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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.  

    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
    Jon Robyns

    Jon Robyns

    Kevin talks to actor, singer and musician, Jon Robyns, one of the most prolific and respected stage stars in the UK, and the star of such shows as Avenue Q, Les Miserables and Hamilton.

    It’s a revealing, candid conversation in which Jon talks about the physical side of performing, the impact of the coronavirus upon the theatre at large, and his fascinating journey through the world of drama and entertainment.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Acting and singing are more than jobs. They are an intrinsic part of every performers psyche and physiology. This has never been more effectively demonstrated than by the lockdown, which has had far greater effects upon those in the theatre than merely economic.
    The voice is as important a muscle as any for theatre performers. When it is not put to use, or given the correct “workout”, it becomes more difficult to use. It need to be exercised like any other muscle.
    Performing on stage alongside others is an exercise in trust. We need to feel safe and secure in allowing our performance to be supported by others. This is why sometimes those in the profession feel rightly anxious about celebrities who decide to embark upon a career on the stage.
    Personal feelings should always be put aside when performing with others. As long as the job is being done well, we must compartmentalise personal opinions in favour of doing excellent work.
    Critiquing one’s self effectively and objectively, is a skill that all great performers develop over time. It is as useful as listening to audience or critical reviews.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘Frustrated and cross, yes! Bored? No!’ - Approx 4 mins

    ‘You have to trust the people around you. You have to be able to throw them the metaphoric ball’ - 34:40

    ‘It’s a 51-49 situation. I never know which way I’m going to fall with it’ - 1:12:00

    ‘We are all our worst critics’ - 1:26:50

    ‘It doesn’t get any bigger than Jon Robyns!’ – 1:51:30

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Jon Robyns Twitter - https://twitter.com/jrobyns?lang=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 52 min
    Janette Manrara Part 2

    Janette Manrara Part 2

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

    It’s a return engagement with fellow Strictly professional, Janette Manrara, about the second half of her run in the 2014 series of the show, where along with Eastenders star, Jake Wood, she danced all the way to week 12!

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

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Halloween Week brings unique challenges. Music is a primary concern, but the concept, also, has to be balanced between being scary enough for Halloween, but also family friendly.
    The intense scrutiny upon dancers and their partners on the show, has led to some awkward conversations. The media are keen to pounce upon any signals of a deepening relationship between partners, as it makes for a sensational headline.
    To be a professional on the show, is to be brave enough to make the difficult decisions. Following your instincts and making tough choices, even late into the rehearsal week, is the responsibility of any pro who takes their job seriously.
    It is the job of the professional to dream the concept into life, but the finished production is a collaboration between this imagination and the incredible skills of the technical magicians who work on the show.
    By pouring your unique creativity and singular gifts into each and every performance, and by working as hard as we can, we create something timeless.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’Trying to come up with an original idea for Halloween Week is a... “Nightmare!”’ - 1:25

    ‘I didn’t want to rock the boat!’ - 32:20

    ‘How would you feel… about twerking?’ - 57:30

    ’That is the magic of our team’ - 1:23:15

    ‘You want to be remembered, and talked about for having done something special’ - 1:40:20  

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Janette Manrara Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jmanrara/?hl=en

     

    Week 6 - Paso Doble - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFqP5e5AdAA

    Week 7 - Rumba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA60U_xaK0A

    Week 8 - American Smooth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jyVyG_ZGYg

    Week 9 - Samba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MySbnhe675I

    Week 10 - Argentine Tango - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfQiK-yU6xI

    Week 11 - Charleston - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI6EVUx_2e0

    Week 12 - Cha Cha Cha - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2N9l2-G0U4

    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 45 min
    Strictly Speaking: Finding The Rockstar Moment – with Janette Manrara

    Strictly Speaking: Finding The Rockstar Moment – with Janette Manrara

    In the ninth part of his mini-series entitled ’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 fellow Strictly professional, Janette Manrara, about her incredible run of success in the 2014 series of the show, in which she was partnered with Eastenders star, Jake Wood!

