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BBC Strictly Kirstie BBC Strictly Kirstie | 12:41 UK time, Monday, 12 September 2011

So, the countdown is finally over - the celebs have been revealed and partnered with their Strictly pros... all that remains is for you to get your dancing shoes on too!

But wait - are you having trouble with a pesky paso?... Desperate to tackle the technicalities of the tango?... Or maybe you just need some tips on how to put some sizzle in your samba?... That's what Len's here for!

Yes, that's right, head judge and ballroom favourite Len Goodman joins Zoe Ball on the It Takes Two couch soon for a whole new session of Len's Dance Clinic and he cannot wait to get started with his dancing diagnosis.

So what's holding you back?! Get your dancing dilemmas at the ready and let us know...

You can get in touch however you like - by posting your questions on the comments feed below, by putting a message on Facebook or you can send your comments and videos to ittakestwo@bbc.co.uk.

If you're one of the lucky ones, our lovely team of assistants may even be in touch soon to film your dancing ailments.

Here's a special video message from Len to get you motivated...

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Don't forget to tune into It Takes Two weeknights at 6.30pm live on BBC2 from the 3rd of October.

And remember - the more unusual the dancing dilemma the better. Don't be afraid - there's no problem too big or too small for Len!


  • Comment number 1.

    Would love Len to come and show me and my dance partner who is in a wheelchair some moves! Would be fab to see wheelchair ballroom featured on the show!

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Len!

    1. Each year the judges bang on about the proper hip action needed for the Latin dances. Can you show us how it's done please?

    2. What's your own personal favourite dance and why?

    Thank you!

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Len - As teachers we fully agree with your "5 points of contact". We teach this to our pupils but would really appreciate you going through it again - it will make an impression on them.

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Len
    How do you chose a good dance school?
    How do you know it is a good class?
    How much should is cost?
    Thank You

  • Comment number 5.

    Is Len one of the judges on Dancing with the Stars this year? I know his schedule is very tight flying backwards and forwards and he must get exhausted I'm sure.

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Len,

    I'm thinking of going to dance classes with my husband. What would you recommend we go for first and would be easier for someone like me who has two left feet.

    Many thanks in advance.

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Len. Would it be possible to pick up ballroom or latin at a high level if I already do ballet, tap and modern? Also, where would you start to look for ballroom classes? Thanks. Lily

  • Comment number 8.


    Just ended my first dance class. excellent teacher but her comment was, for the cha cha cha - too much motion, too many steps. Disaaaster. How to rectify this?

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi Len
    My darling husband and valiant dance partner is having trouble finding his samba bounce - can you help him please?

  • Comment number 10.

    Hi Len. I am finding the first 8 steps in the foxtrot very hard to do smoothly. How can I make it more fluid?

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Len - What are the pros and cons of a modern dance compared to a traditional one? For example, a very modern paso doble or a traditional one.

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Len

    Always watch takes two so it is great to have you back on giving advice on your dance clinic. My husband has recently started dancing and is doing really well. My problem is I have danced for a number of years and I am slightly taller then him in my dance shoes - so needless to say when we are dancing in hold I am having to crouch - any tips that you can give would be most appreciated. Regards keep dancing. Hx

  • Comment number 13.

    Hello Len
    How do I cope with my very british reserve and that nagging doubt of looking slightly ridiculous when going for it on the dance floor. Any advise on losing inhibitions, or getting into character when dancing.Keep dancing!

  • Comment number 14.

    Hello Len,

    I learn the Quickstep, but it seems that it is different to the quickstep that is done in Strictly.

    Is there different types of quicksteps or are they the same?

    Is the Foxtort a slow version of the Quickstep?

    Which is your favourite dance and why?

    If you were not a ballroom dancer and a Judge, what would you have done instead of it? :)

    Keep Dancing

  • Comment number 15.

    Len people say that he most difficult latin dance is the rumba? what would you say is the most important thing to remember when you dance the rumba?

    My favourite dance is the foxtrot, again what is the success to dancing a great foxtrot

  • Comment number 16.

    Is the Lindy Hop the same as a Jive? are they related in any way?

  • Comment number 17.

    Are there more than one type of Salsa?

  • Comment number 18.

