The Kevin Clifton Show

The Kevin Clifton Show

By Kevin Clifton

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.  

Episodes

Dancing Vs. Documentaries and Cosmic Oneness With Russell Brand

In this week’s show, Kevin talks to a very special guest, his good friend, world-renowned comedian actor and activist, Russell Brand!  Russell talks to Kevin about his life and work, his viewpoint on “cancel culture”, the positive elements that have emerged in the wake of the COVID pandemic, the philosophies that have shaped his unique perspective on the world, and why Star Wars might just be the blueprint for life... KEY TAKEAWAYS The true comedians are the ones who are constantly taking a comedic perspective upon life, and looking for the respectful opportunities to deliver their take on life and its many challenges. The Coronavirus pandemic has proved that if we need to, we can make radical, positive changes to the way our society works, both in financial and behavioural ways. Everything in nature is founded upon a deep intelligence, and we are all part of it. We are travellers upon this intelligence and conscious being. We should never seek to abandon our pasts, but we must never become a slave to them. The past is a tool. We can always learn from our history, but we must try not to endlessly suffer from it. Artists should never let their ego impede the creativity that flows through them from time to time. When this flow happens, it’s a gift. BEST MOMENTS ‘In my heart, I don’t want to cause any harm to anybody’ - 2:10 ‘All forms of desire are the inappropriate substitute for the desire to be at one with God‘ - 18:45 ‘All of us should individually deal with the trauma we’ve dealt with and serve one another however we can' - 38:16 ‘Don’t get me started on the ewoks!’ - 42:10 ‘If my ego gets too much airspace it’ll guzzle up the lot!’ - 1:08:40 VALUABLE RESOURCES Russell Brand Twitter - https://twitter.com/rustyrockets 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
26/07/201h 24m

Creating The Spark – with Jason Gilkison

This week, Kevin talks to his mentor, Strictly Come Dancing’s creative director, and one of the world’s most influential and sought-after choreographers and dance champions, Jason Gilkison!  Jason talks to Kevin about the effects of lockdown upon his creative side, the importance of art and culture upon the soul, and the incredible journey that has led him to become one of the world’s greatest choreographers.  KEY TAKEAWAYS Lockdown has caused Jason to develop the art of self-inspiration. When we are not able to readily absorb outer creative influences, we must look internally.  Expression comes from within. Without formal training, sometimes we can struggle for direction, but those with a need to express themselves artistically, will always do so from within.  The great students, and the great teachers, are the ones who instinctually know each other so well, that teaching and learning become an almost telepathic process.  We create great choreography by incremental experimentation, and by focusing upon the essence of what it is we are trying to achieve.  Creating a television show is about building a passionate family of colleagues. Even those without on-camera jobs, still become part of each performance and event, which adds to the camaraderie.  BEST MOMENTS ‘Inspiration can come in the weirdest places’ - 2:50  ‘We danced from “in”, because that’s all we knew how to do’ - 29:40  ‘I never would have been able to predict all the highs and lows’ - 44:23  ‘It felt  like a warm bath, coming to Strictly’ - 1:13:50   VALUABLE RESOURCES Jason Gilkison Twitter - https://twitter.com/jasongilkison?lang=en  Jason Gilkison Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jasongilkison/?hl=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
19/07/201h 35m

Susan Calman Strictly Speaking Part 2

In this latest edition of the mini-series, ’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 continues his conversation with Susan Calman, discussing the most important reasons for appearing on a show like Strictly Come Dancing, and the best way of coming back from failure. You can follow along with Kevin and Susan’s story by watching each dance using the links provided in the show notes of this episode! KEY TAKEAWAYS Claudia Winkelman’s skills as a host extend far beyond mere presenting. She provides the necessary empathy, and sometimes sympathy, at the right times, and has provided reassurance for many contestants at the right time. The best way to beat the blues, and to give yourself the mental fortitude you need in the wake of failure, is to work even harder. The prospect of leaving the competition is made much easier to take if we know we’ve done our best, and that we’ve exceeded our own expectations. Often, the competitive side of the programme is of secondary importance to the taking part, and the fact that contestants are given the opportunity to take part in a world that they might never have experienced. It is right and proper that the finalists are usually the best dancers in the competition. The work and dedication needed in order to lift the Glitterball is extraordinary. BEST MOMENTS ’The smallest thing can change a dance’ - 1:40 ‘It’s Halloween Week. We’re doing Game Of Thrones. We’re coming down on a dragon. Subtle and elegant isn’t quite what we were going for!’ - 3:40 ‘It was full on, didn’t stop, absolutely went for it!’ - 11:15 ‘I didn’t want to win the competition. I just wanted to get as far as I could’ - 35:10 ‘I think we would break the internet if we were to do that!’ - 55:25 VALUABLE RESOURCES Susan Calman Twitter - https://twitter.com/SusanCalman   Week 6 - Foxtrot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHixvzFV6Ws Week 7 - Jive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkGK9CGb8YA Week 8 - Tango - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9K12nPumF4 Week 9 - Paso Doble - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vpr_e4TCtI Week 10 - American Smooth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZgvtyCF3Kg 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
12/07/201h 8m

Susan Calman Strictly Speaking Part 1

In this latest edition of the mini-series, ’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 fan favourite, Susan Calman, who danced all the way through to Week 10 during the 2017 series of the show, capturing a nation’s worth of hearts along the way. You can follow along with Kevin and Susan’s story by watching each dance using the links provided in the show notes of this episode! KEY TAKEAWAYS The quarantine’s effect on culture is not just seeing sharp falls in revenue for theatres and performers, but also has a knock-on effect upon leisure, travel and accommodation; services that are the backbone of the performing arts. Performers thrive on the affirmation gained by a live audience. Without that level of interaction, performance cannot hope to feel the same. Much of the reason for the show’s success relies upon its high production values, its glamour, its bombast and its escapism. This needs to be replicated somehow, even during lockdown. Matching a performer and celebrity to their ideal partner is as much about matching personalities and interests as it is about skill-sets. A personal connection to a dance, or even to a song, can help to enliven a performance. It’s the reason why some dances last longer than others in the minds of the audience and of the performers. BEST MOMENTS ‘I’ve never spent this long with my wife - in my life!’ - 7:20 ‘Whatever capabilities your partner had, you brought out the best in them’ - 41:55 ‘I’m not sure I would want to quarantine with my dance partner 24 hours a day!’ - 21:25 ‘We quickly discovered that both of us are geeks’ - 40:30 ‘If I was going to go out, then I wanted to make sure I’d done one of the proper Strictly ballroom dances’ - 1:12:50 VALUABLE RESOURCES Susan Calman Twitter - https://twitter.com/SusanCalman   Week 1 - Viennese Waltz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6314-cYILw Week 2 - Charleston - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQlZEGHECcM Week 3 - Samba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC7NH7rIvRI Week 4 - Quickstep - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS3gNk0BvkA Week 5 - Cha Cha Cha - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBvoeekjCTY 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
05/07/201h 24m

