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Samba Saturday – The Great Strictly Support Group Samba Off!

We love baking, and love the Great British Bake-Off as much as we love Strictly, so for today’s Samba Saturday, we decided to fold mix the two together to make what can only be described as *creates suspense and cues dramatic music* The Great Strictly Support Group Samba Off!

We treated you to two Sambas earlier this morning. Both were performed by Team Markarena (mark 1 and 2.) In case you missed them, here they are:

Samba 1 – Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy

http://youtu.be/LNZM6hbKT6g

Samba 2 – Mark Wright and Karen Hauer 

http://youtu.be/VU2h7o1TbBg

These two Sambas were truly fab-u-lous, so we need your help to decide the best one! Just vote in the poll below to choose your ultimate winner

You have until 7pm today to choose your winner. We’ll reveal the winners just before our Strictly Support Group chat at 7.30pm. Get voting people! 

Cassie 🙂

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 🙂

It Takes Two – Tuesday 18th November 2014

On last night’s It Takes Two, we saw Sunetra and Brendan, the return of “Miss Benidorm/New Zealand” Karen Hardy and Pixie and Trent, who all stepped into Zoe’s lair for a half-hour of glittery fun!

First up were Pixie and Trent. We learnt that:
1) They both loved Blackpool as they could really feel the crowd roar! 🐯
2) Trent’s loving choreographing something new and being able to challenge Pixie.
3) Pixie loved dancing with 3 handsome boys!
4) She also loved Simon and Kristina’s Argentine Tango of all the other dances in Blackpool.
5) This week they’re dancing a Charleston this week and are bruised but looking forward to lifts.

A radiantly glowing Karen Hardy then came along to give her verdict on the weekend’s show. We learnt:
1) She loved Frankie.
2) She felt Jake and Simon were still and in control.
3) She loves Sunetra and felt she is glamorous and does the best voltas (it makes her sound like a chef more than someone competing in a dance show, we know!)
4) She loves Mark’s foot swivelling and commitment to dance.
5) She loved Pixie’s attack and found her captivating
6) She feels Steve needs light and shade.
7) She felt Caroline was undermarked and deserved more 10s (we agree!)

Sunetra and Brendan then joined Zoe on the glittery sofa. We learnt:
1) Sunetra knew she would be in the dance off.
2) She is praying to the god of ankle strength.
3) They’re dancing waltz this week.
4) They have their own language bababa bi bo ba ba ba (if you didn’t watch the show this will sound alien to you!)

And that was last night’s It Takes Two.

Cassie 🙂

Throwback Thursday – A Trip to Brazil courtesy of Team Markarena Mark I

So this weekend, the superb combination of Mark Wright and Karen Hauer (Team Mar-karena) as we’re calling them, will be dancing a Samba. As it’s throwback Thursday, we’ve trawled through the archives to find the original Team Mar-karena’s Samba, which we’ll have to admit was fab-u-lous.

We loved this dance because:
1) Mark lost all his inhibitions and came out giving a full-on performance! *BANG!*
2) Karen’s facial expressions are the best thing ever
3) We love anything pink, so her Samba costume gave us serious dress envy
4) The choreography had lots of bounce and was a proper traditional samba
5) We loved the music. It really did take us to Rio, made us wild and made us feel like we had to do the Samba (en la bamba!)

We’re pretty sure that Team Markarena Mark II can beat this Samba as they are truly awesome and wish them all the best on Saturday, but in case you missed it this morning, her are Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy with their sensational Samba. *shimmies*

We hope you all enjoyed watching this dance and would love to hear what you thought of it. Tweet us @scd_support or comment in the box below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂

Tango Tuesday but not as we know it!

As you know, this week we’re showing you some of our favourite ever first dances. Today has traditionally been Tango Tuesday, but today we’re also throwing a Cha Cha into the mix. No, we’re not reliving Kimberley and Pasha’s Fusion Ta-Chango, but today we’ve chosen to show you Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy’s Cha cha. I’ve let my mum choose our Tango from (her favourites) Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor.

Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy’s Cha Cha
Given this was performed in week 1, Mark came out of his shell and performed this dance with conviction, confidence and lots of cheekiness. He had great natural rhythm, a gorgeous smile (which melted the hearts of many, including Arlene!) and was a born-dancer. Karen’s choreography was brilliant and suited his strengths. We loved the dance and for us it is still one of our favourite first dances. Here are Mark and Karen with their Cha Cha Cha:

Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor’s Tango
It’s Tango Tuesday so we couldn’t leave you without a Tango, as that would just be cruel. This dance has been chosen by my mum. She is a huge Dragon’s Den and Deborah Meaden fan, which is why this is her favourite first dance of all time. It showed Deborah off in a completely new light. Robin truly tamed a dragon and she performed a credible transfer from the boardroom to the ballroom. She captured the dramatic nature of the dance and showed her true passion for dancing. For my mum, the best part was seeing Deborah out of her comfort zone and performing so well under pressure. It’s clear to say she loved it, so here it is from my lovely mum to you lovely people.

