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  • Strictly Come Dancing is back, and Week Five of the 2020 series was a particularly high-scoring week, with many routines earning joyful praise from not just the judges but the audience at home.

    Here with Kevin to discuss the highlights, the surprises, and each dance in turn are special guests, Strictly performer, Joanne Clifton and Burn The Floor star, Lauren Oakley!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    High scores add an element of drama to Strictly Come Dancing, with each couple working their way up to the ultimate score. There's a sense of a race, and this adds tension and competition to the show. However, the tens have come much earlier this time, meaning that some of this tension has been lost.
    Everyone's idea of perfection is very different, especially when it comes to dance, which is one of the more subjective arts. This is what makes judging a performance so difficult, and so singular.
    The aim of any art is not to be completely faultless. It is to do something magical. The aim is to create, and creation is never without its mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes make creation even more beautiful.
    There is a delicate balance between trying out something daring and netting more points, or playing it safe and netting a lower score. Sometimes the gamble pays off hugely, but if it fails it can mean disaster.
    Opinions matter, but they are highly personal. If our opinion will hurt others, then we must ask ourselves whether sharing it in a public forum is constructive in any way.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘Let's call it "the week of the 9's!"' - 2:53

    'Dance is such a subjective art. Everyone's ten is different. Everyone's five is different' - 5:37

    'The aim of being a great dancer is NOT to do nothing wrong. It's to entertain' - 26:14

    'I don't know if it's cool, but I'm going to say he had all the swag' - 53:16

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Joanne Clifton Twitter - https://twitter.com/joanneclifton?lang=en

    Joanne Clifton Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/realjoanneclifton/?hl=en

    Lauren Oakley Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/laurenmayoakley/?hl=en

    Lauren Oakley Twitter - https://twitter.com/laurenmayoakley?lang=en

    An Audience With Kevin And Joanne Clifton - https://www.kevinandjoanne.com

    Strictly Ballroom - https://strictlyballroomtour.co.uk

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

     

     

     

     

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  • Strictly Come Dancing has arrived back onto our screens at last, and not a moment too soon! Week Four of the series has seen its fair share of controversy and fireworks, superlative dances and striking productions!

    Also, a surprising dance-off resulted in a social media response and a discussion in today’s show around why confidence matters, and why society still has some way to go when it comes to treating male and female performers the same. Here to discuss everything with Kevin is special guest, Burn The Floor star, Lauren Oakley!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Social media’s reaction has demonstrated that while we are allowed to express an opinion, we must also be humble enough to accept that very few people know the performers intimately, and that the opinion may well be wrong.
    People often feel that confidence is a negative quality, but this is misplaced. Many people struggle with confidence, and find that the only way to find self-belief is to act in a confident way.
    Audience empathy plays a significant role in how we view a performer. It is unfortunate that many have taken against a perceived confidence in certain performers, and that this reaction seems regrettably to be aimed more toward females. This seems to be a societal issue.
    People often assume that being partnered with someone who has had previous physical training makes their job easier. There is actually far more pressure for the pro, as there is a higher level of expectation.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’Just because that’s your opinion doesn’t mean that you’re right - that’s just your perception’ - 5:34

    ’I want people to feel good about themselves. Too many people nowadays don’t feel good about themselves’ - 11:50

    ’We need to make more space for confident women’ - 22:11

    ’It’s like if you’ve got a Rolls Royce, and all you’re doing is driving it to the corner shop and back...’ - 40:35

    ’Everyone’s been saying Craig’s nicer this year. I felt like he came crashing back down this week!’ - 1:00:43

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Lauren Oakley Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/laurenmayoakley/?hl=en

    Lauren Oakley Twitter - https://twitter.com/laurenmayoakley?lang=en

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

     

     

     

     

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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  • Strictly Come Dancing has arrived back onto our screens at last, and not a moment too soon. Here to add some cheer to the remainder of 2020 is the nation’s favourite entertainment show - the glitz, the glamour, the fun and the drama!