    Dear Len
    i suffer from MS. my local MS group needs you to help me convince them that dancing is fun.
    yes we have our problems but isnt dancing for everyone?

    which is the easiest dance i should learn? from what i have seen i think its the chachacha am i right?

    why not visit us in our coffee mornings.

    thanks again

    hemal varia

  • Comment number 19.

    What made you become a Ballroom / Latin Dancer and then a Judge?

    What is the easiest dance to learn in Ballroom and in Latin for anyone?

    What is the hardiest dance to learn in Ballroom and in Latin for anyone?

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi Len,
    Any tips on getting my partner to open his legs better and swing through in the ballroom dances.

  • Comment number 21.

    We are raw beginners and two things bother me-1) How do you choose a good pair of shoes for practise and dances - both for ladies and men. Also how do you do the basic pivot turn in quickstep? We have been trying this for two months and failed every time.

  • Comment number 22.

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  • Comment number 23.

    I salsa but when I was learning we started with the Mambo . I can see the difference ?

  • Comment number 24.

    Hello Lovely Len!
    Please could you explain how to "Spot" properly when making all those dizzy turns.
    Thank you muchly!

  • Comment number 25.

    Hi Len
    You're amazing and really funny as a judge and really loved your book
    when me and my partner do a whisk in the waltz we always come open out and never looks like it is supposed to can you help with this and show us its supposed to be please.


  • Comment number 26.

    Hi Len - just got my husband to start dancing - he is doing really well, but as I have been a lead in so many dancers I find it hard to just dance with him. He is fine with the teacher but I dont know what I can do to stop leading him. Any suggestions for me. Thanks Love to everyone on the show helenxxxx

  • Comment number 27.

    For Sid1979: To get hip action on latin keep your steps small and allow your hips to rotate when changing weight. IE in basic Rumba step forward on 1 and let you hip settle into the step; replace weight on 2 and do the same; small step to the side without weight on 3 (the feet should not be wider than your hips) and on 4 take the weight onto the foot letting your hips go with it. It is bit like waiting in the supermarket queue for an old lady to pay her £3-99 in pennys and you keep changing weight from foot to foot. Any help? Colin.

  • Comment number 28.

    Can you demonstrate what a 'heel turn' is please - the judges always seem too be impressed when they spot the dancers performing one of these!

  • Comment number 29.

    How do you dance the 'ocho' step in the tango?

  • Comment number 30.

    For Passion4dancing. Simple really, when you cross your feet behind keep your body and hips towards one another and DO NOT turn your head so far that it pulls your shoulder back. Try dancing it and stay looking at one another. Then slowly turn your heads but stop the moment you feel your shoulder and body falling away from your partner. Looking down the line of dance with your head in promenade position is an illusion. Your head cannot turn 90 degrees. Take you head up and to the left (man, right lady) then move your eyes in the same direction. It gives the ilusion of looking down the line of dance without actually doing it! Best of luck. Colin.

  • Comment number 31.

    For goldytwoshoes. Sounds like they need to flex the standing leg more. If you take a step without bending the other leg your stride will be short. Without a partner, stand in position; flex the left leg and then take the stride. It will almost double the distance. Same applies to the lady. Good luck. Colin.

  • Comment number 32.

    Hi Len,

    Greeting from Ireland

    I started doing Zumba Dancing. Could you explain what type of dancing is Zumba Dancing?

    Keeeeeep Dancing

  • Comment number 33.

    Len watched you on It Takes Two with Zoe last night and was thinking it would be wonderful to see you actually dance with Zoe. Do you think it would be possible for you to perhaps give us all a treat say on the Christmas Show this year maybe? - I'm sure it would go down extremely well with everyone.

  • Comment number 34.

    Len, i have a bad case of middle age spread and my dance teacher keeps on at me about "separation". i find this difficult due to my shape. apart from "lose weight" have you got any tips?

  • Comment number 35.

    Hi Len. Why are you so grumpy on a Saturday night? Come back the Len we all know and love!

  • Comment number 36.

    Len, about heel turns. As I remember being told many moons ago in medal pursuit, one's toes must not turn up. Is this no longer the case, as difficult though it is. I am pleased to see that examination techniques are being pursued by some of the professionals.

  • Comment number 37.

    What do the judges mean about heel turns, heel leads, keeping on your balls of your feet?

  • Comment number 38.

    Hi Len, My elderly Aunt (92) thinks this is the first year of Strictly where there have been two girls dancing together. Should I tell her that it is Ola dancling with Robbie Savage?


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