Talking Theatre: Strictly Stars Discuss Dance Show - "Here Come The Girls"
Television’s Strictly Come Dancing stars Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and Chloe Hewitt are to feature in a new live dance show Here Come The Girls at Newport’s Riverfront Theatre in March.
Bringing a mix of individual performances and group numbers with their supporting dance partners, the show will feature Ballroom and Latin routines and has been choreographed by Patrick Helm, who will also perform on the show with Dianne.
The girls recently took time out to discuss the show.
How did your dancing career start?
Dianne: I began dancing at the age of five in Perth, Australia. I went on to compete from an early age representing Western Australia in National and International Ballroom and Latin events. I found success in Australian TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” at the age of 18.
Amy: I started dancing at the age of eight at my local dance school Shappelles in Caerphilly along with my twin sister. I soon joined the school’s formation team and immediately fell in love with the world of dance. I studied ballroom, Latin, freestyle, ballet and contemporary but my dream was to be a top competitor on the open Latin and ballroom competition circuit.
Chloe: My dance training began at the tender age of seven when I joined Pritchards Dance and Fitness Academy in Burleydam. I went on to win many dance titles, but my proudest achievement was winning the World Championships at Blackpool Winter Gardens in 2015. I first appeared on TV on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2013 when I got through to the live semi-finals.
When did you join Strictly Come Dancing?
Dianne: I joined in 2017 as Strictly’s new professional dancer. My first celebrity partner was the Reverend Richard Coles who I sadly bowed out of the 2017 competition with during week three.
Amy: I was invited to become one of the professional dancers in 2017, partnering comedian Brian Conley. In this first year on the show I won the “Children in Need Strictly Special” with Mark Curry and danced in the Christmas special with Colin Jackson.
Chloe: In 2016 I joined the cast becoming the youngest ever professional to join the show at the age of 20 years old. My Strictly career has seen me dance in the 2016 Christmas Special with Gethin Jones and partnering the incredible Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyinganya for the 2017 “Children in Need” show.
Dianne: Which celebrity dance partner has made you laugh the most?
I’d say Joe because I was with him the longest but for the short amount of time, I danced with the Reverend Richard Cole he made me laugh a lot, so I’d have to say these two made me laugh equally.
Chloe: Do you get nervous before you go on stage?
I think it’s very natural to feel nervous due to all the adrenaline, but I feel more excited than anxious. Competing makes me more nervous than performing but I try to channel the nerves into excitement instead of running and hiding.
Amy: How does it make you feel being Strictly’s first Welsh professional dancer?
Incredibly proud. I’ve always been proud of my Welsh roots.
Here Comes The Girls comes to Newport Riverfront on Thursday 28 March at 7.30pm