    Week Three of the series was a very dramatic affair as the show presented its famous Movie Week, with star moments, superb performances and another elimination! Here to discuss it with Kevin are special guests, Strictly performer, Joanne Clifton and Burn The Floor star, Lauren Oakley!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    When a pro attempts to over-choreograph a routine, it can sometimes lead to a lack of success in the performance. A good choreographer will always take into account their partner’s skill level, and favour this instead of displaying their choreography skills.
    With a lack of a studio audience, the voting this year seems to tally more with professional standards. Judges are not being swayed by the audience’s reaction.
    Entertainment through dancing is never more apparent than when comedy is injected into the choreography. Making an audience laugh is a very powerful tool, can instantly create favourites, and get people to vote!
    Performances are enhanced exponentially by the careful selection of costumes and production design. For viewers, the recipe for a memorable dance can be supercharged by colour and glamour.
    Creative decisions are germinated by the production team, but the performers always have the final say. Negotiations when it comes to choreography, concept and costumes are a common occurrence, but lead to a greater sense of collaboration.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’This week, for me, she just turned into a dancer’ - 1:47

    ‘I think I actually clapped out loud at my TV!’ - 13:08

    ‘It was so funny, so camp, and executed so well, and I was laughing in a good way!’ - 27:58

    ‘I hear songs in terms of Strictly nowadays!’ - 1:17:05

    ‘I wanted more guts!’ - 1:18:23

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Lauren Oakley Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/laurenmayoakley/?hl=en

    Lauren Oakley Twitter - https://twitter.com/laurenmayoakley?lang=en

    Joanne Clifton Twitter - https://twitter.com/joanneclifton?lang=en

    Joanne Clifton Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/realjoanneclifton/?hl=en

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

     

     

     

     

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Strictly Come Dancing has arrived back onto our screens at last, and not a moment too soon. Here to add some cheer to the remainder of 2020 is the nation’s favourite entertainment show - the glitz, the glamour, the fun and the drama!

    Week Two saw its fair share of drama and "punch-the-air” excitement, a Halloween extravangaza pro-number, some surprising choreography, and of course its first elimination... Here to discuss the highs and lows from an insider’s perspective with Kevin, is Burn The Floor star, Lauren Oakley!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    The pro number was Halloween-themed, and contained a huge amount of personality. Displaying personality among the staging, choreography and through the glitz, is crucial to a dance’s success.
    Whenever dancers in the competition world perform in Blackpool, there are a specific set of songs and music that don’t change. The “Blackpool Paso” is very specific, and is notorious for having no crescendo. This piece was used for the show on Saturday.
    A dance is not just about technical prowess. It is also necessary to act the role during stage time. Half of the performance emanates from this element.
    Some of the scoring results have been puzzling. Understandably, lower scores add to the drama of the show, but as professional dancers, Kevin and Lauren recognise that some of the scores should have been higher.
    Sometimes dances simply work better with a live studio audience. The lack of one this year seems to be having an effect on the way the judges react to the performances.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’The first thing that stood out for me was Bill’s Quickstep - full stop!‘ - 4:28

    ‘It bordered on being a great number, it was almost a great number, but I think we’re going to see even more from her in the coming weeks‘ - 15:45

    ’To be honest, if one of them had given her a 10 I wouldn’t have argued with it’ - 23:52

    ‘I liked the theme, I liked the look, I liked the drama!’ - 34:03

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Lauren Oakley Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/laurenmayoakley/?hl=en

    Lauren Oakley Twitter - https://twitter.com/laurenmayoakley?lang=en

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

     

     

     

     

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Strictly Come Dancing has arrived back onto our screens at last, and not a moment too soon. Here to add some cheer to the remainder of 2020 is the nation’s favourite entertainment show - the glitz, the glamour, the fun and the drama!

    Week One of the 2020 series threw up its fair share of magical moments, and here to discuss them with Kevin are special guests, Strictly performer, Joanne Clifton and Burn The Floor star, Lauren Oakley!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Despite the lack of audience in the studio, the Strictly experience was not hampered. The lack of a studio crowd was swiftly forgotten in favour of watching the incredible performances, and the production team worked wonders.
    When we perform, we must have the belief that we are the best dancer we can possibly be. It is requirement of the profession, because passion requires self-belief.
    Emotion is a vital part of performance. Sometimes the technical prowess on display can be overruled or amplified by the warmth and spirit displayed in a dance. For those early weeks of the competition, an emotional connection can be more important that getting the steps right.
    People bring their own perceptions to a dance and to a dancer. Comedians appearing on Strictly generally tends towards energy and comedy. Sports personalities tend towards energy and athleticism. A personality plays a huge role in the perspective we have on a dance.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed performing in theatres. It’s going to be quite emotional’ - 3:18

