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Strictly Come Dancing’s Bill Bailey reveals he had ballroom lessons as a teenager

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Strictly Come Dancing’s Bill Bailey reveals he had ballroom lessons as a teenager (Picture: PA)

Strictly Come Dancing’s Bill Bailey has revealed he had ballroom lessons as a teenager.

The comedian, 55, has already impressed the head judge Shirley Ballas after showcasing his moves during last week’s launch show alongside professional partner Oti Mabuse.

And it looks as though we now have the answer as to why he was so good.

In his new book, titled Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to Happiness, the star recalls heading to a dance class when he was in his teenage years, according to The Mirror.

The publication has got its hands on an extract, which reads: ‘When I was a teenager I had ballroom dancing lessons. There was a dance school across the road from our house and I learned the waltz, the foxtrot and the quickstep.

‘The teacher was a tiny, petite woman with a huge passion for The Dance.

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We’re expecting all the moves from the comedian (Picture: PA)

‘It was a marvellous and quite surreal experience to whirl around a dance hall with this ball of terpsichorean energy. Bless her and all those she must have enlightened to her world.

‘I can see the appeal of the foxtrot, the tango, the rhumba, the formal nature of it all, the practiced moves, the precision, but it’s not really me.’

In recent years, Strictly bosses have supported celebs with past dance experience by saying it wasn’t in ‘ballroom or Latin’.

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Maisie Smith also has dancing experience (Picture: PA)

And a source close to Bill allegedly defended the star to the publication, by claiming he only ever went to two lessons, which happened over 40 years ago.

He’s not the only one to have some dance experience, however, as EastEnders actress Maisie Smith previously won Strictly’s Children In Need special when dancing with Kevin Clifton.

The 19-year-old, who is now paired with Gorka Marquez, is currently the keen favourite, but Shirley has warned her not to get too cocky so early on in the competition.

Talking to The Sun, she said: ‘I know she won the special but if I was Maisie I wouldn’t take anything for granted because doing one dance is not like doing ten weeks.

‘You’ve got to be there and you’ve got to be full on and you’ve got to go the whole nine yards.

‘You could see the competitive spirit, you could feel it. These people all look like they were at the starting block, ready to move forward.’ has reached out to the BBC for further comment.

Strictly continues next Saturday on BBC One.


Credit: Original article published here.

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