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
28/06/201h 5m

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
21/06/201h 52m

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
14/06/201h 45m

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
07/06/201h 16m

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
31/05/202h 14m

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
24/05/201h 55m

Amy Dowden Strictly Speaking 2019 - Part 2

In the sixth 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! Kevin is joined again by Amy Dowden, a fellow Strictly pro, about her journey through the 2019 series, where she was partnered with Karim Zeroual, and waltzed all the way to the final! In the second part of their conversation, Amy talks you through the second half of their journey, from Week 7 to the final. You can follow along with Amy’s story by watching each dance using the links provided in the show notes of this episode! KEY TAKEAWAYS A negative scoring week can mean more pressure to perform well next time, but it can also mean that if a reversal of fortunes does occur, then your story and journey become that much more interesting. The great dances are the ones that flow organically from the story itself. This was also true for the great dancers of the past on film, who used the story itself to devise dances, and not vice versa Dwelling upon negativity and failure never helps us to develop. When we are hit by a setback, we need to dust ourselves off and get back to work. Real emotion is all a part of a great dance. In a way, dancers are like actors, performing in order to elicit an emotional response. But it must be authentic. Contrasts are incredibly important, especially in shows involving more than one dance. For the final, three dances are required, and each must stand out in terms of tempo and style, from the others. BEST MOMENTS ’They want to make the best Saturday night show they possibly can’ ‘When we get into the studio on Monday, it’s put in the past and we move on’ ‘It’s a shame your body’s not doing what your face is doing!’ ‘I wanted to show what Karim would look like as Fred Astaire’ ‘If you work hard, your dreams can come true' VALUABLE RESOURCES Amy Dowden Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/amy_dowden/?hl=en Amy Dowden Twitter - https://twitter.com/dowden_amy?lang=en  Week 7 - Quickstep - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQUHpt61DoA Week 8 - Viennese Waltz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUnKzPpD38k Week 9 - Charleston - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfVBow9BMho Week 10 - Contemporary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYkqZ6Q5Zow Week 11 - Jive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA3nkbXZVYs Week 12 - Argentine Tango - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECJ-pMr_X3E Final - Showdance - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEysozLVETw 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
17/05/201h 53m

Amy Dowden Strictly Speaking 2019 weeks 1-6

In the fifth 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! Kevin is joined this time by Amy Dowden, a fellow Strictly pro, about her journey through the 2019 series, where she was partnered with Karim Zeroual, and waltzed all the way to the final! In this first part of the conversation, Amy talks you through weeks 1 to 6. You can follow along with Amy’s story by watching each dance using the links provided in the show notes of this episode! KEY TAKEAWAYS Being partnered on Strictly is something of a paradox. A partner with some dance experience means less work for the pro, but a partner with less experience tends to have less expectation, and can be more endearing to audiences. The mental game is as important as the physical one. Early victories and high scores can saddle dancers with huge expectations, and sometimes the only way is down. Finding the balance between generosity and discipline marks the good teachers from the great ones. Pros must get the best out of their partners, but as gently as possible. The mentality of true dancers is to always push through, even when physical health hampers our ability to do so. As a choreographer, you must follow the story of the music itself. When we try to crowbar our own ideas into a musical setting they can seem ill-fitting. BEST MOMENTS ‘You had me at a park bench and a maroon suit!’ ‘It’s really important to get the best out of yourself and your partner’ ‘You can’t rely on last week’s result because there’s an all-new leader board next week’ ‘We need to show that we’re willing to learn!’ VALUABLE RESOURCES Amy Dowden Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/amy_dowden/?hl=en Amy Dowden Twitter - https://twitter.com/dowden_amy?lang=en  Week 1 - Cha Cha Cha - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvZCJlIA-hU Week 2 - Foxtrot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxUlcJLgAMM Week 3 - Samba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtU17dp-wGU Week 4 - Tango - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYucdnNlUvQ Week 5 - Salsa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Clg-3ChY8i8 Week 6 - Paso Doble - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EXMMPJvTr4 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
12/05/201h 25m

Strictly Speaking! Stacey Dooley Weeks 7-Final

In the fourth 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! Kevin is joined once again by his real-life dance partner, BBC presenter Stacey Dooley. Kevin and Stacey discuss the dances and stories that took them all the way to the Strictly crown, and invite you to watch along by using the special links below! KEY TAKEAWAYS Strictly’s entertainment factor allows for the melding of contemporary dance styles with the production values of yesteryear.  Maximising your impact is all about timing. It’s knowing when it’s time to bring out the big guns, and performing the big dances when it counts. Physical training for Strictly only gets harder as you go on. By the time you reach the final third of the show, endurance is almost as important as technical skill. There can only ever be one winner. It’s vital to keep control of your humility, especially in the later stages of any competition, as the threat of disappointment looms as large as the prospect of victory. Stacey and Kevin’s eventual victory is proof that entertainment and emotional connection play a huge part in the journey of any performer.  BEST MOMENTS ‘You look like a professional dancer. It’s why I’m so proud of you’ ‘I can’t decide whether this is naff beyond naff, or it’s an absolute stroke of genius’ ’The river is going to get you’ ‘I actually can’t bear to watch. I’m watching through my hands!' VALUABLE RESOURCES Week 7 - Street - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVHw3M1hOaU Week 8 - Waltz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQYz1CHjVGw Week 9 - Salsa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWrhsRNtYvU Week 10 - Paso Doble - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAsh5gRPiSk Week 11 - American Smooth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9feEtrVCH8Y Week 12 - Charleston - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLG5luNbYQc Week 12 - Viennese Waltz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkeIXMrCrf0 Final  - Showdance - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahn_b-QoW1k 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
03/05/201h 38m

Strictly Speaking: Part 3: Sparkling With Stacey

In the third 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 time, Kevin is joined by the partner with whom he shared his greatest success, both on-and-off the screen, BBC presenter Miss Stacey Dooley. Together they lifted the Strictly crown in 2018, but the journey was long and filled with unexpected surprises… In this week’s show, Kevin and Stacey discuss their first six weeks together on the show, and invite you to watch along by using the special links below!  KEY TAKEAWAYS Secrecy is the key to stimulating the viewers’ and the pro’s interest. No-one finds out who they’re partnered with until the very moment it’s revealed on air!  It takes several weeks to develop the trust and friendship that inspires true creativity in dance. Stacey and Kevin hit it off almost immediately, which led to some wonderful innovation early on.  The concepts behind the stories in Strictly dances have a sell-by date. By catching the zeitgeist you can add to the audience involvement, but if you miss it, it can send the wrong kind of message.  People watch Strictly to be entertained, not to see the most classic examples of dance. The memorable pairings are the ones who embrace that concept.  BEST MOMENTS ‘I was cheddar because I was the most common!’  ‘You said I looked like a car salesman walking you to the nearest car!’  ’No-one watches Strictly so that they can see people taking themselves seriously’  ‘I’ll sacrifice precision for fun!’  VALUABLE RESOURCES Week 1 - Quickstep - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssQMXa5Rf0U  Week 2 - Cha Cha Cha - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2jNT1NsAD0  Week 3 - Jive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KABjoVp8JMw  Week 4 - Foxtrot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeELaJfI2m8  Week 5 - Samba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yUEGFIRNwc  Week 6 - Tango - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGQCD6TG244  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
26/04/201h 20m

