Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Musicals Week, review – superb Helen Skelton let down by partner Gorka’s puerile protest

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One) on a Friday somehow felt slightly wrong. It was like a Sunday roast on a Tuesday. Or, indeed, a football World Cup in winter, which is how the BBC schedules got upended in the first place. Happily, a dazzling show compensated for any diary-based disorientation. The twinkle-toed contest had reached … Read more

Where you can see ‘The Nutcracker’ in the suburbs

It’s not necessary to travel to Chicago to see a top-notch performance of “The Nutcracker.” Dance companies throughout suburbs are staging their versions of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet. Here’s where you can catch this holiday favorite: “The Nutcracker”: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, … Read more

Traveling dance instructor promotes unity of culture through Latin dance

PHILADELPHIA — “You don’t necessarily need to know someone’s background to be able to share a positive moment with them,” says Watson Saintsulne, a traveling dance instructor and founder of the Hispaniola Latin Dance Company. Saintsulne, who didn’t start dancing until age 21, finds purpose in shaking his hips – he’s serving as a unifying … Read more

Cheryl Burke announces she’s leaving ‘DWTS’ as a pro after 26 seasons

Cheryl Burke is taking her final bow. In a heartfelt post shared via Instagram on Sunday, the “Dancing With the Stars” fan-favorite announced she’s exiting the dance competition show as a pro dancer after 26 seasons. “I am sitting here full of so many conflicting emotions about the words I am about to write…Tomorrow night … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing, Blackpool review: seaside special sees first perfect 40 but camerawork lets it down

Head judge Shirley Ballas hailed him as “the one to beat” but beaten he was by Skelton’s thrilling quickstep, which raced around the floor with real panache. Not even a dreadful pleather outfit could take the edge off her best dance yet. With East, Yassin and Skelton rising to the top, have we got our … Read more

‘DWTS’ pros react to judge Len Goodman’s ‘heartbreaking’ retirement

“Dancing With the Stars” won’t be the same without Len Goodman. The head judge shockingly announced during Monday’s “Semi-Finals” that Season 31 of the dance competition show – which concludes next week – will be his last, as he’s retiring to “spend more time” with his children and family. “It got me in my feels, … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing, week 8 review: Too many tears and not enough technique but who’ll get to Blackpool?

Strictly Come Dancing? Strictly Come Sobbing, more like. This was the most emotional episode of the BBC hoofing contest’s current series, perhaps even longer. The Elstree ballroom was so awash with tears that its famous glitterball was at risk of rusting over. Pass the twinkly tissues and a sequin-spangled mop. Blub-ew-lous, darling. As the competition … Read more

Rats ‘have rhythm and can dance to Lady Gaga’

Rhythm linked to innate tempo in brain Originally, scientists thought the preferred rhythm might be linked to heart rate – which varies significantly across species, and would suggest rats would prefer a beat at around 300 bmp.  But researchers discovered that the rats were able to sync most successfully around 120 bpm which is likely … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing, week 7 review: Hamza and Helen impress but judges steal the show for all the wrong reasons

What is going on with the judging on Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)? Shirley Ballas suddenly whipped out two pairs of tiny shoes to demonstrate her footwork quibbles. It was like she’d spent Saturday afternoon raiding the children’s department at Clark’s. Meanwhile, her colleague Anton Du Beke seems so intoxicated by his status as fan … Read more

Jordin Sparks nominates Chris Brown to compete on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Chris Brown on “Dancing With the Stars?” He would “kill” it, according to Jordin Sparks. Following her elimination from the dance competition show Monday night, the singer told Page Six that she would love to see the “King of R&B” compete for the mirrorball trophy one day. “To see him [dance] ballroom? And then he … Read more