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Strictly interested in sightseeing and sunshine

Strictly star Kristina Rihanoff and her mum Larisa have been steppin’ out and taking in the sights during their post-Christmas and New Year break here at Club La Costa World on the Costa del Sol.

Kristina visited Marbella five years ago, so she was delighted to get the chance to have another look, and to add Puerto Banus and Malaga to her list. She’s also made sure to visit the resort gym so she could keep in shape after a little bit of over-indulging as well as enjoying some winter sunshine!

The Russian dance star and her mum return to the UK tomorrow but will see in the New Year in style tonight along with other CLC World guests, at the gala dinner in our Safari restaurant, along with live music from Nuria Lima and Paco Teva.

“We have had a great time at Club La Costa World. We love our apartment and mum has enjoyed being able to do a bit of cooking!”

Kristina starts rehearsals on January 6th for the Strictly live tour, when she is reunited with her partner from the last series, rugby star Ben Cohen. “I’m looking forward to dancing with Ben again. He was a fantastic partner, keen to learn all he could. He has 50 per cent hearing so that was a challenge, and of course he did not know his left foot from his right so he achieved so much!”

Kristina has loved being a part of the Strictly team of professionals and has made good friends with some of the celebrities. And she speaks warmly of her 2008 introduction to the show when she was partnered with political correspondent John Sergeant.

“I had just arrived from America and knew no-one! The beauty of the show is that it comes up with the unlikeliest pairings so who would have thought I would get on so well with a 64-year-old political reporter! But he knows a lot about Russia and he was a very kind father figure to me. Everyone remembers our Paso Doble and when the BBC put up a gallery of 20 photographs illustrating the history of  broadcasting centre, there we were at No 1!”

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Kristina Rihanoff and her mum Larisa.

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