THE TEACHER

Prima (UK) - - Strictly Instruction -

NAME: Gorka Márquez

AGE: 26 FROM: Bil­bao, Spain

Gorka says: I was 11 when I had my first taste of dance. My mum had been danc­ing since she was a child, and she adored it, but my dad had two left feet. He se­cretly en­rolled him­self in ball­room classes to sur­prise her, and he took me along, too. I re­mem­ber one evening Mum was an­gry be­cause Dad was late home. He’d been at a dance les­son but, of course, she had no idea. He came in and be­gan to twirl her ex­pertly around the house. She was so amazed – it was a beau­ti­ful mo­ment. Then I knew I wanted to dance.

Many peo­ple told me dance wasn’t a ca­reer but those com­ments only made me more de­ter­mined. I en­tered my first com­pe­ti­tion by ac­ci­dent when I was a teenager, be­cause one girl didn’t have a part­ner. To my de­light, we won. That sense of achieve­ment was in­cred­i­ble and I haven’t looked back since.

Be­ing Span­ish, I pre­fer Latin dances to ball­room – I feel like it’s in my blood. My favourites are the jive and the cha-cha be­cause they’re fast, fun and cheeky. This se­ries will be my sec­ond Strictly ex­pe­ri­ence, and I’m more de­ter­mined to win than ever.

I could tell Vic­to­ria had done some danc­ing be­fore. She has a nat­u­ral rhythm and is very grace­ful. As Strictly view­ers know, that can’t al­ways be taught! I was im­pressed by how she picked up the steps. The celebri­ties on the show do at least 12 hours of prac­tice a week, which can be dif­fi­cult when they have a day job, too. It means they have to be driven and com­mit­ted, and I could tell Vic­to­ria is, too. She’d be the per­fect Strictly part­ner!

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