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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)