Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | Blackpool

Oti Mabuse, Danny Mac - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | Blackpool

Judge Robert Rinder, Oksana Platero - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
Judge Robert Rinder, Oksana Platero – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Claudia “Little Miss Dynamite” (Len) & AJ opened the Blackpool show with a Jive, scoring 36.

Natalie Lowe, Greg Rutherford - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
Natalie Lowe, Greg Rutherford – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Ore & Joanne’s Viennese Waltz saw Bruno commenting, “Ore, the ace in the pack.” They scored 38.

Ed Balls MP, Katya Jones - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
Ed Balls MP, Katya Jones – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Louise & Kevin’s Paso Doble “did not disappoint” (Craig) and they scored 38.

Ed Balls MP, Katya Jones, Strictly Come Dancing Pro Dancers - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy
Ed Balls MP, Katya Jones, Strictly Come Dancing Pro Dancers – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Danny & Oti’s chart topping speedy Charleston scored a deserved 40 and Darcey said “there was a step to every beat of the music. Unbelievable.”

Ed & Katya’s Jive saw Ed lowered onto the ballroom floor playing a flaming piano and Len said afterwards, “Ed, you came down there and you made Blackpool rock.” They scored 23.

Greg & Natalie’s hand-jived Grease based Quickstep was “so bubbly” (Bruno) and they scored 32.

Oksana Platero, Judge Robert Rinder - (C) BBC  - Photographer: Guy Levy
Judge Robert Rinder – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Judge Rinder and Oksana’s Salsa was “hiptastic” (Craig) and they scored 33.

Oksana Platero, Judge Robert Rinder - (C) BBC  - Photographer: Guy Levy
Oksana Platero, Judge Robert Rinder – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

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Live show photographs © BBC Pictures. Strictly, no unauthorised reproduction.

Strictly So Far

BBC announces professional dancer line up for Strictly Come Dancing 2016

Tess Daly, Claudia Winkleman and the fabulous four Judges are back for Strictly Come Dancing 2016

Three new professional dancers join the Strictly Come Dancing line-up for 2016

First Celebrity Contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Confirmed

Second Celebrity Contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Confirmed

Third Celebrity Contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Confirmed

Fourth Celebrity Contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Confirmed

Fifth Celebrity Contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Confirmed

Sixth Celebrity Contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Confirmed

Seventh Celebrity Contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Confirmed

Eighth Celebrity Contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Confirmed

Ninth Celebrity Contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Confirmed

Tenth Celebrity Contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Confirmed

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | New Photos

Eleventh Celebrity Contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Confirmed

Twelfth Celebrity Contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Confirmed

Full Line Up for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Confirmed

Trail: Strictly Come Dancing – The Launch

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | New Celebrity Photos

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | The Launch Show

Strictly Come Dancing | The Class of 2016 Photographed

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | The Professionals

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | The Celebrities interviewed

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | Songs & Dances revealed for 1st show

 

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | Show No 1

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | Show No 1 Part 2

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | The First Elimination

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | Movie Week

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Movie Week | The Results

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | Official Companion to the Series

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | Wildlife Week

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | Wildlife Week Results

BBC/’STRICTLY COME DANCING’ ANNOUNCEMENT

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | Week Five

Lesley Joseph is the next celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2016

Olympic Team GB stars to shimmy and sashay for the BBC Children in Need Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Special

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | Halloween Week

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | Halloween Week Results

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | Week 7

Laura Whitmore is the seventh celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2016

Strictly Christmas Special line-up revealed

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Week 8

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 | Week 8 Results

BBC Children in Need Strictly Special 2016

 

Shoes That Will Never See The Street

dancer in pointe shoes and legwarmers

Shoes That Will Never See The Street

a ballet dancer working on her pointe shoes

Breaking in pointe shoes Photograph : Andrej Uspenski

Tonight’s episode of Inside the factory covers shoes – mainly the manufacture of trainers but also something of the history of shoes and a brief visit to Freed’s of London factory and to the Royal Opera House for a chat and demo with Lauren Cuthbertson.

It’s not magic that keeps a ballerina on her toes – it’s a mixture of materials – often burlap, flour, dextrine*, paper, potato starch, rough and smooth leather, coarse linen, satin, papier-mâché, held together with glue of a secret formula.

Cherry Healey - (C) Voltage TV  - Photographer: George Hughes

Programme Name: Inside the Factory – TX: n/a – Episode: Shoes (No. 6) – Picture Shows: Cherry Healey – (C) Voltage TV – Photographer: George Hughes

If you’re familiar with pointe shoes then you probably won’t find that much new on offer here, though it’s an entertaining guide to the manufacture of the shoes and then goes on to show what Cuthbertson does to make them performance ready.

There’s more from Andre Uspenski here :

Dancers: Behind the Scenes with the Royal Ballet (Hardcover)


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Pointe Shoes + Playground Favourites

ballet pointe shoes

Pointe Shoes + Playground Favourites

ballet pointe shoes

Photography by Cheryl Angear Photography

I recently photographed some products from Capezio, including pointe shoes, and I decided to add a twist of my own.

Who remembers JACKS ? A playground game of skill – dexterity and co-ordination needed – JACKS involved small metal crosses and a rubber ball.

ballet pointe shoes and thread for sewing

Photograph by Cheryl Angear Photography
Capezio pointe shoes

Photograph by Cheryl Angear Photography
pointe shoes and stitch kit thread

Photograph by Cheryl Angear Photography
pointe shoes and sewing kit

Photograph by Cheryl Angear Photography
ballet pointe shoes and JACKS

Photograph by Cheryl Angear Photography

 

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Ballet News Reviews | Fairy Tale Fashion

Fairy Tale Fashion book cover

Ballet News Reviews | Fairy Tale Fashion

Fairy Tale Fashion book cover

Once upon a time…..

Beautifully printed and bound in Italy, where fairy tales first thrived, Fairy Tale Fashion is a fascinating look at the curated content put together by Colleen Hill. This book combines with an exhibition at The Museum at FIT. This is the first book to examine the history, significance and imagery of fairy tales through the lens of high fashion.

So, what do you get ? Among other things –

  • An intro into fairy tales and dress
  • A series of short essays on 13 stories including The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella
  • Dancing, Desire, & Death : the role of footwear in Fairy Tales
  • Sleeping Beauty : A Fairy Tale’s Dance with Fashion

The eagle eyed among you will notice some of Kirsty Mitchell’s Wonderland photographs appear in Fairy Tale Fashion (A Forgotten Tale and The Journey Home), and in fact Mitchell will be in New York to speak about Wonderland at the Museum on March 31st and you can buy tickets here.

