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Shirley Ballas #dancepassion

Join the Queen of Latin - Shirley Ballas - as she shimmies, shuffles, spins and chasses us through a selection of her favourite music with Joe McFadden and Joanne Clifton.

All this week The BBC has been celebrating the UK's thriving dance scene as part of Dance Passion. As well as special performances on television and features across radio, dance companies big and small have been live streaming rehearsals and behind the scenes insights from Birmingham to Leeds, Belfast to Glasgow, Swansea to London. You can see what's been happening by going online at

To tie in with Dance Passion - another chance to hear Strictly’s Shirley Ballas as she shimmies, shuffles, spins and chasses us through a selection of her favourite music.

She's called the Queen of Latin and this is why : - She has been dancing since the age of 7. She is 3 time ‘British Open to the World’ Latin American Champion, 10-time US Latin American Champion, and multiple-times British National Champion. By 21, Shirley had won nearly every major title she competed in worldwide. She is the only person to have ever won the British Open to the World Latin American Championships in Blackpool with two different partners and reached the finals an impressive 17 times. Shirley still remains the youngest ever female to reach the ‘British Open to the World’ Dance Championship finals. She is now one of the top Ballroom and Latin teachers and adjudicators in the world and is head judge on the BBC’S Strictly Come Dancing.

Joining her are two people who have held that famous Strictly Glitter Ball trophy. Current Strictly champion Joe McFadden and professional dancer Joanne Clifton who with celebrity partner Ore Oduba won the competition in 2016.

Joseph McFadden, though best known for his tv roles in Cranford, Heartbeat and Holby City, is no stranger to musical theatre . He has appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Rent, She Loves Me and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In this special show he sings songs from the musicals and the great American songbook.

Joanne Clifton comes from a dancing family. She was taught dancing by her parents, former World Champions Keith and Judy Clifton, competing in her first competition at the age of just 3 years old, with brother, and fellow Strictly professional dancers, Kevin Clifton. She has many titles to her name including five times British Champion, three times Italian Champion, Professional Ballroom European Champion in 2012 and the Professional World Dancesport Champion in 2013.

She left Strictly to persue a career in musical theatre and has since appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie; Flashdance the Musical and Tophat.

With Shirley at the helm much of tonight’s music has a latin feel and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart perform Mambo Jambo; El Cumbanchero; Soul Bossa Nova and Brazil.

During the interval another Strictly Star finds himself with time on his hands - Anton du Beke who with partner Susannah Constantine was voted off in the first week of the series reflects on his dancing years and recalls his remarkable leading ladies – including – Katie Derham, Nancy Dell’Olio and Ann Widdecombe.

Concert first broadcast in November 2018

1 hour, 57 minutes

Last on

Fri 5 Apr 2019 20:00

Music Played

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Mambo Jambo/El Cumbanchero

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Moon River

  • Joe McFadden & BBC Concert Orchestra

    You Make Me Feel So Young

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Spanish Gipsy Dance

  • Joanne Clifton & BBC Concert Orchestra

    Funny Girl: Don't Rain On My Parade

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Top Hat

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Begin The Beguine

  • Joe McFadden & BBC Concert Orchestra

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Hushabye Mountain

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Soul Bossa Nova

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Roaring Twenties Medley

  • Anton du Beke

    Me And My Shadow

  • Lesley Garrett

    O Mio Babbino Caro

  • Arthur Prysock & Count Basie

    I Could Write A Book

  • Gene Kelly

    Almost Like Being In Love

  • Ella Fitzgerald


    • Essential Ella.
    • Verve.
  • Tavares

    Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel

  • Cleo Laine & John Williams

    He Was Beautiful

  • Oscar Peterson

    It Ain't Necessarily So

  • Sammy Davis Jr.

    Ol' Man River

  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Band Wagon: Dancing In The Dark

  • Sammy Davis Jr.

    That Old Black Magic

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    42nd Street: Overture

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Autumn Leaves

  • Joe McFadden & BBC Concert Orchestra


  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Blue Tango

  • Joanne Clifton & BBC Concert Orchestra

    Zing Went The Strings

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Saturday Night Fever: A Fifth Of Beethoven

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Rock Around The Clock

  • Joe McFadden & BBC Concert Orchestra

    Les Misérables: Empty Chairs At Empty Tables

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Let's Face The Music And Dance

  • BBC Concert Orchestra


  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    Strictly Come Dancing: Theme

  • BBC Concert Orchestra

    High Adventure (Friday Night Is Music Night Sig Tune)


  • Fri 30 Nov 2018 20:00
  • Fri 5 Apr 2019 20:00

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