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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.  

    Kevin and Stacey Talk Kevin's Love of Pro Wrestling

    Kevin and Stacey Talk Kevin's Love of Pro Wrestling

    The nation’s most beloved couple, Kevin and Stacey Dooley, join forces this week to talk about their adventures in self-isolation, and more importantly why pro-wrestling really needs to be recognised as the influential theatrical art-form it is...

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Wrestling should be seen as live theatre. It involves choreography, story-telling and showmanship. It’s remarkably similar to the format of dance in terms of entertainment and spectacle.
    One of the most common misconceptions about wrestling is that the fans believe it’s real. Only the very young believe that a wrestling match is a sporting event. The true fans know that it is entertainment.
    Even the greatest showmen in other fields, such as boxing and reality TV, all pay tribute to the effect that wrestling has had upon the art of entertainment.
    Pro-wrestling has had a remarkable influence on every type of entertainment, even in the ways in which we ourselves choose to offer a scripted, crafted version of our lives for the world through social media.
    Due to quarantine, audiences are noticeably missing from wrestling events. Technically it works, but much of the energy is missing. Even performance-based shows such as Strictly Come Dancing are very different experiences without the feedback from an audience.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘For me, wrestling is the original and highest form of art and theatre’

    ‘It’s really cool to be unapologetically yourself’

    ’Wrestling is Shakespearean!’

    ‘Without wrestling you have no Muhammad Ali. Without wrestling you have no The Only Way Is Essex’

    ‘My wrestling name would be The Grim-sby Reaper'

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

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

    Stacey Dooley Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sjdooley/?hl=en

     

    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

    • 41 min
    Fast Fashion Live With Stacey Dooley

    Fast Fashion Live With Stacey Dooley

    In this episode, Kevin and Stacey discuss the real cost of fast fashion and how as the consumer it is possible to shop for clothing that is sustainable and ethically produced that we love and want to own.

    They explore the environmental impact of high street fashion and the wider implications for regional communities across the globe when pollution fundamentally changes the environment.

    Stacey also discusses her latest project a documentary for BBC3 about Coronavirus. For this program they are looking for the unsung heroes, if you know someone then get in touch and contact stacey@truevision.tv.com

    Everyone has the power to make a choice and the points raised by Stacey and Kevin are thought-provoking listen in and hear more.

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    I genuinely find it interesting and because I’m such as shopper I just want to do my bit ethically.
    Fashion is the second biggest polluter globally.
    I was aware of the human cost but not so aware of the environmental cost.
    Cotton is a thirsty crop so it requires a huge amount of water and in Kazakhstan, the Aral Sea has all but disappeared resulting in fisherman not being able to support their families.
    We are all complicit because we are all consumers.
    It’s important to own clothes not consume them, we have become consumers of clothing in the way we consume food.
    We see garments as a one-time thing but we need to own and love our clothing altering and repairing them as needed.
    If an item is very low in price there will have been an unfair cost to an individual or the planet, or both, in its manufacture.
    You need to choose a garment because you love it and it needs to be a bonus that it’s ethically produced.
    There is no need to ever throw clothes away if you have had your time with them you can give them to charity or sell them on eBay.
    It’s not about the price of an item it’s about the cost per wear and respecting clothing.

     

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘Oxfam, Save the Children and Wolf & Gypsy are all second-hand stores with beautiful pieces’

    ‘It’s not about me not loving shopping or not buying anything anymore it’s about understanding more about the process’

     

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    The Kevin Clifton Show podcast

    Stacey Dooley Investigates Documentaries

    Wolf and Gypsy Vintage

    Oxfam Online shop

    Save the Children online shop

    stacey@truevision.tv.com

     

    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

    • 36 min
    Burn The Floor Stories & Coronavirus

    Burn The Floor Stories & Coronavirus

    Burn The Floor, one of Kevin’s longest-running passion projects, has been postponed for safety reasons, and the impact of this has put him in a reflective mood. The show is the original, and most famous ballroom dance show in the world, and for those of you who may now be in need of a Burn-The-Floor fix until the show hits the road again, Kevin is here to tell you all about how the show began, and why it matters so much to the industry and its audience.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    With the end of social gatherings for the time being, the theatrical industry has been hard hit. Many workers are self-employed, and even those who are employed are dependent upon audiences, which are no longer there.
    Burn The Floor was the original ballroom dance event, and spawned many imitators due to its success. But even though the landscape now sees many more of these shows, Burn The Floor will always be the greatest and most renowned.
    The show was born when Elton John decided to arrange for a group of dancers to perform at a birthday party. The dancers stepped up the task admirably, and in the wake of its success, decided to take their show on the road.
    For the first time, ballroom became about story and narrative, character and drama. The result was an incredibly unique blend of dance and theatre, the likes of which the world had never experienced before.
    Kevin’s initial reaction to joining Burn The Floor was one of awe. It was an atmosphere of pure creativity, boundless energy and imagination, and built upon the principles of pushing dance into a whole new arena.
    Burn The Floor is constantly in "work-shop” phase. It’s a show that is always evolving, even when it’s on the road. New ideas are welcomed, and if they’re deemed suitably exciting, are added in order to make the show even fresher and more exciting.
    Burn The Floor was quickly taken to Broadway by producers who could see the potential behind the show. The original run there was supposed to last a mere eight weeks, but such was the show’s success that the run was extended to eight months.
    After leaving the show, Kevin found that he could never quite tear himself away from it mentally. The show’s legacy, its many gifts in terms of profile-building, and the experience in general, were impossible to deny or forget.
    Burn The Floor is a rare example of a show that works no matter where it's performed. It truly shows dance as a universal art-form, unbound by verbal language, and uniting audiences through means of purely physical artistry.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘Back then, the only things happening in ballroom dancing were competitions’

