:

Going on a Strictly themed cruise was something I had wanted to do since I had become Strictly mad. The only problem was that I had to convince my mum it was a good thing to do. Unfortunately, my mum didn’t have the same desire to go on a cruise. After two years of persuasion, my work finally paid off and the cruise was booked. Nothing like the excitement of seeing Jo and Giovanni in a showcase. The thought of going to places we had never been to in Spain, France and Italy was the final point of persuasion. So we arrived and, after gasps of “that ship is huge”, we boarded the ship and bumped into Joanne Clifton who had the same thought as me – get the Wi-Fi sorted – not cheap though.

Then it was time to explore the ship. It soon got a bit awkward as we kept bumping into Jo everywhere we went. Maybe the ship wasn’t as big as we thought! 🙈

Our cruise got off to a bit if a rocky start as the Bay of Biscay was particularly choppy but that didn’t stop us working out what we could do. As well as the Strictly Q&A, photo sessions, dance lessons and showcases there was also the usual cruise entertainment. I needed a PA (my mum!) to plan it all out. Of course, we treated ourselves to a spa treatment and found the gym – needed to work off the good food and, as we headed south the weather improved and got warmer, the sunbathing started. Then the dolphins came, at first we weren’t sure, but there was no mistaking the second time as there were about 10 in a pod.

After three days we started to look out for our first port, Alicante. Everyone seemed to be surprised at how nice it was as it was mostly known for Alicante airport. Apart from the occasional plane taking off you would not have known that there was an airport at all. What we did see was a beach, a Marina, a castle, pretty promenades and lots of coffee shops.

Back on board, we got ready to see the first Strictly showcase starring Jo and Giovanni. It was amazing and a good chance to see them show off their skills and to see that amazing Jive again. Sadly this time it was performed without Ore but we did have the world record holder for number of Jive steps in a minute to replace him. Giovanni was keen to remind us of that achievement!

Next Stop Barcelona. We had an excursion booked so had to be up and ready to go by 9.30am. But it was a good way to see a lot in a short time. Sadly this was where we said goodbye to Jo and Giovanni but where we said hello to Neil and Katya, AJ and Chloe who kicked off their cruise with a Q&A.

Sadly due to the choppy sea, we next stopped at Marseille instead of Cannes where it rained. A lot. We tried to see as much as we could but as I was wearing flip flops the squelching eventually got too much so we went back to the ship for lunch. It was then off to Italy, Pisa and Florence first and then Rome, where we had booked excursions as we wanted to see a lot. Tip if you want to go to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel book an excursion that has a fast track as the queues are can take more than two hours to get in. The other advantage to booking an excursion is that the ship will not go without you and at the port for Rome we needed lots of time so this was useful for us. Leaving this port meant that we started the journey home heading back towards Spain. So we had to make the most of our time left on board. Evening Entertainment included Lance Ellington known for being a Strictly singer, notably singing in Korean for Gangnam Style when Ed and Katya danced their salsa. Other singers included really good tribute acts for the Beatles and Michael Buble. The cruise has its own company Headliners which did a really good tribute to the musicals so it’s worth checking it out. This is in addition to the Strictly entertainment which at this stage of the cruise included AJ, Chloe, Katya and Neil. This was a nice opportunity to see more of what the professional couples could do and we were given the opportunity to see the dance that AJ and Chloe performed for BGT and one of Neil and Katya’s amazing showdance. One more stop at Cartegena in Spain and then onto Gibraltar our final stop.

As we leave each port, the entertainment team hold a sail away party. The Ventura put on really good sail aways with, in my opinion, a really good James Corden lookalike leading it. Even Craig Revel Horwood, who joined us at Gibraltar, joined in! Another Q&A session, this time, with Craig who was brutally honest about his past and made sure the audience was kept up to date with the recent announcements that Natalie was leaving and that the new judge, to replace Len, had been announced. Then we started getting ready to watch the final showcase, the Passengers Strictly Competition! With Craig, AJ and Richard, one of the ship’s crew, judging and Chloe presenting it was a lot of fun. Another Q&A with the Strictly production team which was very interesting and revealed a side to Strictly you don’t get to know about.

