Two former Strictly Come Dancing stars will be on the jury for Strictly Northampton 2021, it was revealed this week.
On November 12, Robin Windsor and Flavia Cacace will bring their Strictly sparkle to the Charity Dance Show at the Royal and Derngate Theater to benefit Cynthia Spencer Hospice.
Robin and Flavia will be joined by professional dancer and choreographer Michael Gonzalez and Strictly Northampton co-director Jo Mialkowski.
Step by Step Dance School Dance Director Andrzej Mialkowski said: “For this very special 10th anniversary of Strictly Northampton, we thought it would be fantastic to have a jury with expertise. in dance. ”
Here’s what the new judges had to say about their time on the BBC show.
Best known for: Being a professional dancer on BBC Strictly Come Dancing for four years. Famous partners included Patsy Kensit, Anita Dobson, and Deborah Meadon.
Favorite Celebrity Contestant on Strictly Come Dancing: “It’s like asking if I have kids, which is my favorite.
“All of my famous partners were my favorites for different reasons – some of whom I’m still very good friends with today – in fact, I went out to dinner with Deborah Meadon last week.”
Favorite dance style: Swing
A milestone in his career: “My cha-cha-cha with Lisa Riley. That’s when all the girls who weren’t very skinny felt it was okay to get up and dance.
Insider Strictly titbit: “I fell lightly in love with all of my Strictly partners and they with me.
“There’s something going on when you make someone feel amazing by leading them on a dance floor – it takes them to this amazing place and you do it, so of course you go lightly. fall in love with the person and them with you.
“There’s that fire and that build up – you make that person feel amazing – sometimes that turns into full-fledged romances. This is why I think romances happen so often on BBC Strictly Come Dancing.
How would you describe yourself as a judge? “Gushy! I squirt on everyone – everyone looks fabulous!
What advice will you give contestants before the Strictly Northampton show? “Performance is everything. You can practice and practice, but I want to see big smiles on everyone’s faces. ”
What have you been up to lately? “For the past six weeks, I have taught elementary schools across the country which has been such an amazing experience and one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had.
“We put the kids in groups and held a strict style competition. It has been so gratifying to see the students – some of whom have had behavioral challenges – excel by giving them a creative outlet. Some of the teachers were torn apart by the transformation.
“In January, I played in the first show at the Paladium theater in London after the pandemic alongside Aljaz Skorjanec and Pasha Kovalev in the West End show Here Come the Boys, which was fantastic.”
Best known for: Being a professional dancer on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing for eight years. She won the show in 2012 with gymnast Louis Smith scoring a perfect 10 for their showdance – a fusion between gymnastics and Argentine tango.
Favorite star competitor: Russell grant
“With Russell, it was about having fun. He was so excited and I had a great time dancing with him – it meant so much to him. He lost eight stones before the show and two more stones during the show. He was so happy to be there – a real joy to work with.
A milestone in his career: “There are so many. I did Strictly Come Dancing for eight years and toured for eight years after. It’s hard to pick just one, but one moment to remember was when I danced the jive. with Russell Grant at Wembley when he was fired from a cannon.
Favorite dance style: “Argentine tango is my favorite, but currently I like to teach all styles of dance. I’ve always been very versatile in Latin and in the ballroom – I really need a good piece of music.
Insider Strictly titbit: “We could say a lot about how people would dance the way they walked and even stood.
“We could tell who had the potential to be good and who needed more work. There would be times when you are hoping to find someone because they might have potential.
“However, personality and enthusiasm also counted for a lot. As professional dancers, we wanted to benefit from the experience and for our partners to benefit from it as well. Enthusiasm is the most important thing – if they were excited to be on the show. ”
How would you describe yourself as a judge on Strictly Northampton: “Fair. I won’t be too forgiving but I will always be positive and constructive.
What advice would you give to candidates? “Try not to impress the judges and just try to have a good time. When you have a good time people will see it and have a good time too.
What did you do after Strictly? “I toured for eight years with various theater productions across the UK. I stopped touring in 2018 and got a diploma in personal training and nutrition and moved to a small farm in South Devon.
“My husband and I have changed our way of life – I continue to teach a lot, but I have started to organize dance vacations during the holidays where people can come and take dance lessons, see the animals and be surrounded by. nature.
“I also like to do a regular slot on BBC Breakfast News on a Sunday and have appeared on BBC2 – Strictly – It Takes Two commenting on the current series which has been fantastic.”
Everything you need to know about Strictly Northampton 2021
The 10th anniversary charity dance show will take place in just under two weeks on the Derngate stage on November 12.
Over the past six weeks, 32 participants and their dance partners from Step by Step Dance School have learned cha-cha-cha, jive tango, American Smooth Waltz, and a themed group routines. free.
Some have never danced a step in their life.
All will present their new dance steps in a spectacular performance at the Derngate Theater.
The singer ‘That Joe Payne’ will open the show by singing a well-known Queen number.
The couples will each perform two dances in jive and American Smooth Waltz, or Cha-cha-cha and Tango, followed by a fun acrobatic group dance.
Eight couples will be selected to advance to a grand final, of which only one couple will be crowned the winner of Strictly Northampton based on judges’ votes and textual votes from the public.
All proceeds from the show will be donated to Cynthia Spencer Hospice.
Contestants have also worked hard to organize fundraising events, from silent discos and rappelling Northampton Tower to pub quizzes and karaoke, all in an effort to meet a fundraising goal. 40,000 pounds fund.