Those are our favourite first dances for today. We’ll be back with more tomorrow. At the end of the week we’ll be giving you another poll to decide your ultimate favourite first dance from the dances we’ve shown you! We’d love to hear what you thought of these two dances. Tweet us @scd_support or comment in the box below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂

Tango Tuesday – Let the Battle of the Argentine Tangos Commence

For today’s Tuesday Tango fix, we took you all the way back to 2009 to watch the amazing Argentine Tango from Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe.

This dance was sizzling with passion, smoking with sex appeal and scintillating with some beautiful choreography which wowed and amazed us. The traditional music created atmosphere and mood and Natalie’s dress was to die for. The whole performance was so good it achieved 49 out of 50 (it was the week there were 5 judges.) which is simply amazing. We loved it and hope you will too. Here it is just for you:

After watching this dance, it got us thinking. In a Dance Duel between this performance and Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy’s Argentine Tango, who would win? There’s only one way to decide (I feel a little like a female Harry Hill with thicker hair saying this) and that’s with a Dance Duel. Just watch both dances and then vote in the poll below. We’ll reveal the winner tomorrow on our Twitter feed.

Get Voting!

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 🙂

Tango Tuesday – Our next delightful dance from one of our Strictly Sportsmen

As we mentioned yesterday, as we build up to the Commonwealth Games (starting tomorrow) we’re showing you some of our favourite dances from Sportspeople who have appeared on the show over the last 10 years. At the end of the week, we’ll put up a poll on this page, so you can decide who you think deserves a bronze, silver or gold medal.

For Tango Tuesday, today we’re watching a Ballroom Tango from 2006, performed by the series winner Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy. Bearing in mind this dance was only performed in week 3, the choreography was brilliant, the dancing was sharp and accurate and the tension was palpable. Mark was well and truly in the zone and we got the impression, even if someone threw a cricket ball or a streaker run onto the ballroom floor, he would have been unphased by it.

We loved this dance, almost as much as their phenomenal Argentine Tango which is why we’ve chosen it for today’s Tango fix. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did:

We’d love to hear what you thought of that dance. Tweet us @scd_support or comment in the box below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Serene 🙂

Tango Tuesday – The Results of our Strictly World Cup

Yesterday evening, we counted far more votes than there were goals in the World Cup Final! I think we can safely say our Argentine Tango Strictly World Cup had just as much drama as the World Cup Final, but was slightly more exciting for us Strictly Fans!

Your votes have been checked, counted and verified and we can now reveal the results.

In third place, matching the Netherlands’ efforts in Brazil, we have Natalie and Artem with their HOT Argentine Tango.

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In second place we have the phenomenal Argentine Tango from Kara Tointon and Artem

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This not only makes Artem both an honorary Argentinian and Dutchman, but also a legendary choreographer as he’s the only one to have two dances feature in the top three of the poll.

Finally, the winner, as chosen by you is Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy’s steamy, passionate and spine tinglingly chilling Argentine Tango from 2006. This is the iconic Argentine Tango and we fully agree with you on your choice! Mark and Karen, if you’re reading this, here is your Strictly World Cup…. 🏆 As a reminder, here is their amazing Argentine Tango for you all one more time:

We hope you enjoyed watching that dance. Let us know what you thought of it either by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We’d love to hear from you.

Serene 😊

Samba Saturday – Grab Your Bags We’re Off To Rio!

We’ve booked a taxi to the airport and a return flight to Rio… Well almost. For today’s Samba Saturday we’re going back in time to 2006 to see the champion Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy’s traditional, gimmick-free and pure unadulterated Samba.

We love the theatricality of Strictly and really enjoy how props and themes are now part of the routines, but this Samba reminded us how brilliant choreography, great music and costuming can give just as good (if not better) an effect than a themed and staged dance with lots of props.

We loved this routine for several reasons:
1. Mark really came out of his shell (no he wasn’t a tortoise!) and performed in the Latin dances, especially this one.
2. Karen’s choreography was tricky but Mark mastered it and it was really hard to tell the celebrity from the professional.
3. The music and costuming we’re amazing! I want a pink tail now!
4. You know a dance is good when you see Mr Grumpy (Craig Revel-Horwood) bobbing along to the music!
And finally… 5. They captured the carnival atmosphere and it was just like being in Rio! They really did smile and take us to Rio!

So here it is just for you, Mark and Karen’s carnival of a Samba! We hope you have an amazing day!

We’d love to hear what you think of it. Tweet us @scd_support or comment below to let us know.

Don’t forget! We also have our Strictly Support Group chat at 6.30pm tonight. Follow us on twitter @scd_support and join in the fun! games and chat. We hope to see you there!

Cassie 🙂