Strictly Speaking, 2013 weeks 7 to Final

In the second 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 revisits the second half of 2013’s series which saw him appear for the first time on the show, and which saw him partnered with Susanna Reid. Kevin and Susanna managed to get all the way to the final, and performed several spellbinding dances along the way. In this week’s show, Kevin talks you through the creative process behind each performance, as well as the impact of appearing for the first time on Britain’s most popular television show. KEY TAKEAWAYS Many of us have been given the gift of time right now. Consequently, there has been a sense of pressure on people to achieve or develop in some ways. But if we need to be at peace, then we need to grant ourselves the permission to do that. In all performances, you’re looking for the perfect balance of energy, artistry and emotion. Storytelling through dance can achieve all three, and the main job of any choreographer is to create that narrative experience. To achieve success, we should focus on the work itself instead of the expected outcomes. Only by living in the moment can we really exceed our expectations. Performances are sometimes executed in a non-traditional way in order to up the entertainment factor and win votes. It’s a delicate balance between purist dance and mass appeal. Music is a crucial ingredient in the appeal of any dance. It is a vital way of involving the audience in the rhythm and soul of the performance. BEST MOMENTS ‘What I’m really interested in is what everyone chooses to do with this gift of time’ ’To truly affect an audience, you’ve got to perform it well’ ‘We need to show something dynamic!’ ‘Dancing is an art. It’s about expression. It’s not a sport' VALUABLE RESOURCES Week 7 - Waltz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VKqUPvdrXo Week 8 - Paso - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbNusScEDHo Week 9 - Cha Cha - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQhasI7mPVU Week 10 - Quickstep - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo1KlXnfLvo Week 11 - Argentine Tango - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVyNkpl8IQ4 Week 12 - Salsa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoNheR7_n9k Final - Showdance - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jxe1KK_tw-8 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
19/04/201h 39m

Strictly Speaking! Susanna Weeks 1- 6!

In the first 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 revisits his beginnings on the show; 2013’s series, which saw him appear for the first time, and which saw him partnered with Susanna Reid. Listen as he talks about the creative process behind each dance, the behind-the-scenes stories of what really went on, and the impact of the show from a professional dancer’s perspective. KEY TAKEAWAYS Perseverance was the key in the first year, where Kevin went from leading man of ‘Burn The Floor’, to the back of the room as a new Strictly Pro. Through hard work and determination, he eventually began to move forward. One of the main lessons learned was to be as memorable as possible, as quickly as possible, whenever a series began. It’s important to be the main part of the “coffee break” conversations on Monday morning. Techniques such as dropping to the floor, and making the partner seem higher, serve to emphasise their solo sections, and help to shift focus when needed. The audience of Strictly Come Dancing have never tuned in to see perfectly-executed examples of technique and ability. They come to be entertained. Entertainment should always be the priority. Even small factors, such as the order in which dancers appear, can make a huge difference to the reaction to a dance, and even to the popularity when it comes to the voting. BEST MOMENTS ‘I feel like I had to pay my dues in that first year’ ‘As soon as you enter that territory of “remind me which dance they did”, then you haven’t been memorable enough’ ’This was my first taste of the show’s big production narrative pieces!’ ‘Just go for it with energy, and commit to the craziness of the number’ ‘It’s more important to be memorable than perfect' VALUABLE RESOURCES Week 1 - Jive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF5SvHjYPkc Week 2 - Tango - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aepPe_Jpaf8 Week 3 - Viennese Waltz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtK3YwjBrSs Week 4 - Samba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff0g6P4slo4 Week 5 - American Smooth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at1Y_PoNCrI Week 6 - Charleston - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxJx_LGOJqw 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
12/04/201h 19m

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
05/04/2041m 42s

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
29/03/2036m 48s

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
24/03/2054m 12s

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-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
18/03/201h 6m

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 really use a positive internal commentary by default. Our standard position is to question, and to worry about something. We need to nurture the positive voice. BEST MOMENTS ‘I feel really fortunate to be able to say that I do a job that I’m passionate about’ ‘I still don’t know the grammatical difference between their and there’ ‘I feel like I’m doing a wee with the door open!’ ‘Can I change this?’ ‘It’s normal to get rejected in life. That’s okay’ ‘I wanted the burn to live with me, not for me to live with the burn’ ’There was a moment of clarity’ ‘Rock bottom is a great place to start’ ‘Politely saying “no” is quite empowering’ ’The negatives happen before you’ve even tried’ ‘I am the female Tyson Fury!' VALUABLE RESOURCES   The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764 Katie Piper’s Extraordinary People Podcast - https://play.acast.com/s/katiepiper Katie Piper Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/katiepiper_/?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
02/03/201h 3m

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
24/02/201h 18m

An Interview With Rhiannon Chesterman – The Wedding Singer’s Leading Lady!

Rhiannon Chesterman is one of the UK’s most prolific and talented musical theatre performers, having starred in a variety of productions both in the West End, and in and around the country. Her latest role is the lead, Julia Sullivan, in Kevin’s current stage hit, The Wedding Singer! Kevin and Rhiannon took time out from their hectic performing schedule to chat about how Rhiannon got started, how she creates her characters, what life’s like as a stage performer, and what keeps her motivated. It’s a fascinating insight behind the stage curtain, and essential listening for aspiring performers and theatre-fans alike KEY TAKEAWAYS The Wedding Singer is proving to be a joyful experience, due to the fact the company are all kind, generous and considerate. It’s rare for a company to bond and perform so well, and these atmospheres are greatly creative to work in. This is Rhiannon’s first large-scale musical lead part. She’s played in many shows before, but has never been so heavily featured. It’s daunting, but incredible. It’s sometimes easy, when playing a part already established by other actors, to simply do an impression of their prior performance. Both Kevin and Rhiannon were keen not to impersonate Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. They simply reflected the spirit and tone of the original film. Rhiannon’s approach to portraying a character is to first find out who the character is, and then add her own touches by drawing upon similar memories in her own life. This makes it easier to leave a character at work each night. Critics are useful in marketing a play, but it’s useless to try and please all of them. The most important people to please are the audiences each night.  It was seeing a West End performance of Cats that made Rhiannon decide to take up a career on the stage. She devoted herself to bettering her voice through choir work, and slowly developed her vocals and her confidence. Rejection early on in Rhiannon’s career didn’t deter her from her aim of being a performer. She credits the support of her family during this period, as well as using each rejection to drive her forward. Every shot at a role might be the break you’ve been searching for. Actors spend so much time rehearsing, and in some cases, investing their own money, into preparing for auditions. It’s a costly, exhausting, and sometimes heart-breaking process. But it’s all part of being an actor. BEST MOMENTS ‘I always fancy doing some jigsaw puzzles’ ‘Each piece of art is different’ ‘Comedy comes from a place of truth’ ‘Know who you’re going to be, and know who your show is for’ ‘I do read the reviews, but I don’t take them to heart’ ‘You have to deal with the down-times. That’s the hard bit’ ‘It’s about having respect for the people that come into the room'  VALUABLE RESOURCES   The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764 Rhiannon Chesterman Twitter - https://twitter.com/RhiannonSarahC The Wedding Singer Twitter - https://twitter.com/WedSingLondon Rhiannon Chesterman Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/rhiannonchesterman/?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
17/02/201h 16m

