Strictly Come Dancing is set to welcome Motsi Mabuse to the judging panel following Dame Darcey Bussell's departure. Fans of the BBC ballroom competition have been speculating as to who could be taking over from Darcey since she announced her exit last year. Now, accomplished professional dancer Motsi – the sister of popular pro Oti Mabuse – has been revealed to be joining Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Shirley Ballas in the 2019 series, which kicks off later this year. But who is Motsi as she prepares to hit our screens? Who is Motsi Mabuse? Motsi Mabuse – full name Motshegetsi Mabuse – is a professional dancer who was born in Mankwe and grew up in Pretoria, South Africa. She is also sister of fellow pro Oti Mabuse, who has worked on Strictly since 2015. While Motsi initially pursued a career in law at the University of Pretoria with the hope of taking over her dad's law firm, she later decided to quit and follow her dancing dreams. She moved to … [Read more...] about Who is Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse as she’s announced as Darcey’s replacement?
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Ruth Brill A Peter and the Wolf where Peter is a girl, the animals dress in streetwear and the pastoral setting becomes an urban playground: this is the world according to Ruth Brill. The 30-year-old has just made her second main-stage work for Birmingham Royal Ballet, the company she has danced with since 2012, and is now retiring as a dancer to concentrate on choreography. Brill’s work has a sense of fun, fantasy and solid classical grounding. Her last piece, Arcadia, had nymphs and gods cavorting in the woods. In Peter and the Wolf – Prokofiev’s much-loved children’s piece, narrated here by poet Hollie McNish – the duck may be a hormonal teen in headphones, and the dancers wearing a mix of pointe shoes and trainers, but the steps are still steeped in classical tradition, just with character-driven inflections, diversions and quirks. Seeking to connect with her audience, Brill has made dance for the Rugby World Cup and Birmingham flash mobs. Her next … [Read more...] about ‘We need to step up!’ Five women pushing dance forward
A shellshocked Labour Party is still reeling from the scale of its defeat. The party’s MPs, members and union backers must now reflect on why it has lost four general elections in a row. While Jeremy Corbyn has accepted he has to go, the malaise within the Labour movement goes far deeper than just one individual. The party needs to understand why it lost support in seats it had held, in some cases, for more than 100 years. There has to be a thoughtful examination of which parts of its manifesto resonated with voters and which were seen as too ambitious. And there must be a lengthy exploration of why Labour does not have a single MP in Essex, Worcestershire, Cornwall and Lincolnshire... to take a handful of the many constituencies now painted completely blue. After nine years of austerity imposed by an unpopular government this should have been an election where Labour cleaned up. Instead voters decided a Tory government best represented their interests. Labour does … [Read more...] about Voice of the Mirror: Labour’s malaise goes far deeper than just one individual
Zayn Malik, who quit the globe-straddling boy band One Direction in March, has spoken for the first time about his reasons for leaving, as well as what fans can expect from his coming solo album. In an interview – his first since he signed to RCA Records in July – with the Fader, Malik bemoans the lack of creative input he was allowed in the band, who were put together on The X Factor in 2010. “There was never any room for me to experiment creatively in the band,” he says. “If I would sing a hook or a verse slightly R&B, or slightly myself, it would always be recorded 50 times until there was a straight version that was pop, generic as fuck, so they could use that version. “Whenever I would suggest something, it was like it didn’t fit us. There was just a general conception that the management already had what they want for the band, and I just wasn’t convinced with what we were selling.” Warming to his theme, Malik also … [Read more...] about Zayn Malik on leaving One Direction: I thought ‘I just need to be me now’
She recently split from boyfriend of eight years, Kyle Sandilands. And Imogen Anthony looked to be showing the radio shock jock what he's missing, in a clip shared to Instagram Stories on Saturday. Sporting just a skimpy black latex bikini, the 28-year-old danced provocatively to a number of glam rock songs in her bathroom. Showing him what he's missing! Imogen Anthony, 28, danced provocatively in a skimpy latex bikini in a clip shared to Instagram Stories on Saturday, after her split from Kyle Sandilands Imogen's scanty swimwear ensured all eyes were on her lithe arms, washboard stomach and lean legs. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Look away now, Kyle! Imogen Anthony shows ex-boyfriend... 'I still love you but I'm not happy': Imogen Anthony hints... The fallout: Imogen Anthony suffers a Janet Jackson-style... 'Never look back!' Imogen Anthony takes ANOTHER subtle swipe... Share this article Share She played with her semi-wet blonde tresses and … [Read more...] about Showing him what he’s missing! Imogen Anthony dances provocatively in a VERY skimpy latex bikini… after her shock split from Kyle Sandilands