In January 2018, your dream to create your own dance production came true with ‘Dance to the Music’ which was about the evolution of dance, which took the nation by storm. How do you feel about the incredible appreciation that you received? What are your future plans on this?
This project is something I wanted to do for many years but never had the time to produce it. It took me 9 months to put it all together but when the show got on the road it was absolutely incredible! Best thing you can get is life audience response. Of course it makes me feel so grateful as I know how much work went in to this. I choreographed, direct it and performed in it so I did all the work myself. A lot of other dance shows have people who script and choreograph it for the cast however I did it all myself as I wanted to offer the audience something unique. I was very overwhelmed with the audience response and I’m so humbled by it.
Of course I owe a lot to my incredible cast of dancers and singers who were outstanding to work with! I definitely will be touring again with the show in the future!
In the 12th season of Strictly Come Dancing, you reached the finale of the competition, and finished as one of the runners-up. What are your best memories of that season?
I think Blackpool tower performance of Argentine tango is definitely my favourite moment. The crowd went totally crazy and we got our best score on that night. I think it changed Simon Webb’s mind as he finally started to believe in himself! We went to the finals and came 2nd. After the season we went on Strictly live tour and became overall winners as you also get a winner ever night in every city after crowd is voting. I think it definitely helped Simon with his self esteem!
You have actively supported the Breast cancer campaign by modelling the Pink Vest in 2009, which aims to raise money during the October cancer awareness month. How do you wish to give back to the society through these endeavours?
I do a lot of charity work and I think it’s important to give back. I often auction my dance lessons. It’s something I’m very passionate about and I believe if you have any public profile why not to do something good for the society you live in.
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