    ‘It was like a big - I’m going to say smack in the face - but in the RIGHT way!’ - 6:02

    ‘When everything comes together, the idea of a dance it make you feel something’ - 24:32

    ‘I love seeing a dance with energy, and he three his energy into it’ - 32:44

     VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Joanne Clifton Twitter - https://twitter.com/joanneclifton?lang=en

    Joanne Clifton Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/realjoanneclifton/?hl=en

    Lauren Oakley Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/laurenmayoakley/?hl=en

    Lauren Oakley Twitter - https://twitter.com/laurenmayoakley?lang=en

     

    An Evening With Kevin And Joanne Clifton - www.kevinandjoanne.com

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

     

     

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Strictly Come Dancing has arrived back onto our screens at last, and not a moment too soon. Here to add some cheer to the remainder of 2020 is the nation’s favourite entertainment show - the glitz, the glamour, the fun and the drama!

    In this episode, Kevin talks to ballroom dancer, dance teacher, head judge on Strictly Come Dancing, and known throughout the world as The Queen Of Latin, Shirley Ballas!

    Shirley discusses her incredible career and journey, her remarkably candid new autobiography, the emotional responsibility of being a performer, and what life is really like a judge on the nation’s favourite television show.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Performers are not just masters of their craft in a technical sense, but also in an emotional sense. We learn to leave our emotional states at the side of the stage and step into a new way of feeling and thinking.
    Becoming the best in one’s field is a test of our resilience, passion and determination. Obstacles and challenges are lessons and make us stronger.
    Debate still rages about what is more important in a dancer’s toolbox. Technical prowess, or heart, passion and belief in what we do.
    A dance career is an ongoing apprenticeship, all the way from the beginning, until we reach the higher echelons of success. Not only do we learn about dance, but about life, and how the important lessons come through failure, not success.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘We can have the worst things going on in our lives, but when we have to go on stage, the “ON" button goes on‘ - 3:14

    ‘It took many years of bumps and swimming upstream’ - 8:55

    ’There’s no such thing as the perfect dancer, but any true dancer must have a huge heart and be prepared to reveal it‘ - 11:55

    ‘You win, you lose. You learn the most when you lose’ - 38:32

     VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Shirley Ballas Twitter - https://twitter.com/ShirleyBallas

    Shirley Ballas Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/shirleyballas/?hl=en

    Shirley Ballas: Behind The Sequins (Amazon)

     

    An Evening With Kevin And Joanne Clifton - www.kevinandjoanne.com

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

     

     

     

     

     

     

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Strictly Come Dancing has arrived back onto our screens at last, and not a moment too soon. Here to add some cheer to the remainder of 2020 is the nation’s favourite entertainment show - the glitz, the glamour, the fun and the drama!

    Few people have more of an insight into what it takes to make the show than Kevin, but for the first time in a long time, he’s able to step outside of the creative bubble and enjoy the show as part of the audience.

    In this week’s show, Kevin talks you through the highs, the lows, the surprises and the stand-out moments that made 2020’s launch show so successful!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    This year’s show has seen some reinvention in the wake of the pandemic, but the producers, celebrities and professionals have handled the changes admirably, providing a true sense of continuity.
    One of the main talking points this year has been the first same-sex couple, but despite the small corner of outrage on social media, the dance is what matters. Why should physiology count when two humans dance with one another?
    People assume that people with theatrical or dramatic experience have some kind of advantage over other competitors, but this isn’t the case. The best thing to do is to be honest about what you can do, and own it.
    It is hardly surprising that so many celebrities wish to appear on the show. After being pigeonholed as one thing, they are free to express themselves in entirely new way, and so open up a whole new world of possibilities.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘I want to celebrate everyone that works on the show’ - 4:48

    ‘It immediately just felt like Strictly - it just put us in that magical place’ - 11:10

    ‘We’ve all got our predictions and I often get it wrong!’ - 24:54

    ‘You see a different person. You immediately see how they are as a normal person’ - 31:45

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    An Evening With Kevin And Joanne Clifton - www.kevinandjoanne.com

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • In this latest edition of the mini-series, ’Strictly Speaking’, Kevin invites you into the conversation around some of the greatest dances, partners and moments throughout his Strictly Come Dancing journey!

