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Strictly Support Group – Strictly Couple Weeks! 

Over the past few months whilst we’ve been eagerly waiting the next series of Strictly *starts a 5 month countdown* we’ve been reliving some of your favourite Strictly moments of all time.

Some couples are remembered for one of their dances, whilst for other many of their dances stay etched in our memories for life. 

Starting this week, over the next few weeks every week we’ll pick one couple and will share one of their dances every day. At the end of the week, we’ll ask you to vote for your favourites in a special poll, so we can crown your favourite of their moments. To give you a sneak peek, here are just some of the couples who you will be seeing over the coming weeks.

It’s now time to reveal Strictly Couple Week one will be dedicated to Zoe and Ian, who graced our screens in series 3 (2005 *feels her age*) 

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Each day we’ll share one of their magical dances. Today’s dance is their lovely lovely foxtrot! Ian has always been the king of the ballroom and this dance showed his beautiful choreography and also showcased Zoe’s skill as a wonderful dancer. Here it is just for you:

We’ll reveal our next dance fix from the archives tomorrow, so watch this space to find out more and get involved.

Cassie 🙂 

30 Day Challenge – Bella’s A to Z of Strictly – I is for @ianwaite @d8iveta

I is for Ian Waite and Iveta Lukosiute

Hello everyone! Bella here, again. Today, I’ve decided that on Planet Strictly, I is for Ian Waite and Iveta Lukosiute. I don’t remember Ian dancing on Strictly (I’m only 5) but Mummy said he was uh-may-zing!

I like it when Ian does his Wednesday Warm-Up on It Takes Two, because he is always nice to our couples and gives them comments they can work on to make sure they dance as well as they can on Saturday. I also like Ian’s Wednesday Warm-Up because it means that there are only 3 sleeps until the live shows when Strictly is on! *jumps up and down* Mummy showed me this dance earlier and I really liked it. It was very dramatic and the costumes were perfect for the Tango. Mummy said it was an ingenious and inventive tango. I don’t know what those words mean yet. *pulls a paso face and tries to copy the dance*

I’ve also chosen to talk about Iveta. I liked Iveta dancing on Strictly and will miss seeing her this year. She always looked like a princess and sang really well too! The dances she taught and choreographed were (as my mummy would say) inventive and creative. *searches to find out what these words mean in her dictionary.* This is my favourite of her dances and it also is a tango:

I’d like to know what you think I stands for on Planet Strictly. I’d also like to find out what your favourite Ian and Iveta moments have been on Strictly. Let me know by commenting below or tweeting me @scd_support.

I’ll see you tomorrow for the next letter of my A to Z of Strictly, 

Bella 🙂

The People’s Strictly – Show 1 Recap. Warning: You may need tissues! 😢

There is normally a glittery hole in our TV schedules lasting around nine months, from just after Christmas until September, so as soon as we heard The People’s Strictly was going to be on our screens and filling a whole 4 weeks of this glittery hole, we did everything humanly possible to ensure we didn’t miss it! 

Last night, we all sat down with our Strictly Snacks to watch this inspirational and wonderful programme. We instantly regretted not buying tissues while we did the Supermarket Shimmy, but have put these on our list for next week. Not even 10 minutes into the show and this happened:

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We met the first 3 of our everyday heroes as they found out they were going to be on the show and took their very first steps.

We met the lovely and truly inspirational Heather Parsons, who has dedicated her life to making sure that families of those in intensive care are looked after. We also met the heroic Cassidy Little, who as an ex-Royal Marine, is a true hero in his own right. We also met the wonderful Michael Pattie who himself has proven that Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but about learning to dance in the rain, having become the most active and succesful fundraiser for Meningitis Research Foundation in Scotland.

Heather and Ian – Team Heatherwaite



Michael and Aliona – Team Alipattie

Natalie and Cassidy – Team Natalie Cassidy

We heard their background stories, which truly moved us to tears (and made us regret not having a sparkly tissue box.) We also saw them being truly surprised and learning they were going to be on The People’s Strictly. Heather was surprised with a Supermarket Shimmy from Joanne Clifton, Russell Grant and lots of fantastic dancers. We like to think this is what shopping trips are like on Planet Strictly.  We saw Cassidy being surprised by the Royal Marines Band, Brendan Cole, Kimberley Walsh and lots of dancers in Portsmouth, and we saw Michael being surprised by the lovely Alison Hammond and Anton Du Beke, in operation Secret Santa at a Christmas lights switch on.

We also saw our couples meet their professional partners and take their first steps in the ballroom. Heather went to Vienna to learn the Viennese Waltz (and met a Kevin from Grimsby look-a-like.) Cassidy went to Madrid to the Spanish National Ballet to learn the Paso Doble (and lots of cape wafting) and Michael got to go to Eastbourne to learn how to tango from the masters of tango, Vincent and Flavia. They all looked naturals in the ballroom, and it goes to show that us fans know just what dances look like. For us, they are all truly winners in their own right and it’s going to be extremely hard to choose the overall winner.

