Shirley Bal­las with ex­clu­sive be­hind-the-scenes Strictly gos­sip

Woman’s Strictly colum­nist re­ports from back­stage

Woman (UK) - - Contents -

A Strictly first

I re­ally en­joyed Stacey Doo­ley and Kevin Clifton’s Doc­tor Who-in­spired tango. Kevin’s chore­og­ra­phy was out­stand­ing and Stacey took on both the fe­male and male role and showed us dom­i­nance – she had that real girl power.

It’s A 10!

I gave out not one, but two 10s dur­ing our Hal­loween show. I just thought both ash­ley Roberts and Faye Tozer’s (above) rou­tines were so pol­ished, so to­gether and so flaw­less, with no mis­takes.

My BLACK­POOL Mem­o­ries

I did my very first com­pe­ti­tion at the Black­pool Tower ball­room when I was about 11 years old. I re­mem­ber go­ing into that ball­room – the am­biance and the at­mos­phere. Ev­ery time I go back and walk up those stairs, I have to say, I have a lit­tle tear in my eye.

Off to the sea­side

Black­pool week is fast ap­proach­ing. But the only dif­fer­ence be­tween the two dance floors is that the Tower ball­room is much big­ger than the Strictly ball­room. The Tower is a mag­nif­i­cent floor to dance on, and all the con­tes­tants will learn that they can stride out a lit­tle bit more.

stay hy­drated!

My ad­vice to con­tes­tants to keep their en­ergy lev­els up is eat a small amount of food ev­ery few hours and drink a lot of wa­ter. Stay­ing hy­drated is im­per­a­tive in any form of ex­er­cise. If you fuel your body prop­erly, your body will work for you. Please tweet me your ques­tions @Shirley­bal­las

Joe Sugg and part­ner Dianne Buswell need to keep up their en­ergy

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