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Dancing Queen: A Corby classic

Jo Willacy is our deputy editor turned dancer. Jo fills us in on all things shuffles, swings and sequins. This week, she tells us all about the dance extravaganza weekend in Corby, packed with fun, new routines, Strictly-style steps and a lot of laughs. The weekend all Apton Dance Studio (www.aptondancestudio.com) pupils had been waiting for had finally arrived: Corby. All 109 of us keen pupils gradually de ...

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Dancing Queen: Having a ball

Jo Willacy is our deputy editor turned dancer. Jo fills us in on all things shuffles, swings and sequins. This week, she reveals the build up and excitement to her school's annual dancing weekend in Corby. It’s been a busy time of dancing. Throughout most of March, there was one word, and one word only, on the lips of any pupil of Apton Dance Studio. The word? Corby. The small, industrial town in Northampto ...

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Dancing Queen: Hit and miss

Jo Willacy is our deputy editor turned dancer. Jo fills us in on all things shuffles, swings and sequins. This week, her partner, Gav, proves men can't multi-task... Having missed the last two weeks’ lessons, Gav and I arrived this week with a sense of trepidation. How far behind would we be? Would we remember any of the steps from previous classes? It didn’t start well. The waltz - first, a marital debate ...

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Dancing Queen: Jolly hockey sticks!

Jo Willacy is our deputy editor turned dancer. Jo fills us in on all things shuffles, swings and sequins. This week her and partner Gav tackle shapes in the Foxtrot and Rumba. This week’s lesson could easily have been mistaken for a maths lesson - on shapes! Foxtrot was the dance on the agenda but you might not have known it. We had to walk ‘out of the house and round the bay window’, and finish with a ‘squ ...

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Dancing Queen: ‘Walk like…. a musical’

  Jo Willacy is our deputy editor turned dancer. Jo fills us in on all things shuffles, swings and sequins. This week, she and her husband attempt to master the Foxtrot. The Foxtrot. One of the dances that, when watching it danced beautifully (I’m thinking Strictly pros, and ballroom dancing aficionados, Erin Boag and Anton du Beke), first made me want to learn to dance. It was elegance and grace perso ...

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Dancing Queen: Arms akimbo

Jo Willacy is our deputy editor turned dancer. Jo fills us in on all things shuffles, swings and sequins. This week, she and her husband attempt to master 'armography'. Lord Leonard of Goodmanshire (as he's affectionately known in our house) but better known to most as Strictly's head judge, Len Goodman, made an appearance at this week's dance lesson. Of sorts. My husband, Gavin, donned Len on his ches ...

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Dancing Queen: New Year, new routine

Since our last lesson of 2011, when we cha cha cha'd our way through Wham's Last Christmas and triple-step-jived to Jingle Bell Rock, my to-die-for sparkly Latin dance shoes and my husband's effortlessly cool spats had been gathering dust (for dust, read glitter; it's far more Strictly!). The first Thursday of this year saw us dusting off said glitter and raring to go, despite the pressure (albeit, mild) of ...

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Dancing Queen: How it all began

Meet Jo, our deputy editor turned dancer. Jo fills us in on all things shuffles, swings and sequins as she – and her husband – progress from rookies at rumba to stars at salsa.   As the ninth, and most successful, series of Strictly Come Dancing nears its end, with a stunning and too-close-to-call final set to wow us on Saturday night, our new columnist, Dancing Queen, steps back five years and reveals ...

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