Category: janette manrara

The award for most emotional departure goes to Will & Janette

The way in which Will had to leave the competition was heartbreaking, the fact that it wasn’t through public vote and getting the chance to prove himself in a dance off but rather through injury was so sad. He was doing so well and I loved watching him each week so for his time on the show to end so abruptly and with a nasty accident didn’t do him any justice.

I know that others may have different views, these awards are decided by my own opinion

The award for best choreography goes to Janette Manrara

Janette put together some of the most beautiful routines this year, with the couples choice contemporary being the stand out. Her partnership with Will was fantastic and Janette did an amazing job of adapting the routines for Will but also not backing down and not letting Will give up by making anything easy, she was able to get the perfect balance that showed of Will’s capabilities and improvements each week.

I know that others may have different views, these awards are decided by my own opinion


This weeks dance of the week is Will & Janette’s Couples choice contemporary

I have no other words to describe this than stunning.

Will & Janette – Contemporary – 7, 8, 8, 9 32

OMG I was an absolute sobbing mess through his whole routine. Will is a true inspiration, to learn about his life and to see how far he has come is amazing. This was such a beautiful dance and I have to give credit to Janette for choreographing a dance that Will was able to excel at. He was so controlled in the lifts and never looked like he was going to drop her.

Will & Janette – Foxtrot – 6, 6, 6, 6 24

Will had a good top line, he showed janette off really well, maintained elegance and kept in character throughout the entire routine. Fantastic improvement from Will and it was nice to see him do a slow ballroom as well. I agree with craig that he needs it can be a bit staccato and needs to soften up when he finishes a move and when changing directions on the floor.

Will & Janette – Pokemon the Movie – Paso Doble – 6, 6, 5, 6 23

This was so much fun to watch, Will had brilliant attack and commitment throughout the dance and I agree with Craig when he said that Will had good intent and placement. I think he had really good shaping and Janette pushed him with the choreography which is great to see. I Love to watch him each week he really warms my heart.

Movies Week – Part 2

Catherine and Johannes – Rumba

Now, this was a completely different Rumba from Alex and Neil and weirdly enough I loved it just as much, if not more. It had everything you ever expect from this dance and her acting skills really just worked in its favour. Apart from the amazing technique e.g. the beautiful hips, the Rumba walks and even the freckle, it was all done just so beautifully and simply. Normally the speed would throw people, but it just made the dance look even better. Then, when you combine it with the emotions and story, it was just one of the best rumbas I’ve seen and I think I wanted to cry – I meant this never happens. Johannes and Catherine are the perfect couple and I loved them.

Will and Janette – Pokemon Paso

Well, that was literally the best thing I’ve ever seen. I didn’t know how much I needed to see a Paso themed on Pokemon. Off the amazing theme, it was actually a real,y good effort from Will. His back and arms were constantly in a really nice shape and so strong – which is so hard for most men because they can’t keep the frame throughout. Also, as well as a really nice attempt of technique, he had this perfect attack and face. Like his commitment to the dance was perfect and just made me enjoy the dance a whole lot more!

Kelvin and Oti – Charleston

I don’t want to sound like a poor sport, but I don’t know if I loved this dance. Of course I liked it – I mean it was so good! The theme of Mary Poppins worked so well and they had amazing content, swivel and just everything you want in the dance. The story telling and chemistry between the two are second to none and it just seemed so effortless. However, for me, I don’t think it had that quirkiness that this dance needs. Weird to say but it as too perfect! Also, there was one lift that wasn’t great so I don’t know if the judges saw it or not. Yes, I enjoyed watching it. However, it wasn’t my favourite and not my favourite dance of his at all.

Emma and Aljaz – foxtrot

As well as being Aljaz’s favourite dance, this was definitely a dance that suited Emma to the tee. There were some issues for me, including a lot of gapping and sometimes being too tense in the frame, however it was beautiful to see. She had this amazing musicality and flow that it looked as if she was gliding across the floor. Together, Aljaz and Emma had this perfect chemistry which portrayed such a beautiful story that looks straight out of Downton. She has this natural grace and it almost looks like I’m watching a model because she’s so beautiful and elegant. This was her perfect dance and the best I’ve seen from her.

Dance of the week this week is Will & Janette’s Salsa

Such a wonderful dance full of fun and joy. He brings a smile to my face eyerytime I see him dance. He did some true Salsa content and did lifts that I think he didn’t know he was capable of.

Will & Janette – Salsa – 6, 6, 6, 6 24

Lots of fun, and Will has so much joy that it spreads to the audience in the studio but also everyone at home. He had some really good technical elements and can only improve, you can tell he is loving every minute of doing the show. The lifts were great and fab hip movements, and as Shirley said Will is what strictly is all about brining fun and joy to everyone whilst also giving it everything he has got and loving every minute of it.