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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.  

    Stacey Dooley SCD live tour

    Stacey Dooley SCD live tour

    ‘Such a joy to be starting the year with strictly’

    Kevin’s guest is someone he is very familiar with - Stacey Dooley who he lifted the Strictly Come Dancing Glitterball Trophy with, in 2018.

    Kevin is in rehearsals for ‘The Wedding Singer’ and Stacey is packing as this year she is hosting the Strictly Come Dancing live tour and in this episode, they chat about the live tour and the great professional and celebrity partnerships that are taking part.

    Both Kevin and Stacey reflect on how it’s only when you are on tour with the live Strictly Show tour that you really understand how this long-running series is so much a part of the nation’s culture and how loved it is across the generations who watch it.

    As a much-loved partnership and past winners of the glitterball this is a great opportunity to hear about what goes on behind the scenes and the dances that Kevin and Stacey have particularly enjoyed from the last series, listen in and enjoy.

      

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Each performance is set up like an episode of strictly with couples all performing and every night on tour someone wins the glitter ball with the audience voting via text.
    At the end of the tour the couple who have won the most performances are crowned champions of the tour and receive the prestigious tour glitterball.

     
    Kelvin Fletcher & Janette Manrara – we were both fans of Kelvin from early on. It was clear from his first performance that he could go all the way.
    Emma Barton & Graziano Di Parma. - really pleased Grazts is getting the chance to dance with Emma, as he didn’t have a celebrity partner in the series. He’s such a sweetheart but people assume he’s a bit arrogant which is so far from the truth, he’s very kind, considerate and a wicked dancer.
    Catherine Tyldesley & Johannes Radebe. Watching Johannes perform was a breath of fresh air. When Johannes danced with Grazts he spoke about performing as his true self on a show that’s been established for a long time and how important it was for him.
    Mike Bushell & Katya Jones - He never stops practising because he wants to do his best. When someone isn’t a natural dancer and dances are a bit funny, people mistake it as the person not taking it seriously but that is so far from the truth.
    Karim Zeroual & Amy Dowden. - One of the sweetest girls you could meet. She is unassuming and works really hard. Karim is a brilliant dancer and it means as the professional you have to deliver, there is a great amount of pressure.
    Saffron Barker & AJ Pritchard - Saffron was much more comfortable with ballroom.

    Their waltz was beautiful and very calm.
    Alex Scott & Neil Jones – Neil’s one of my best mates on the show.

    They look brilliant together and when you watch Alex perform you really know how she is feeling. Suddenly she had to dance with someone different and she didn’t let it faze her at all.

     

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘The British public love an underdog so the tour can be completely different from the TV series as to who the public vote for’

    ‘As a contestant, you are heavily reliant on your professional’

    ‘She never moaned or complained about it, she just wanted to make the most of the opportunity she had’

     

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

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     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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    • 43 min
    Challenging The Preconceptions Of Dancers – With Josh Keefe

    Challenging The Preconceptions Of Dancers – With Josh Keefe

    This week, Kevin is joined by dancer and Strictly choreographer and Assistant to the Creative Director of the show, Josh Keefe, who discusses his beginnings in dance, the issues surrounding same-sex dance couples, how he overcame bullying during his youth, the surprising benefits of working in television, and the puzzling modern western attitudes that seem to regard dance as lacking in masculinity.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    As well as working on Strictly Come Dancing, Josh works on Dancing With The Stars in Australia. Josh actually competed last year with Courtney Act, a drag queen, which has reignited the conversation about whether same-sex couples should be allowed on Strictly.
    Most people wish to be dancers for the act of dancing itself, but unusually, Josh was drawn to dance and performance because of his love of music.
    Josh experience bullying as a result of his dancing pursuits in his youth. Attending an all-boys school, his masculinity was called into question by fellow pupils. but Josh’s determination and stubborn streak saw him through.
    Dance is praised among young boys in other cultures, such as China and Russia. In western culture, though, it is frowned upon, which Josh and Kevin find ridiculous. What exactly is the issue with men being in touch with their artistic or feminine sides?
    Coming from competitive dance, Josh was looking for a fresh challenge. He found it in television, where he was asked to train and perfect dance routines with newcomers on a weekly basis. He has found this challenge incredible rewarding, as it has also helped to develop his skills as a teacher.
    Other territories are embracing same-sex couples on TV dance shows. Both Kevin and Josh see this development as a wonderful opportunity and hugely important in terms of visibility.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘At least a hundred years…'

    ‘I enjoy the connection to the music’

    ‘I would be the one who would try to disappear in a room’

    ‘I knew I didn’t agree with everything everyone said or did. And I was quite happy with that’

    ’Shaming boys for dancing is just hilarious’

    ’Strictlify… that’s a word now’

    ’That’s the power of what dance can bring'

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

     

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

    Josh Keefe Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/joshuakeefedancer/?hl=en

    Josh Keefe Twitter - https://twitter.com/joshuakeefe?lang=en

    Josh Keefe Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/moveforlife.asia/

     

    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

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    • 33 min
    Creativity

    Creativity

    In the past week on Strictly Come Dancing, Kevin was forced to stand far outside his comfort zone; he and Anton Du Beke were asked to sing, as well as dance in the show’s opening number on Musicals Week.

