Strictly Come Dancing star Joanne Clifton loving life in Sutton

Strictly Come Dancing star Joanne Clifton loving life in Sutton

Ms Clifton is a former world champion

Ms Clifton is a former world champion

First published 14:05 Thursday 30 October 2014 in News
Last updated 14:22 Thursday 30 October 2014
Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by Tom Gillespie, Reporter

One of Sutton’s movers and shakers is making waves on Saturday night television, with a starring role in BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Professional  dancer Joanne Clifton, who is paired up with Radio One DJ Scott Mills, has made it through to week six of the competition.

The show takes a celebrity and partners them up with an established dancer, who takes them through the motions in preparation for a Saturday night performance.

Each week the public phone in and vote for their favourite act.

The two teams with the least votes then have a dance-off, with the judges deciding who stays and who goes.

Ms Clifton, who moved to the borough in August, said: “Scott is the greatest student.

“He listens to everything, and will have a go at anything, but on the show we have always been in the bottom two.

“We need the public to vote for us.

“In our practice sessions he is actually very good, but I think in the show he succumbs to nerves.”

Sutton Guardian:

Selfie Come Dancing

Ms Clifton has had a colourful career in ballroom dancing, winning the World Professional Ballroom Showdance Championships in Merano, Italy, last year.

The 31-year-old grew up in Waltham, in Lincolnshire, and was taught to dance by her parents.

In 2000 she moved to Bologna, Italy to join Team Diablo, which is the biggest dance school in Europe.

She made the transfer from amateur to professional in 2011.

This year is the first time she has appeared in Strictly Come Dancing.

She said: “I haven’t been in Sutton long, but I really love it here. I have had the chance to look around the high street and see some of the shops, it is a lovely little place.”

Watch Joanne Clifton in action on Saturday night on BBC One at 6.30pm.

By joclifton

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