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30 Day Challenge – Bella’s A to Z of Strictly. Day 11 – K is for @karen_hauer @keviclifton @krihanoff

K is for kittens Karen, Kevin and Kristina.

You probably know by now that as well as Strictly, I also love cats! Mummy says I’ll be the crazy cat lady when I’m older. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds fun.

I wanted to write a post about kittens, but *pulls paso face and stomps feet*  I’ve been told that it has to be Strictly related, so today I’m writing about 3 of my favourite professional dancers Karen, Kevin and Kristina!

I only started watching Strictly when I was 3 (2 years ago) but I think these three professionals are three of the kindest professionals. They’re always patient and always get the best out of the celebrities they dance with. They also choreograph (creative) routines that look like lots of fun to dance. They make Strictly look like a party which we all want to join in with at home *starts attempting the Jive.* 

They are also really lovely to their fans, are amazing dancers (I want to dance like them when I’m older) and mummy says they’re great role models for all the girls and boys who love Strictly (like me!) 

Kevin and Karen are both world record holders because they’re such amazing dancers and Kristina won the Strictly Tour 2015 trophy with Simon this year. I think they all deserve a glitterball for being amazing. Karen, Kevin and Kristina, here is your glitterball. It’s yummy too. Hope you enjoy it!

  
Here are some kittens of my favourite Karen, Kevin and Kristina moments on Strictly:

What are your favourite moments from Karen, Kevin and Kristina? Let me know by commenting below or tweeting @scd_support.

  
I’ll be back tomorrow for the next letter in my Strictly alphabet. The letter L!

*waves* Bye!

Bella πŸ‘Έ


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Strictly Turns 11 – A short Q&A with some of our Strictly Favourites (part 1)

It only feels like yesterday that Strictly came dancing onto our TV screens, but today our favourite show is 11 years old! If it were an 11 year old, we’re pretty sure it’ll be listening to One Direction, wanting sparkly manicures and asking for this cake to celebrate!

  
It got us thinking, what did we love when we were 11 and how did we celebrate? I had a sleepless sleepover with some of my closest friends, loved animals and ice skating! 

We thought we’d ask the same thing to some of our Strictly favourites. Here is part one of our Strictly Turns 11 Q&A with Strictly Pro Karen Hauer and People’s Strictly favourites Trishna Bharadia and Phil Barnett.

Karen Hauer

 

So Karen, what were your favourite things when you were 11?

When I was 11 I was living in Brooklyn, NYC with my family. My favourite things were Beanie Babies and my pink roller skates which I got for my birthday. I loved listening to Paula Abdul while teaching myself how to roller skate. 😊l

Trishna Bharadia

Trishna and her People’s Strictly Partner Aljaz
So Trishna, what were your favourite things when you were 11?

My favourite thing ever was a small cuddly toy dog that I’ve had since I was about five or six years old. It remained my favourite item in the world all the way through childhood (and even into adulthood!) and even at the age of 11 I’d always take him with me whenever I went away from home! He’s totally falling apart now and I have to keep him inside a plastic bag with just his head sticking out because he’s so worn that all his stuffing is coming out. He also has no eyes (they fell off years ago!?) and he’s looking quite grubby because if I put him in the washing machine now it will just about finish him off!? He’s called “Love Me” because that’s what it said on his little t-shirt and I thought that was his name! Haha! By the time I realised that it wasn’t, the name had stuck!

I also have really happy memories of primary school. I was in a fantastic class and at 11 we were almost at the top of the middle school, had the chance to help out with the younger children and felt like we were all responsible and very grown up!

Sounds great. We too have a very threadbare teddy bear. What did you do to celebrate your 11th birthday?

I have no idea! I can’t remember! My Mum is a fantastic cake baker and would always make these wonderful themed sponge cakes with lots of fruit and fresh cream so chances are there was definitely cake involved!

Sounds yummy. What was your dance style like at 11?

My dance style was non-existent at 11! Haha! I was an extremely shy kid and would be one of those who would always just sit at the side at parties and school discos wishing I had the courage to go up and dance. By the time I would work up the courage, it would be the final song and then the party would be over!? So I never really had the chance to develop a dance style. If someone had told me at 11 that when I was “grown up” that I’d have danced in front of millions on TV, I’d had told them they were crazy!  

Phil Barnett

 

Phil and his People’s Strictly Partner Janette

So Phil, what were your favourite things when you were 11?

My favourite things in 1971, when I was 11 were… Appearing in our local panto, playing rugby and athletics. I loved all kinds of sweets. (Still do!! ) and my first single I bought was Schools Out by Alice Cooper although that might have been a few years later!

We have a very sweet tooth too! How did you celebrate when you were 11?

To celebrate we would go to a disco at school and at Christmas my parents would allow me to have an alcoholic drink called a Snowball (although it was mostly lemonade) I loved prawn cocktail crisps which had only just been invented! I also loved curly wurlys!