    ‘It was about pushing the techniques as far as they would go in order to create theatre’

    ‘Every single one of them was giving every ounce of sweat to what they were doing’

    ’The creativity in the room was astounding’

    ‘It’s happened - We’re going to Broadway…'

    ‘You have to be a part of Burn The Floor to understand just how special it is’

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

     

    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

    • 54 min
    Leaving Strictly

    Leaving Strictly

    This week has seen Kevin make the formal announcement that after seven glorious years, he is to leave Strictly Come Dancing, the show that made him a household name.

    It’s been a difficult decision to leave, especially as Kevin’s experience on the show has been so formative, so epic, and has allowed him to take his career in a wonderfully unexpected direction. With change comes sadness, happiness, but also reflection. 

    In this especially candid episode, Kevin talks about his Strictly journey from start to finish, the real reasons that made him realise that now was the time to leave, his fondest recollections of his time on the show, how he earned his infamous nickname, and what comes next...

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    One of the things Kevin is looking forward to, now that he’s not on Strictly, is reflecting on his time there, and enjoying more of the year’s offerings at the time. Being a viewer of the show will be a wonderful experience again.
    When the idea of Strictly was first announced, Kevin and his fellow professionals were sceptical. Their fears were put to rest, however, when they saw the quality of the show that was being produced, and the level of talent it was attracting in the dance world.
    Kevin’s initial approach to Strictly was a failure. He puts this down to his image at the time, which he feels was a little too “out there” for the producers.
    Never be too proud to take on work. Just because it isn’t the job you wanted at the outset, doesn’t mean you won’t get there. Act with grace at all times, because by being present and professional in front of the right people, you’ll increase your chances of getting there.
    You can’t always say what you want to say in front of the press, because a lot of the time, they have their own agenda when it comes to you. They will re-phrase and misquote your words in order to fit that agenda. You need to be very careful.
    After several years of coming runner-up, Kevin’s first victory was with Stacey Dooley in 2018, a victory made all the more special by the fact that early in the series, they had been close to elimination. But Stacey’s perseverance and Kevin’s creativity saw to it that their comeback trail was spellbinding.
    After winning the “Grand Slam 5” set of Strictly Glitterballs, Kevin realised that he had achieved everything he could achieve on the show. This, coupled with a desire to try his hand at other aspirations, led to the realisation that maybe his time on the show had come to an end.
    The tabloids seem to have seized on Kevin’s departure, and used it to sensationalise their own agenda. The truth of the matter is that the departure was harmonious, and the decision was reached with the full cooperation of the Strictly team.
    Kevin’s next opportunity has come through being cast in the lead of the West End version of hit movie, ’Strictly Ballroom’. The role has always been Kevin’s dream gig, and so when the opportunity came, he grabbed it with both hands.
    The story of Scott Hastings in Strictly Ballroom directly mirrors Kevin’s own journey in dance, even down to the fact that the character’s parents are pro-dancers.
    Accountability is so important, especially for a performer. We need to get our egos out of the way. Don’t assume you’re everyone’s ideal. Look for how you can improve, and take the win next time.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’There was a bit of snobbery about it’

    ‘I’ve always been full of ideas about things I’d like to do’

    ‘All ballroom dancers sort of know each other from somewhere’

    ‘Be in front of the right people’

    ‘It’s the premier league of trophies. It’s the big one’

    ‘It just shows you what a massive part of my life this thing has been’

    ‘My mate played the part of the washing line!’

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

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

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Finding Your Confidence - with Katie Piper

    Finding Your Confidence - with Katie Piper

    One of Kevin’s ambitions for the show has been to interview the fabulous writer, activist, model, presenter and mum, Katie Piper, and today the dream becomes a reality.

    Katie is one of the most familiar and beloved personalities in Britain, not just for her dazzling beauty and warm wit, but also for her courageous championing of charitable causes and her renowned compassion and relatability. 