Pressure Is Privilege – with Alex Scott MBE

This week, Kevin chats to footballer, broadcaster and Strictly Come Dancing fan favourite, Alex Scott MBE, who joins the show to talk about the unexpected similarities between football and dancing, the importance of constantly finding new challenges, the qualities that make a good leader, why hard work matters more than talent, and the incredible story of Alex’s journey so far. Plus, tea and cake come courtesy of a very special guest... KEY TAKEAWAYS There are a striking number of similarities between dancing and football, most notably the audience interaction and the team dynamics that come through being part of such a huge coordinated effort. The training, too, is very similar in terms of the correct diet, the fact that rest is encouraged and planned for, and that the performances are a mixture of excitement and nerves. Leadership is becoming a person who puts the team before the individual. Alex has been selected as leaders of many of her ventures, especially in sport, for this very reason.  When you’re participating in such high-pressure activities, it’s vitally important to make sure that we enjoy what we’re doing. These chances don’t come around very often, and being there is a privilege’ Alex remains thankful for each moment of her incredible journey. Growing up, she never thought it was possible to live such a happy and varied life, and so makes sure to enjoy each day, and to marvel at how far she has come. People so often only see the end result, and don’t consider the process that goes into it. There are pressures, intensity and incredible amounts of hard work and training behind the scenes of any kind of performance, that often go unrecognised. Talent will give you a short-term leg up, but it’s hard work that gets you to where you want to go. Kevin was rejected twice for Strictly, and Alex is often dismissed as a presenter or broadcaster by those who say she is part of someone’s agenda. But their persistence and hard work have seen them rise to the top of their professions. We are always the person responsible for what we have done. Accountability and self-analysis have been the driving factors behind Alex’s remarkable success. Alex’s professionalism came to the fore when she found herself having to change partners during the Strictly series, due to her original partner being injured. But as she puts it, if you panic in those situations, it prevents the job from being done. Always look for the positives and get the job done. BEST MOMENTS ‘You’ve got to eat your food, you’ve got to rest, you’ve got to go again. It’s repeat, repeat’ ‘Leaders allow different personalities to come through’ ‘It’s a pressure and a privilege’ ‘I’m managing to do things that are beyond my wildest dreams’ ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t want to work hard’ ‘Healthy nutritious biscuits!' ‘I need to give them what they came for’ ’She just can’t believe that you’re all real'    VALUABLE RESOURCES   The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764 Alex Scsott Twitter - https://twitter.com/AlexScott The Gold Mine Effect - Rasmus Ankersen - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gold-Mine-Effect-Secrets-Performance/dp/1848317107/   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
10/02/2054m 26s

Backstage With Stacey Dooley On The Strictly Tour – And Making Ready For The Wedding Singer

This week, Kevin has come to Manchester to join the fun behind the scenes of the now-underway Strictly Come Dancing Tour, with Stacey Dooley! Stacey talks about the difference between rehearsals and live shows (and why the latter is actually easier), the downsides of social media interaction, and the importance of living in the moment. Kevin also talks about the preparations he’s currently working through for the upcoming opening of his news stage show, ’The Wedding Singer'. KEY TAKEAWAYS During rehearsals, Stacey felt incredibly nervous, but as soon as the live shows, the nerves seemed to evaporate. It seems to get easier once the audience are in attendance, which is rather surreal. Stacey’s confidence has grown since the shows began. With confidence comes comfort, and so with each successive date, the atmosphere of enjoyment and camaraderie has increased. The best part of the tour is that everyone has come to be entertained. The competition aspect is secondary to the “night out” atmosphere. After a recent experience on social media, Kevin has become increasingly frustrated by the rudeness and impoliteness of social media users, who seem to think that it’s okay to insult the people he loves. The worst part is that responding to such comments generally results in indignant behaviour from the original commenter. Having an opinion on something is very different from the choice to state that opinion, especially if it’s a hurtful one. Why do people feel the need to go out of their way to make hurtful comments? What do they hope to achieve by doing so? Kevin is finding the entire process of rehearsals for The Wedding Singer to be a very creative environment. He credits the people he’s working with as the reason for this, as their talents are allowing his creativity to thrive. By concentrating too much on what might happen in the future, or the outcome, you will miss out on the moment. We need to ensure that we live in the moment, and that we don’t dwell too much on the past or future. The Wedding Singer has been such a joyous experience to prepare for, that Kevin has been unable to think about anything but the moment, and has therefore seen his anxiety and stress levels decline spectacularly. BEST MOMENTS ‘My obsession with Gloria Estefan has continued into 2020’ ‘A massive audience changes the whole vibe of the room’ ’Prosecco flying everywhere…' ‘Everyone’s on your side’ ’The overriding message is “Just be kind"' ‘And now you live for Stormzy!’  VALUABLE RESOURCES   The Kevin Clifton Show - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-kevin-clifton-show/id1475650764 The Power Of Now - Eckhart Tolle - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/0340733500/ Strictly Come Dancing 2020 Tour - http://strictlycomedancinglive.com/tour-dates-2020/ The Wedding Singer - See Tickets - https://www.lastminute.com/tickets/london-theatre/musicals/the-wedding-singer   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
03/02/2031m 33s

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 The Kevin Clifton Show podcast    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
20/01/2043m 38s

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 Kevin Clifton Instagram Kevin Clifton Facebook Kevin Clifton YouTube
23/12/1933m 7s

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 Kevin Clifton Instagram Kevin Clifton Facebook Kevin Clifton YouTube
09/12/1938m 12s

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 Kevin Clifton Instagram Kevin Clifton Facebook Kevin Clifton YouTube
26/11/1929m 55s