We feel this quote sums up the spirit of the show perfectly:



We asked you wonderful people what you thought of the show. Here is your reaction:

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We have to agree, it is a truly wonderful, fabulous show and even if it made our eyes leak, we’re going to keep watching and following each of the couples. If you, like us, are a little sensitive, here’s a hug from us.

What did you think of the show? Let us know, either by commenting in the post below or tweeting @scd_support, we look forward to hearing from you. We’ll be back next Wednesday from 9pm to see our remaining 3 heroes, Anna, Trishna and Phil, take their first steps in the ballroom. We hope you can join us then.

Cassie 🙂





Tango Tuesday – An Argentine Treat For You All

Strictly has become like watching a sports match in our house. Last Saturday we watched the semi-final eagerly encouraging our favourites from home. We were pretty loud, so we hope they could hear us in Elstree.

All the dances were incredible, but one dance really gave us goosebumps. It was Frankie and Kevin’s amazing Argentine Tango. Our house became so silent you could hear a pin drop *pin drops* and was so intense it gave us goosebumps on top of our goosebumps.

Kevin choreographed a brilliant Argentine Tango routine which Frankie performed perfectly. The classical music really added to the drama, and we secretly want to steal borrow Frankie’s dress, it was gorgeous. The whole performance slotted together to be one of those perfect Strictly moments where music and dance come together and we get lost in the moment. For us, it was that good, it reminded us of Susanna and Kevin’s amazing Paso Doble from Blackpool and we felt they should have been awarded 4 10s!

We loved this dance and hope you love it too. Here are Frankie and Kevin with their amazing Argentine Tango:

We hope you enjoyed watching that dance. We have another Tango treat for you on our advent calendar today too. Click here to see what it is:

We’ll be here from 8.30pm tonight with a Strictly Support Group chat and hopefully an announcement from our lovely founder Cassie. See you then!

The Strictly Support Group

Samba and Salsa Saturday – A Birthday Treat For a Very Special Lady (@StrictlyLucy2)

As you all know by now, Saturday is not just Strictly Day, but also Samba and Salsa Saturday. These dances are the perfect way to celebrate the start of the weekend and any special occasion.

Today is the lovely Denise’s (@strictlylucy2) birthday. As we’re super polite, we’d never reveal how old a lady is, but we hope she has a fantastic day. She’s helped us out a lot over the last year and for that we’re very greatful. As it is her special day, we asked her to name her favourite Samba and Salsa routine, to help her celebrate.

For her favourite Samba she’s chosen Zoe Ball and Ian Waite’s Samba. She’s chosen this dance as it’s “what samba is all about – having fun. Zoe & Ian looked like they were having a ball. No pun intended” We agree! This dance was sensational and Zoe brought her dress to life! The music was great, the choreography fabulous and the dancing was fit for a space on the Rio Carnival. We loved it just as much. Here are Zoe and Ian with their Samba:

For her Salsa, Denise chose Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy’s Hip-Shaking Shimmying Salsa. She says “It was Hot. Mark was quite a shy character and that dance did something to him. He just came out of his shell performing.” This dance really showed Mark as a contender. Despite a wardrobe malfunction, he showed his fighting spirit wanting to do his best. Karen’s Choreography was pure fun and the dancing made us want to get up on our feet and dance at home. We loved it and hope you do too. Here are Mark and Karen with their Salsa:

Denise, we hope you have a wonderful day and all your birthday wishes come true. Thank you for all your support with our page over the last year, we really appreciate it.

If you have a birthday or special occasion coming up soon, let us know. You can tweet us @scd_support, comment below or on our facebook page, and we’ll make your birthday dreams come true. If you want it to be a surprise, DM us or private message us and we’ll make your Strictly Birthday wish come true.

Cassie 🙂

Memory Monday – Today has been brought to you by the letter S for Samba

Saturday was most definitely the night of the Samba, with Pixie and Trent performing a Samba that *sings* we (we we we we we) liked very much and Mark and Karen shaking what their mamas gave them to emerge as the dark horses of the competition. For today’s Memory Monday fix, it seemed fitting to choose another Samba for your viewing pleasure.

For us, one Samba goes down in history as being our favourite ever Samba and that’s Zoe Ball and Ian Waite’s Samba to Aquarius.