Who hasn’t thought about the fairy tale dress of their dreams, especially for a wedding ? Fairy tale fashion has to be something quite spectacular – for example Cinderella’s glass slippers which could hardly be considered practical as they couldn’t actually be walked in. The fairy tales themselves often lack detail – not much more than the basic plot would be given to the reader and they are rarely set in any particular time or place – so it’s a surprise that the mention of clothing within fairy tales is often extremely vivid, like the glass slippers, blond hair or red shoes.

Did you know that in Charles Perrault’s version of Sleeping Beauty there is an added detail to the story ? The Princess wakes from her 100 year nap, fully dressed in a magnificent gown as you’d expect (no nightwear here, however fashionable)…. BUT… the Prince notices (but does not comment) that her dress has gone out of fashion and was in fact the kind of thing his grandmother would have worn.

Other details are interesting too, for example in the same version of Sleeping Beauty the Prince and Princess pass through a “salon of mirrors” on their way to dinner – a detail that could be included in a ballet set.

And then there’s the troublesome spindle. A spindle would never be associated with the trappings of royalty or court life, so why is it so pivotal to the plot ? You could argue that its inclusion highlights the historical importance of fabric and clothing manufacture.

Ever wondered where “spinning a yarn” came from ? Spinning was entirely the preserve of peasant women who distracted themselves from the hard labour by telling tales to its repetitive rhythm, until telling a tale and spinning a yarn became one and the same.

Throughout the book, the photos and illustrations are stunning, including a hand painted silk taffeta gown from Dolce & Gabbana from 2012. The very definitions of fashion – excess, symbolism, status, intangibility – all tie in neatly with fairy tales, which are largely rooted in oral traditions – just like ballet.

Plenty of designers have their work displayed in the book and exhibition from Rodarte, Louboutin, Mugler and McQueen.

Cinderella is a good example of the symbolism of her clothing and the status conferred on her as her ‘magic’ ball gown and shoes appeared before the ball. Indeed, it is Cinderella’s clothing (initially, her dirty rags), rather than her demeaning circumstances that gave her her name. In 1386 Cinderella meant a man who wore dirty clothes.

The Shoe Test

Then there’s the ‘shoe test’. Cinderella’s feet were tiny, which was an important detail in her story because it would ensure that nobody else had feet that would fit her lost slipper. Some versions of the tale have it that she didn’t lose the slipper and that the Prince covered the stairs with ‘pitch’- a sticky substance designed to make sure that Cinderella stayed within the castle. However, Cinderella’s slippers were made from glass, and not the fur fabric that Perrault would have known was fashionable as a shoe lining at the time. Fur could stretch a bit. Glass could not, ensuring that only Cinderella’s feet would be a perfect fit and she’d get her man.

And then an interesting question : if fashion is a nonverbal form of communication, can we ‘read’ clothing the way we can read a story ? As a means of identity? Do you meet strangers and try to read their clothes to determine either their social position or aspects of their personality ? Are fashion designers, then, storytellers ?

In her essay Sleeping Beauty : A Fairy Tale’s Dance with Fashion, Patricia Mears tells how classical ballet influenced fashion as haute couture looked to classical ballets such as Sleeping Beauty for style inspiration – for example – the tutu.

From 1932, articles on dance appeared in Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, both in terms of editorial featuring ballet dancers and dance coverage itself. Fashion mirrored classical ballet in the west and their intertwined ascent echoed the fairy tale narrative in full length ballets. In terms of the actual fairy tale stories, Sleeping Beauty was exceptional because few ballets actually featured, or were dominated by, fairies, and the story includes other fairy tale characters such as Red Riding Hood.

Fairy Tale Fashion is a comprehensive and beautiful swish through high fashion & story telling with a good dose of ballet and dance sprinkled throughout.

 

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Strictly Come Dancing | The Champion is Crowned

Strictly Come Dancing | The Champion is Crowned

Jay McGuiness
Jay McGuiness, Aliona Vilani – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

It’s perverse. For thirteen weeks the voting public has consistently voted off the worst dancer each week, and when the Final swings around, and you’re voting for the person you want to win the show, guess what ? The worst dancer is voted to win!

Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani were bottom of the judges leaderboard (scores were for guidance only and did not count towards the vote), while Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton were at the top, having only dropped one point over three dances, and with clear water between them and their nearest rivals, those sugar mice, Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice.

McGuiness & Vilani looked shocked when the vote was announced, and the celebrations (on tv, at least) were pretty damp. For those of us who report on the show from a dance perspective, and who want dance to be the star, seeing the show being at least in part a popularity contest is okay so long as it doesn’t affect the overall result. Sadly, it did.

It’s been a great show overall, with strong dancing from the start. Probably the most successful element this year has been the initial pairing of the couples; we haven’t had tantrums, we haven’t heard about the blisters. What we’ve had were celebrities prepared to put in the hours (and boy, did Bright put in the hours!) and dance.

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By Cheryl Angear Photography

Strictly Come Dancing | The Final Part One

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Finalists

Anita Rani departs the dance floor in the semi-final and becomes the eleventh celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing Semi Finals

STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015 | New Photographs

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | Musicals Week Results

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Quarter Finals

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015

Peter Andre is the ninth celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | The Magnificent Seven

Strictly Come Dancing | Blackpool Week Results

Strictly Come Dancing | Blackpool Week

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015 Celebrity Line-up Revealed

Jeremy Vine is the seventh celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | The Week Before Blackpool

Behind The Scenes | Call The Midwife Gets A Strictly Makeover for Children In Need

Carol Kirkwood is the sixth celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly stars come out to support BBC Children in Need 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | Week Seven

Take That to light up Strictly Come Dancing live from Blackpool Tower

Strictly Come Dancing | Halloween 2015 Results

Strictly Come Dancing | Halloween 2015

Strictly Come Dancing Week Five | Results

Strictly Come Dancing | Week Five

Strictly Come Dancing Week 4 Results

Strictly Come Dancing |Week 4

Anthony Ogogo is the second celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | Movie Week

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Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Elimination Weekend

STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR

Strictly Come Dancing | The 2nd Live Show

Strictly Come Dancing | The First Live Show

STRICTLY COME DANCING | THE LIVE TOUR

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Pros In Pictures

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Photos Of The Couples

STRICTLY COME DANCING MUSIC AND DANCES REVEALED

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Photos Of The Couples

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Steps

Strictly Come Dancing | The Launch Show

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | New Celebrity Photos

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Presenters

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Judges

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Professionals

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Ladies

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Gents

Strictly Come Dancing 2015

The first look at the Strictly Come Dancing 2015 celebrity contestants is here

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 line up is complete

Strictly Come Dancing’s spin off show It Takes Two is back on BBC Two with more exclusive access and backstage gossip than ever before

Strictly Come Dancing | The Final Part One

Kellie Bright,

Strictly Come Dancing | The Final Part One

Georgia + Giovanni

Kellie + Kevin

Katie + Anton

Jay+ Aliona

 

Who will make it to the final three ?

