Our spotlight shines on dancing royalty this week, in the shape of Strictly Come Dancing professional Robin Windsor. Set to cha-cha-cha into the West End this week for a limited engagement of the sensational ballroom dancing show Burn the Floor, Robin took some time out to talk to us about his buff body, Lisa Riley and all things camp. We want him to be our dance teacher. Naturally.
Tell us what Burn The Floor is all about then?
Burn the floor is exactly what is says on the tin – it’s the ultimate ballroom sensation. The production is a unique combination of ballroom dancing and the 21st century. It’s the show that made ballroom dancing cool and sexy. There’s a special blend of all the ballroom and Latin dances, with some contemporary thrown in for good measure. There’s a purely international cast with members from Australia, Cuba, Germany, Russia, USA, Holland, South Africa, UK, Venezuela and many more. It’s a two-hour journey of dance, and I can promise you it’s something you will want to see again and again!
Can we expect a lot of camp, glittery dance numbers, just like an episode of Strictly?
Burn the floor is a much more raw version of ballroom dancing than Strictly Come Dancing. Of course the Strictly elements are there, but our dancing performances show the blood sweat and tears that go in to the dancing rather than the spangly finished product. However the show would not be complete without a few sparkles and a mirror ball! Also, the seven sexy shirtless men on stage will beat any number of crystals on a dress.
Is it good to be back working with Kristina Rihanoff and Karen Hauer again?
Working with both these girls is amazing. Being back on the show with Karen is awesome and to be here this time with my pro partner Kristina is a dream come true. It’s a chance for us to show off what we can do as professionals.
How long have you been dancing? Did you always know you wanted to be a professional?
I started dancing at the age of three at a local school in Ipswich. I was born to dance – wiggling my hips in front of the mirror at a very early age.
We loved you and Lisa Riley on last years Strictly, please don’t shatter out illusions – are you still good friends in real life?
Lisa is amazing. We had the best time on Strictly. We’ve become the best of friends and speak all the time. I miss her and her enthusiasm for life, and we’ll remain friends for life. So much so, we’re going on holiday together as soon as Burn the Floor is over. New York better watch out!
What did you first think when you got Lisa as a partner?
I, like the whole nation, thought Lisa was going to be the joke of the series. Little did I know what was about to happen. Lisa not only taught me, but the entire country to never judge a book by its cover. Lisa will go down as being one of the most memorable contestants ever.
Who would be your dream celebrity partner on the show?
If the BBC wanted to blow the entire budget then Beyoncé would be the ultimate. But I will be happy with someone fun, camp, and just really fabulous.
Can anybody be a ballroom dancer?
Anyone can be a ballroom dancer at any age. I hope that Burn the Floor will inspire many young people to take up ballroom, as this show really does make this style of dance cool and sexy.
You’ve got quite the buff body, and you like getting your kit off for the gay magazines – which we whole heartedly approve of – is that achieved just through so much dancing?
Keeping the body up to shape is very hard work. Just dancing doesn’t keep me buff. It keeps me lean so I can eat what ever I like [laughs]. I go to the gym five times a week, which keeps up the bulk! It kills but it needs to be done.
What does 2013 have in store for you?
2013 is turning out to be the best year of my life. Having just finished the Strictly tour – which was amazing – I’m now dancing my butt off in Burn the Floor. I was with this show for nine years before joining Strictly, and to come back and star in the show where it all began for me is a dream come true. Then it’s back to the Strictly ballroom for the autumn – hopefully.
And finally on a scale of 1-Elaine Page how stagey are you?
I’m Barbara Streisand. Now that’s off the scale…
If we didn’t already have our tickets for the show safely waiting on our mantel piece, we’d be running to the box office in our best cuban heels. Team Windsor!
Burn the Floor image courtesy of Hugo Glendinning.