    This time, Kevin re-joins the conversation with Strictly pro and fan favourite, Neil Jones, discussing the difference between judging and being judged, the importance of individuality, and why it’s vital to remember that dance is a collaborative art.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Most dancers know instinctually if they are going to work well as partners. The first few minutes are the most important, and usually tell both performers everything they need to know.
    Sometimes dancers can spend far too much time trying to emulate the top dancers, instead of carving out their own niche, and drawing from their own individuality.
    One of the greatest lessons any dancer can learn is that by their performance, they can control the audience and influence their emotional response. It is this realisation that transforms dance into art.
    Choreography begins in the mind and the imagination, but it can never truly take shape until we have come to know the partner for which the dance is meant.
    The media tends to dramatise the backstage goings on of Strictly Come Dancing, but the reality is very different. The crew are a team, and each works to support the other. Sometimes this requires a more prominent role, sometimes a lesser one, but everyone works hard to make the best show possible.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’It’s like going to a candy store and being able to taste all the candy without buying it’ - 18:30

    ‘If I’d see everybody doing something I’d want to do the opposite’ - 26:10

    ‘It’s your job to interpret it, express it, and curate it for an audience’ - 31:38

    ’Sometimes people get it wrong when they say I’m going to be clever or inventive or different with this choreography’ - 51:30

    ‘We’re part of the show and we’re having fun!’ - 1:09:14

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Neil Jones Twitter - https://twitter.com/Mr_NJones

    An Evening With Kevin And Joanne Clifton - www.kevinandjoanne.com

    Gingerland Tour - https://www.neiljonestour.com

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • In this latest edition of the mini-series, ’Strictly Speaking’, Kevin invites you into the conversation around some of the greatest dances, partners and moments throughout his Strictly Come Dancing journey!

    This time, Kevin talks to Strictly pro and fan favourite, Neil Jones, about his career, the ways in which dance has evolved in Britain, and why you should never even think about putting Neil in a “Bordeaux” coloured costume...

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    The emergence of the club system allowed for a more regimented form of dance training for hopefuls. Until this form of guidance became widespread, the way in which young dancers were trained was haphazard and piecemeal.
    While Kevin and Neil were aspiring youths, the UK dance scene mainly tended to stick to UK-only competitions. The rest of the world tended more towards international competition.
    People take competitive dancing far too seriously at times, insisting upon authenticity when it comes to costumes or staging. The fail to realise that none of it is truly authentic.
    As dancers, we are always trying to push the art form forward, and stand out from the others in our field. This is why dance, as an art, has constantly evolved.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’Technically, I’m walking to rumba music, so it’s a rumba walk!’ - 11:42

    ‘Doing a rumba with your sister - it’s not right…’ - 16:45

    ‘I think I was the only ginger dancer!’ - 22:50

    ’Hello - Bordeaux!’ - 29:20

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Neil Jones Twitter - https://twitter.com/Mr_NJones

    An Evening With Kevin And Joanne Clifton - www.kevinandjoanne.com

    Gingerland Tour - https://www.neiljonestour.com

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

     

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • In this latest edition of the mini-series, ’Strictly Speaking’, Kevin invites you into the conversation around some of the greatest dances, partners and moments throughout his Strictly Come Dancing journey!

    This week, Kevin is in conversation with Strictly judge, Motsi Mabuse, about the crucial role that the judges play on the nation’s most beloved show, how she made the move from the dance-floor to the judging seat, the effects of lockdown on stage careers, and the incredible journey that has led her to the top of her profession.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    COVID has forced many to make sacrifices, cut losses, and transform their livelihoods entirely. This is the Corona-Awakening, a state where realisation, and practicalities overtake ambition.
    Growing up in South Africa was difficult for a family with dance and performance aspirations. Many competitions and events were segregated, but gradually, Motsi and her family’s ambitions broke through.
    Watching back your performances can be a difficult process, but essential in making you a better performer, and formative in terms of progress.
    To truly love dance, we must be in love with music. When dance and music come together, they combine to create something spellbinding.
    When taking steps into the entertainment world, there can be a tendency to invent something of a persona for yourself. In a judge’s case, this can manifest itself in harsher ways, as it makes for good entertainment. Striking the balance between the role and our own personality is crucial.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’I call it Corona-Awakening, and I keep asking people if they had a Corona-Awakening‘ - 10:48