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 Kevin Clifton Instagram Kevin Clifton Facebook Kevin Clifton YouTube
20/11/1945m 39s

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
04/11/191h 12m

Dancing Through The Generations with Keith and Judy Clifton! – Part 1

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 first part of a conversation between the dazzling Clifton family! KEY TAKEAWAYS • Keith and Judy were the World Number One Latin American dancers, as well as UK and international champions. Since then, they have become famous in Grimsby as the founders and instructors at Clifton Dance Academy.  • It’s a strange paradox that in front of an audience, Kevin finds it easier to become an extrovert, but in a smaller group of people, introversion suddenly takes over. This is a quality that Kevin shares with his mother, Judy.  • There is a safety in performing on stage. Even those who find personal interactions difficult, find that they are suddenly able to express themselves. There seems to be a mental barrier that is impregnable between the stage and the audience.  • Dance gave Keith huge amounts of confidence. Whereas his fellow teens and friends were still shy and finding out about themselves and their personalities, Keith had levels of confidence that were allowing him to express himself more openly.  • Nowadays Joanne is far more competitive than Kevin, whereas in days gone by, it would have been Kevin who was more into the competition side of dancing.  • Keith, similarly, has found the competitive side of his life is less interesting to him these days. It’s far more important to enjoy each moment than ensure that he is somehow doing better than someone else.  • Ballroom dancing is a strange form of competition. As an art form, Kevin finds it difficult to understand how one performance can be judged against another.  BEST MOMENTS ‘You showed me Agadoo!’  ’So I could potentially be a cross between Geronimo and Jack The Ripper?’  ‘I wore some velvet bell-bottom trousers’  ‘It must be love!’  ‘You’re too tall - no you’re too short’  ‘Dancing is an art, not a sport’   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
28/10/191h 2m

The Journey Of A Dancer – with Tommy Franzen

This week, Kevin talks to Olivier Award-nominated performer, choreographer (and Kevin’s flatmate!) Tommy Franzen, who over the last few years has carved something of a legend for himself in the world of dance. In this fascinating conversation, Kevin talks to Tommy about the people who have inspired him the most, the origins of the dance styles that have formed his own style, his views on competitive dance, his journey into property investment, and the qualities that make him one of the country’s greatest performers.   KEY TAKEAWAYS Tommy’s dance career started at a very young age, when he was inspired by his sister, and visiting celebrity dancers in Sweden, to begin dance lessons. After some initial setbacks, and confidence issues, Tommy never looked back. “Locking" was born from social dances of the sixties, and involves locking your body tight, and is named after its inventor, dancer Don “Campbellock” Campbell. Its proponents since then have included Richard Pryor and Dick Van Dyke. “Popping” evolved when music changed in the 70s and 80s, when locking no longer fit with the contemporary music styles. It emerged as a major dance style on the West Coast. Hip hop style dancing is less regimented, and ever-evolving. People seem to be drawn to the dancing itself, instead of the formalised competitions that surround styles such as ballroom and latin. This means that it can naturally evolve without breaking the so-called “rules” set down by dance organisations. There seems to be a small pool of judges and coaches in the dance-competition world. Often this can be used to a dancer’s advantage, as they can find themselves performing for people they have been trained by, and can plan accordingly. Tommy is not attracted to the concept of using dance to compete against someone else. It affects him emotionally, and affects his performance, and so he avoids it.  Many are drawn to performing by the lure of celebrity, by the fact that they can spend their lives earning money from doing something they love. For Tommy, the attraction of dance is the sense of joy he experiences while performing.  Companies like Zoo Nation, Boy Blue and Avant Garde, have pushed dance companies from obscurity, into the mainstream. As a result, dancers can now find real employment opportunities. Hip-hop dance theatre is rising in popularity. Spearheaded by a creative generation, stories are being told by hip hop dancing, with as much narrative involvement and dramatic tension as standard theatrical productions. There were concerns when Tommy was offered a role on the BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance, as he was worried in case he was portrayed in a way that he was not comfortable with. He ended up reaching the final, and partnering several times with eventual winner, Charlie Bruce. Choreography is a tiring process, for both Kevin and Tommy. It involves a lot of thinking, mental space, and consideration. Listening to the music over and over again helps the dance to take shape in the mind. The uncertainty of regular employment as a dancer is what made Tommy investigate the world of property investment, seeing an opportunity to give himself a Plan B. It was Tommy who introduced Kevin to this way of investing, which he subsequently did. BEST MOMENTS ‘I felt so exposed’ ‘With ballroom and latin, the “endgame” is usually competition dancing’ ‘What I love about your style of dancing is that it’s not geared towards that’ ’It was my birthday party, and I was the only one not dancing’ ’The shows you do are like a story. They’re like a musical’ ‘Dance-ical? Is that a word?’ ‘I’m so glad that we’ve been given songs and concepts that have really excited us’ ‘If you judge what you do too much, that’s when you end up in the trap’ ‘A blank sheet of paper is really scary' VALUABLE LINKS   www.sadlerswells.com Tommy Franzen Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tommythefranzen/?hl=en Tommy Franzen’s Website - http://www.tommyfranzen.com/Tommy_Franzen_Official/Tommy_Franzen.html Tommy Franzen Twitter - https://twitter.com/tommyfranzen?lang=en Rob Moore - https://robmoore.com Rich Dad Poor Dad (Amazon) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rich-Dad-Poor-Teach-Middle/dp/1612680194/   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
20/10/191h 40m

Fixed vs Growth Mindset In The Face Of A Setback

Kevin is no stranger to setbacks. In fact, in the past week, he and his Strictly Come Dancing partner, Anneka Rice, left the competition. But as Kevin explains, there’s a way of looking at every setback in life, and it involves using one of two mindsets: fixed or growth. There’s a place for each of these, but which is the right one to choose and at which time?  In this special, candid episode, Kevin discusses his feelings about being eliminated, as well as other challenging times in his life, and the outlook he takes on these moments.   KEY TAKEAWAYS There are two types of reaction when it comes to dealing with a setback. Some like to blame, so as to pass off the guilt. Others choose instead to learn and grow from the experience. Fixed mindset people do not like to be challenged on their view of the world. They feel as though life is predetermined. When they fail, they tend to give up. They take criticism as a personal attack. Fixed mindset people tend not to ask for help, even if they desperately need it, because they do not wish to show weakness or vulnerability. Those with a growth mindset see failure as an opportunity to grow. Whenever they fail, whenever they differ a setback, they always ask where the opportunity for growth lies. Kevin credits his mentor, Rob Moore, with helping him to achieve a healthy, growth mindset, a tool that Kevin has always used to become better in his career and life. Those with a growth mindset believe that they can achieve anything. They know that every decision in life is a learning experience. They also seek opportunities that may be outside their normal comfort zone. They see life as an ever-evolving journey. Kevin has never seen himself as the best dancer in the world. Some may choose to look upon other, more talented contemporaries as competition. But Kevin has always insisted that working and being around those with more talent has helped him to become better; have made him push himself harder, and have inspired him to greater success. Mistakes are not negatives. They’re positives from which you can draw huge and valuable lessons. Take responsibility for them. Assess. Learn. Grow.   BEST MOMENTS ‘I was real proud of her and what we achieved’ ‘What if you learned from it? What if you got better because of it?’ ’Failure is an opportunity to grow’ ‘Mistakes and setbacks help you to grow’ ‘I have an opportunity here to learn from the best’ ’The fastest way to get to what you want is to learn from your mistakes'   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
13/10/191h 9m

