Strictly ‘does’ Northern Soul at Blackpool this weekend , but this trailer suggests it will be Strictly embarrassing and a missed opportunity . Im not ashamed to reveal myself as a regular viewer of SCD , which at its best is a celebration of dance , sparkle, fun,, and hopefully achievement . This trailer was aired on the BBC2 It Takes Two.., and described by John Gilkinson Creative Choreography Director as :
“ a great opportunity to create a bit of a battle between the Ballroom dancers and the ‘Northern Souler’s’ . It looks like they have pulled in Levant Mc Clean to suggest some credibility which it looks to lack on both music choice and dance style. A real missed opportunity by the BBC /SCD to fuse the countries weekly TV dance fest with some of us who have been embracing the power of dancing for years. Don’t shoot the messenger on this.
For those of you who are not Strictly viewers Id put in a case for you checking out the show for the superb orchestra of Dave Arch and his soulful singers. Tommy Blaize ,Lance Ellington, Andrea Grant and Hayley Sanderson pull out some fantastic covers over the years . Band leader Dave Arch is reported to have played piano in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and he continues to play jazz piano at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club with vocalist Madeline Bell.