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Welcome to the Kevin Clifton Show podcast. Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Comer Dancing' which Kevin won in 2018. The podcast is a discussion of what the industry is like for performers and what they go through, to perform you will be judge and even Kevin has his insecurities with this, this is normal. Learn how Kevin & the biggest performers deal with this & other issues. The podcast features deep dive interviews into other performers, their mindset successes and challenges. The podcast goes beyond dance & performing and Kevin shares his experience in life and gives tips to achieve greatness.  

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Welcome to the Kevin Clifton Show podcast. Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Comer Dancing' which Kevin won in 2018. The podcast is a discussion of what the industry is like for performers and what they go through, to perform you will be judge and even Kevin has his insecurities with this, this is normal. Learn how Kevin & the biggest performers deal with this & other issues. The podcast features deep dive interviews into other performers, their mindset successes and challenges. The podcast goes beyond dance & performing and Kevin shares his experience in life and gives tips to achieve greatness.  

    Strictly Speaking With my Sister Joanne Clifton! Part 1

    Strictly Speaking With my Sister Joanne Clifton! Part 1

    In this latest edition of the mini-series, ’Strictly Speaking’, Kevin invites you into the conversation around some of the greatest dances, partners and moments throughout his Strictly Come Dancing journey!

    This week, it’s very much a family affair as Kevin talks to his sister and fellow Strictly pro, Jo Clifton, about her incredible journey to victory during the 2016 series, in which she was partnered with Ore Oduba!

    You can follow along with Kevin and Jo’s story by watching each dance using the links provided in the show notes of this episode!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    One of the most effective ways to drive yourself to success, is when we are kept back. Determination to upset the applecart, and to prove the naysayers wrong, is what can ignite the fire in the belly.
    Each couple have their own ways to cope with stress. For Jo and Ore, a set routine of rehearsals, breaks and warmups, depending on their place in the running order, helped to alleviate backstage nerves.
    Dancers cannot copy dances from original productions, and so the choreography must pay small tributes in terms of style, rather than copy steps wholesale.
    Early success in the competition can lead to a greater sense of pressure, as we must always be seen to be improving. If the scores are too high too soon, it can be difficult to keep up the growth and momentum.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’You came second! But let’s be fair, you did win it two years later’ - 7:45

    ‘Even if it takes me years to prove someone wrong, I’ll keep going at it’ - 12:40

    ’Those spontaneous moments only happen if you’re really feeling it’ - 37:25

    ‘Any time you can play to the crowd, I always think why not?’ - 1:16:15

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Jo Clifton Twitter - https://twitter.com/joanneclifton?lang=en

    Week 1 - Tango - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhSUU-LaRfY

    Week 2 - Cha Cha Cha - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSfcyiZTeoc

    Week 3 - American Smooth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO-uOfq11iA

    Week 4 - Jive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSq3Hr62-Ig

    Week 5 - Waltz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuX9V0oKVdI

    Week 6 - Charleston - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KyEUYFshVY

    Week 7 - Salsa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_uT5jVxAlI

     The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Dancing Vs. Documentaries and Cosmic Oneness With Russell Brand

    Dancing Vs. Documentaries and Cosmic Oneness With Russell Brand

    In this week’s show, Kevin talks to a very special guest, his good friend, world-renowned comedian actor and activist, Russell Brand! 

    Russell talks to Kevin about his life and work, his viewpoint on “cancel culture”, the positive elements that have emerged in the wake of the COVID pandemic, the philosophies that have shaped his unique perspective on the world, and why Star Wars might just be the blueprint for life...

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    The true comedians are the ones who are constantly taking a comedic perspective upon life, and looking for the respectful opportunities to deliver their take on life and its many challenges.
    The Coronavirus pandemic has proved that if we need to, we can make radical, positive changes to the way our society works, both in financial and behavioural ways.
    Everything in nature is founded upon a deep intelligence, and we are all part of it. We are travellers upon this intelligence and conscious being.
    We should never seek to abandon our pasts, but we must never become a slave to them. The past is a tool. We can always learn from our history, but we must try not to endlessly suffer from it.
    Artists should never let their ego impede the creativity that flows through them from time to time. When this flow happens, it’s a gift.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘In my heart, I don’t want to cause any harm to anybody’ - 2:10

