Strictly Come Dancing is Back

srstrictly come dancing glitterballSeptember heralds the end of Summer, the beginning of Autumn, shorter days and darker nights. More importantly, for many of us it means that Strictly Come Dancing will be back on our screens bringing Saturday night viewing back to life.

Yes – it’s time to polish up the glitter ball again, get out the sparkly frocks and sew on those sequins. The 2015 season of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing launches on Saturday 5 September at 7.15pm when this year’s celebrity dancers find out who their professional partners will be.  Co-presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will host the star-studded red carpet launch for the 13th series of Strictly Come Dancing and welcome the 15 brand new celebrity contestants to the dance floor.

This Year’s Strictly Line Up

The 15 celebrities who will be put through their paces this year are: Ainsley Harriott, Anita Rani, Anthony Ogogo, Carol Kirkwood, Daniel O’Donnell, Georgia May Foote, Helen George, Iwan Thomas, Jamelia, Jay McGuiness, Jeremy Vine, Katie Derham, Kellie Bright, Kirsty Gallacher and Peter Andre.

Rather scathingly the Daily Mail asked “Strictly Who?” but this is probably the first time that I am familiar with more of the faces taking part than in previous years. OK, so maybe they aren’t “A List” celebs – but good luck to anyone who is prepared to put in the hours of hard work required to step out on the floor in front of millions of TV viewers. Also at first glance there doesn’t appear to be a joker in the pack, so do you, like me, hope that this year Anton du Beke actually gets partnered with a serious contender?

The Judges

Returning to stand in judgement over the dancers is the eclectic combination of Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood. Love them or loathe them, they do know about dancing and to my mind have much better credibility than ITV’s “X Factor” panel. And if you don’t agree with them, it’s always a good excuse to shout at the TV.

Learn to Dance Like the Celebrities

Professional ballroom dancer

Natalie Lowe at the English Riviera Dance Festival

Don’t just gaze at the screen in admiration wishing you could shimmy round the dance floor. If the new season of Strictly Come Dancing inspires you to take to the floor yourself, then why not take a look at two of the dance breaks featuring on the TLH dance calendar in 2016. “Strictly Beginners Stage 1” in February, and “Strictly Beginners Stage 2” in June. Both of these energetic and lively breaks are hosted by experienced and enthusiastic teacher Philip Hurst. Incidentally Philip is also an official host and compère at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, where Strictly Come Dancing contestants will perform half way through the competition.

Philip & Kathryn Hurst at Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Philip & Kathryn Hurst at Blackpool Tower Ballroom

For more information about Philip’s holidays, TLH Leisure Resort, all our hosts and our full programme of dance holidays, visit our dedicated dance holiday website.

In the meantime, as we get ready for the start of the “Strictly” season – who are you supporting? Will you be voting when the phone lines open in a few weeks or just bemoan the results if your favourite doesn’t get through? Whatever you do, make sure – in the words of the programme’s hosts – you “Keep dancing!”

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