Georgia May Foote dancing in the Strictly final
Georgia May Foote, Giovanni Pernice – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Jay McGuiness
Jay McGuiness, Aliona Vilani – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Kellie Bright
Kellie Bright, Kevin Clifton – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Katie Derham
Katie Derham, Anton Du Beke – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Georgia May Foote
Georgia May Foote, Giovanni Pernice – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Aliona Vilani
Aliona Vilani, Jay McGuiness – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Aliona Vilani
Aliona Vilani, Jay McGuiness – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Kellie Bright,
Kellie Bright, Kevin Clifton – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Katie Derham
Katie Derham, Anton Du Beke – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Anton Du Beke
Anton Du Beke, Katie Derham – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

 

Live show photographs. © BBC Pictures. Strictly, no unauthorised reproduction.

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Strictly Come Dancing with glitter
By Cheryl Angear Photography

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Finalists

Anita Rani departs the dance floor in the semi-final and becomes the eleventh celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing Semi Finals

STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015 | New Photographs

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | Musicals Week Results

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Quarter Finals

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015

Peter Andre is the ninth celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | The Magnificent Seven

Strictly Come Dancing | Blackpool Week Results

Strictly Come Dancing | Blackpool Week

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015 Celebrity Line-up Revealed

Jeremy Vine is the seventh celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | The Week Before Blackpool

Behind The Scenes | Call The Midwife Gets A Strictly Makeover for Children In Need

Carol Kirkwood is the sixth celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly stars come out to support BBC Children in Need 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | Week Seven

Take That to light up Strictly Come Dancing live from Blackpool Tower

Strictly Come Dancing | Halloween 2015 Results

Strictly Come Dancing | Halloween 2015

Strictly Come Dancing Week Five | Results

Strictly Come Dancing | Week Five

Strictly Come Dancing Week 4 Results

Strictly Come Dancing |Week 4

Anthony Ogogo is the second celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | Movie Week

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Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Elimination Weekend

STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR

Strictly Come Dancing | The 2nd Live Show

Strictly Come Dancing | The First Live Show

STRICTLY COME DANCING | THE LIVE TOUR

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Pros In Pictures

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Photos Of The Couples

STRICTLY COME DANCING MUSIC AND DANCES REVEALED

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Photos Of The Couples

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Steps

Strictly Come Dancing | The Launch Show

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | New Celebrity Photos

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Presenters

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Judges

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Professionals

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Ladies

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Gents

Strictly Come Dancing 2015

The first look at the Strictly Come Dancing 2015 celebrity contestants is here

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 line up is complete

Strictly Come Dancing’s spin off show It Takes Two is back on BBC Two with more exclusive access and backstage gossip than ever before

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Finalists

The final four couples with the Strictly trophy Kevin Clifton, Kellie Bright, Anton Du Beke, Katie Derham, Jay McGuiness, Aliona Vilani, Georgia May Foote, Giovanni Pernice

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Finalists

The final four contestants Kellie Bright, Katie Derham, Jay McGuiness, Georgia May Foote
The final four contestants Kellie Bright, Katie Derham, Jay McGuiness, Georgia May Foote – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
The final four contestants Kellie Bright, Katie Derham, Jay McGuiness, Georgia May Foote
The final four contestants Kellie Bright, Katie Derham, Jay McGuiness, Georgia May Foote – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
The final four couples with the Strictly trophy Kevin Clifton, Kellie Bright, Anton Du Beke, Katie Derham, Jay McGuiness, Aliona Vilani, Georgia May Foote, Giovanni Pernice
The final four couples with the Strictly trophy Kevin Clifton, Kellie Bright, Anton Du Beke, Katie Derham, Jay McGuiness, Aliona Vilani, Georgia May Foote, Giovanni Pernice – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
The Strictly finalists visit Radio 1 Kellie Bright, Katie Derham, Nick Grimshaw, Georgia May Foote, Jay McGuiness
The Strictly finalists visit Radio 1 Kellie Bright, Katie Derham, Nick Grimshaw, Georgia May Foote, Jay McGuiness – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Anita Rani departs the dance floor in the semi-final and becomes the eleventh celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Kylie Minogue dances on Strictly Come Dancing

Anita Rani departs the dance floor in the semi-final and becomes the eleventh celebrity to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2015   

The Strictly Come Dancing dancers
The Strictly Come Dancing dancers – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

 

Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Kylie Minogue dances on Strictly Come Dancing
Kylie Minogue – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

This weekend Anita Rani became the eleventh celebrity contestant to exit the competition and missed out on reaching the Strictly Come Dancing Grand Final next week. She faced Katie Derham in the dreaded dance off.

Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Janette Manrara, Natalie Lowe, Joanne Clifton
Janette Manrara, Natalie Lowe, Joanne Clifton – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

The overall judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples to face each other in the dance off. This week, it was TV Presenter Anita Rani and her dance partner Gleb Savchenko and BBC Proms and Radio 3 Presenter Katie Derham and her professional partner Anton Du Beke. 

Tristan MacManus
Tristan MacManus – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Both couples performed one of their routines again; Anita and Gleb performed their Salsa to ‘Feel This Moment’ by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera and Katie and Anton performed a Waltz to ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ by Puccini in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.

Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
The Strictly Come Dancing dancers
The Strictly Come Dancing dancers – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

After both couples had danced a second time the Judges delivered their verdicts:

Craig Revel Horwood said, “This couple are dramatic, dynamic and risk takers and that couple is Anita and Gleb.”

Darcey Bussell said, “I’d like to save this couple because they made no mistakes and they produced a beautiful quality across the dance floor and that is Katie and Anton.”

Bruno Tonioli said, “All errors have been erased from my memory, the musical phrasing was worthy of a maestro Katie and Anton.”

Janette Manrara, Aljaz Skorjanec
Janette Manrara, Aljaz Skorjanec – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

As the Judges were divided Head Judge Len Goodman had the deciding vote and said, “I’m just judging this on this one dance. Nothing that’s been, nothing that could be in the future or in the final, on this one dance. It was totally clear, Katie and Anton.”