    ‘All forms of desire are the inappropriate substitute for the desire to be at one with God‘ - 18:45

    ‘All of us should individually deal with the trauma we’ve dealt with and serve one another however we can' - 38:16

    ‘Don’t get me started on the ewoks!’ - 42:10

    ‘If my ego gets too much airspace it’ll guzzle up the lot!’ - 1:08:40

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Russell Brand Twitter - https://twitter.com/rustyrockets

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

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    Kevin Clifton YouTube

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Creating The Spark – with Jason Gilkison

    Creating The Spark – with Jason Gilkison

    This week, Kevin talks to his mentor, Strictly Come Dancing’s creative director, and one of the world’s most influential and sought-after choreographers and dance champions, Jason Gilkison! 

    Jason talks to Kevin about the effects of lockdown upon his creative side, the importance of art and culture upon the soul, and the incredible journey that has led him to become one of the world’s greatest choreographers. 

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Lockdown has caused Jason to develop the art of self-inspiration. When we are not able to readily absorb outer creative influences, we must look internally. 
    Expression comes from within. Without formal training, sometimes we can struggle for direction, but those with a need to express themselves artistically, will always do so from within. 
    The great students, and the great teachers, are the ones who instinctually know each other so well, that teaching and learning become an almost telepathic process. 
    We create great choreography by incremental experimentation, and by focusing upon the essence of what it is we are trying to achieve. 
    Creating a television show is about building a passionate family of colleagues. Even those without on-camera jobs, still become part of each performance and event, which adds to the camaraderie. 

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘Inspiration can come in the weirdest places’ - 2:50 

    ‘We danced from “in”, because that’s all we knew how to do’ - 29:40 

    ‘I never would have been able to predict all the highs and lows’ - 44:23 

    ‘It felt  like a warm bath, coming to Strictly’ - 1:13:50  

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Jason Gilkison Twitter - https://twitter.com/jasongilkison?lang=en 

    Jason Gilkison Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jasongilkison/?hl=en 

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764 

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

     

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Susan Calman Strictly Speaking Part 2

    Susan Calman Strictly Speaking Part 2

    In this latest edition of the mini-series, ’Strictly Speaking’, Kevin invites you into the conversation around some of the greatest dances, partners and moments throughout his Strictly Come Dancing journey!

    This week, Kevin continues his conversation with Susan Calman, discussing the most important reasons for appearing on a show like Strictly Come Dancing, and the best way of coming back from failure.

    You can follow along with Kevin and Susan’s story by watching each dance using the links provided in the show notes of this episode!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Claudia Winkelman’s skills as a host extend far beyond mere presenting. She provides the necessary empathy, and sometimes sympathy, at the right times, and has provided reassurance for many contestants at the right time.
    The best way to beat the blues, and to give yourself the mental fortitude you need in the wake of failure, is to work even harder.
    The prospect of leaving the competition is made much easier to take if we know we’ve done our best, and that we’ve exceeded our own expectations.
    Often, the competitive side of the programme is of secondary importance to the taking part, and the fact that contestants are given the opportunity to take part in a world that they might never have experienced.
    It is right and proper that the finalists are usually the best dancers in the competition. The work and dedication needed in order to lift the Glitterball is extraordinary.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’The smallest thing can change a dance’ - 1:40

    ‘It’s Halloween Week. We’re doing Game Of Thrones. We’re coming down on a dragon. Subtle and elegant isn’t quite what we were going for!’ - 3:40

    ‘It was full on, didn’t stop, absolutely went for it!’ - 11:15

    ‘I didn’t want to win the competition. I just wanted to get as far as I could’ - 35:10

    ‘I think we would break the internet if we were to do that!’ - 55:25

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Susan Calman Twitter - https://twitter.com/SusanCalman

     

    Week 6 - Foxtrot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHixvzFV6Ws

    Week 7 - Jive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkGK9CGb8YA

    Week 8 - Tango - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9K12nPumF4

    Week 9 - Paso Doble - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vpr_e4TCtI

    Week 10 - American Smooth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZgvtyCF3Kg

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Susan Calman Strictly Speaking Part 1

    Susan Calman Strictly Speaking Part 1

    In this latest edition of the mini-series, ’Strictly Speaking’, Kevin invites you into the conversation around some of the greatest dances, partners and moments throughout his Strictly Come Dancing journey!

