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.
Take your partners as Strictly’s Shirley Ballas 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 recorded 14th September, Hackney Empire