Pasha Kovalev, Brendan Cole, Aljaz Skorjanec
Pasha Kovalev, Brendan Cole, Aljaz Skorjanec – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

When asked by Tess Daly if she had enjoyed her time on the show, Anita said, “I came to Strictly having never danced before and I love this programme and thought let’s give it a go. Little did I know just how difficult it is and how wonderful it is! I’ve had the most incredible time, this man is a slave driver, he’s beautiful but he’s also got the most creative mind. Honestly I’ve just had the best time. Thank you to all the judges, everything you say, you’re brilliant. And to all my amazing friends and all four of you, I can’t wait to watch the final. You are all sensational dancers and I can’t believe I have managed to get this far with the calibre of dancing, you are all incredible!”  

Claudia Winkleman, Tess Daly
Claudia Winkleman, Tess Daly – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Gleb said, “I just want to say thank you for this amazing time. The past 12 weeks have been absolutely incredible. I’ve loved every day spent with you, teaching you, creating with you. I’ve learnt a lot, you’ve been so fearless and driven, you want to learn and I couldn’t have wished for a better partner hands down.”

Anita and Gleb leave the competition Anita Rani, Gleb Savchenko
Anita and Gleb leave the competition Anita Rani, Gleb Savchenko – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Sunday’s Results Show also featured a special festive music performance from pop princess Kylie Minogue who was accompanied by the Strictly male professional dancers.

Anita and Gleb take their final dance
Anita and Gleb take their final dance – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Next Saturday, Strictly Come Dancing returns with two live shows as the four finalists compete for the Glitter Ball trophy.

In the first show, which airs at 6.35pm on BBC One, all four finalists will perform two dances – the Judges choice dance from the series as well as their show dance.  Voting will open once each couple has danced twice.

Anita and Gleb leave the competition Tess Daly, Anita Rani, Gleb Savchenko
Anita and Gleb leave the competition Tess Daly, Anita Rani, Gleb Savchenko – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

The live results show will air later that night at 9pm on BBC One. At the start of the show one couple will be eliminated from the competition. The remaining three couples will go on perform their favourite dance from the series before one couple is crowned the Strictly Come Dancing Champions 2015.

The bottom two couples Katie Derham, Anton Du Beke, Anita Rani, Gleb Savchenko
The bottom two couples Katie Derham, Anton Du Beke, Anita Rani, Gleb Savchenko – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

The Judges scores throughout the night are for guidance only and the public vote will decide who wins.

The Strictly Come Dancing finalists 2015 are Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice; Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani; Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke and Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton.

Strictly Come Dancing Semi Finals

Semi finalist Katie Derham

Strictly Come Dancing Semi Finals 2015

Semi finals night on Strictly saw some interesting dances, brave choreography and dazzling costumes.

Professional dancer Gleb Savchenko
Gleb Savchenko, Anita Rani – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Semi finalist Katie Derham
Katie Derham, Anton Du Beke – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Aliona Vilani dances on Strictly in the Charleston
Aliona Vilani, Jay McGuiness – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Live show photographs © BBC Pictures. Strictly, no unauthorised reproduction.

 

 

Strictly Come Dancing with glitter
By Cheryl Angear Photography

STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015 | New Photographs

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | Musicals Week Results

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Quarter Finals

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015

Peter Andre is the ninth celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | The Magnificent Seven

Strictly Come Dancing | Blackpool Week Results

Strictly Come Dancing | Blackpool Week

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015 Celebrity Line-up Revealed

Jeremy Vine is the seventh celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | The Week Before Blackpool

Behind The Scenes | Call The Midwife Gets A Strictly Makeover for Children In Need

Carol Kirkwood is the sixth celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly stars come out to support BBC Children in Need 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | Week Seven

Take That to light up Strictly Come Dancing live from Blackpool Tower

Strictly Come Dancing | Halloween 2015 Results

Strictly Come Dancing | Halloween 2015

Strictly Come Dancing Week Five | Results

Strictly Come Dancing | Week Five

Strictly Come Dancing Week 4 Results

Strictly Come Dancing |Week 4

Anthony Ogogo is the second celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | Movie Week

Iwan Thomas and Ola Jordan are the first celebrity couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2015Iwan Thomas and Ola Jordan are the first celebrity couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Elimination Weekend

STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR

Strictly Come Dancing | The 2nd Live Show

Strictly Come Dancing | The First Live Show

STRICTLY COME DANCING | THE LIVE TOUR

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Pros In Pictures

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Photos Of The Couples

STRICTLY COME DANCING MUSIC AND DANCES REVEALED

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Photos Of The Couples

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Steps

Strictly Come Dancing | The Launch Show

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | New Celebrity Photos

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Presenters

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Judges

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Professionals

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Ladies

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Gents

Strictly Come Dancing 2015

The first look at the Strictly Come Dancing 2015 celebrity contestants is here

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 line up is complete

Strictly Come Dancing’s spin off show It Takes Two is back on BBC Two with more exclusive access and backstage gossip than ever before

Glitter Pointe Shoes

pink glitter pointe shoes

Glitter Pointe Shoes

pink glitter pointe shoes
Photograph by Cheryl Angear Photography

Pointe shoes come in many forms. Usually, they are pink satin, but you wouldn’t catch Cinderella without a glittery pointe shoe, would you ?

It’s not magic that keeps a ballerina on her toes – it’s a mixture of materials – often burlap, flour, dextrine, paper, potato starch, rough and smooth leather, coarse linen, satin, papier-mâché, held together with glue of a secret formula.

You may have seen dancers strutting about, stork-like, backstage, scratching in the rosin tray.  Rosin, which is made from pine tree sap, is used to stop their feet from slipping.  It’s not uncommon for dancers to use other materials too, for example detergent, cleansers, Coca-Cola & rubber cement.

 

pink glittery pointe shoes
Photograph by Cheryl Angear Photography

These Merlet pink glitter pointe shoes are not for wearing. They’d make a great Christmas present for someone who wants to display a pair, and they come in two other colours besides pink – diamond and gold.

Unusually for pointe shoes, the ribbons come attached to the shoes and make a nice finishing touch. Available now (follow the link above), if you want a Christmas delivery then you’d need to be swift!

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015 | New Photographs

The cast of Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015 | New Photographs

Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli
Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing – Christmas Special 2015 – TX: 25/12/2015 – Episode: n/a (No. n/a) – Picture Shows: Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015 will be shown on Christmas Day.

