Danc­ing is a bit dif­fer­ent

Duo per­form in Birm­ing­ham and Leicester next year

Hinckley Times - - THE GUIDE -

STRICTLY stars James and Ola Jor­dan are about to be seen un­cen­sored.

Mar­ion McMullen finds out what to ex­pect.

James And Ola: Un­cen­sored will be your first na­tion­wide tour as a cou­ple. How did it all come about?

James: We’ve been asked to do shows for the last 10 years, but have never said yes be­fore. This is per­fect for us. We have to­tal artis­tic free­dom and it is just go­ing to be so good. We can do what­ever we want the way to want to do it. We can choose the mu­sic, chore­og­ra­phy and can push our­selves to the limit.

Ola: We’re very ex­cited about it. We’ve never been on tour to­gether be­fore and it’s a bit dif­fer­ent and a bit sexy.

The show tells your own love story. What can au­di­ences ex­pect?

James: It’s our life story told through dance and it’s go­ing to be quite emo­tional for us. It’s about Ola com­ing from Poland, then a com­mu­nist coun­try, and our part­ner­ship, com­pet­i­tive danc­ing and Strictly.

We were reg­u­lars on Strictly for 10 years. This is go­ing to be more edgy. Ola was one of the sex­i­est dancers on Strictly.

Ola: (Laughs) Thank you dar­ling. show This want James: Ola: James: has au­di­ences that’s We more I’m Happy, just didn’t only emo­tion. dance to sad, say­ing. leave want af­ter an­gry... the to dance. show do we a feel­ing tar­geted How all are as their well. prepa­ra­tions emo­tions have go­ing? been started James: to (Laughs) get in shape. We’ve I’ve al­ready not been on Strictly for three years and Ola for two and we know we need to get back in shape.

We’ve got six months be­fore the tour starts. That sounds like a lot of time, but it’s go­ing to fly by. So, no more al­co­hol, Ola is not let­ting me drink, and no sugar in tea or cof­fee. And I have stopped smok­ing.

Ola: I’m do­ing a bit of ev­ery­thing to get fit for the tour. We sup­port each other and that’s quite nice as well. We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to danc­ing to­gether again.

What food will you miss the most?

James: In­dian, Chi­nese, pizza, burg­ers, fizzy drinks – any­thing bad that tastes amaz­ing. It’s go­ing to be hard at Christ­mas with no mince pies and no al­co­hol. We’ll be sit­ting at home watch­ing sad movies.

Ola: I will miss my Mum’s cook­ing.

James: I would say I will miss my just a friends the big Ola: The wife’s ball­room moved Christ­mas. tour Oh, and cook­ing, be­gins so go­ing so world we naughty. won’t We’ll to but in the in the I Black- be won’t. be gym. We heart hav­ing see­ing have of pool. spe­cial James: Does mem­o­ries I the went town for twice hold you? a year from stopped the com­pet­i­tive time I was 15 danc­ing. un­til I We’ve done so many cham­pi­onships there with each other. Ola: I re­mem­ber see­ing James at Black­pool. I sup­pose in a way it was the start of our story. James, you flew to Poland 17 years ago to try out with Ola as a new dance part­ner. When did you feel the chem­istry was right be­tween you? Ola: I think from the be­gin­ning. I liked James when I saw him. James: Well, it’s un­der­stand­able. Ola: I thought I would come to Eng­land and see what hap­pens. I loved my dance, it was the most im­por­tant thing in my life, and I came here to dance ... and a year later we started dat­ing. We got on so well. James: And we’ve just cel­e­brated our wed­ding an­niver­sary as well. Were you pre­pared for the suc­cess of Strictly Come Danc­ing?

James: I joined in se­ries four when it was start­ing to get big­ger, but we never re­alised how many peo­ple would end up watch­ing. It’s just a jug­ger­naut of a show and I think the for­mat is good for many more years.

Ola: We would al­ways sup­port and help each other a lot on the show.

James: When Ola won in 2009 I was more happy than if I had won the glit­ter­ball tro­phy my­self.

Have you suf­fered any in­juries over the years?

James: We’ve both had lots of in­juries. It’s part of the life of a dancer. It not like foot­ballers who get paid when they are off. Dancers carry on and we are quite re­silient. Ola’s had a stress frac­ture in her hip and you get joint prob­lems.

Ola: It’s just gen­eral wear and tear. Can any­one learn to dance? James: No. Ola: Yes! James: OK, yes. Every­one can learn moves, but there is a limit. You have to have a lit­tle bit of some­thing. Some peo­ple have nat­u­ral abil­ity.

James and Ola: Un­cen­sored is at New Alexan­dra Theatre, Birm­ing ham, on March 5, and De Mont­fort Hall, Leicester, two days later.

Former Strictly Come Danc­ing pro­fes­sion­als James and Ola Jor­dan pre­par­ing for their first UK tour James and Ola: Un­cen­sored.

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