Ash­ley ROBERTS

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How have you found the strictly ex­pe­ri­ence so far? Colour­ful, ad­ven­tur­ous, chal­leng­ing and amaz­ing!

what have been your favourite – and least favourite – dances to per­form? the Charleston was one of my favourites be­cause we just got to be so silly and goofy and show that play­ful side. i don’t have a least favourite; i’ve loved all of them!

what makes your strictly dance part­ner, pasha Ko­valev, such a good teacher?

Pasha is very pa­tient and grounded. He also keeps me dis­ci­plined. He chal­lenges me be­cause he knows that push­ing me a bit fur­ther gets a bet­ter re­sult, even though some­times i want to run and hide.

you have had pre­vi­ous dance ex­pe­ri­ence, but how does strictly live up to your ex­pec­ta­tions? i have had past dance ex­pe­ri­ence in the jazz and hip-hop world, but this is some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent. How the dancers carry their bod­ies and trans­fer their weight is so pre­cise. it’s more chal­leng­ing than i thought it would be. i’m push­ing my­self to un­der­stand the essence of Latin and ball­room.

Have you thought about the prospect of lift­ing the glit­ter­ball tro­phy? that would be ab­so­lutely be­yond amaz­ing, but it is one step at a time. Satur­day ends and the next week starts and i’m so grate­ful to be through to the next round.

do you have any pre-show rit­u­als? me and Pash get in our lit­tle ‘Pash­ley’ bub­ble, where we just re­ally con­nect with each other and go over the chore­og­ra­phy to­gether.

next week strictly is off to Black­pool! what would it mean to you to dance at the tower Ball­room? Every­body talks about Black­pool! i would love to feel

what it’s like to dance there. it would be amaz­ing.

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