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It’s Week 10 and that means now we only have 3 weeks left of the competition!! Before we jump into this weeks review…(an Argentine Tango special)…let’s see how the winning predictions our team made in the first week are holding up!


Rosie ❌Katie McGlynn & Gorka Marquez ❌Tom Fletcher & Amy Dowden ⭐️AJ Odudu & Kai Widdrington


Ian ⭐️AJ Odudu & Kai Widdrington ⭐️Dan Walker & Nadiya Bychkova ❌Tom Fletcher & Amy Dowden


Nic ⭐️AJ Odudu & Kai Widdrington ⭐️John Whaite and Johannes Radebe ⭐️Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu


Emma ❌Tilly Ramsey and Nikita Kuzmin, ❌Nina Wadia and Neil Jones, ⭐️John Whaite and Johannes Radebe.


Nic is clearly in the lead with her predictions with ALL 3 couples still in the running! Good work Nic!! 🤩


Now onto our review…an Argentine Tango special!

This week top of the Leaderboard was John and Johannes with their Argentine Tango. Always a crowd pleaser with the audience, and a style that we love teaching here at RISE. We asked our Argentine Tango teacher Ian for his take on this routine. Did he agree with the Judges.


John & Johannes - Argentine Tango Wow what a show stopper this dance was, the use of Ariel movements and progressive choreography really emboldened the character they were aiming to show. This was really emphasised by the use of Salida’s and Retroceso movements as these helped move their choreography around the floor. It was nice to see the use of a Basic 8 figuration which aided the following Corte actions. With regards to the series of Foot Flicks, Piquet Movements and Gancho Leg Flicks which are synonymous with Argentine Tango, I felt they were danced in appropriate proportion to the character and feel of dance that John & Johannes were demonstrating. These actions have a tendency to be over used in some cases on the show, sometimes up to 50% of the choreography. So it was refreshing to see that their routine didn’t make too much of a feature of this action. To me it seemed like each of the various figures and movements were well balanced, each one like a single cog in the engine of the choreography and this emboldened the performance the two showed as they danced. These figures were the canvas for their story of dance of which they executed superbly, complimented by a perfect choice of music. An all round A* performance in my view! -Ian

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The Strictly weeks are flying by! So much so we are already on “Musicals Week”!

Our office manager Emma is such a keen Musicals fan that this week we have handed over to her to let us know which performances she thought were closest to the real deal!


Emma:

I’m so excited to share my thoughts on my favorite week of the Strictly calendar…Musicals week! Anyone that knows me knows I’m obsessed with musicals. I also grew up performing in amateur dramatics so I get really excited about this week every year!


⭐️My favourite performance of the night was Tilly and Nikita with their couples choice! I saw Matilda the musical live a couple of years ago and at the time I remember being absolutely blown away by the energy and performance of the Revolting Children number. Watching Tilly and Nikita, I felt that way all over again! Shirley mentioned that she couldn’t tell the difference between pro and celebrity and I completely agree! Tilly matched Nikita in energy, commitment and performance at every step!


⭐️ Second favourite for me was Tom and Amy, also with a couples choice. On My Own from Les Misérables is a heartbreaking number. I remember sitting in a crowded theatre in tears because of the empathy I felt for poor Éponine.

The level of acting, performance and expression demonstrated by Tom and Amy in this number almost made me forget I was watching a dance competition, and more like I was watching the show all over again!


⭐️ Finally, my third favourite was AJ and Kai with their beautiful Waltz to Edelweiss.

In the original musical The Sound of Music (yes I’ve seen this one live too ) this number serves to show the tender side of Baron Von Trapp. Kai has used this emotional piece of music and cleverly fused it with the outside night time love scene and dance number between Rolf and Liesl. The result is a beautiful love story performed wonderfully.

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A very exciting review for Week 8! This week we invite our resident seamstress and very own costume mistress to giver her thoughts on the costumes from the this weeks show, Judith Mayoh Khoudi.

With years of experience and a wealth of knowledge we hope you enjoy her run down of the fabulous costumes you see on the show! Over to Judith.....


I'm thrilled that Rosie has asked me to provide a few comments on the strictly costumes this week. With a degree in costumes & textiles and many years of Ballroom/Latin making and designing experience she knows I have a keen interest in the costumes we see on our TV screens each Saturday evening.

So here's a brief rundown of this weeks outfits:


Tilly & Nikita - Quickstep Tilly was dressed in a very pretty outfit which was quite simple. I could possibly see social dancers in this sort of attire - without the huge split. Dressy and affordable. Nikita had some lovely textured fafrics in his outfit. However, if he were competing the shirt/waitscoat combo spoiled his shaping a little.


AJ & Kai - Paso I saw this on Thursday on the "It takes two" programme and thought it looked rather brash! However, once under the studio lighting the colour was vibrant and beautiful. The tiered skirt is in chiffon and silk/satin and there is rather a lot of skirt for an inexperienced dancer to deal with in Paso. The beautiful top is encrusted in 2 shades of rhinestones, estimated at around 4000 stones. Kai in traditional Latin wear. Always a winner!


Dan & Nadya - American Smooth Very traditional in tail suit and Nadya in an elegant dress. What was there not to love? Dan is a tall slender guy and looked stunning tonight. The outfits enhanced his performance.


Rhys & Nancy- Charleston Traditional 20's styling. The use of the boater made it more complicated for Rhys. Shoes were in keeping with the style too. The suit, particularly the trousers looked as though they were cut in a fabric with stretch. This aids the dancer in their movement and particularly helpful in maintaining clean lines with the lifts. Nancy's dress looked as though it was repurposed from a high street dress. Strips of fabric made from the original skirt fabric, that is just my guess.


Sara & Aljaz - Argentine Tango Whilst this was not my favourite look it was a valient attempt at a Tango dress both in colour and style. The gentle trim of crystals on the velvet fabric was appropriate and not distracting. A traditionally coloured dress with those essential splits front and back for those kicks, flicks and long low legline moves.

John & Johannes - Samba So obviously it's a different look dressing 2 men dancing together, i really loved this combination. Both wore the same outfit but in different shades. This was such clever costuming in marking out the difference between leader and follower without any clash. Two in the yellow outfit of Johannes would have been too much and two in the blues of John probably too understated. Gorgeous well fitting trousers and really clever colour combinations. Loved it.


Tom & Amy - Viennese Waltz The beautiful Amy (or Kate Middleton as I call her) looked gorgeous in her grey 50's style dress with lots of light shaded tulle underneath. On closer examination this looked like a blinged up blouse and skirt with deep waistband a great effect. So Tom, a very simple street vibe with interesting black/white shoes, I’ve not ot a huge amount extra to say about this outfit really.


Rose & Giovanni - Couples Choice Contemporary dance and contemporary outfits with bare feet. Beautiful soft layers of chiffon part trouser part dress is my guess. Beautifully complimented by Gio's lose fitting shirt & trousers. When they danced I thought the outfit was a soft pastel blue but it was actually grey. The lighting on strictly really changes the look of some garments. Something that Vicky Gill regularly mentions on her Thursday evening slot on "It Takes Two"