Dame Shirley Bassey
Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing – Christmas Special 2015 – TX: 25/12/2015 – Episode: n/a (No. n/a) – Picture Shows: Dame Shirley Bassey – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015 pairings are :

Abbey Clancy & Brendan Cole

Alison Hammond & Robin Windsor

Cassidy Little & Natalie Lowe

Harry Judd & Jo Clifton

Lisa Snowdon & Pasha Kovalev

Tom Chambers & Oti Mabuse

 

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | Musicals Week Results

Helen and Aljaz take their final dance

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | Musicals Week Results

Claudia Winkleman
Claudia Winkleman, Tess Daly – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Helen George is the tenth celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015  

The cast of The Lion King
The cast of The Lion King, The Strictly Come Dancing dancers – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

This weekend Helen George became the tenth celebrity contestant to exit the competition as she faced Georgia May Foote in the dreaded dance off.

The cast of The Lion King dance with the Strictly Come dancing dancers
The cast of The Lion King, The Strictly Come Dancing dancers – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

The overall judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples to face each other in the dance off. This week, it was Georgia May Foote and her professional partner Giovanni Pernice and Helen George and her dance partner Aljaž Škorjanec.

The cast of The Lion King
The cast of The Lion King – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Both couples performed their routines again; Georgia and Giovanni performed their Foxtrot to ‘Beauty and the Beast’ from the show of the same name and Helen and Aljaz performed a Paso Doble to ‘At The End of The Day’ from Les Miserables in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.

The cast of The Lion King
The cast of The Lion King – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

After both couples had danced a second time the Judges delivered their verdicts.

Craig Revel Horwood said: “As far as I am concerned I think you are both even-stevens.  Helen, you were absolutely fantastic, you rectified absolutely everything, but the couple I am going to save is Georgia and Giovanni.”

The bottom two couples Georgia May Foote, Giovanni Pernice, Helen George, Aljaz Skorjanec
The bottom two couples Georgia May Foote, Giovanni Pernice, Helen George, Aljaz Skorjanec – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Darcey said, “Well, I wish I didn’t have to choose between you two, we have been so fortunate because you have produced some stunning dances both of you and I can only say the couple I would like to save is because they delivered technically and understood the style well and that was Georgia and Giovanni.”

Helen and Aljaz leave the competition
Helen and Aljaz leave the competition Tess Daly, Helen George, Aljaz Skorjanec – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Bruno said, “Well first I have to say both of your performances were wonderful, completely different, and extremely powerful in their own ways, both of you should not be here.  But I have to choose the couple that added that extra polish and that extra finish, your lines sweetie darlings, Georgia and Giovanni, you got that perfectly.”

Helen and Aljaz take their final dance
Helen and Aljaz take their final dance Aljaz Skorjanec, Helen George – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

As Bruno agreed with Darcey and Craig, Georgia and Giovanni were safely through to next week. Head Judge Len Goodman said that he agreed with his colleagues’ decision.

When asked by Tess Daly if she had enjoyed her time on the show, Helen said, “I’ve just had the most amazing time, spending this time with Aljaž, he has been the most fantastic teacher but most of all friend, and also I am taking away a brilliant group of mates, who I want to see lots in the future and I love this!”

Helen and Aljaz take their final dance
Helen and Aljaz take their final dance Aljaz Skorjanec, Helen George – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Aljaž said, “I absolutely loved every single week, you amazed me with the level of your professionalism, with the level of commitment to every single dance and it was a pure joy. Thank you so much.”  

Sunday’s Results Show also featured a special music performance from Josh Groban and a spectacular group performance from the Strictly professional dancers with the cast of The Lion King.

The remaining five couples in the competition will return next weekend where they will each perform two dances in the hope of reaching the Grand Final on Saturday 19th of December.

Helen and Aljaz take their final dance
(C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Strictly Come Dancing will be back for the Semi Final on Saturday 12th December at 6.50pm with the Results Show on Sunday 13th December at 7.20pm on BBC One which will feature a music performance from pop sensation, Kylie Minogue.

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Quarter Finals

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Quarter Finals

Aljaz Skorjanec dances on Strictly Come Dancing
Aljaz Skorjanec, Helen George – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Helen George from Call The Midwife dances on Strictly
Helen George, Aljaz Skorjanec – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Here we are at the quarter finals – including Anton ! – and we have one guy and five girls waiting to dance Musicals

  • Georgia & Giovanni opened this week with a Foxtrot to the theme from Beauty and the Beast. “It was charming” said Len, Bruno was “transported by the magic of it all” and Darcey noticed those “beautiful moments when you hovered” and they scored 36
  • Anita & Gleb found themselves bottom of the leaderboard with their Argentine Tango from Chicago. Darcey said “you have no fear. Gleb has asked a lot of you.” Gleb said afterwards that what Anita was dancing was nearly impossible. Sadly the dance exposed Anita’s week points – her flexed feet – and they scored 31
  • Kellie & Kevin’s rousing Viennese Waltz from Oliver sent shivers around the ballroom. Such carousing! So much going on. Table-orgraphy again. Craig “loved it” and Bruno said “a Viennese Waltz by the people for the people” and they scored 36
  • Jay & Aliona’s Rhumba “brought tears to my eyes” (Darcey) and they scored 39, topping the leaderboard – for a Rhumba!
  • Kaite & Anton’s Foxtrot had “fabulous movement” (Len) but took a while to get there, and they scored 35
  • Helen & Aljaz’s Paso Doble was a challenge for Helen, who was too soft and upright for this dance and lost her balance here and there. Nevertheless, Bruno found it “very strong. Very impactful” and they scored 34, putting them in danger along with Anita & Gleb this week.

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Helen George
Helen George – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Anton Du Beke on the dancefloor
Anton Du Beke, Katie Derham – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Katie Derham dances on SCD
Katie Derham – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Jay McGuiness dances with his pro partner on Strictly
Jay McGuiness, Aliona Vilani – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Aliona Vilani dances the rhumba
Jay McGuiness, Aliona Vilani – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Kellie Bright from EastEnders dances on Strictly Come Dancing
Kellie Bright, Kevin Clifton – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Kevin Clifton dances with his celeb partner Kellie on SCD
Kellie Bright, Kevin Clifton – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Gleb Savchenko dances on Strictly
Gleb Savchenko, Anita Rani – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Anita Rani dances on SCD
Gleb Savchenko, Anita Rani – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Gleb Savchenko on the dance show Strictly
Gleb Savchenko – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Georgia May Foote dances as Belle on Strictly
Georgia May Foote, Giovanni Pernice – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Giovanni Pernice dances the Beast from Beauty and the Beast on Musicals week for Strictly Come Dancing
Georgia May Foote, Giovanni Pernice – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

 