    ‘We started from the bottom, and now we’re here!’ - 19:03

    ‘I wish so much that I knew who I was in the competition world at that time’ - 38:33

    ‘I’ve learned to toughen up a bit, but you have your ups and downs’ - 48:36

    ‘Music can put me in such a state. It’s such a powerful force’ - 1:08:56

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Motsi Mabuse Twitter - https://twitter.com/MOTSI_MABUSE

    Motsi Mabuse Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/motsimabuse/?hl=en

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • After Diversity’s groundbreaking performance on Britain’s Got Talent in support of Black Lives Matter, many have called into question the role that art plays in defining or reflecting public opinion. What is the true purpose of art, what is its place in the society, and what can we accept as art?

    Joining Kevin for this insightful conversation is actor and photographer, Chris Mann.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Art has the power to communicate thoughts, ideas, concepts and messages to anyone through narrative creativity. Art is built upon this very foundation, and should never be stifled.
    We turn to art for comfort, reassurance and escapism from the many troubles in society. Therefore, when we witness powerful messages being communicated through an artistic medium, it is even more powerful.
    Those who create art have a huge responsibility in that they can sway thought and perception through narrative means.
    We must strive not to impose our preconceptions upon the world as we experience it. Rather, we should try to enter into any new situation with an open mind.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘Both of our points of view have been changed by pieces of art’ - 7:20

    ‘Art is way for a message to reach anybody at any time’ - 8:00

    ‘If you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem’ - 18:23

    ‘I would always want to approach everything from a position of understanding and kindness’ - 37:05

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

     

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • This week, Kevin talks to musical director, Samuel Sene, and actor Katja Quist, the part of the creative team behind C-O-N-T-A-C-T, an interactive theatrical performance utilising technology, live performance and the great outdoors, to bring a completely unique dramatic experience to the streets of the world!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    The challenges of lockdown forced many creatives to think even more creatively. This led to the C-O-N-T-A-C-T experience, which provides audiences with a safe way to enjoy fresh dramatic live theatre.
    Theatre has existed in many forms, and has even utilised many of the techniques on show, but this is the first time that so many techniques have been brought together.
    A production like this is not without its challenges. Aside from technical concerns, the involvement of the audience in such an intimate way has led to a greater sense of immersion.
    Social distancing is not a natural state for human society to exist in. The play brings this message home in a unique time in our history, which has made the message more meaningful.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘We are in 2020 and anything can happen!’ - 3:38

    ’This is immersive theatre. This is Theatre 2.0’ - 6:08

    ‘It’s a symbol of the responsibilities we all have in life’ - 23:48

    ‘We must remind people that social distancing is not natural at all’ - 35:40

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Katja Quist at The Old Vic - https://www.oldvic.ac.uk/student/katja-quist/

    Katja Quist Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/katja.quist/?hl=en

    Samuel Sene Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/samuel.sene/

    Samuel Sene - http://www.samuelsene.fr/en/

    Contact - https://www.contactshow.co.uk

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

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  • It’s September, and the Strictly Come Dancing hype has already begun!

    Strictly is upon us and it’s all very exciting! News has begun to reach us of who will be involved. This year is very special, as it’ll have to operate in markedly different way from previous years due to the pandemic. But the show will also be a much-needed distraction from what has so far been a very difficult year.

    In this week’s show, Kevin talks about what is likely to be going on behind the scenes right now, the latest news on line-ups, the excitement and nerves around Strictly season, and why it’s assuredly the nation's favourite entertainment show. Plus, there's news of a very exciting series of live shows from Kevin and his sister, Joanne!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    This year’s Strictly will be a very different, but no less enjoyable experience for Kevin, as he prepares to enjoy the show as a fan, instead of a participant. Kevin’s perspective on the show is therefore unique.
    Strictly has taken the opportunity to become progressive this year, by featuring its first same-sex couple. Boxer Nicola Adams will be partnered with a female professional. It’s a brave leap forward for the show that is being widely applauded.
    The initial meeting between dancer and pro is a crucial one. It not only allows both to see skill levels, but also personality. Getting on with each other is just as important as being skilful.
    Dancing is an art. It’s hard to judge it in the same way as someone would judge a sport, but it is completely subjective. It’s difficult to separate the skill on show from the competitors themselves, and the allure they bring.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘I’m getting excited for it as a fan!’ - 13:20

