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I’m Stepping Out with the stars... but I try to stay out of their tiffs
5:00pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Echo News
DANCER Christabelle Field has had to deal with lovers’ tiffs in her latest role as a coach on ITV’s Stepping Out.
It sees her train a celebrity couple each week, so they can perform together on the Saturday night live show.
Christabelle, 26, from Leigh, says: “It is a dance show like no other in that it is an actual real-life couple who are dancing together. “This means there are less of the niceties you might find if they were dancing with a stranger! The couples have their tiffs and mostly it is when one is better than the other and it gets competitive. I try not to get dragged into it, so I bite my tongue and give them a diplomatic answer.”
The couples include former JLS singer Ortise Williams and girlfriend AJ Azari, Brian McFadden and wife Vogue Williams, Denise Welch and her new husband Lincoln Townley, Laurence Llewelyn Bowen and wife Jackie, boxer Carl Froch and his girlfriend Rachael Cordingley, and Glynis Barber and Michael Brandon.
Christabelle says: “We have been filming for eight weeks so far and we have two more live shows to go, so it’s all very exciting!
“I am training Brian and Vogue this week and I have to say Brian is a fantastic dancer. It tends to be the women who are the superior dancers and they get frustrated with their partners, but Brian is the exception.”
Christabelle is a dance coach at Wiggles dance school in Southend, who trained teams who took home trophies from the UDO World Street Dance Championships in Glasgow in August.
She is also a dancer and choreographer in the all-girl dance troop Poison, who got to the semi-finals in Sky One’s Got to Dance.
Christabelle believes there are advantages to pairing people with their spouses, rather than with a trained dancer like on Strictly Come Dancing.
She says: “You get to see how good the dancers really are. A professional can make most people look good when dancing, because they are guiding them. However, when they dance with another beginner, it is a lot harder. It also takes away the Strictly ‘curse’ of people running off with the professional dancers!”
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