    The experience went well, but it forced Kevin to examine the process of mind-set, and his own approach to the creative process. In this week’s episode, Kevin discusses the way to deal with doubt, the mind-set needed to combat expectation, overcoming creative block, and the best ways to stimulate and maintain your creative side.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Self-doubt, even when we know we possess the abilities needed, can be the difference between fear and enjoyment, especially when it comes to performance.
    It’s far more important to focus on the performance itself, and giving the best in the small time you have while performing, rather than the validation you may or may not receive from other people.
    Despite having extensive experience in singing, and having performed vocally many times in public, singing on Strictly was very different, as the expectation of the audience was radically different. 
    It was important for Kevin to heed the advice that he always gives to his partners on the show; to enjoy the performance, to trust his abilities, and to lose the weight of expectation.
    When we put pressure on ourselves to create, we reach a mind-set that encourages perfectionism. Perfectionism is great, but it can also lead to stress and anxiety about the thing we are striving to create. Remove the pressure from yourself. Focus on the end result, and concentrate on the work itself.
    Set realistic conditions. People are at their most creative when they’re most relaxed. Think about when you are at your most imaginative, such as in the shower, or while relaxing. Isn’t it those times when you suddenly come up with marvellous ideas?
    Look at things that inspire you; things that spark your imagination. Music is perfect for this, but if you’re a writer, then read something that resembles the aim of your own project.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘Even as a viewer, watching the series, I had a great time’

    ‘My head can be my own worst enemy’

    ‘You’re supposed to let go of the end result’

    ‘You need to listen to your own advice’

    ‘We’re all a work in progress’

    ‘You have to let go of the end result’

    ‘When you’re trying to choreograph, just go for a walk’

    'Let your brain be ready to receive creativity'

    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

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    • 38 min
    Letting Go And Adapting

    Letting Go And Adapting

    Strictly Come Dancing is consuming all of Kevin’s free time at the moment, but he snatched some time to talk about the things you’ve been asking for, including the subject of this week’s show!

    It can be hard to adapt to new challenges when they arise, and certainly in Kevin’s life, they seem to arise non-stop! While spending some time last year on a theatrical puppetry course, Kevin learned some lessons about awareness and adapting that have stuck with him, and which he wants to share with you all this week.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    At the beginning of 2018, Kevin found himself with a small period of time, and decided to use it for self-development. He studied gymnastics, acting and theatrical puppetry. 


    While creating a theatrical puppet of a man, asked to perform a simple routine, Kevin realised that he and his fellow puppeteers needed to be completely attuned to each other; ready to adapt to any movements accordingly. 


    When Jay McGuinness performed his Pulp Fiction jive a couple of years ago, Kevin and his then partner, Kellie, along with every other contestant, felt that Jay’s eventual victory was a foregone conclusion. This feeling allowed him to, oddly, feel more relaxed about competing in the final. 


    The year in which Kevin won, he was relaxed going into the final, because he had given up on the need to win. He had let go of the expectation in his head about what was to be, and was focussed instead on the moment itself. 


    As performers, we should always focus on the work itself, instead of the result we expect. Visualise the way we wish the performance to go, not on who we can impress, or what we can expect from others as a result.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’There’s quite a few of us in the team operating different parts’ 

    ‘It’s about letting go of what I expect the end result to be in my own head, and adapting to what’s going on’ 

    ‘If there’s a chance it’s a 1% chance’ 

    ‘It’s not about not wanting to win. It’s about letting go of the need to win’ 

    ‘I was devastated but I shouldn’t have been’ 

    ‘I got caught up in the end result’ 

    ‘Focus on the content itself, not the followers’ 

    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

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    • 29 min
    Strictly Dances – From Concept To Completion

    Strictly Dances – From Concept To Completion

    Fresh from his success in the Children In Need Strictly Come Dancing 2019 Special (which Kevin and his partner, Maisie Smith won!), Kevin takes time out of his busy schedule to chat about his creative process. How exactly does he turn an idea into a dance performance? That’s the question that he is asked the most often.

