My STRICTLY fam­ily

MOTHER AND SON take to the floor in a new dance doc­u­men­tary

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The Se­cret Life of the Ballroom

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WHEN NURS­ERY TEACHER Roberta Wood­house took up ballroom dancing a few years ago, she didn’t have to look far for a dance part­ner.

‘I used to bribe my 18-year-old son Harry ev­ery week with £5 to come and dance with me,’ says Roberta, 44, from Brighton, who takes to the floor with Harry in

The Se­cret Life of the Ballroom.

The six-part doc­u­men­tary se­ries fol­lows five cou­ples over three months as they com­pete on the tough ballroom and Latin dancing cir­cuit for the very first time. In the process, they must mas­ter six rou­tines in­clud­ing the samba, jive and, first up this week, the quick­step.

‘I’ve never been so ter­ri­fied; it was worse than go­ing into labour,’ says Roberta of the pair’s first com­pet­i­tive per­for­mance. ‘I just wanted to do my best and not let Harry down. Luck­ily, he doesn’t get ner­vous at all; he man­aged to guide me around the dance floor and, some­how, I man­aged to fol­low him. I think I did al­right.’


Since tak­ing part in the se­ries, Roberta ad­mits she’s been well and truly bit­ten by the dancing bug. ‘Af­ter our last com­pet­i­tive dance, Harry hung up his dancing shoes and hasn’t danced since,’ says Roberta.

‘How­ever, I’ve started com­pet­ing with a new part­ner and I’m dancing at Black­pool’s Win­ter Gar­dens in Novem­ber. But I do miss dancing with Harry – it’s a lovely feel­ing to be waltzed around by your son.’



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