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Are you ready for Ballroom dancing?

10th August 2017

Dance Class and Instructor News
It's time to get excited everyone!!

Why I hear you ask? Because we're only a month away from STRICTLY COME DANCING.

Yes, the annual celebrity Ballroom Dance Bonanza is back on our screens in September and already the Strictly have been announcing the lineup for the new series.

Last year, BBC Presenter Ore Oduba and his partner Joanne Clifton took the Glitterball trophy, beating her brother Kevin & Louise Redknapp,as well as Hollyoaks star Danny Mac and partner Oti Mabuse in the final.

This year, Joanne Clifton won't be returning to defend her title, so we've got a new Champion on the way.

The Lineup

Four celebrities have already been announced. Singer Mollie King, from girl group The Saturday's was the first as she aims to go one better than her band-mate Frankie Bridge's second place finish in 2014.

Joining her are Eastenders star Davood Ghadami, Loose Women presenter Ruth Langsford, Model/Actress Gemma Atkinson and TV funnyman and panto favourite Brian Conley.

As well as Joanne Clifton leaving the show, Strictly main-stay Natalie Lowe will also not be returning, nor will last years debutant Oksana Platero. They'll be replaced by Australian dancer Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova from Ukraine and Amy Dowden of Wales.

The biggest change however comes on the judging panel. Strictly veteran judge Len Goodman has finally hung up his dancing shoes. He'll be replaced by the “Queen of Latin” Shirley Ballas, who will join Bruno, Darcy and Craig on the judging panel.

What ballroom dance styles will you see?

As always, Strictly Come Dancing is a ballroom dance competition lasting twelve weeks. Every week, each pair perform a different routine and are scored by the judges.

The ballroom dance styles covered are:

Tango – A South American street dance that was converted into an elegant ballroom dance. It's packed with passion and full of kicks and flicks.

Cha-Cha-Cha – Dance to music of the same name, the cha-cha-cha is energetic and involves a lot of hipwork.

American Smooth – Similar to a quickstep. It's very smooth – obviously – and quite easy to master. It doesn't require constant contact like the waltz and that allows for a lot of lifts, dips and drops.

Jive – A classic American ballroom dance. High energy, fast, full of flicks and kicks, twists and turns. Great fun to watch!

Waltz – The most well known ballroom routine. Tradtionally, the couple remain embraced and never break their hold on one another.

Charleston – A personal favourite. It's often set to musical theatre style routines and contains a fusion of other styles such as jazz, swing and tap.

Salsa – The most popular social dance style in the UK. You can find lessons just about anywhere. It's influenced by South American culture, is very flamboyant and contains a lot of upper body rhythm.

Rumba – A Cuban dance that's fun, energetic and lays the platform for other styles such as Salsa and Mambo.

Vienesse Waltz – Lots of quick twists and turns and the speed can be up to four times greater than the regular waltz.

Paso Doble – A Spanish dance that is very dramatic and powerful. It's based on the drama between the raging bull and a Picador. It's got an exhilirating theatrical feel.

Foxtrot – Big band, American, smooth and waltzy. There's no real other way to describe it!

Quickstep – The quickstep is all about speed. It's fast and flowing and combines elements of other styles such as the Charleston and Foxtrot.

Argentine Tango – Packed full of passion and layered with lust. It's emotional, fast and tight. The Argentine Tango has no basic step and is all about the connection between the dancers.

Find a ballroom dance class

If you're looking to learn how to dance ballroom ahead of the new series of Strictly, then Dance Near You is the place to find a class.

With Ballroom Dance Teachers all across the UK, finding a local class is easy. Just download the 'NearYou' App for iPhone or iPad and enter your location. Alternatively, head over to MyNearYou or the Dance Near You homepage to start your search.

When you find a class you're interested in, you can quickly and easily book yours and your partners place online.

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