Now nearing Southampton, suitcases were packed up again and put out for collection leaving us an opportunity to fully enjoy our final night on board. One last quiz, we never did win one, a last evening meal and then it was soon time to say goodbye to the amazing staff on the Ventura as we arrived at Southampton. It was an amazing experience with memories I’ll never forget. P and O’s motto is: ‘This is the Life’. And it certainly was for us. Don’t be surprised if you see us on another Strictly cruise next year!

Thank you Marisa for reviewing your cruise experience. *persuades her husband to book a cruise next year* If you’ve been on a Strictly Cruise we’d love to hear what you thought of it. You can either tweet @scd_support or comment below this post to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂 

Strictly Couple Weeks – Colin and Erin – Day 3

It’s Wednesday and today is officially #WaltzingWednesday. As part of our Strictly Couple Week dedicated to Colin and Erin, today we’ve chosen to relive their beautiful, romantic, elegant, floaty *runs out of adjectives to describe its amazingness* Waltz!

Word of warning to the Strictly producers, any Whitney Houston song does tend to turn me into a blubbering mess, but every dance performed to a Whitney Houston song has been filled with so much emotion and so beautifully phrased. They’ve been so beautiful that all of these dances (including today’s dance fix) are on my top list of all time favourite dances.

Earlier we shared this dance which was technically perfect. It was so good, Colin looked like a professional in our eyes.

In case you missed it earlier, here are Colin and Erin with their wonderful Waltz! Have a brilliant #WaltzingWednesday.

We’d love to hear what you thought of this dance. Simply tweet @scd_support or comment below to let us know.

Cassie 🙂 

Strictly Overheards – What do Star Wars and the Strictly Glitterball Have in Common?

Sometimes Kids say the funniest things but also 7 year old logic is officially awesome. Earlier this afternoon, I picked up my wonderful little Strictly fan from school and took her in search of a Father’s Day present for daddy!

Whilst we were out shopping, I caught her staring at a Star Wars Death Star. (My Husband is a huge Star Wars fan – so anything Star Wars related would go down well.)

She grabbed my attention before telling me:

Mummy, the Death Star looks like a Strictly Glitterball but without the sparkly bits on the outside.

Kevin from Grimsby likes Star Wars and did a Star Wars themed Charleston on Strictly, so he made the Death Star sparkly again and made Star Wars all Strictlified. He should really win the Strictly Glitterball this year!

I officially love her logic and thought process!  There you have it, that’s what the Glitterball and a Death Star have in common.

Do you agree with Bella? Vote in the poll below to let us know.

Cassie 🙂

Strictly Couple Weeks – Colin and Erin – Day 2

So, yesterday we unveiled the first dance to be in the spotlight as part of our week dedicated to series 3 finalists Colin and Erin. 

We’re taking a step back to one of our favourite series and are reliving seven of this couple’s wonderful dances. Yesterday was the turn of the quickstep and today, as it’s Tuesday, it’s Tango Day!

Ok, it wasn’t this couple’s best dance, but we have to make a point that as a sportsman, Colin was not used to acting and he did try his best, as you’ll see from the video. It still was a brilliant dance nonetheless and we loved Erin’s choreography as well as the overall feel of the dance.

In case you missed it earlier, here are Colin and Erin with their tantalising Tango!

We’d love to hear what you thought of this dance. Simply tweet @scd_support or comment below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂 

Strictly Couple Weeks – Colin and Erin – Day 1!

So, last night we unveiled Series three’s Colin and Erin as the next couple to be in the spotlight as part of our Strictly Couple Weeks series. 

They may have performed on Strictly nearly 11 years ago, but their amazing dances are still very well remembered. In fact, we regularly turn to them if we need a sparkly boost!

We’ve picked one such dance today for our first fix of Colin and Erin magic. We’ve chosen their light, bright and fab-u-lously fast quickstep. The choreography was challenging, but Colin flew across the floor faster than *thinks of something really fast* concorde and the whole feel of the dance made us smile! 