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

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Sometimes the preconceptions of not just the celebrity, but the image they generally portray on screens, is taken into account when selecting music and performance concepts.
    The job of a professional is not just to choreograph the dances, but also to investigate and familiarise themselves with their partner, exploring the many different ways in which their image can be matched, or indeed subverted, against audience expectations.
    There’s a delicate balancing act between inspiring your partner and instructing them to the point of fatigue and disillusionment. Being a dancer and being a mentor are two very distinct arts.
    By the time the halfway mark arrives in a series, there’s a sense that people have selected their favourites, and will continue to vote for them. Therefore it’s important to mark yourself out in the first half of the series.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’What?! You’re the voice of the GEICO Gecko!’ - Approx 5 mins in

    ‘You don’t know from that first moment, what kind of energy they’re going to give you’ - 25:40

    ‘I was like oh my God, I think we’ve done something pretty amazing here!’ - 42:10

    ‘I always feel that it’s important to get out there early with some bangers!’ - 46:30

    ‘It was kind of a rock-star moment’ - 1:04:05   

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Janette Manrara Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jmanrara/?hl=en

     

    Week 1 - Tango - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FphIj3lUfI0

    Week 2 - Salsa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPj2Kk2TaTE

    Week 3 - Waltz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNaLLFnpCdA

    Week 4 - Jive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9-p7xOXkDk

    Week 5 - Quickstep - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdCb0npx1Bo

    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 16 min
    Strictly Speaking! Kellie Bright Weeks 7- Final!

    Strictly Speaking! Kellie Bright Weeks 7- Final!

    In the eighth part of a new mini-series entitled ’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 again talks to Eastenders star Kellie Bright, his partner in the 2015 series of the show, about the second half of their journey, which saw them waltz all the way to the final!

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

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    An additional challenge can come when you suddenly find yourself in the dance-off against someone you’ve come to love and befriend. Victory can feel dispiriting.
    When you’re in need of a comeback, it’s always best to pull out the big gun ideas. If you win, it gives you new momentum. If you lose, you go out swinging.
    Victory comes as swiftly as defeat. One minute you can be sitting pretty, and the next you can be rock bottom. All you can do is your best.
    The joy of dancing, and becoming one with the music, is the addictive part of Strictly. Winning is wonderful, but many contestants simply wish to dance on.
    Ultimately, the greatest victory is the experience itself. The effort, passion and experience are the true prizes.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’Looking back now I feel incredibly proud’

    ‘We’re going all out for this one. Kitchen sink!’

    ‘My hips were not happy!’

    ‘I now knew the madness of Strictly…'

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Kellie Bright Twitter - https://twitter.com/kelliebright76?lang=en

    Week 7 - Waltz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gJrBiXQYMQ

    Week 8 - Samba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aseZU0lweE

    Week 9 - Quickstep - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgpnadQcLig

    Week 10 - Salsa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGeaiIS1_3A

    Week 11 - Viennese Waltz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hscRdprxG74

    Week 12 - Rumba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWqFs-KKdB0

    Final - Showdance - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RuxA2BY1o8

    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

    • 2 hrs 14 min
    Strictly Speaking! Kellie Bright Weeks 1-6!

    Strictly Speaking! Kellie Bright Weeks 1-6!

    In the seventh part of a new mini-series entitled ’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 Eastenders star Kellie Bright, his partner in the 2015 series of the show, about the fascinating dynamic between dance partners, the terror of late changes to a routine, and the odd feeling of playing “yourself” as an actor.

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

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    It’s as important for the professionals to appear as appealing as the celebrity partners during the initial process of pairing. It can be slightly nerve-wracking for the pros who are not as outgoing or extroverted as the others.
    The dynamic can be altered according to how new a pro is to the show. If they are trying to establish themselves on the show, it can lead to a greater sense of invention, and a need to stand out.
    Even the smallest variation in a carefully rehearsed piece of choreography can create a ripple that begins as unfamiliarity, and spreads to become a feeling of doubt. For those untrained to deal with “on the fly” changes, it can prove an anxious experience.
    Being on Strictly requires actors, who are generally playing the part of someone else, to be themselves. After a career spent inhabiting different personalities, to suddenly play the part of “yourself” can be difficult.
    It’s important to feel some kind of emotional connection with the music; to feel some sense of energy or joy or passion by the music that dictates the dance.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ’That was the most scared I’ve ever been in my life'

    ‘I called him a very rude name, and told him to… “go away”!'

    ‘I don’t remember much else from that week apart from the terror...’

    ‘I wanted to do a routine where I didn’t have to hold a lightsaber or a wand or something’

    ‘You were born to play Harry Potter!'

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Kellie Bright Twitter - https://twitter.com/kelliebright76?lang=en

     

    Week 1 - Tango - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1L9kjn-H2A

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

    Week 3 - Charleston - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RllN0klmBro

    Week 4 - Foxtrot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MOPdZeGLQI

    Week 5 - Jive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKpA_7nfxXQ

    Week 6 - Paso Doble - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRclnUv0Sc8

    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 55 min

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