How do you spend your Saturday evenings? I wonder if I can guess.
If it's anything like my family, I'm going to guess you might catch an episode of a certain reality show involving dance?
Once again the magic of Strictly Come Dancing has captured the hearts and minds of the nation. I don't know about you but I can't go anywhere without hearing 'Did you see that routine last night?' or 'I can't believe they were in the dance-off, I thought they were going to win'.
For many, dancing isn't just a hobby or even just a job for those lucky enough to work in the profession, it's a passion and Strictly is the perfect example of this. One show that has a TV audience of millions on the edge of their seats every week, waiting to see the spectacular routines and who's going to make it through to the next round (and more importantly... who's going home!)
The beauty of dance is that it not only captivates those watching, but those taking part as well. Each year on Strictly, when you see the celebrities dance their first routine, how many times have you wondered if they've ever even seen a dance shoe before? But, as the weeks progress, you see the effort they put in as they fall in love with dance. After just a few sessions (and some serious dedication) they're gliding round the floor like Fred & Ginger.
Whilst Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers might be best known for their dancing, there are many celebrities who've danced a step or two in their lives. Some of these might surprise you, take a look...
Charlize Theron – although she may be best known as an actress with starring roles in major box office hits like Monster and The Devil’s Advocate, as a teenager she studied dance at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York.
Audrey Hepburn – one of the most iconic actresses of a generation, she trained as a ballerina before she found her love of acting and went on to wow audiences as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Christian Bale – one of the greatest method actors of modern times. He shocked audiences with his extreme weight loss for his role in The Machinist and, in a role reversal, bulked up for his performance as Batman. Before all of this though, he studied ballet as a child.
Freddie Mercury – although he is primarily known for his singing, fronting one of the greatest bands of all time, Queen, Freddie actually took to the stage in 1979 and danced with The Royal Ballet.
Jean-Claude Van Damme – best known as an all action hero in a number of high octane movies, The Muscles from Brussels (as he came to be known) trained in ballet for 5 years saying ‘If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport’
Deborah Kerr – probably best known as Anna Leonowens in the musical The King and I, a performance that earned her a Golden Globe, Deborah also trained in ballet in her youth before switching over to a career in acting.
Does that make you want to dance too?