Ever popular professional dancer Kevin Clifton is joined by Strictly Come Dancing’s newest pro’s, Italian heart-throb Graziano Di Prima and South African star Johannes Radebe, in BURN THE FLOOR the show that has revolutionised Ballroom style over the last two decades.
Kevin is headlining the World’s leading Ballroom dance show when it tours the UK this year.
Having been on Strictly for six years, he has reached the final an impressive five times and this year finally scooped the coveted glitter-ball trophy with his celebrity partner, Stacey Dooley!
The ever popular professional dancer, who has performed in BURN THE FLOOR on Broadway, the West End, and all over the World, credits the live Ballroom stage show for igniting a spark in him and changing him as a performer.
Kevin and Graziano took some time out of their busy schedules to chat to us about all things Strictly, dance, and Burn the Floor!
Firstly, Kevin congratulations to you and Stacey for becoming the Strictly Come Dancing Champions! It must have been an amazing feeling for you?
Kevin: Thank you! It was an unbelievable night, it still sounds so strange being called a Strictly winner when I am so used to being called runner-up!! We really didn’t think we were going to win, so we just set out to enjoy ourselves.? It was such an emotional, amazing night for us and I’m so proud of Stacey, she is an absolute superstar!
After six years on the show, with you reaching the final four times previously, you must have hoped it would be fifth time lucky?
Kevin: With Stacey having never danced before, I really thought we would be in the dance-off very early on, but we were actually never in the dance-off at all, which is incredible, and it’s all down to Stacey. She just wanted to get as much out of the Strictly experience as possible and she was 100% committed to it.?
Let’s find out a bit about you and Graziano! What is your favourite piece of music to dance to and what dance would you do?
Kevin: Paso Doble to the Moulin Rouge version of Roxanne.
Graziano: I love Salsa and Bachata Music, but my favourite Latin dance is the Rumba because I feel I can express all of myself.
Tell us something people might not know about you?
Kevin: I can’t ride a bike.
Graziano: I was born premature at six months, but I was strong and survived. Life is a good gift, and dancing and love makes me feel good!
As a dancer, what makes Strictly Come Dancing so special?
Kevin: I love telling stories through our performances on Strictly. I love getting my celebrity partners to a point where they are comfortable, feeling confident and really enjoying dancing. The magic of the show also brings a massive audience to Ballroom dancing.
Graziano: It’s a dream for a Ballroom dancer being at Strictly Come Dancing, I feel so special to be part of it!
If you could dance with anyone, who would you choose?
Kevin: I don’t really have a specific person in mind. I genuinely look forward to connecting with whoever I’m dancing with. As long as they are fully committed and nice to work with.
Graziano: My girlfriend Giada
Who inspired you to dance?
Kevin: My first inspirations were my parents. In the Ballroom world I grew up watching Jason Gilkison and Peta Roby who created BTF. I was also very inspired by performers I saw on TV such as Michael Jackson, Fred Astaire, and Robbie Williams who is my all time idol. Later in life I almost gave up dancing, but was then re-inspired again after watching Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands.
Graziano: My Mum. She introduced me to dance and introduced me to the world.
Why have you been drawn back to Burn the Floor?
Kevin: I think you never really leave BTF. It becomes a way of life. It’s a relentless show that is really hard work, but also gives you a feeling, when you are completely in the zone of a flat out BTF performance, that I’ve never found elsewhere. I’m addicted to it and I feel it has had more influence on my dancing than anything else I’ve ever been involved in.
Graziano: Because Burn the Floor is where everything begins! It is where I grow from a dancer to a performer!
Why is Burn the Floor so influential and inspiring to the Ballroom dance world?
Kevin: BTF pushes the boundaries of what we can achieve with Ballroom dancing. It’s so much more than wearing sparkly shirts and dancing the competition style. It’s years ahead of most Ballroom dancing I see and is constantly seeking to improve and explore where we can take our style.
Graziano: Because in Burn the Floor you are free to express the joy of dancing, in the competition you are judged based on a technical skill. In Burn the Floor you become an artist in all it’s aspects!
What does Burn the Floor mean to you?
Kevin: BTF feels like home to me. It’s where I feel safest to express myself and explore new things in my dancing. It’s a family that I belong to and a very special place where the most interesting Ballroom dancers in the world live.
Graziano: It is the biggest Ballroom company, very inspirational to all Ballroom dancers and a reference to all new Ballroom companies. For me Burn the Floor means a lot, I can express myself in a very high quality dance standard!
What does dance mean to you?
Kevin: Dance is the original art form. Before speech or anything else we express ourselves through movement in our body language. It has the capacity to express things which words cannot.
Graziano: Dance for me is everything. Is not just a job, I enjoy every minute of it.
Combining jaw-dropping choreography and ground-breaking moves, BURN THE FLOOR will bring their famous, infectious and rebellious energy to the stage in their first ever UK tour. ?From seriously romantic Waltz, to a futuristic Foxtrot, the passion of the Tango and Paso Doble cut right through. You will revel in the emotional power of the Cha Cha, the Samba and Jive, and be left breathless by the smoking, irresistible Rumba.
BURN THE FLOOR comes to the Cliffs Pavilion on 5 June 2019. For tickets and more information visit: www.southendtheatres.org.uk or for more information about
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We have a pair of tickets to see Kevin Clifton in BURN THE FLOOR at the Cliffs Pavilion on Wednesday 5 June. For your chance of winning send your name and contact details by email, along with subject header ‘Burn The Floor’ to [email protected] or by post to the usual Enquirer address. Closing date 15 April 2019.