Technique v.s. Emotion - The Purpose of Art

How do you choose your favourites? your favourite song? your favourite film? your favourite play? Is it because you loved the technique? Or is it because it made you feel great at some point in your life? Most likely, you’ve chosen your favourites because you enjoy going back to them or reminiscing about the day you encountered them. It isn’t because of the intricacies and complexities that you got drawn to it in the first place—it was how it made you feel. It may also have an impact in your life. In this episode of The Kevin Clifton Show, Kevin dives deep in the purpose of art. Is it the technique or the emotions? This has always been a debate, so Kevin gives a light on how different and how the two things actually go hand in hand in creating and consuming art. According to him, it’s always about the emotions we invoke from the audience. Kevin’s advice is to learn everything so you can create a different magic within every individual. Start tuning in as he explains more on it. KEY TAKEAWAYS “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou For Kevin, it’s emotions that art creates that matter, not the technique. We can forget the lines, the dance steps, the cinematography, but we can never how we felt after we consumed it. Did we enjoy it? Did it make you nostalgic of something? Did you hate it? If you’re asked right now how do you choose your favourite song, most likely you’ll say because you like it. You can dive deep into the technicalities of the song; but, for something to draw your attention and maybe let it linger in your mind, it has to be something special that made you feel great. They might include some arts in the Greatest of All Time/Most Influential/Top Grossing/etc. lists, but does it mean that they’re less valuable? It doesn’t. That particular art has its own audience, even the critics hate it. As performers, we always aim to give the best performance—we want the audience to feel elated, amazed, and satisfied when they exit the doors of the theatre. Techniques are great tools to invoke these kinds of feelings in the audience. Dance techniques have been evolving as they get passed from one generation to another, and they have also created new styles of dances. Techniques, styles, tempo, choreography, etc. will be unique in each performance, and at the same time, the feelings the audience have towards each performance will be different. So, it’s not new that performers want to be consistently great at every little thing. BEST MOMENTS “The thing that stays is how you were made to feel when the person was performing.” “Art is about feeling and how it makes you feel.” “Everyone loves different things when it comes to art because you bring your own context to it.” “The technique is a tool to produce the result.” “I don’t see the point in technically-gifted performance that inspires nothing on anyone.” “Don’t display the technique. Use the technique to create something that creates emotion.” VALUABLE RESOURCES The Kevin Clifton Show – Lucas Rush: Conversation with Lonny from the Rock of Ages | Apple | Spotify | Omny Listen to Feel by Robbie Williams on Spotify and Deezer 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
30/09/191h 2m

Lucas Rush: Conversation with Lonny from the Rock of Ages

In this episode of The Kevin Clifton Show, Kevin chats with Lucas Rush, the actor who played Lonny in the UK tour of the musical Rock of Ages. Discover today some of Lucas’ theatre stories (especially his Rock of Ages experience), the nature of performing arts, the training that happens before any performance, and many more.   Not everyone would notice, but being a theatre actor demands a lot of dedication—you need the consistent effort to rehearse and improve, you need the bulletproof mindset to not get influenced by negative feedbacks, and anything, really, that would help you give a top-notch performance every single time.   There will be uncomfortable situations. But there will also be no pauses. No halts. No excuses. The show must go on, as they say.  Listen to Lucas’ experience and learn more about the performing arts.  KEY TAKEAWAYS  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was the beginning for Lucas. It was the first cassette he bought;It was the first musical he ever watched. This musical opened him to the beauty of theatre and the performing arts.  No one can ever downplay what live performers and theatre actors do. They provide entertainment, escape, and happiness to the viewers, aside from the fact that they portray ideas, concepts, stories, and experiences in this world that the viewer might relate to.  Just like any professionals, they have some good days and some bad days. But it’s more difficult for theatre actors to deliver when they’re being influenced by some sudden negative pull. The audience can see through the performers, and as much as possible, it’s a 100% performance they want to give every time.  Lucas also admits that, on some days, he thrives on the energy the audience gives off. He can be put off when he sees that they are disinterested and unsatisfied, but he’s known long enough not to let others’ perception crash his fearlessness and boldness on stage.  BEST MOMENTS  “The more you remind yourself that ‘you can’t hear a smile’, the better.”  “Don’t stop yourself from thinking certain things or feeling certain ways. They’re going to happen and you’re just going to learn how to deal with them.”  “Accept what you have in that moment.”  “I love feeling things… I want to feel strong emotions.”  VALUABLE RESOURCES  Happiness Podcast - www.happinesspodcast.org  Rock of Ages Musical - www.rockofagesmusical.co.uk  ABOUT THE GUEST  Lucas Rush  Lucas stepped onstage at The Hackney Empire at the age of 7, receiving his very first acting lessons from Brian Blessed.  He was introduced to Shakespeare at the age of 9 and by the time he was 13 was playing Robin in The RSC’s production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" alongside Leslie Phillips. His West End debut soon followed, as he performed as "Gavroche" in Les Misérables at The Palace Theatre.  At the age of 14, he landed the role of Rowan Neville in ITV Drama Walking on The Moon, a hard-hitting gritty drama about bullying directed by Bafta Award winning Director Peter Kosminsky.   Since those early days Lucas has enjoyed a very successful career, experiencing all corners of the Entertainment industry.   In his 25 years as a professional actor Lucas has found that the thing, he loves more than anything is simply to immerse himself in any character he is playing, regardless of the genre.  (Source: https://www.lucasrush.com/about)   Lucas Rush Official Website - https://www.lucasrush.com   Lucas Rush Twitter - https://twitter.com/lucasrush    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
22/09/191h 20m

Trolls, Media & 'Odd One Out' (The Jesy Nelson Documentary)