    ’Two girls dancing together is not a new thing. It’s just the first time you’ve seen it on Strictly’ - 23:55

    ‘I just like to get a sense of the person and who they are’ - 40:30

    ’It’s so subjective. Dancing is an art. Some people see it as a sport, but to me, dancing is an art’ - 52:20

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    An Evening With Kevin And Joanne Clifton - https://www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/whats-on/2020/an-evening-with-kevin-and-joanne-clifton/

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

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  • To celebrate one year of The Kevin Clifton Show, we’re in conversation with a very special guest - singer, songwriter and performer, Ricky Rojas, whose theatre credits include such stellar hits as ‘Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story’, ‘Fame’, ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘Grease’, to name but a few!

    Ricky joins the show to discuss the incredible road that’s taken him to the heights of theatre-land, the impact of COVID-19 upon the livelihoods and careers of theatrical creatives, and why performers must always enjoy the ride!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    With so much uncertainty in the theatre right now, many are clinging onto their optimism in the hopes that life will return to normal. The best estimates are that performances will begin again in early 2021.
    Representation in media of positive Hispanic role models has been a long time coming. For the longest time, they have often been portrayed as villains, or as secondary characters, but that viewpoint is thankfully changing now.
    One of the greatest ways of learning the theatrical craft is to enrol in theatre school, where the unexpected lessons can be practically learned, such as the importance of read-throughs, connecting with song lyrics, and how to build confidence.
    When we want something so much, we can be counterproductive to ourselves by holding onto the hope too tightly. Being a performer is all about tempering expectations, and finding the right balance between hope and practicality.
    As performers, it is our job to leave our personal challenges at the stage door when we perform. Our moods can show when we take the stage, therefore part of the job is being able to detach.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’It’s a matter of not “if” we go back, but “when”’ - 7:35

    ‘I don’t think I had a massive goal - I just knew I liked singing’ - 10:10

    ‘Don’t take yourself so seriously, and just enjoy the ride, man’ - 17:12

    ‘You’ve got to learn to be alright with whatever voice you’ve got that night’ - 47:07

    ‘You need to remove the word “impossible” from your vocabulary’ – 57:07

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Ricky Rojas - http://www.rickyrojas.com/Ricky_Rojas/Home.html

    Ricky Rojas Twitter - https://twitter.com/r_rojas?lang=en

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

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  • In this week’s show, Kevin talks to theatre producer, Dan Looney, the man responsible for such theatrical hits as ‘Rock Of Ages’ and ‘Fame’, to discuss the current state of theatre in the UK, and how it hopes to move forward following the devastating effects of the pandemic.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Theatrical insurance is complicated and technical. Most companies keep a list of diseases through which policies may be enacted. When the lockdown began, COVID-19 was not listed, and therefore theatres were confused about whether they could close.
    The lockdown’s effects upon theatre are unprecedented. Since WW2, theatres there have only been forcibly closed for two days. The current closures are slowly strangling the industry there.
    The loss of regional theatres is a huge blow to the industry, as they provide much-needed venues for national tours. The feeling is that once they are gone, they will be gone forever, drastically changing the face of theatre in Britain.
    Social distancing is expected to conclude in early 2021, and the mood suggests that many are looking forward to spending the entirety of the year in celebration, with much money being spent on leisure.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘It was a way for the government to make it very easy to shirk the responsibility’ - 5:00

    ‘We’re all in this new world of not really knowing what’s next’ - 7:20

    ’The whole idea that we can do social distancing in theatres, and get back to normal, just isn’t possible’ - 20:40

    ’Next year is going to be the year of the party’ - 22:25

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Dan Looney Twitter - https://twitter.com/dan_looney?lang=en

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

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  • In this latest edition of the mini-series, ’Strictly Speaking’, Kevin invites you into the conversation around some of the greatest dances, partners and moments throughout his Strictly Come Dancing journey!

