Article: An evening with Strictly stars in aid of good cause

See a professional dance couple from a popular TV show in action at an event for a cancer charity.

The demonstration and Q&A night with Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer has been organised by their friend Anthony Rutherford, of The Studio Dance & Fitness Academy which runs classes in Morpeth. The event on Saturday (7.30pm start) at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth, also has local dancers and a disco. Call 07725 987195 for tickets.

Source: Morpeth Herald

Article: Strictly Come Dancing stars including Susanna Reid and Aljaz Skorjanec reunited for spectacular dance show in Grimsby with Karen Hauer and Kevin Clifton

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“GRIMSBY must be one of the most talented places in the world!”

Those are the words of Strictly Come Dancing champion Aljaz Skorjanec, after performing at the Grimsby Auditorium as part of An Evening With Karen And Kevin From Grimsby.

Kevin Clifton and his fiancee Karen put on the glittering three-hour bonanza after Flash Mob, a show they were originally planned to star in, was cancelled at the last minute.

So, the Strictly stars stepped in and put together the show, with a little help from parents Keith and Judy Clifton, to a packed audience on Saturday night.

And they were even joined by special guest Susanna Reid, who performed with Kevin on this year’s Strictly, after making their way all the way to the final.

She said: “It was such an honour to come here and perform on Kevin and Karen’s show, I couldn’t believe it when they asked me!

“But I was only too happy to come, and what an amazing response it has been. I just want to thank all those in Grimsby for their support, how could I refuse performing the paso doble in front of them?”

Kevin and Karen performed a number of different dances, drawing standing ovation after standing ovation from the impressed crowd.

Kevin said: “We were feeling pretty nervous beforehand. It’s not every day you have to put together such a massive show as this in just a couple of weeks, so we weren’t sure how we’d do.

“It’s great to finally get to this point, as we never really knew if it would really happen. But it was a great night and everything went smoothly.

“We just need to say a big thank you to all those who came and to all those who made this happen. So many people said we couldn’t pull this off, but we managed to.

“We even managed to keep the secret guest quiet until now!”

His partner and wife-to-be Karen added: “It’s always good to come back here! I now consider myself to be a Grimbarian, so this is like a home show for me.”

Two other Strictly dancers – last year’s winner Aljaz Skorjanec and his girlfriend Janette Manrara, who was paired with designer Julien MacDonald for her first season last year – also performed on the show.

Aljaz said: “It’s great to finally be here in Grimsby. I’ve heard so much about it and I can now finally say I’ve performed here.

“I’m very good friends with Karen and Kevin, so it was an honour to come and perform with them as part of this fantastic show.

“I’ve been very impressed with the talent on show, especially in the competition. Grimsby must be one of the most talented places in the world!”

A new star was also born with the appearance of Kevin’s sister Joanne, who has already signed up to perform in the next series of Strictly.

She retired from professional dancing in December 2013, having being crowned Ballroom Showdance World Champion.

She said: “It was really cool. It was quite weird dancing with Kevin again as the last time we did it was back when I was 13 or 14.

“But I’m 30 now and here I am dancing on the stage of Grimsby Auditorium. It’s great to be back, and the routine was so much fun putting together – we just couldn’t stop ourselves from laughing.

“And now I can’t wait for Strictly to start. It will be something very different and something I’m not really used to, but I’m going to be on TV now! So that’s amazing.”

Three lucky competitors, who won the Grimsby Telegraph’s competition to perform on the show with three Strictly dancers, took part in a mini Strictly-style contest, hosted by special guest Susanna Reid.

The dance novices performed a routine in front of the expectant audience after being paired with Kevin Clifton, Karen Hauer and Joanne Clifton, along with judges Aljaz and Janette.

Roof tiler Steve Courtney, 62, convincingly took home the glitter fish trophy.

There were also performances from contemporary act Alleviate, Irish duo Brosena and young stars from Clifton’s Dance Academy.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: Kevin Clifton reunited with Strictly Come Dancing partner Susanna Reid at star-studded Grimsby Auditorium show

“GRIMSBY must be one of the most talented places in the world!”

Those are the words of Strictly Come Dancing champion Aljaz Skorjanec, after performing at the Grimsby Auditorium last night as part of An Evening With Karen and Kevin From Grimsby.

Kevin Clifton and his fiance Karen put on the glittering three-hour bonanza after Flash Mob, a show they were originally planned to star in, was cancelled at the last minute.

So the Strictly stars stepped in and put together the show, with a little help from parents Keith and Judy Clifton, to a packed audience on Saturday night.