We’re pretty sure it’ll have the same effect on you. If you didn’t see it earlier, don’t fear, here it is just for you

We’d love to hear what you thought of this dance. Do you remember seeing it performed on Strictly or is it a surprise performance that has filled you with joy? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂 

Strictly Support Group – Strictly Couple Weeks – Katie and Anton – Day 7

So, over the past 7 days we’ve delved into the Strictly archives and shared 7 of Katie and Anton’s finest (and classiest dances!) It’s been a week with enough Quickstep, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Jive and Salsa to make Anton leap for joy!

Today it’s the last day (#sadface) so we’re watching one of their most elegant dances ever, their American Smooth.

When this was performed at Blackpool it gave us goosebumps and had all the glamour and elegance of a Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire routine.

We shared it earlier with you on our twitter feed and hope you enjoyed it. Now we’ve reached the end of the week, it’s time to rewatch all of Katie and Anton’s dances. Once you’ve watched them, just vote in the poll below to choose your favourite. Voting will remain open until 8pm tonight and we’ll then reveal the winning dance for you all then!

Get voting people! 

Cassie 🙂

Strictly Support Group – A Summer Time Chat!

It has been an absolutely glorious day with some beautiful weather and even if it doesn’t last more than 24 hours, we thought it a great idea tonight to host a Summer themed chat!

The sun was shining, birds were singing and we sat down earlier with a glass of something chilled and refreshing to bring you our chat.

We began by asking you this:

Which Strictly Moment reminds you most of summer? Here are your answers in playlist form:

If you can think of any other dances you’d like to see added to this list just let us know and we’ll add them just for you.

For our next question we asked you who’s had the sunniest disposition for you during their time on Strictly? We had some excellent suggestions. Here are our favourites:

For our next question we asked There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer’s day than a cool drink or an ice-cream. Which #Strictly moment was most refreshing for you? Here are your answers in a playlist form:

We love to be beside the seaside in Summer, so for our next question, we asked you to tell us the routine that first comes to mind when you hear the word Blackpool Strictly. We have made you a little collage with all your answers:

For our final question, we asked you to tell us this:

If you were jetting off on holiday to somewhere exotic, whose Strictly costume would you like to take with you to ensure you sparkled and shone like a glitterball? Here are your wonderful answers:

That ended tonight’s chat. Thank you all who took part. If you didn’t get a chance to, don’t worry! You can still join in by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

We’re back tomorrow night from 8pm (Sunday) to reveal the winning dance from Katie and Anton week and to unveil the next couple in the spotlight. Hope to see you then!


Strictly Support Group – Strictly Couple Weeks – Katie and Anton – Day 5

It’s Friday and as we approach the weekend it’s time to chill out and feel all warm and fuzzy watching a fab-u-lous Foxtrot.

When Katie and Anton performed a cabaret themed Foxtrot in 2015, we watched on at home and may have even given them a standing ovation. We’d have loved to have seen it again (not in the dance-off but as an encore) as the whole feel of the dance was, in our eyes, west-end quality.

It had class and elegance (as did all their ballroom dances) but the performance factor for Musicals week was top-notch and Katie’s dress gave us serious dress envy *desperately seeks a feathery number even if it does make me look like Big Bird*

We loved the whole performance. If you missed it earlier, here they are again with their Foxtrot.

We’d love to hear what you thought of this dance. Simply comment below or tweet @scd_support to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂 

Strictly Support Group – The Election Results! 

It’s been a tense and surprising night in the world of politics but we’re pretty sure if politicians were to see the results of the Strictly Support Group General Election, they would be over the moon!

Yes, overnight our team of experts have been counting your votes and we can now reveal the winning couple and dance! 

We have to say it has been a landslide victory for Jay and Aliona as they are declared the overall winners with a landslide victory and 50% share of the vote in both polls. 

We also have some great and very interesting results with Danny and Oti being pipped to the post in second place in both polls. Here are the results in picture form:

Winning Couple

Winning Dance

We’re a little gutted that this dance did not feature *does Gangnam Style in Ed’s honour* but here are the results of our winning dance

Thank you for all your votes. ​We’ll leave you with this image as a post election night treat:

We’ll be here tomorrow night from 8pm for an Election Themed Strictly Support Group. We hope to see you then!

Cassie 🙂 

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