*licks lips thinking of curly wurlys* On the People’s Strictly you showed the nation that you had a great dance style. What was your dance style like at the age of 11?

 Disco was the big new thing then but at school we had to learn the barn dance and the vileta! 

We loved that insight some of our Strictly Favourites gave us. We’ll have some more coming very soon. What were your favourite things when you were 11? How did you celebrate and what was your dance style like? Tweet us @scd_support or comment below to let us know.

Cassie πŸ™‚

🍌 Banana Day Wednesday Warm-Up – You’ll be bananas to not read this post. 🍌

*Slips over a banana skin* Yes, there really is such a day as banana day and today just happens to be that day.

Traditionally, on a Wednesday warm-up, we show you a dance to relieve your hump day blues. Today’s dance is no exception, and *pauses to create suspense* it features bananas. Hoorah! We’re all happy, well almost all of us, with the exception of this guy:

Hey! This isn’t a banana! Who’s been eating all my bananas? 🍌

Sorry Oscar (the Orangatun!) Hopefully, today’s Wednesday Warm-Up will make you smile. We’re watching the banana and fruit-filled Salsa from Hairy Biker Dave Myers and the lovely Karen Hauer. 

This was my 5 yr old’s favourite routine of Strictly 2013 (partly because of Dave’s head roll!) Although, technically it wasn’t the best dance of the night, it made us smile and suffer from dress envy (we wanted Karen’s dress and Hat!) 

Karen’s choreography was great and played to Dave’s strengths. We grew up watching Jim Carrey, so anything from one of his films always cheers us up whenever we have a bad day.

This whole dance is one of those memorable moments that sums up what strictly is all about. Strictly isn’t just about dancing, but about having fun along the way, and these two looked like they had it by the bucketload! Even the parrot on Dave’s trolley looked like he/she enjoyed him/herself! 

We hope you enjoy watching this dance and we hope it relieves your midweek blues. Here are some bananas for you & Dave and Karen with their fabulously fun and banana-filled Salsa:

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https://youtu.be/3qY_leiOiaU

We’d love to hear what you thought of that (not the bananas, the dance!) Tweet us @scd_support or comment below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚

πŸ€ Your St. Patrick’s Day Strictly Fixes! πŸ€

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so we wish all our Irish followers a great day and hope you enjoy celebrating. Now, we wouldn’t be the Strictly Support Group if we didn’t treat you to a daily dose of something strictlified! Today, we’re treating you lovely folk to two dances, both with an Irish flavour.

Our First Strictly fix was our Tango Tuesday fix, from Nicky Byrne and Karen Hauer. We watched their phenomenal Argentine Tango. When we first saw it, it sent shivers up our spine and gave us goosebumps. It was so good and in our eyes deserved 4 10s!

https://youtu.be/V8-kJn2sD_Y

St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete without some good old-fashioned Irish Dancing, so for a second (yes we showed you two dances) Strictly Fix, we showed you this fab-u-lous routine from our Strictly Pros and the wonderful Riverdance crew. It was truly amazing, not only because Tristan was in it, and has to be watched. 

https://youtu.be/0mWSY-NeG3M

We hope you enjoyed watching both our Strictly Fixes today. We’d 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.

Don’t forget! Lucky the Leprechaun will be on twitter from 7.30pm tonight for our St Patrick’s Day chat. We hope you can join us then!

Cassie πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

Samba Saturday – *Sings* This is the way (ahaha) we like it (the Samba!)

*shimmies* Watching today’s Samba Saturday, we feel like we’re having a party and we haven’t even blown up any balloons. Today we’re watching a dance which was full of the carnival atmosphere and had so much energy we just wanted to join in at home. We’re watching Team Markarena (Mark Wright and Karen Hauer) show us that the only way to Samba.

We loved this dance for several reasons:
1) It was a turning point for Mark where he came out and gave it everything, showing he was a contender. Coming back after being in the Dance-Off the week before and performing like this takes guts and determination!
2) Karen’s costume was so bright, colourful and full of fringing, we felt we were watching the Rio Carnival.
3) The choreography – It had enough traditional Samba for Len, but also some great crowd-pleasing disco bits, and also who could resist Mark’s hips, he gave Snakey Jakey a run for his money! 😍
4) Craig’s lack of expression when Mark was girating on the Judge’s desk, we think he wasn’t watching the same dance as us, or Darcey!

We loved this dance and hope you will too. Here are Mark and Karen showing us the (w)right way to do a Samba:

We’d love to hear what you thought of that dance. Was that the way (ahaha) you liked it (ahahaha?) Let us know what you thought by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you. We’re off to shimmy around town and do some (boring i.e. food) shopping. We’ll be here from 7.30pm tonight for our #strictlysupportgroup chat. We hope you can join us then!

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly Tour 2015 – A Q and A with two of our fave professionals @karen_hauer and @keviclifton

The Strictly Tour is here and once again we have a bit of glitter back in our lives. Before the tour, we asked you to put forward questions for some of the Strictly tour cast! You suggested some fab-u-lous questions for all the interviews. Today’s Q and A is with two of our favourite professionals Karen and Kevin!