And they were even joined by special guest Susanna Reid, who performed with Kevin on this year’s Strictly, after making their way all the way to the final.

The pair danced their infamous pasodoble, which proved to be such a big hit with the judges when they performed it in Blackpool.

See Monday’s Grimsby Telegraph for more on this story.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

Article: ‘Strictly’ evening entertainment

A glittering evening of Ballroom, Latin, Irish and Contemporary dance takes to the stage at Grimsby Auditorium this Saturday, July 12, for ‘An Evening with Karen and Kevin from Grimsby’.

Strictly Come Dancing Champion Aljaz Skorjanec will also be performing, together with his fellow Strictly dancer and girlfriend Janette Manrara.

Joanne Clifton, who is joining the cast of Strictly next season, will be performing ballroom together with her brother on the night, with local Dancers from Clifton Dance Academy dancing freestyle to show how both Joanne and Kevin got started.

Joining the Strictly stars are the breath-taking contemporary duo Alleviate and Irish dance fusion stars Brosena from Sky 1’s Got To Dance.

And three very lucky people will be in with a chance to dance with Kevin, Karen or Joanne and set the competitive spirit, where they could win a magnificent Grimsby Glitterball (a very sparkly fish) judged by Aljaz, Janette and a special surprise guest who will also be dancing on the night.

There will also be a Q&A to ask the Strictly dancers anything you want. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £26, under 16s £16.50. Call the Box Office on 0844 871 3016, visit http://www.atgtickets.com/grimsby or visit the venue and pay cash.

Source: Market Rasen Mail

Article: Strictly Come Dancing stars to perform with competition winners at Grimsby Auditorium

STRICTLY speaking, these are three very lucky people.

They are the winners of our fantastic competition to dance with the stars of Strictly Come Dancing when they play Grimsby Auditorium tomorrow night.

They are now busy rehearsing for An Evening With Karen And Kevin From Grimsby in a mini Strictly-style contest where a “special guest” will also be in attendance.

The dance novices will perform a routine in front of an expectant audience after being paired with Kevin Clifton, Karen Hauer and Joanne Clifton, who joins the team this year.

Brother Kevin was runner-up last year with Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid and Karen joined the previous year, pairing up with Westlife’s Nicky Byrne for her first series and Hairy Biker Dave Myers last year.

The Cliftons are from Waltham, and Kevin and Karen, pictured, are engaged.

Steve Courtney, 62, of Buck Beck Way, in Cleethorpes, is a big Strictly fan and cannot wait to dance with Joanne.

He said: “I went to see this year’s tour at the O2 in London and just by chance I was staying in the same hotel as Kevin Clifton and some of the other dancers, so I got to meet a few of them after the show.

“I’m a roof tiler by trade so I’ve got no particular talent for dancing, I just enjoy it – well, I like watching it anyway.”

“Obviously I’m dead nervous but it’s an opportunity that you never get so I’ll be living the dream on Saturday night.”

Helen McLean, 58, is very excited and slightly nervous about strutting her stuff alongside a dancer she has admired for a long time.

She said: “I’ve always had a great deal of respect for Kevin, he is a good ambassador for Grimsby and dancing; I’ve followed him and Karen since watching Burn The Floor, so to partner him is a bit of a dream come true.

“I’ve been told I’ve got rhythm but I’ve done nothing professionally and haven’t performed any steps from about the age of eight.

“Every time Strictly comes on I always say that if I could only get a few hours with one of the dancers then I’d love to see what I could achieve.”

Marc Robinson, 34, lives on the Willows Estate, and will be dancing with Karen tomorrow night.

He said: “When I found out I got it, I was in shock and I’ve been getting some friendly stick from the family about it; my wife wakes me up shouting ‘seven!’.

“My niece goes to the Cliftons dance school (run by Kevin’s parents Keith and Judy) so I’ve met Karen before and hopefully she can work her magic when we rehearse.”

Two other Strictly dancers – last year’s winner Aljaz Skorjanec and his girlfriend Janette Manrara, who was paired with designer Julien MacDonald for her first season last year – will be special guests and will judge the contest.

And we have been promised another special guest, too, but organisers are keeping tight-lipped about who it could be.

Kevin said: “This is a warm-up for Strictly; Joanne has not been on the TV show yet but we’ll all be competing against each other on Saturday.

“All I’d say to those dancing with us, is just embrace it and to throw themselves into it.”

Source: Grimsby Telegraph