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Strictly 2017 Goes To The Musicals – Performance Review by Bella (aged 7 1/2) 💃🏻🦄💃🏻

There are about 10 things I love most in the world and the top three are Strictly, Unicorns and Musicals. Tonight’s Strictly made me really excited because it was Musicals Week. I was even more excited because Mummy was in the audience tonight which meant two things:

1) I got to play Where’s Mummy?

2) She let me take over on twitter and the blog tonight (with daddy’s help!)

It was a magical night that I gave a 5 Star review. Here are my thoughts on each of the performances and the group dance:

The Group Dance – I’ve never seen Oliver, but it looks like a lot of fun. Daddy told me that the pros had coal on their faces, but I think they had nutella on their faces. I like the opening routines on theme weeks because they always look like so much fun. I liked AJ’s singing. He should be in a Strictly choir, or in Little Mix, if they want a boy in the band.

Gemma and Aljaz’s Quickstep – I loved Gemma’s dress. It looked sparkly like a glitterball. I also liked her hair because it looked like a donut. If she got hungry, she could eat the donut. The dance looked really good and lots of fun. When I grow up, I want to dance a Quickstep like that, but I’d dance it with Giovanni. I gave them 10, but I think Craig was really grumpy tonight because they only got 29/40. Craig needs to watch out because Santa’s watching and anyone who’s naughty will go on the naughty list.

Mollie and AJ’s Rumba – Mummy told me if the dance was naughty I needed to close my eyes and cover my little sister’s eyes tonight. It wasn’t naughty, it was really nice and so good I think Mollie and AJ deserve a really nice treat from Father Christmas for that dance, even though they performed a lift that Craig thought was naughty. I loved Mollie’s dress and thought the dance was really beautiful. I gave them a 10. The judges gave them 31/40.

Joe and Katya’s Samba – I was a little confused by the music because I thought it should have been a Charleston but I really liked the dance. Katya’s dress was sparkly and stripey like a zebra. I like zebras. The choreography was really good too and it looked awesome. Joe’s make-up scared my baby sister a little bit, so I put some lipstick on daddy and she giggled instead. I liked the dance a lot and gave them a 9. The judges gave them 37/40.

Debbie and Giovanni’s American Smooth – They were cats. I like cats almost as much as I like Strictly. When I grow up, I’d like to dance a dance like this because it was purrfect. Daddy said it was the Cat’s Whiskers and mummy gave me permission to eat her hat if they didn’t get a 10. Luckily the judges gave them 39/40, so her hat was safe. I was happy that Craig was nice to them because as they were cats they could have scratched him. I gave them a 10. The judges gave them 39/40.

Davood and Nadiya’s Argentine Tango – The dance was a mix between a Paso Doble, a Showdance and an Argentine Tango. I really liked the choreography and I liked that Davood can fly. He did it in Blackpool and did it again tonight. I think he must be a Strictly Superhero. I gave the dance an 8. The judges gave them 29/40.

Alexandra and Gorka’s Charleston – This dance was Super (califragilisticexpialidocious) and I liked Gorka because he looked like a lollipop. It was so good I think these two should be in Mary Poppins the musical. I was singing along and dancing at home. I’m not sure if you heard me. I gave this dance a 10. The judges said it was practically perfect in every way, but Craig obviously didn’t think so, because he gave them a 9. I think I’ll tell Santa he deserves to be on the naughty list, so he can get his 10 paddle out. The judges awarded them 39/40 overall.

So there are my thoughts on Strictly musicals week. It was uh-may-zing, fab-u-lous and just as good as something on the West End. I did manage to see my mummy, She was somewhere behind Ed Balls. I don’t think she saw me waving though. From what I’ve heard she had the best night ever! I hope you enjoyed tweeting with me last night. I had lots of fun and hope you like this review too.

I’ll be back later this evening at 7pm tweeting along with the results show. Let me know what you thought of last night’s show by leaving a comment below.

Bella 🙂

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Bella Reviews – Alana Dancing Star – Viennese Waltz – A Tale By Arlene Phillips

If there’s one thing that my 7 year old, Bella, loves as much as Strictly (and unicorns) it’s reading! She is a little bookworm and as a mum, I’ve been searching for Strictlified and Dance-Themed books to keep her occupied during the Summer Holidays and during our Summer Adventures.

Whilst searching, I came across Arlene Phillips’s Alana Dancing Star series of books and could not resist buying one for Bella. They’re aimed at dance-mad kids aged 6-10 and were almost written for Bella. Here’s what she thought of one of the books (after reading it from cover to cover in one day!)


I love reading, almost as much as I love unicorns and Strictly. I really liked this book when I first saw it because Alana looked like Belle from Beauty and the Beast and it also has a dress-up Alana doll which you can cut-out which is great fun.

Mummy told me that Arlene used to be one of the judges on Strictly, before I was born so I knew I was going to love the book before I even started reading it.

In the story Alana wants to enter the Ballroom Bonanza and dance the Viennese Waltz but she has to stay at home to look after her baby sister and cannot practice dancing.

She gets really upset and visits Madame Coco who is a costume designer who makes fab-u-lous outfits and goes on an adventure to Vienna where she gets to dance the Viennese Waltz with princes and princesses.

When she comes back, her dance teacher lets her enter the competition and she wins with her partner Matthew.

It was the best book I’ve ever read and it reminded me lots of Strictly. I liked the bit where Alana went to Vienna in Austria to dance the Viennese Waltz best as it was magical. If it was a dance on Strictly it would get a 10 from Craig and the Glitterball. I’ve asked mummy to get me all the other books as they were so good.

Thank you Bella for reviewing this book! If you or your little ones are looking for a good Strictly-themed summer read, these books are on sale from most retailers, including Amazon where they are £4.99 each. 

If you’ve read one of these books we’d love to hear what you thought. Also, let us know if you have any suggestions for summer reads for young Strictly Fans. Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cassie 🙂 

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)