Strictly Come Dancing with glitter
By Cheryl Angear Photography

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015

Peter Andre is the ninth celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | The Magnificent Seven

Strictly Come Dancing | Blackpool Week Results

Strictly Come Dancing | Blackpool Week

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015 Celebrity Line-up Revealed

Jeremy Vine is the seventh celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | The Week Before Blackpool

Behind The Scenes | Call The Midwife Gets A Strictly Makeover for Children In Need

Carol Kirkwood is the sixth celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly stars come out to support BBC Children in Need 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | Week Seven

Take That to light up Strictly Come Dancing live from Blackpool Tower

Strictly Come Dancing | Halloween 2015 Results

Strictly Come Dancing | Halloween 2015

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Strictly Come Dancing | Week Five

Strictly Come Dancing Week 4 Results

Strictly Come Dancing |Week 4

Anthony Ogogo is the second celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing | Movie Week

Iwan Thomas and Ola Jordan are the first celebrity couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2015Iwan Thomas and Ola Jordan are the first celebrity couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Elimination Weekend

STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR

Strictly Come Dancing | The 2nd Live Show

Strictly Come Dancing | The First Live Show

STRICTLY COME DANCING | THE LIVE TOUR

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Pros In Pictures

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Photos Of The Couples

STRICTLY COME DANCING MUSIC AND DANCES REVEALED

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Photos Of The Couples

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Steps

Strictly Come Dancing | The Launch Show

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | New Celebrity Photos

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Presenters

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Judges

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Professionals

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Ladies

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Gents

Strictly Come Dancing 2015

The first look at the Strictly Come Dancing 2015 celebrity contestants is here

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 line up is complete

Strictly Come Dancing’s spin off show It Takes Two is back on BBC Two with more exclusive access and backstage gossip than ever before

Peter Andre is the ninth celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Kristina Rihanoff, Karen Clifton & Natalie Lowe

Peter Andre is the ninth celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015 

Joanne Clifton, Oti Mabuse, Charlotte Goach
Joanne Clifton, Oti Mabuse, Charlotte Goach – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

This weekend Peter Andre became the ninth celebrity contestant to exit the competition as he faced Kellie Bright in the dreaded dance off.

professional dancers Joanne Clifton, Oti Mabuse & Charlotte Goach
Joanne Clifton, Oti Mabuse, Charlotte Goach – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

On Saturday night, the couples danced twice.  As well as their routines, the couples also competed in the “Quickstep-a-thon”.  The couples were awarded points from one to seven (one for last place and seven for first place) and these scores were combined with the couples’ dance scores to create their overall leader board points.   

Kristina Rihanoff and Kevin Clifton
Kristina Rihanoff, Kevin Clifton – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

The overall judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples to face each other in the dance off. This week, it was Peter Andre and his professional partner Janette Manrara and Kellie Bright and her dance partner Kevin Clifton. 

Kristina Rihanoff, Karen Clifton & Natalie Lowe
Kristina Rihanoff, Karen Clifton, Natalie Lowe – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Both couples performed their routines again; Peter and Janette performed their American Smooth to ‘Sweetest Feeling’ by Jackie Wilson and Kellie and Kevin did a Salsa to ‘I Want You Back’ by The Jackson 5 in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition. 

Claudia Winkleman & Tess Daly
Claudia Winkleman, Tess Daly – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

After both couples had danced a second time the Judges delivered their verdicts: 

Claudia Winkleman & Tess Daly ham it up for Strictly
Claudia Winkleman, Tess Daly – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Craig Revel Horwood said: “Well its really tough now, both couples improved. Kellie for instance improved her fluidity, Peter did a beautiful lean over with that gorgeous cake darling, but the couple I would love to save is Kellie and Kevin.” 

Strictly Come Dancing Professional Dancers
Strictly Come Dancing Professional Dancers – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Darcey Bussell said: “It is incredibly difficult now in the competition but the couple I would like to save on a technically more assured performance and confidence is Kellie and Kevin.” 

Strictly Come Dancing Professional Dancers
Strictly Come Dancing Professional Dancers – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Bruno Tonioli said: “They both gave a very powerful and very entertaining performance but based on the dance I saw the one that I thought has more content and was technically more accurate was Kellie and Kevin.”

Strictly Come Dancing Professional Dancers
Strictly Come Dancing Professional Dancers – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

As Bruno agreed with Darcey and Craig, Kellie and Kevin were safely through to next week. Head Judge Len Goodman said that he agreed with his fellow colleagues’ decision. 

Peter Andre, Janette Manrara
Peter Andre, Janette Manrara – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

When asked by Tess if he had enjoyed his time on the show, Peter said, “It’s been nothing but joy and we have come so far. Like I said before there is no shame in leaving, we are so grateful. I love everybody. Thank you.” 

Tess Daly, Peter Andre, Janette Manrara
Tess Daly, Peter Andre, Janette Manrara – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Janette added, “I definitely have made a friend for life, we got on straight away. He worked so hard in rehearsals, we had ups and downs and pushed through them. I love you and I am so glad to have you as part of my life going forward.” 

Kellie Bright, Kevin Clifton
Kellie Bright, Kevin Clifton – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Sunday’s Results Show also featured two special music performances from Adam Lambert and Il Divo.

The remaining six couples will return in next weekend’s Quarter Final to face the music and dance as the curtain is raised on a spectacular themed week as Strictly goes to the musicals. 

Janette Manrara, Peter Andre
Janette Manrara, Peter Andre – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Strictly Come Dancing will be back on Saturday 5th December at 7pm with the Results Show on Sunday 6th December at 7:20pm on BBC One.

Kellie Bright, Kevin Clifton, Janette Manrara, Peter Andre
Kellie Bright, Kevin Clifton, Janette Manrara, Peter Andre – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

 

 

Strictly Come Dancing | The Magnificent Seven

Georgia May Foote, Giovanni Pernice

Strictly Come Dancing | The Magnificent Seven

professional dancer Gleb Savchenko
Gleb Savchenko – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice
Georgia May Foote, Giovanni Pernice – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Janette Manrara dances on Strictly
Janette Manrara, Peter Andre – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Tonight we had cupcakes, marbles & the Quickstep-a-thon.

