Strictly Come Dancing comes to Harlow College


HARLOW College is currently hosting a Strictly Come Dancing celebrity contestant, Davood Ghadami, at its Glassbox Theatre for his dance training before the live television performance.

Head of Performing Arts, Natalie Francis, is responsible for supplying rehearsal space at the college and ensuring that the facilities provided are to the highest standard possible under Strictly rules.

BBC researchers got in touch with her to secure a place for the training, which took place last Monday afternoon. ‘They were really delightful, open, relax, pleasant and comfortable’ said Natalie as she got them some coffee. However, she claims that she doesn’t support anybody.

‘I just love and enjoy all of it’, she says. She believes that the variety of age, cultures, sectors and industries makes the show interesting as people like to hear other people’s voices, therefore everybody loves it.’

Over 5,000 people are applying for tickets across the UK. ‘They deserve the credit and support they’re given, it helps them with their performance’ she said as they train consistently even though they have got a busy life and job, which is really demanding. She claims that she would love to be a contestant on this competition. ‘Working with a partner would be challenging and more interesting than working solo,’ said Natalie.

‘They’re all unique, I don’t tend to have favourites,’ she said referring to the judges, as she believes that the more variety, the more choice.

Flowers along with a walkie-talkie radio were given to Davood and his partner Nadiya Bychkova from Harlow College as a wish of good luck for their upcoming live performance.

‘Thank you @HarlowCollege Performing Arts for the flowers! Put a spring in our step! #strictly @NadiyaBychkova’ Davood twitted.


‘She got the flowers…I got the walkie talkie… #Strictly’ he also twitted on the picture he uploaded with his partner by his side.

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