    In this very special edition of The Kevin Clifton Show, we get up close and personal with Katie, discussing everything from balancing work and home, the importance of stepping outside of your comfort zone, and the ways in which self-analysis and self-belief can help lift you back to the light in the wake of life’s darkest moments.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Being busy, and living through a hectic schedule, is a mark of positivity and productivity. Both Katie and Kevin enjoy the hustle of creativity and development.
    Strictly Come Dancing were keen to sign Katie for many years, but her exclusivity deal with Channel 4 prevented her from doing so. However, when that expired in 2018, she jumped at the chance to take to the floor.
    Whenever you start in something new, you always feel that sense of being stranded. For Katie, the Strictly experience was starkly different to anything she’d experienced before. She was used to being on TV, but dancing on TV was a whole new world.
    In life, we must always seek the challenge of the next thing. If we’re feeling safe, then it’s usually a sign of being static.
    Only when we let go of our inhibitions can we truly begin to enjoy our endeavours. It doesn’t come straight away, so don’t expect it to happen instantly, but when it does come, that feeling of release will allow you to enjoy life so much more.
    Podcasting allows Katie to express herself, and to show the world the real, unfiltered side of herself. it also allows her to express her ideas quickly, with complete editorial control, while they’re still relevant.
    Even if you live in the public eye, it’s important to have boundaries. People will respect you more in the long run if you can separate your private life from your public life.
    Confidence is an issue that all performers deal with, and sometimes struggle with. For Kevin, confidence is a huge issue, and although he may seem like an extrovert on Strictly, in social situations and in normal life, he is very shy.
    Confidence allows us to bounce back from rejection. The self-belief we must have in ourselves, especially as performers, picks us up in the face of a setback, and spurs us on to the next challenge.
    Life-changing injuries are just that - they never truly heal. Physically, Katie has, and will continue, to receive treatment. Psychologically, she finds herself having to readjust her outlook every now and then. It’s an ongoing struggle, but she refuses to let it beat her.
    It’s okay to be negative sometimes. It’s okay to be lazy. It’s okay to want to isolate yourself, All these things, in the wake of a life-calamity, are your own way of getting through this. So long as you realise this, and that you know it’s only temporary.
    We’re so obsessed with identity and occupation. When we ask “What do you do?”, the answer can be so complicated. It’s unfortunate that occupation is how we categorise people.
    Resilience comes through life experience and age. When we are shown the thing we can survive, we discover the things we’re capable of.
    Confidence comes through our embarrassment being shrugged away. We can’t spend our lives living in fear of what people think of us, or we’re lining ourselves up for a very poor existence.
    There’s a fine line between being self-serving and arrogant, and being nothing but a people pleaser. You need to say no sometimes. You need to remember that your life is your own. You can’t please everyone, so you may as well please yourself.
    We never rea

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Hopeless Perfection and the Creative Itch – Interview with Chris Mann, Portrait Photographer

    Hopeless Perfection and the Creative Itch – Interview with Chris Mann, Portrait Photographer

    In this in-depth episode, Kevin is in conversation with Chris Mann,  Portrait Photographer, they are great friends and share a passion for the expression of the artist, whatever the medium.

    This is a great listen as they discuss their own artistic disciplines and the ways in which its important to reach people and truly touch them emotionally.

    Chris started out as an actor and moved into photography where he now specialises in headshots that truly capture the individual.

    All art is context, it’s about the deeper meaning, the journey taken, explored and the arrival at that particular moment listen in and hear about Chris’s journey.

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    You can’t learn anything inside your own experience if you know it you know it and you’ll be standing still.


    What I do, the headshots are so similar every day that now I’m an expert at it but there is creativity in it, people come to me because they need something it’s much more important to facilitate what they want – looking like themselves, looking interesting


    I saw a problem with how headshots were taken, that people are always expected to be still.


    I’ve never had a decent headshot taken - I’ve never been still.


    Creativity is an itch for me that has to be scratched but it doesn’t have to be about being  in front of others my voice can be heard and I can say what I want to say through my camera


    I still take pictures of other things to meet my creativity these photos belong to me alone whereas headshots are about being with and working with someone else.


    By asking yourself questions and looking at things differently you can move your art forward


    Dance is a physical vocabulary


    People do the weirdest things with their bodies when you don’t get in the way of it and it photographs beautifully because it’s authentic.


    The only thing that can bring a moving 3d human look and feel like themselves in a flat 2d photograph is the series of shapes their body and face make on a macro and micro level as they exist.


    The things that are inherently them are the micro muscles around their eyes to the whole movement of heads and shoulders, what they do to exist.


    Art is about saying and expressing something that cannot be communicated in any other way.


    I don’t need to prove I was there; I need to prove I was there and saw something different


    When people come for in for a headshot they haven’t been waiting to do that shot all their lives they’ve been walking around perfectly fine up until that point.


    Photography is about a box and it’s my job to facilitate the shapes within it.


    Photography is about resonance and recklessness.


    All art is context, it’s about the deeper meaning, the journey taken, explored and the arrival at that particular moment.


    Positive biased confirmation is very strong, in art we see what we want to see. Great art lets you see other things about yourself.

     

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘It’s the difference between doing your job and discovering’

     ‘A lot of what I do is problem-solving’

    ‘You should never be disappointed with your headshot’

      

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    The Kevin Clifton Show podcast

    Chris Mann Portraits

    Chris Mann Instagram  

     

    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 18 min

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