‘When I started on Strictly ‘the pasty kid from Grimsby’ everyone was behind me.  As I gained more success and a higher profile on the show the trolls came out’ In this insightful episode, Kevin explores why people and the media are unkind to those who achieve any success. Why are people so unkind to others online and what makes them do it? The questions and answers are all explored in this candid podcast. Kevin shares with searing honesty his own experiences and explores the reasons why we can all be insecure and how we can all chose to communicate with kindness.   KEY TAKEAWAYS The underdog achieving success When people are being unkind, being trolls on social media or just having a go it’s not just the person you are talking about who is affected by it. The people around the person their family and friends are also affected. In this country, we have a very difficult relationship with success We like to champion the underdog, we want to be on their side, we want to help them and be part of their journey. As soon as someone is successful people take up against them. Comments focus on them having forgotten where they’ve come from and getting  ‘too big for their boots’ There is a link between being successful and others need to knock them down. People feel insecure when they see other people doing well. It stirs our own insecurities because we want success for ourselves. When you are feeling insecure you can either see the successful individual as an idol, a  role model, someone to aspire to or someone to knock down to your level so you don’t feel as bad about yourself.  Significance People often make decisions based on achieving significance It's not a bad thing to want to be significant but sometimes it’s a dangerous thing because it is this that can lead to the insecurity and jealousy of ego, which can lead people into trolling People can feel significant when they have a negative opinion, one that makes them stand out. The media   Competition is fierce and it’s about grabbing attention through ‘clickbait’ The newspapers don’t really care what side you’re on they just want you to be angry, indignant or interested enough to  click through and follow their story. The media drives involvement through negative emotions and the ensuing comments are rooted in anger and lead to trolling. If you are someone who’s decided to say something unkind to someone stop and think about how necessary it is for you to say it. Who’s talking Consider who’s writing – is it a faceless entity or someone you respect? When a random person writes something about you they are reflecting themselves and their insecurities onto you. Social media platforms provide no context, you can’t gain any context about the person who is writing about you. We are all human and we don’t like people saying nasty things about us, but these people are reflecting their own insecurities and you can respond with kindness you never know what they may be going through.   BEST MOMENTS ‘Jesy talking about it creates the opportunity  for discussion and hopefully a rethink about how we conduct ourselves online and she should be seen as a real hero for what she’s done’ ‘When she got better there was a mix of those who were  pleased she had improved so much and those who started to turn on her as she achieved success’   ‘There have been times in my life when I’ve been the person searching for significance because of my own insecurities’ ‘People who know me, know my exuberance is not attention-seeking but a way of dealing with my extreme nerves’   VALUABLE RESOURCES The Kevin Clifton Show podcast Odd One Out Jesy Nelson documentary    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
16/09/191h 7m

Kevin Kennedy: From Coronation Street To Beyond Part 2

Part Two of Kevin's interview with Kevin Kennedy, one of the stars of the show ‘Rock of Ages’.  Kevin is most recognisable from TV as ‘Curly’ in Coronation Street but now pursues a successful career in musical theatre. He shares his journey and experiences as a successful performer and some amazing insights into the craft of the actor. In this episode, Kevin discusses the influence of Coronation Street, the challenges of addiction, the rise of his career in music and the fascinating story of his transition into musical theatre. KEY TAKEAWAYS Curly Watts, who proved to be a huge hit with audiences in Coronation Street, wasn’t meant to be a character with any longevity. But after proving a hit, the producers were keen to put Kevin under contract. At the height of his success, Kevin fell into an addiction spiral, and was forced to go to rehab. Upon repairing himself, Kevin needed to start again. Kevin credits Coronation Street with taking good care of him and saving his life during this period. Using a pseudonym, Kevin submitted his music to Simon Cowell at Sony BMG, who was on the lookout for TV-led musical talent, and was signed immediately. From here, Kevin embarked on a successful career as a musician, especially in the United States. Having been let go from Coronation Street, Kevin had to make a choice about the future of his career. As he liked acting and music, he decided to marry the two and go into musical theatre. His first role was in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Musical theatre can be daunting, but each experience is there to be relished and enjoyed. Even auditions, which Kevin enjoys. Many consider soap opera actors to be somehow inferior, but Kevin doesn’t see it that way. In fact he credits them with a set of unique talents, such as carrying a story for months or sometimes years, and the ability to learn and memorise scripts at speed. Fame was never important for Kevin. The important thing was to enjoy his work, and to develop as an actor. His subsequent fame opened many doors, which is far more valuable. When things are going wrong, there’s often a mindset that says “I have to be something different”, but the real lesson is to focus upon who you are. To do the things you want to do.  Acting can be a struggle sometimes. It’s not always glamorous. But if you love what you do, then each struggle becomes a lesson, and as Kevin says, “If you’re doing something you love, then you never have to work a day in your life" No problem is insurmountable. Facing challenges down and defeating them makes you a better person, and you can’t run away forever.   BEST MOMENTS ’The great thing about that was that it was a home gig’ ’That was the first time I ever saw the power of Coronation Street. Her attitude completely changed’ ‘Coronation Street were like a family’ ’There’s always a positive to look for. Always’ ‘Mistakes make you a better actor’ ‘You need to get back in touch with the things that you want’ ’This business is great if you’re at, or near, the top' ‘No problem is insurmountable’   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
08/09/191h 5m

Jake Wood: The Craft of Acting, Eastenders & Overcoming Self Doubt (LIVE)

Kevin is speaking with Jake Wood previous competitor on Strictly and known on TV  to everyone as Max Branning in East Enders. His acting career began at 10 and spans 37 years, in this podcast he shares stories and the reality of taking part in Strictly and being in a high profile long-running soap series. Life is all about trial and error and Jake shares the great highs and the lows that he has experienced in a career that spans decades. This is a highly entertaining episode, listen in now and enjoy.   KEY TAKEAWAYS The best actors take something from all the different techniques, it all takes time. As an actor, you are always trying to do your best. The only way to learn it is to do it but this is the same for professional dancers. Being on Strictly The celebrities on Strictly  are only doing an impression of the dance. There are skill sets that are similar between what dancers and actors do. There are transferable skills such as self-discipline, work ethic and being able to perform on a stage in front of an audience Being an actor meant I was confident about doing a performance. Having previously completed work at the National theatre I had a skill set that helped me on Strictly being in front of a live audience. When I sat in the recording studio I realised this was going to be no fun, it was going to be high pressured scary stuff and I’d better be prepared. Before I came out and danced for the first time I didn’t know what I was going to be in  the series – the clown , the serious contender. If I didn’t have the skills that I had as an actor it would have been much more difficult. My approach was to do my best, regroup and then get ready for the next battle. Being an actor I was involved in acting from a young age and enjoyed improvisation classes very early on. I started at 10 and have been acting for 37 years, It’s about understanding emotions and learning about people. You need to understand a character to be able to be authentic and the best actors draw from themselves. You have to want to understand people and what drives their behaviour. Acting is a bubble and the important part is what you do when you come out at the other end. I love what I do but you have to get a balance because it can be a crazy life. It plays into all your insecurities and everyone makes mistakes. The most important is the dedication to be an actor, the process and loving it.   BEST MOMENTS ‘He’s announcing me dancing the Samba and I’m thinking is it the left foot or the right foot?’ ‘I’m playing a rock star which is very far removed from me as a person’ ‘I’ll give you 100% and do whatever you tell me but I haven’t got a fucking clue’ ‘It’s a funny show because you are not really on a level playing field’   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
25/08/1942m 16s

