We know that Strictly fans are the sparkliest and loveliest people of them all. Little Bella being one of the smallest and sparkliest of them all. She is naturally inquisitive and decided she wanted to interview one of Strictly’s biggest fans. She chose to interview Becca (@allenriverlove) (who runs itsstrictlysecret.wordpress.com) Becca is a ballroom dancer herself and has been dancing for 14 years. Here are Bella’s questions for Becca and Becca’s answers!
1) What is your favourite Dance Style?
I prefer Latin because the dances are faster and very emotive – from a cheeky jive to a passionate Paso, you can create a whole new you and just become someone else for a few minutes ! I’m also not as graceful as perhaps I’d like to think 😂🙈
2) What is your favourite of the Ballroom/Latin dances?
My favourite Ballroom dance is quickstep because it reminds me of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers and I love skipping around to classics like ‘Putting On The Ritz’. My favourite Latin dances are Jive (because you can let yourself go) and Samba (because I love carnival music and creating the Samba ‘bounce’ is very fun !). I also love the rumba because it’s great for telling a story.
3) Of all the series on Strictly, what’s been your favourite performance or dance?
Tough question ! I’m gonna cheat and do several across different series’ 😂🙈 there are definitely several Jives that will go down in history: Darren & Jill, Jo & Ore, and Alex & Gorka. These stood out for me because of the sheer endurance needed and the flawless technique, but also for the fact that if you didn’t know Strictly, it would be hard to distinguish which one was the pro! Caroline & Pasha’s Showdance holds a special place in my heart just because it was so beautifully different – it wasn’t just Caroline that was crying during the performance; I was too ! Other highlights for me: Aljaž & Abbey’s Samba; Kevin & Kellie’s Viennese Waltz; many of Georgia & Gio’s dances (Showdance and Charleston in particular) all of Ore & Jo’s, Showdance and American Smooth in particular; Kevin & Louise’s Charleston, Paso and Argentine Tango. These were highlights for me because not only was the technique incredible, but it was enjoyable to watch as well. You could tell that the celeb was having fun dancing it 🙂
4) Who’s been your favourite celebrity to watch on Strictly?
Ooh ! I tend to love celebs for different reasons: I loved Daisy Lowe & Ore Oduba’s love for dance; I loved watching Louise Redknapp’s confidence grow; and Georgia May Foote was just incredible to watch.
5) Who have you enjoyed watching most on this year’s Show?
This year I am loving Susan, Alex, Gemma & Aston for their dedication, commitment and their routines. I look forward to seeing their routines each week and I’m never disappointed!
6) What’s been your favourite dance of the series?
For me, it’s between Alex and Gorka’s Jive (will go down in history as one of the greats); Susan and Kevin’s quickstep to ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ (filled me with so much joy and was a lovely, touching tribute); Aston & Janette’s Paso (I couldn’t find a single flaw no matter how much I looked and I loved the Appel section with the claps !); and Gemma and Aljaž’s foxtrot, which moved me to tears the first time I watched it !
7) Who would you like to see lift the glitter ball this series?
There’s definitely some strong contenders this year. There’s 4/5 that I would like to see get near the final but in the end I think it’s going to all come down to a battle between Alex and Gorka & Aston and Janette – they have not had a single bad dance yet !
8) What got you interested in dance?
I started Disco Freestyle when I was 3 years old, just for fun. Strictly started when I was 4 and it had me hooked from Week 1 ! I then decided to swap Disco for Ballroom and Latin and I’ve been dancing it ever since. Strictly was what kicked it all off, but one of the main factors that has really kept me going is Jo Clifton💕 I owe her so much. Although I can’t afford to compete, my whole life I’ve kept up with the rankings and I watched Jo and Paolo win more and more medals. By the time it got to the World Ballroom Showdance Championships, which was being held in Stuttgart of all places (I have relatives there) and I watched their Top Hat inspired routine, I have NEVER been more in awe in my entire life ! It was the most beautiful and unbelievable thing I had ever seen and I’ve never seen anything like it since. It is still my favourite routine in the world. When they won, and Jo started crying on the podium (it’s not just Ore that cries😜) I realised that I wanted dance to mean that much to me. I later found out that she gave her medal to her Dad, which moved me and inspired me even more. Whenever I get frustrated by a hard figure, I just think of that and it keeps me going. I’ve looked up to her for the last four years and I am so lucky that today I can say that not only do I know her, but I’m one of her girls💕
9) What advice would you give to anyone interested in becoming a dancer?
My advice would be: “don’t let anyone tell you to give up or that you can’t do something. If it means that much to you, you will find a way. No dream is too big or out of reach, and if you’re worried about whether to go for it or not, listen to Alex Owens: ‘it’s better if you leap and fall, then to never leap at all.'”
10) Describe Strictly in 3 words!
THE. PERFECT. FAMILY. 💕
Thank you Becca. Becca also had the chance to ask some of Bella’s questions to her dance teacher, Argo. Here’s what he said:
His advice to anyone interested in becoming a dancer – It’s great fun and teaches lots of different aspects of life: Discipline, Coordination, Manners, Musicality, Etiquette and much more. Go for it and make new friends and memories. Don’t worry too much!
He started dancing to get away from school classes (kids school matters too!) and two girls he liked went to dancing!
Thank you Becca and Bella.
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