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Make me sway…with Kristina Rihanoff!

‘When marimba rhythms start to play, dance with me, make me sway…’ Whether it’s performed by Michael Bublé, Dean Martin or the Pussycat Dolls, the infectious ‘Sway’ is perfect to learn how to dance the cha cha cha! And our special dance tutor for the week, Strictly Come Dancing’s Kristina Rihanoff, took to the floor today in the first of her two master classes.

Kristina welcomed all comers to our Sunset Lounge and by the end of the first session everyone had grasped the rock step forward and back and the simple chasse, with some bolder steps added on. Tomorrow’s class starts at 12 noon in Sunset Lounge, when Kristina promises to help everyone discover their hips and add some Latin shimmying to the mix! But if you missed today’s class, don’t worry…come along and join in.

Kristina with Barry Finch

Kristina with Barry Finch

Barry Finch from Worcestershire was on holiday with wife Sandra and was thrilled to partner Kristina to demonstrate some slick moves. “This is a wish come true for me! We love Strictly and Kristina is my favourite dancer,” he said. The couple were once members of a formation dance team but Barry confided to Kristina that as good a dancer as Sandra was, Kristina is better! Sandra laughed and pointed out that she was no longer in her dancing prime.

Dawn Smith from Manchester, has holidayed many times at CLC’s Club La Costa World on the Costa del Sol – her parents have been members for 16 years. So when she decided on a last minute holiday she was delighted to find that it coincided with classes by one of her favourite dancers from one of her favourite TV shows.

Kristina teaching Dawn Smith the dance steps

Kristina teaching Dawn Smith the dance steps

‘I’m a big fan of Strictly Come Dancing and I love to do jazz dancing so this was a great chance to meet Kristina. It’s been really good fun and I’m looking forward to the next class,” said Dawn.

Kristina joins the other Strictly professionals in mid-August to start preparing for the next season of the show. “Everyone asks me whether we know which celebrity we will be dancing with before the show starts! Well, I can tell you it’s exactly how you see it on television. It’s all announced on the first programme so it’s a big surprise to us all,” she said.

Kristina will be judging the cha cha competition when all our dancers show off their skill under the stars poolside at Sunrise at 9pm on Thursday 17th July.

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