Kevin Kennedy: Coronation Street Secrets & What it Takes to be a Professional Actor | The Kevin Clifton Show

Kevin is talking with one of the stars of the show ‘Rock of Ages’- Kevin Kennedy, they are ready to rock and roll the back to back shows and take the opportunity to catch up about all things from the explosion of the punk movement to being in the West End and on TV. Kevin is most recognisable from TV as ‘Curly’ in Coronation Street but now pursues a successful career in musical theatre. He shares his journey and experiences as a successful performer and some amazing insights into the craft of the actor.   KEY TAKEAWAYS I grew up in Manchester and never wanted to be anything other than be a performer and entertain. Across the Arts, the punk movement changed everything it was about people doing what they wanted to do. It was a massive movement, it wasn’t about the quality it was the involvement, the fact you could stand up and do it. I didn’t know what I wanted to do until I went to drama school. I chose The Manchester Poly School of Theatre,  it was down to earth, gritty and vocational they wanted to produce intelligent, thinking actors. You were always being pushed out of your comfort zone playing roles you would not be expected to play. I started out as a jobbing actor and got my break in a play which made it into the West End. With comedy, you must be tuned into the audience so you can get the timing right. When it works there is no better feeling in the world. You must never chase the laugh because the audience will know that’s what you are doing Every audience is different they catch you by surprise Being funny is about being honest with an audience. Truth is the key. Straight acting is more intense but you are telling a story. It can be exhausting telling a story to an audience. With musicals, the scenes are shorter with bigger set dance  pieces. The art is in conveying the story through the shorter scenes.   BEST MOMENTS ‘I’ve been all over the world and the power of Coronation Street is truly global’ ‘It was a brilliant grounding; I have enormous respect for the crew because I’ve done what they do’ ‘By the age of 21 I’d been in 2 West Ends, on TV and in a rock band’ ‘The more truthful it is the funnier it is’   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
25/08/1934m 54s

Zoe Birkett: Reveals The Truth About Reality TV, Being a Performer & The Right Work Life Balance

‘It’s all about the work ethic’   Zoe and Kevin are currently both appearing in Rock of Ages and they take the opportunity to sit down together and discuss what it's like to be a performer and manage life in between. Zoe Burkett, singer, actor and dancer was part of the first Pop Idol series and has continued to develop a successful career working as both as singer and actor and has appeared many musical theatre shows both touring and in the West End. Zoe has a passion for life and a positive approach,  there is something for everyone in this episode, listen in now   KEY TAKEAWAYS Dancing was my early passion but  an injury at 14 resulted in me changing my focus to singing. It wasn’t until others recognised and were positive about my singing that I started to think  I could be a singer Being rejected at auditions was a devastating experience but my mum and dad were always there encouraging me to get back up and get on. People from the outside may perceive it as an overnight success but most people have been working and being rejected repeatedly before they find any success. When I made it through to pop idol I started to think I might be able to make singing a career When I was in the big brother house I stopped for the first time and thought about what I had achieved and had time to think about what my legacy would be It was life-changing,  for the first time I thought about family and after leaving the house my life changed, I got married and am now mum to a little girl What I’ve learnt as a singer and actor is you get better with experience When I sang as a teenager I wasn’t thinking about the emotion and telling a story because I hadn’t experienced it. Now I’m able to connect with a song emotionally because I have experienced life and I’m a better singer because of it. The best performers in the world can change how you feel, and it’s because  they are invested. Our job as performers is to deliver a truth to the audience so they believe it, in order for them to believe we also have to be invested. Luck is when hard work and determination meet an opportunity, It is about preparing for an unknown opportunity. I feel I am successful; money does not define success for me it’s about how I feel.   BEST MOMENTS ‘I do a lot of my work late at night, I come alive at this time’ ‘Often creativity comes when you create space for it’  ‘As performers saying ‘no’ to something is quite scary and we worry about losing momentum’  ‘Getting knocked back is part of the game’  ‘The support I have in the North is phenomenal’    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
25/08/1956m 3s

Winning Strictly, Dealing with Rejection & My Insecurities With my Mentor & Disruptive Entrepreneur Rob Moore

Kevin is best known as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing and in this first episode of the Kevin Clifton Show, he sits down with his mentor, Rob Moore and they talk all things from performing, dancing and Strictly to understanding yourself and why being in the spotlight has more than one side. This very personal podcast is an insight into the man who is the current glitterball champion and the journey he is on. He is someone who wants to entertain and has achieved this through Strictly  but if you want to get to know the real Kevin Clifton then this podcast is a must.   KEY TAKEAWAYS My vision for the podcast is to bring people from all areas of performing life to talk about what it is really like. When you have the chance to listen to successful people and hear about their journeys and vulnerabilities then you are able to identify more closely with them and imagine it is possible for you to do it as well. As a performer, your worth in your career is entirely based on the opinion of the judges or an audience. I have always worried about other’s opinions, have constant imposter syndrome and suffer from anxiety across all areas of my life. Instead of thinking  I love entertaining and I'm going out to entertain my thought process is focused on feeling I am not good enough, It’s the paradox of being successful. If there is no void there is no drive. My demeanour is co-dependant on how an audience reacts, in relationships, it’s  based on what my partner thinks. You can’t help but notice how the crowd are performing and I can be very reliant on the energy of the audience Winning Strictly was an amazing moment that I’ll never forget but there was that thought about this success being a result of the people voting and so you are dependent on the approval of others. I've always had this need to prove myself and it has resulted in me having an incredible drive  for work and to achieve. I went through a stage of total self-hatred  and I didn’t know how to deal with it I didn’t know how to function as a person, and I don’t know how to label it. I was constantly a ball of stress and emotion. I had been convinced I needed to change but it was about not becoming something different but getting back to who you are. As a kid, you live to your best values but as you grow up you put labels on yourself and then fight for the labels because they have become your identity. It’s vital to get rid of all the stuff and get back to what makes you feel happy and your values. Getting back in touch with who I am as a person and concentrating on what I really want to do in life and being clear about my values has moved my life from darkness and self-hatred to a much better place. You must be true to yourself and not be ruled by the expectation of others. You must be the person you are not the person you think others want you to be.     BEST MOMENTS ‘I’ve just never been that confident and worry about whether people like me all the time’ ‘I was constantly this ball of stress and emotion, constantly sad and emotional’ My mum and dad invested in me and my sister they did anything to help us along in our careers ‘I am starting to understand it doesn’t matter and most people don’t care’    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
25/08/191h 45m
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Heart UK