    This week, Kevin talks to fan favourite, Susan Calman, who danced all the way through to Week 10 during the 2017 series of the show, capturing a nation’s worth of hearts along the way.

    You can follow along with Kevin and Susan’s story by watching each dance using the links provided in the show notes of this episode!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    The quarantine’s effect on culture is not just seeing sharp falls in revenue for theatres and performers, but also has a knock-on effect upon leisure, travel and accommodation; services that are the backbone of the performing arts.
    Performers thrive on the affirmation gained by a live audience. Without that level of interaction, performance cannot hope to feel the same.
    Much of the reason for the show’s success relies upon its high production values, its glamour, its bombast and its escapism. This needs to be replicated somehow, even during lockdown.
    Matching a performer and celebrity to their ideal partner is as much about matching personalities and interests as it is about skill-sets.
    A personal connection to a dance, or even to a song, can help to enliven a performance. It’s the reason why some dances last longer than others in the minds of the audience and of the performers.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘I’ve never spent this long with my wife - in my life!’ - 7:20

    ‘Whatever capabilities your partner had, you brought out the best in them’ - 41:55

    ‘I’m not sure I would want to quarantine with my dance partner 24 hours a day!’ - 21:25

    ‘We quickly discovered that both of us are geeks’ - 40:30

    ‘If I was going to go out, then I wanted to make sure I’d done one of the proper Strictly ballroom dances’ - 1:12:50

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Susan Calman Twitter - https://twitter.com/SusanCalman

     

    Week 1 - Viennese Waltz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6314-cYILw

    Week 2 - Charleston - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQlZEGHECcM

    Week 3 - Samba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC7NH7rIvRI

    Week 4 - Quickstep - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS3gNk0BvkA

    Week 5 - Cha Cha Cha - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBvoeekjCTY

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Joe Barton - Screenwriter

    Joe Barton - Screenwriter

    This week, Kevin chats with Joe Barton, one of the UK’s most sought-after screenwriters, and the creator and writer of smash-hit TV series, Giri/Haji.

    Joe talks Kevin through his fascinating process when it comes to creation, his journey as a screenwriter, and the effects of having created such a powerful and resonant worldwide success.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    All writers work in different ways. The more prolific and productive tend to embrace an environment that provides stimulation and inspiration, and most importantly, a place in which we can securely express ourselves.
    Directors and front-of-camera talent are often celebrated far more than writers, with whom ideas originate. It’s a trend that’s slowly changing, with the advent of name writers, but it’s a situation that many writers must accept at the outset. 
    When creating an idea, the script itself is equally as important as the home in which the project will eventually find itself. Each production house serves a different purpose.
    Stories, whether told through drama or even dance, work best when they connect on an emotional level. Technical brilliance has its place, but stories are far more effective when they make people feel.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘I’m pretty confident that I haven’t written the next King Lear’ - 5:40

    ‘In films, the director gets all the credit. In TV, the writer gets all the credit’ - 21:50

    ‘If you end up second-guessing yourself then it can hinder you’ - 34:40

    ’The only thing that matters is making people feel something’ - 49:30

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Joe Barton Twitter - https://twitter.com/JoeBarton_

    The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

     

    Kevin Clifton is a professional dancer who has been performing & competing at the highest level for over a decade. Kevin has worked on shows like 'Burn the floor' & 'Rock of Ages' to 'Strictly Come Dancing' one of the biggest TV shows in the UK which Kevin won in 2018. 

     

    CONTACT METHOD

    Kevin Clifton Instagram

    Kevin Clifton Facebook

    Kevin Clifton YouTube

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
215 Ratings

215 Ratings

itz_mads_ ,

Awesome!

This podcast is always a great listen. So inspirational and always puts a smile on my face. I would really enjoy you interviewing stacey properly and going over her career and maybe even touching on what her childhood was like. Or a Frankie Bridge strictly speaking episode ❤️👏🏻👏🏻

Elaine loves Strictly! ,

So listenable

Really enjoying your podcasts. The episode about trolling and the media was tender and thoughtful. Feel free to copy what my Gran used to say to me; “while they’re talking about me they’re leaving some other poor soul alone” 💜

daviebaby2017 ,

Too much waffle

I enjoy the podcast but needs more structure, as Kevin tends to waffe and go off on tangents so it could easily be cut down.

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