    In this special episode, Kevin takes you through his method of turning a dream into reality; everything from musical choices and production design to choreography, and the importance of making his partners happy.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Kevin has won almost all of the famed Strictly Glitterballs now. The only one left for him to win is the Christmas Glitterball, which he hopes to lift this year with Debbie McGee as his partner.
    Kevin keeps constant notes when he hears a song that he4 thinks would be good for Strictly, or if he comes up with an interesting concept for a dance style.
    Dance styles and songs need to suit the partner that Kevin finds himself with. This can be a thorough process of really getting to know the person as much as possible. His partner needs to enjoy themselves, and getting to know them properly is essential.
    All ideas need to be channelled through the “Dance Team”, which comprise set designers, production designers and musicians. This department is expansive and constantly working to reinvent the show each week.
    Performances are always a two-way conversation between the dance duo and the production team. Ideas are never forced on anyone. 
    Even the ending of the song itself makes a huge difference. The song always needs a “button”, a climactic note that sends an audio signal to the audience that the song is over, and which also communicates a sense of closing energy. What should be avoided is a fade-out.
    The moment a show’s taping is over on a Saturday night, Kevin must begin work on next week’s show, and also the following week’s. Choreography is something Kevin concentrates on intensely. Many dancers work differently, but Kevin pores over the music, searching for interesting elements that can help shape his dances.
    By Tuesday, Kevin and his partner will be working on the core principles of the dance for the weekend. This involves explaining the way that they will connect and the way they will move.
    Kevin also has to be part of the conversation when it comes to technical decisions, such as camera movements and props. These are all part of the dance’s script.
    Costumes and the live performance by the Strictly band are the final elements decided on, before a full rehearsal of the show itself on Saturday afternoon, mere hours before the show airs live on the BBC.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’That would make a great jive, or that would make a great foxtrot’

    ‘You’re usually about two weeks ahead’

    ‘You’ll be selling ice-creams…'

    ’That bang on the end is what I call the button’

    ‘I start to think of the general dynamics of the music’

    ‘What is the imagery of this number?’

    ’That’s the reason that I like to get the routine into their muscle memory’

    ‘By that time we’ve run the routine so many times that hopefully it doesn’t feel new'

    ‘Check your earrings. Check your flies!'  

    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

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    Kevin Clifton YouTube

    • 45 min
    Dancing Through The Generations with Keith and Judy Clifton! – Part 2

    Dancing Through The Generations with Keith and Judy Clifton! – Part 2

    One of the most popular interview requests from listeners and Kevin’s followers on social media, has been this week’s very special guests: Keith and Judy Clifton!

    As well as having raised Kevin and his sister Joanne to become two of the nation’s most recognised and well-loved dancers, Keith and Judy are legends in their own right, having conquered the world of Latin American dance as champions, and having founded a highly influential and well-respected dance school, The Clifton Dance Academy.

    It’s a family affair this week then, as Keith and Judy talk about their own careers in the world of dance, their own love story (and maybe even spill the beans slightly on Kevin’s upbringing…) in this second part of a fascinating insight into the multi-talented Clifton family!

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Keith and Judy credit Strictly Come Dancing with re-introducing the entertainment element into the world of competitive dance. For a while, many saw dance as a closed group, and somewhat highbrow, instead of the fun, inclusive activity that it began life as.
    Parents who truly know their children, and who are mentoring them in any way, instinctively know when to push harder and when to pull back.
    Throughout Kevin’s youth, he was struck by a deep sense of guilt over letting people down when it came to his dancing. This led to several episodes of doubt and anxiety, which he has had to struggle against ever since.
    Half the battle, when teaching a child any kind of skill, is to prepare them mentally; to teach them to be mentally strong as well as physically.
    Having two children as competitors in Strictly Come Dancing has thrown up some interesting paradoxes; most notably when Joanne and Kevin were facing off in the final. Their reaction to Joanne’s victory was fascinating in that they both instantly commiserated with Kevin’s loss.
    One of the major downsides of having such a high-profile son and daughter, is that Keith and Judy have to watch the media’s sometimes unfair stories about their children. For Judy’s part, this is particularly difficult, and has been greatly upsetting at times.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘Have I got the ability to make these people laugh? Have I got the ability to put this audience in the palm of my hand?’

    ‘It wasn’t validated. You’d won the competition, but you couldn’t put your finger on why’

    ‘It became slightly odd that you were dancing a sexy rumba with your sister!’

    ‘You have to be totally mentally strong in a competition'

    ‘I don’t know how I didn’t have a nervous breakdown - thank you!'

    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 12 min

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