  • Kellie & Kevin opened the show with a smart salsa but why does Kellie have to wear every colour under the sun ? Len said “Gr8” showing that a traditionalist he may be, but he’s still keeping up with the new kids on the block and they scored 34
  • Katie & Anton’s Argentine Tango was slinky but not all that smooth in places, though Bruno found it “drop dead gorgeous” and they scored 32
  • What a night for Helen & Aljaz! Craig loved their excellent story-telling and Darcey said of Helen “you are such a treasure to watch” and Bruno said “I’m absolutely charmed to the core” scoring top marks of the night with 39. I’d like to know what prevented a perfect score.
  • Jay & Aliona “were just working as one” (Darcey) and they scored 38
  • Peter didn’t have a great night, following a difficult week at Blackpool, with their American Smooth Foxtrot scoring 31, leaving them at the bottom of the leaderboard
  • They were not alone, as Anita and Gleb quickly followed with their Rhumba. Bruno said “it was a true tale of endless love” but the other judges were less enamoured, particularly Len, and they too ended up with a score of 31
  • Georgia & Giovanni closed this section of the night with a Paso Doble rock-style that scored 33
  • With all couples on the floor together for the Quickstep-a-thon, in true ballroom competition style, Helen & Aljaz scored top marks with an additional 7 points (46 in total) and Peter & Janette found themselves with only one extra point and bottom of this section too.

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Strictly Come Dancing with glitter
By Cheryl Angear Photography

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Strictly stars come out to support BBC Children in Need 2015

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Take That to light up Strictly Come Dancing live from Blackpool Tower

Strictly Come Dancing | Halloween 2015 Results

Strictly Come Dancing | Halloween 2015

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Strictly Come Dancing |Week 4

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STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR

Strictly Come Dancing | The 2nd Live Show

Strictly Come Dancing | The First Live Show

STRICTLY COME DANCING | THE LIVE TOUR

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Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Photos Of The Couples

STRICTLY COME DANCING MUSIC AND DANCES REVEALED

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Photos Of The Couples

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | First Steps

Strictly Come Dancing | The Launch Show

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | New Celebrity Photos

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Presenters

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Judges

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Professionals

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Ladies

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 | The Gents

Strictly Come Dancing 2015

The first look at the Strictly Come Dancing 2015 celebrity contestants is here

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 line up is complete

Strictly Come Dancing’s spin off show It Takes Two is back on BBC Two with more exclusive access and backstage gossip than ever before

Strictly Come Dancing | Blackpool Week Results

The Strictly Come Dancing contestants and professional dancers

Strictly Come Dancing | Blackpool Week Results

Take That singing on Strictly Come Dancing
Take That – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Jamelia is the eighth celebrity to depart the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing 2015 

Anastacia performs on Strictly
Anastacia – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

At Strictly Come Dancing’s annual spectacular live from the world famous Blackpool Tower, Jamelia became the eighth contestant to leave the competition.

Take That
Take That – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

For one weekend only, Strictly Come Dancing packed its bags and relocated to the home of ballroom where there was plenty of sparkle, joy and magical moments. The stakes were raised for the celebrities and their professional dance partners, as they edge closer to the grand final next month.

Take That
Take That – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

In the Strictly’s results show the Judges’ marks were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples in the dance off.

Take That perform their single and Joanne Clifton dances
Take That, Joanne Clifton – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

This week, it was Singer and Presenter Jamelia and her professional partner Tristan MacManus against Singer and TV Personality Peter Andre and his professional partner, Janette Manrara.

Both couples performed their routines again; Jamelia and Tristan did their Quickstep to ‘I’m a Believer’ by The Monkees and Peter and Janette performed their Jive to ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ by Tina Turner in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.

The Strictly Come Dancing contestants and professional dancers
The Strictly Come Dancing contestants and professional dancers – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

After both couples had danced a second time, the Judges delivered their verdicts:

Craig said: “I would like to save Peter and Janette.”

Darcey said: “The couple I would like to save on their improvement in tonight’s performance is Peter and Janette.”

Bruno also chose to save the couple saying: “I would like for Peter and Janette to stay on Strictly.”

As Bruno agreed with Darcey and Craig, Peter and Janette were safely through to next week.

When asked by Tess if Head Judge Len Goodman agreed with his fellow judges, he said, “Funnily enough no I didn’t, I thought Jamelia and Tristan did a very very fine Quickstep and I would have brought you back.”

The Strictly Come Dancing contestants and professional dancers
The Strictly Come Dancing contestants and professional dancers – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Jamelia commented on her time on the show, “I’m sorry to go, I do have to say I’ve had the most fantastic time. I’ve made the most amazing set of friends, I’ve danced at the Tower Ballroom and I’ve danced with Tristan MacManus a million times! I just feel so fortunate to have had this experience and I hope that I’ve shown people that if you are determined and if you work hard then you can surpass whatever you think. I thought I was only going to get to week three and be gone but I’m here at the Tower Ballroom and made it to Blackpool, I’m happy! I’ve said it over and over again, I could not have had a better partner than Tristan, he’s so fantastic, so positive and he really has believed in me. It’s down to him why I’ve made it all the way to Blackpool, thank you!” Tristan added, “Jamelia’s done great and even tonight, it was a completely different dance we’ve just done and unfortunately someone else did a completely different dance as well, it was unbelievable! Again, first and foremost we are dance teachers, we compete and what we want to do is pass on some sort of information to someone and the improvement in Jamelia every week has been unbelievable and I couldn’t be more proud.”

The Strictly Come Dancing contestants and professional dancers
The Strictly Come Dancing contestants and professional dancers – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Jamelia also said to Tess, “Thank you to yourself and Claudia and the Judges, thank you so much, because of you, I’m leaving here as bit of a dancer!”

The Strictly Come Dancing contestants and professional dancers
The Strictly Come Dancing contestants and professional dancers – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Strictly Come Dancing Sunday’s Results Show featured two special music performances.  The first from Take That who arrived in the ballroom in spectacular fashion performing their new single ‘Hey Boy’ and the second from singer Anastacia who performed her classic track ‘I’m Outta Love’.

The Strictly Come Dancing contestants and professional dancers
The Strictly Come Dancing contestants and professional dancers – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

The remaining seven couples are now safely though to next week when Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday 28th November at 6.50pm. The results show will follow on Sunday 29th November at 7.20pm on BBC One and will include a brand new feature, the Quickstepathon which offers a chance for the remaining couples to earn valuable extra points.