This dance had more feathers than, well, a pillow fight or a feathery bird. It had more bounce than a kangaroo and the dancing was simply sublime. It is our favourite Samba of all time and truly captured the carnival atmosphere. We loved it and hope you will too. Here are Zoe and Ian with their Samba:

We hope you enjoyed watching that dance. Tweet us @scd_support to let us know what you thought of it or comment in the box below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂

Throwback Thursday – Our Next Two Favourite Dances

For someone who’s not a Strictly Fan it’s probably advisable to keep your distance today. There has been loud screaming, lots of jumping around, lots of glitter being worn and just general excitement. As you lot all are super Strictly Fans, I know I can count on your support as there is *gets on her soapbox* JUST ONE MORE SLEEP UNTIL STRICTLY IS BACK! *climbs down from said soapbox.*

Whilst we’re super excited about the show returning, I’m a little sad as today’s the penultimate day of our Fave First Dances. *sad face.* For today’s first dance I’ve chosen to show you Penny and Ian’s fab-u-lously fast Quickstep. When this dance was performed in 2007, it scored her an amazing 33 out of 40 points. The judges were impressed as were we, the audience at home, too. It had lots of flair, was smooth, fast and had beautiful choreography as well as rise and fall (*realises she’s sounding like Len Goodman!*) We also loved Penny’s dress, although we don’t think we’d be brave enough to carry off that green. We loved this dance and hope you will too. Here are Penny and Ian with their wonderful quickstep:

For our second dance, we’ve chosen to take you back to 2008 to watch Austin and Erin’s wonderful Waltz. This dance was declared by Len to have been “The best ever first dance from a male celebrity” so it seemed quite fitting to have chosen it for one of our fave first dances today. We loved the music, choreography and dancing which was understated, soft and elegant. It did move us to tears, so we’re sending you all a pack of kleenex just incase. Here are Austin and Erin with their beautiful waltz:

We hope you enjoyed watching these dances. We’ll have our final instalment in this series tomorrow, then will put a vote on here to decide the ultimate fave first dance.

Cassie 🙂

Foxtrot Friday – A Birthday Greeting to one of our lovely professional dancers

Today, the lovely Natalie Lowe celebrates her birthday. We tried baking her a cake but realised it’d be a little hard to deliver it over twitter, so sent her a virtual one instead 🎂. For her present we dedicated a beautiful Foxtrot to her.

We chose this gorgeous dance she performed with Ian Waite in the Strictly Semi-Final 2009 for our Foxtrot Friday dance:

Words cannot really describe it as it is true perfection. Natalie’s dress was stunning, the choreography suited the music perfectly and the lifts and drops just added to the beauty of the dance. We loved the smooth, soft and romantic nature of the Foxtrot. This dance was elegant and made our eyes ever so slightly leaky. *gets out the kleenex before she gets too emotional*

My 4 year old had never seen this dance before, so when I showed it to her this morning, she loved it but did say “mummy, if he’s not bringing her flowers, she shouldn’t dance with him because that’s not nice!” I did explain, it was just a song, and I’m sure Ian would give her flowers on her birthday!

Natalie, if you’re reading this, we hope you have fabulously floral Friday and a wonderful birthday. Hope all your Strictly Glitterball dreams come true this year too. 💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💃🏆💃🏆💃🏆💃💐💐💐💐💐💐💐

We hope you all enjoyed watching that dance and have a wonderful 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 🙂

Throwback Thursday – A sporting treat for you all!

Unless you’ve been hiding out under a rock, or in some unknown universe, you’ll have probably noticed that every day this week we’re showing you a sportsperson dancing to commemorate the start of the Commonwealth Games.

We’re hoping there’ll be a bumper haul of medals for Team GB overall after a somewhat disappointing season this year. If the gods don’t work in our favour, you can always rely on us to bring you some Strictly-related sports cheer at any time of year.

We’ll be compiling a poll starting tomorrow afternoon, once we’ve shown you our final dance. All you’ll have to do is vote for your favourite. We’ll then hold a medal ceremony in the evening where we’ll award Bronze, Silver and Gold to the top three dances.

For today’s Throwback Thursday we’ve gone a little Ian Waite crazy. We’re showing you two of his dances with athletes.

First up, we’re showing you Jade and Ian’s Viennese Waltz. Jade was one of our favourite contestants of Series 7, so it was sad when she had to withdraw due to injury. We loved the pace and speed of this routine. Jade’s outfit was incredible and the choreography (which was superb) was brilliantly danced too. We hope you enjoy watching this dance:

For our next dance, we showed you Denise and Ian’s marvellous quickstep from Series 2 which was a dance that would even make even the grumpiest of people jump up and start dancing (or singing) for joy. It was a beautiful dance, choreographed and executed superbly. It’s one of our all-time favourite dances, so we hope you enjoy watching it just as much too:

We hope you enjoyed watching both those dances and would love to hear what you thought of them. Tweet us @scd_support or comment in the box below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Serene 🙂