Strictly dancer’s teeth bro­ken in Black­pool at­tack

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Strictly Come Danc­ing pro­fes­sional Gorka Mar­quez has been as­saulted in the street af­ter film­ing the show’s an­nual spe­cial in Black­pool. The 26-year-old dancer is re­ported to have been at­tacked by a group of youths on Satur­day as he walked to a night­club with col­leagues from the BBC series. He is un­der­go­ing den­tal surgery af­ter two of his front teeth in his lower jaw were badly chipped. The BBC said Mar­quez had been “sadly the vic­tim of an un­pro­voked in­ci­dent”. A spokesman added: “He will be back in train­ing this week and is look­ing for­ward to the group rou­tine next week­end.” The Span­ish dancer made his Strictly debut in this year’s series and had been part­ner­ing EastEn­ders ac­tress Tameka Emp­son, who plays Kim Fox in the BBC soap. The pair were elim­i­nated in the sec­ond round but Mar­quez has con­tin­ued to ap­pear in the pro­gramme as part of the weekly group rou­tines. Mar­quez also stepped in to dance with singer Anasta­cia in week five when her part­ner Bren­dan Cole was ill. According to the The Sun, which broke news of the at­tack, Mar­quez was with fel­low pro­fes­sional dancers Al­jaz Sko­r­janec and Neil Jones when he was as­saulted. The pa­per said they had been walk­ing to the Flamingo night­club near Black­pool Tower when a group of youths ap­proached them. It added that Mar­quez had not been drink­ing and had not made any con­tact with the gang be­fore the as­sault, which was not re­ported to police. Speak­ing about the at­tack on Twit­ter, Strictly con­tes­tant Ore Oduba said: “Are peo­ple for real? Send­ing the best to our guy @GorkaMar­quez1.” Mar­quez rep­re­sented Spain in the World Latin Cham­pi­onships in 2010 and reached the semi-fi­nals of the 2012 World DanceS­port Fed­er­a­tion (WDSF) World Cup, according to his biography on the BBC web­site. In 2014, he joined dance show Burn The Floor as one of the leads and has toured the world. This week­end’s Strictly Come Danc­ing saw Bri­tish track and field ath­lete Greg Rutherford voted off the show. In ad­di­tion to Oduba, the re­main­ing celebri­ties in this year’s series are Claudia Fra­ga­pane, Danny Mac, Ed Balls, Judge Rin­der and Louise Red­knapp. Mar­quez is due to part­ner The Satur­days singer Frankie Bridge in the show’s Christ­mas spe­cial.

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