    This week, we re-join the conversation as Kevin talks to his sister and fellow Strictly pro, Jo Clifton, about her incredible journey to victory during the 2016 series, in which she was partnered with Ore Oduba!

    You can follow along with Kevin and Jo’s story by watching each dance using the links provided in the show notes of this episode!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    The music used for a performance can make a huge difference to the performance itself. Familiarity allows a greater sense of freedom in movement.
    In many ways, being in the dance off can be a great thing. It means that the focus is on you in a far more pronounced way the following week. This means that you can seriously impress audiences if you pull something magical out of the bag.
    The choreography can be used to raise audience spirits, but it must be done carefully. Raising the energy in the room slowly, and building to a crescendo, is a marvellous technique for increasing that sense of audience engagement.
    Creating a great dance isn’t about avoiding mistakes. Every dance that has received a perfect score of four tens in the programmes history, can be analysed and critiqued, and mistakes found. Perfection is unachievable.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’You’ve got to see this as an opportunity. All eyes are on you, and what you can pull out of the bag’ - 4:55

    ‘It’s not about being clever. It’s about producing a great dance that makes people feel something’ - 11:48

    ‘He’s not a mechanical dancer. He understands character’ - 22:50

    ’There’s no such thing as a perfect dance’ - 33:42

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Jo Clifton Twitter - https://twitter.com/joanneclifton?lang=en

    Week 8 - Rumba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srC2fPR7gDU

    Week 9 - Viennese Waltz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCJ0EC_lOv0

    Week 10 - Paso Doble - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cklC8jh5uFM

    Week 11 - Foxtrot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYX6laFZuAg

    Week 12 - Quickstep - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLZe5-8f0hw

    Final - Showdance - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PMo2Y9y2bM

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

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  • In this latest edition of the mini-series, ’Strictly Speaking’, Kevin invites you into the conversation around some of the greatest dances, partners and moments throughout his Strictly Come Dancing journey!

    This week, it’s very much a family affair as Kevin talks to his sister and fellow Strictly pro, Jo Clifton, about her incredible journey to victory during the 2016 series, in which she was partnered with Ore Oduba!

    You can follow along with Kevin and Jo’s story by watching each dance using the links provided in the show notes of this episode!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    One of the most effective ways to drive yourself to success, is when we are kept back. Determination to upset the applecart, and to prove the naysayers wrong, is what can ignite the fire in the belly.
    Each couple have their own ways to cope with stress. For Jo and Ore, a set routine of rehearsals, breaks and warmups, depending on their place in the running order, helped to alleviate backstage nerves.
    Dancers cannot copy dances from original productions, and so the choreography must pay small tributes in terms of style, rather than copy steps wholesale.
    Early success in the competition can lead to a greater sense of pressure, as we must always be seen to be improving. If the scores are too high too soon, it can be difficult to keep up the growth and momentum.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’You came second! But let’s be fair, you did win it two years later’ - 7:45

    ‘Even if it takes me years to prove someone wrong, I’ll keep going at it’ - 12:40

    ’Those spontaneous moments only happen if you’re really feeling it’ - 37:25

    ‘Any time you can play to the crowd, I always think why not?’ - 1:16:15

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Jo Clifton Twitter - https://twitter.com/joanneclifton?lang=en

    Week 1 - Tango - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhSUU-LaRfY

    Week 2 - Cha Cha Cha - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSfcyiZTeoc

    Week 3 - American Smooth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO-uOfq11iA

    Week 4 - Jive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSq3Hr62-Ig

    Week 5 - Waltz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuX9V0oKVdI

    Week 6 - Charleston - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KyEUYFshVY

    Week 7 - Salsa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_uT5jVxAlI

     The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

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  • In this week’s show, Kevin talks to a very special guest, his good friend, world-renowned comedian actor and activist, Russell Brand! 

    Russell talks to Kevin about his life and work, his viewpoint on “cancel culture”, the positive elements that have emerged in the wake of the COVID pandemic, the philosophies that have shaped his unique perspective on the world, and why Star Wars might just be the blueprint for life...

