Strictly’s Darcey Bussell and Len Goodman’s Christmas party dance tips

It's the party season, but are your moves a dance disaaahster? The Strictly Come Dancing judges show you how to score a perfect 10 every time!


1. Do throw caution to the wind “When I’m not on stage I make a fool of myself on the dance floor quite happily. It’s very liberating not to worry about perfecting every step and technique.”


2. Do copy shamelessly “Find someone who is looking good and dance next to them, then you can copy their moves and see that what you are doing works with the music. I am a big imitator!”

3. Don’t sit on the dancefloor “Pretending to row a boat, for example, especially when you’re drunk and can’t get back up again, is never acceptable. And no grinding — it’s so sleazy.”

4. Don’t twist in a short skirt “If you’re in a strapless top don’t lift your arms up too far — and don’t do the twist in a short skirt! We’ve all seen it happen and it’s not attractive, so make sure that isn’t you!”

5. Do try dancing to everything “I love Latin music — the Gipsy Kings always have me on my feet — but I’ll try it all! Listen for the back beat and start clapping your hands and moving your feet.”

6. Do have a drink “If you’re nervous, have a couple to fortify yourself! It can sometimes work against you, but as long as you enjoy yourself it doesn’t matter.”

7. Do keep yourself to yourself “Step to the side and tap and then step to the other side and tap — that works to any song and always looks good.”

8. Do hide behind others “Never be the first on the dance floor… ever! Wait until there are a few people out there who know what they’re doing and then get in the middle. Don’t hover on the edges looking awkward, you’ll just attract more attention.”

9. Don’t raise your arms “Never bring your hands above your head — keep them below shoulder height at all times. You’re dancing, not drowning.”

10. Don’t be a pest “If the dance floor is crowded, don’t flail about playing the air guitar or sliding around on your knees. Nobody likes a show-off.”


The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special is on Saturday 22 December at 6:30 & 8:50pm on BBC1