The bottom two couples Jamelia, Tristan MacManus, Janette Manrara, Peter Andre
The bottom two couples Jamelia, Tristan MacManus, Janette Manrara, Peter Andre – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Jamelia and Tristan leave the competition
Jamelia and Tristan leave the competition Tristan MacManus, Jamelia, Tess Daly – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Jamelia and Tristan leave the competition
Jamelia and Tristan leave the competition Jamelia, Tristan MacManus – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Jamelia and Tristan take their final dance Jamelia,
Jamelia and Tristan take their final dance Jamelia, Tristan MacManus – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

Strictly Come Dancing | Blackpool Week

Gleb Savchenko

Strictly Come Dancing | Blackpool Week

Helen George and her dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec
Helen George, Aljaz Skorjanec – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Aliona Vilani dances on Strictly
Aliona Vilani, Jay McGuiness – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Giovanni Pernice dances on Strictly Come Dancing
Giovanni Pernice, Georgia May Foote – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Anita Rani on Strictly
Anita Rani – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy
Kellie Bright and dancer Kevin Clifton
Kellie Bright, Kevin Clifton – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

I think we were all expecting the 10’s to roll out for Blackpool, because it’s usually a high scoring week with big numbers and show-stopping dancing. Tonight was a night for dance, for sure, and one of the best I can recall at Blackpool.

A milestone in itself, you still have to deliver at Blackpool and this week saw some surprising results. Personally I thought the judges were fairly restrained with the 10’s, and the top dance of the night should, for me, have gone to Anita & Gleb. I couldn’t see what was missing from their routine to deny them full marks, but 37 was their score – jointly with Kellie & Kevin’s office-inspired Quickstep. For pure drama and transportation to Spain, Anita & Gleb’s Paso was unbeatable. Craig called it “magnificent” and Darcey said “you blew me away.”

Jay & Aliona had the honours of opening the show with their Cuban Salsa prompting Len to exclaim ” I didn’t know you could make Blackpool rock” and they scored 36.

Jamelia & Tristan’s Quickstep was too heavy for me; Tristan put in some testing choreography and Jamelia didn’t quite deliver on it, scoring them 31 which is still a very respectable score.

Katie & Anton’s much-hyped American Smooth was interesting. Darcey said it had “film star style” and they scored 35, but I wondered why the other dancers did most of the lifting and not Anton ?

Peter is a showman, no doubt about it. He comes alive when the camera is on him. But he didn’t have the nature of the Jive at all and they were the only couple tonight to score under 30, with 29.

Georgia & Giovanni. What can you say about these two ? A perfect match. Giovanni is a perfect gent; Georgia the perfect lady and in their Viennese Waltz flavoured American Smooth both these qualities were evident. Bruno called their dance “pure ballroom bliss” and Len said “a brilliant dance.” They scored 38. It was sublime, and a very different dance from Anita & Gleb’s Paso, but what stuck me was how both ladies use their arms to perfection – right to their smallest fingernails – and how it transforms their dancing, elevating it above the others by stratospheres.

Helen & Aljaz’s Charleston was very neat and tidy but in being so, lost a little of the lawlessness of the Charleston, and they scored 34.

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The bottom two couples Jamelia, Tristan MacManus, Karen Clifton, Jeremy Vine – (C) BBC – Photographer: Kieron McCarron

This weekend, Jeremy Vine became the seventh contestant to leave Strictly Come Dancing as he faced Jamelia in the dreaded dance off.

The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples facing the dance off.  This week, it was Jeremy Vine and his professional partner Karen Clifton and Jamelia and her professional partner Tristan MacManus.

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Jeremy and Karen leave the competition Tess Daly, Jeremy Vine, Karen Clifton – (C) BBC – Photographer: Kieron McCarron

Both couples performed their routines again; Jamelia and Tristan did their Samba to ‘A Little Respect’ by Erasure and Jeremy and Karen performed their Quickstep to ‘Going Underground’ by The Jam in a bid to impress the judges and remain in the competition.

After both couples had danced a second time the judges delivered their verdicts:

Craig said: “This person took all the notes that we gave on board, and that person, and couple, actually, is Jamelia and Tristan.”

Darcey said: “Well both couples performed so well tonight but the couple I would like to save is Jamelia and Tristan.”

Bruno also chose to save the couple saying: “I thought they were both very enjoyable and great, great fun but one couple really added that extra cleanliness and precision and that couple is Jamelia and Tristan.”

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Jeremy & Karen leave the competition. Karen Hauer, Jeremy Vine – (C) BBC – Photographer: Kieron McCarron

As Bruno agreed with Darcey and Craig, Jamelia and Tristan were safely through to next week. Head Judge Len Goodman said that he agreed with his fellow judges.

When asked by Tess Daly if he had enjoyed his time on the show, Jeremy said, “Well I have to say meeting Karen and working with her – the best dancer, the best teacher, the best friend.  We have been arguably knocking out people better for us for several weeks now and that is all down to Karen’s choreography, persistence and understanding of where I was coming from.  I’ve really appreciate all of the judges’ comments – the stork hit by lighting was one of the best so thank you Craig! It started me on dancing, I am not quite there yet.  My wife has said that at the next wedding we are at we are going to have to try and waltz but the floor will be cleared before that happens!”

Jeremy and Karen leave the competition Tess Daly, Jeremy Vine
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Karen added, “You are amazing, your dedication, your passion and your love, for what we all love to do has been absolutely amazing and I do hope that you continue dancing and if not I am going to sneak into Radio 2 and dance with you!”

Sunday’s Results Show featured two special performances. The show opened with the pros performing a group routine in collaboration with the band Years and Years.  Sunday night also featured a performance from Brandon Flowers who was joined on the dance floor by professional dancers Oti Mabuse and Aljaž Skorjanec.

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The remaining eight couples are through to the Blackpool special when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 21st November at 6.50pm and The Results show is on Sunday 22nd November at 7.15pm on BBC One.

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Tess Daly, Claudia Winkleman – (C) BBC – Photographer: Kieron McCarron

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For the nine remaining couples, one dance stands between them and Blackpool.

  • Anita & Gleb’s Quickstep impressed Darcey, who said, “week after week you come out at sell it” and they scored 32
  • Jay & Aliona’s “endearing” (Bruno) Foxtrot scored 30
  • Jamelia & Tristan’s Samba “was a lovely story” (Darcey) and scored them 26
  • Helen & Aljaz’s Tango was “choreographed beautifully. The drama was perfection” (Darcey), Bruno said “a beautifully tailored high fashion Tango” and they scored 34
  • Katie & Anton’s classy Rhumba was “fantastic” (Len) scoring them 31
  • Kellie & Kevin rocked the ballroom with their hip-hop/Samba mash-up “that really worked” (Bruno) and scored them 33
  • Peter & Janette’s Disney- esque Viennese Waltz was “flowing with emotion” (Darcey) scoring them 34
  • Georgia & Giovanni’s Charleston “completely razzle-dazzled” (Bruno) and scored 39
  • You had to feel for Jeremy & Karen who followed Georgia’s whooping with joy at her scores, as they danced, or should that be mined, a Quickstep which scored them 21 points

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