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I spent Mon­day morn­ing ad­mir­ing Robyn Edie’s South­land Fes­ti­val of Dance pho­tos, which you’ll find on page seven of to­day’s Newslink.

On Mon­day night, I veged in front of the tele­vi­sion and, I’m afraid to say, watched some Danc­ing With The Stars. Bad move. Feel­ing a bit in­spired, as you do, I shim­mied my way into the kitchen, only to find that I’m no gazelle when it comes to hit­ting the dance floor. Lit­er­ally.

It might have been be­cause I was wear­ing my slip­pers, but thank­fully no-one else saw my ‘moves’, which were more sloth­like than strut­ting pea­cock, if you get the idea.

It dawned upon me that this danc­ing lark must be hard - es­pe­cially with a live au­di­ence, judges and cam­eras cast­ing a crit­i­cal eye over your every learned step.

Grace­ful I am not, as it turns out, so while David Sey­mour shim­mied around the floor I found a whole new re­spect for him as I sat with my an­kle wrapped in a tea towel and a bag of peas.

Well done to every­one who has the courage to dance - I’ll stick to hold­ing the couch down.


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