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Strictly Come Dancing’s stars have shared their past dance experience (or lack of it!) ahead of the show’s launch.
Fifteen celebs have signed up for the new series and it seems some are more prepared for the challenge than others.
Opening up about their past dance experience, this year’s cast have revealed how ready they are to step into the ballroom.
Shares TV chef John Whaite: “Between the ages of 10-14, I did ballet, modern and tap. So I may have a few dancing bones in my body, but I’m not necessarily very good rhythmically. Ballet is very stiff and I can do a triple timestep but who knows what I will be like at Ballroom or Latin! “
TV presenter Rhys Stephenson says: “Only street dance school which I did when I was about 15 years old.
Rhys Stephenson – (C) BBC – Photographer: Ray Burmiston
“Apart from that, everything else I learned about dance was from music videos. I love Will Smith and in Men In Black 2, at the end there is that nod your head music video and I watched that relentlessly.”
Nina Wadia reveals: “I trained when I was a very little girl, I did some Indian dance training called Bharatanatyam, from ages 4-9. And then when we moved to Hong Kong from 11-16 I did tap dancing.”
And McFly star Tom Fletcher adds: “I went to theatre school, so I danced a bit at school, but that was a long time ago and nothing like what you’d learn on Strictly.”
Meanwhile actress Katie McGlynn and comedian Robert Webb have both previously appeared in other dancing shows.
Katie says: “I also did The Greatest Dancer for Sport Relief, you only had two days to train but I had so much fun. I wasn’t the best but I just enjoyed it which made me really want to do Strictly.”
Robert, who famously performed the Flashdance on Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, recalls: “That was fun but it was really hard. I’m no better than anybody else learning or remembering moves but I know from the outside it looks like that because I went on to win it.
“But, I know the truth and the truth is that the first live performance was …read more