Here they are in action on the tour in what appears to be a dance-off which we cannot wait to see! (pics credit to @Imbirmingham)

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We began by asking them which dances they’ll be performing and what they love most about doing the tour:
Karen – Mark and I will be performing Cha Cha Cha and Foxtrot.
Kevin – Rachel and I will be performing Tango and Rumba.

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We really love the sound of these dances – they’re some of our all-time favourite Strictly routines.

Karen and Kevin – The best part of the tour is getting to see all the amazing support and love from all the strictly fans. Every night is absolutely brilliant. Kevin loves his fake tan too much (haha!) And I love the catering a lil too much as well! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Fake tan and food sounds like a great combination! So how have rehearsals gone? Kevin, you’ll be dancing with a new partner. How does that feel?

Kevin and Karen – Rehearsals have been long but actually lots of fun. It’s an amazing production this year and we are all really excited to perform in every city.

Kevin – Dancing with Rachel has been amazing. I’m really impressed with how quickly she picked up all the routines and how well we get along. She’s a beautiful dancer and a really sweet person. Really miss Frankie and wish her the best.

We all wish Frankie the best too! You’ve both performed on the Strictly Tour before, which venue is the best in your opinion and why?

Karen and Kevin – We love all the venues but the one that really stands out is Glasgow. We absolutely love it there. The crowd is just absolutely off the radar! We get a huge buzz backstage before going on.

Last year, your oscar-worthy vote pleas made us smile. Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to make this year’s tour even more spectacularly fab-u-lous?

Karen and Kevin– Every year we try to bring something new and special to the tour especially when we get to talk in the mic. We did enjoy pleading for votes. This year we will surprise everyone once again hahaha!

*Starts thinking of what they could be planning and overworks her brain* Sounds so much fun! We cannot wait!

What can the fans expect from this year’s tour?

Karen and Kevin – This year’s tour is absolutely brilliant. There are lots of exciting numbers and the costumes are just gorgeous. Its an absolute pleasure to be out there every night .

We’re pretty sure anyone who hasn’t already booked tickets is now searching for a show to go to! It sounds truly amazing. We cannot wait to see the show next month.

Our final question came from @taylorhay131 who asks when did you both start dancing?

Karen and Kevin– Hi @taylorhay131. Kevin started dancing when he was 4yrs old and I started dancing when I was 8yrs old.
Love ya back x

Thank you Kevin and Karen for taking part in our Q&A, it’s really got us super-excited about the tour. We’ll have more Q&As coming very soon, so watch this space!

Cassie πŸ™‚

The Strictly Support Group Needs You!

Now we’ve got your attention! With the Strictly Tour creeping up on us we’ve asked 4 lovely people involved in the tour to host a Q&A on our blog!

So “who have we got taking part in our q&a?” I hear you cry! Well, we have the wonderful, sparkly host of the whole thing Zoe Ball, two of our favourite professionals Kevin from Grimsby and Karen Hauer and the lovely Thom Evans.

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All we need you to do is to send us your questions for these wonderful people, and we’ll ask as many as we can. Please send them to us before Friday evening and watch this space for some exciting interviews coming soon.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Throwback Thursday – Merry Christmas To You All!

So yesterday we revealed that it’s not Christmas until Fairytale of New York has been played on the radio. There’s a film that also reminds us of Christmas, Annie!

Last year two of our fabulous pros, Pasha 😍 and Karen, performed to a beautiful rendition of Tomorrow. It was a dance that truly moved us to tears and left us blubbing into our Christmas dinner (we ended up with turkey soup!)

The choreography was beautiful, the chorister’s voice was angelic and the whole routine just made us want to snuggle up to our loved ones on Christmas Day.

We really loved this dance and are pretty sure that this year’s show will be just as wonderful, if not more than last year’s. Here are Pasha and Karen with their wonderful routine to Tomorrow:

We hope you all enjoyed watching that dance and wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We’ll be here at 5pm tweeting during the Strictly Xmas Special.

We hope you can join us then.

The Strictly Support Group

Wednesday Warm-Up – The Most Beautiful Dance In The World!

Every day this week (up until Friday) we’re showing our favourite dances from our 4 final couples. Yesterday we watched the electrifying Argentine Tango from Frankie and Kevin. Today, we’re watching the most beautiful Rumba ever seen on Strictly from Mark and Karen.

This dance caused some controversy when it was performed on Saturday, with Len criticising Karen’s choreography. We couldn’t disagree with Len more.

Dance is an artform and all about being creative and artistic. We normally cringe watching Rumbas but, Mark and Karen proved that Rumba doesn’t have to be dirty or filthy and can be something beautiful with an emotional connection instead.

We really loved this routine and for us it is our favourite Rumba ever. We loved this dance and hope you will too. Here are Mark and Karen with their beautiful, Rumba. We hope you enjoy watching it:

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

The Strictly Support Group!