I’ve seen home­less kids sleep­ing un­der stair­cases

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - Luba Mush­tuk

Strictly pro­fes­sional dancer Luba Mush­tuk knows all about the plight of some young­sters from her child­hood in Rus­sia.

“This is such an im­por­tant cause and I’m so happy it’s such a big thing in the UK,” said Luba, who is taking part in Fri­day’s big Chil­dren In Need Strictly Spe­cial.

“I was born in St Peters­burg where there’s a huge prob­lem with home­less chil­dren. I grew up in a big build­ing and there were chil­dren sleep­ing un­der the stair­case.

“I would try to give them food, sand­wiches or what­ever, and when I was 10 years old, I re­mem­ber telling my aunt that I wanted to be able to help when I grew up.”

The spe­cial sees Boy­zone take to the Strictly dance floor along­side pro part­ners.

Luba is teamed with Shane Lynch and she says that de­spite hav­ing lim­ited train­ing time, he had plenty of po­ten­tial.

“We had about three days to­gether to do a quick­step and then a bit more time al­to­gether for the group num­ber. I could see straight away that he is a nat­u­ral dancer.

“We had so much fun and I used to do rou­tines to Boy­zone songs back in Rus­sia, so it was a thrill.”

Luba joined the Strictly dance pros this se­ries but while she has taken part in the group num­bers, she wasn’t paired with a celebrity star.

“Shane is my first celebrity and I was so ex­cited to get a chance to fi­nally walk down the stair­case in the stu­dio.”

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