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    The true comedians are the ones who are constantly taking a comedic perspective upon life, and looking for the respectful opportunities to deliver their take on life and its many challenges.
    The Coronavirus pandemic has proved that if we need to, we can make radical, positive changes to the way our society works, both in financial and behavioural ways.
    Everything in nature is founded upon a deep intelligence, and we are all part of it. We are travellers upon this intelligence and conscious being.
    We should never seek to abandon our pasts, but we must never become a slave to them. The past is a tool. We can always learn from our history, but we must try not to endlessly suffer from it.
    Artists should never let their ego impede the creativity that flows through them from time to time. When this flow happens, it’s a gift.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘In my heart, I don’t want to cause any harm to anybody’ - 2:10

    ‘All forms of desire are the inappropriate substitute for the desire to be at one with God‘ - 18:45

    ‘All of us should individually deal with the trauma we’ve dealt with and serve one another however we can' - 38:16

    ‘Don’t get me started on the ewoks!’ - 42:10

    ‘If my ego gets too much airspace it’ll guzzle up the lot!’ - 1:08:40

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Russell Brand Twitter - https://twitter.com/rustyrockets

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

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  • This week, Kevin talks to his mentor, Strictly Come Dancing’s creative director, and one of the world’s most influential and sought-after choreographers and dance champions, Jason Gilkison! 

    Jason talks to Kevin about the effects of lockdown upon his creative side, the importance of art and culture upon the soul, and the incredible journey that has led him to become one of the world’s greatest choreographers. 

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Lockdown has caused Jason to develop the art of self-inspiration. When we are not able to readily absorb outer creative influences, we must look internally. 
    Expression comes from within. Without formal training, sometimes we can struggle for direction, but those with a need to express themselves artistically, will always do so from within. 
    The great students, and the great teachers, are the ones who instinctually know each other so well, that teaching and learning become an almost telepathic process. 
    We create great choreography by incremental experimentation, and by focusing upon the essence of what it is we are trying to achieve. 
    Creating a television show is about building a passionate family of colleagues. Even those without on-camera jobs, still become part of each performance and event, which adds to the camaraderie. 

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘Inspiration can come in the weirdest places’ - 2:50 

    ‘We danced from “in”, because that’s all we knew how to do’ - 29:40 

    ‘I never would have been able to predict all the highs and lows’ - 44:23 

    ‘It felt  like a warm bath, coming to Strictly’ - 1:13:50  

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Jason Gilkison Twitter - https://twitter.com/jasongilkison?lang=en 

    Jason Gilkison Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jasongilkison/?hl=en 

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764 

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

     

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  • In this latest edition of the mini-series, ’Strictly Speaking’, Kevin invites you into the conversation around some of the greatest dances, partners and moments throughout his Strictly Come Dancing journey!

    This week, Kevin continues his conversation with Susan Calman, discussing the most important reasons for appearing on a show like Strictly Come Dancing, and the best way of coming back from failure.

    You can follow along with Kevin and Susan’s story by watching each dance using the links provided in the show notes of this episode!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Claudia Winkelman’s skills as a host extend far beyond mere presenting. She provides the necessary empathy, and sometimes sympathy, at the right times, and has provided reassurance for many contestants at the right time.
    The best way to beat the blues, and to give yourself the mental fortitude you need in the wake of failure, is to work even harder.
    The prospect of leaving the competition is made much easier to take if we know we’ve done our best, and that we’ve exceeded our own expectations.
    Often, the competitive side of the programme is of secondary importance to the taking part, and the fact that contestants are given the opportunity to take part in a world that they might never have experienced.
    It is right and proper that the finalists are usually the best dancers in the competition. The work and dedication needed in order to lift the Glitterball is extraordinary.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’The smallest thing can change a dance’ - 1:40

    ‘It’s Halloween Week. We’re doing Game Of Thrones. We’re coming down on a dragon. Subtle and elegant isn’t quite what we were going for!’ - 3:40

    ‘It was full on, didn’t stop, absolutely went for it!’ - 11:15

    ‘I didn’t want to win the competition. I just wanted to get as far as I could’ - 35:10

    ‘I think we would break the internet if we were to do that!’ - 55:25

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Susan Calman Twitter - https://twitter.com/SusanCalman

     

    Week 6 - Foxtrot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHixvzFV6Ws

    Week 7 - Jive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkGK9CGb8YA

    Week 8 - Tango - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9K12nPumF4

    Week 9 - Paso Doble - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vpr_e4TCtI

    Week 10 - American Smooth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZgvtyCF3Kg

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

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