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Dance Floor Star

Added 1083 days ago. 08 November 2018

Having won the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball trophy in 2011, McFly and McBusted star Harry Judd believes dance is good for both body and mind.


Having made his name in pop band McFly and supergroup McBusted, Harry Judd is no stranger to the stage, but he became a household name in 2011 when he won the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball with professional dancer Aliona Vilani.

Instead of letting dust gather on his dance shoes, Harry has continued his love affair with dance and was recently back on stage in a 60s-inspired show, Rip It Up, alongside fellow Strictly winner Louis Smith and people’s champion Aston Merrygold.

“It’s been amazing,” says Harry, “and the hardest thing I’ve done, performing a two-hour show of music, dance and even a bit of drumming, every night alongside the other guys.

“I am so flattered and enormously grateful for the opportunity to be part of the show. We’ve enjoyed standing ovations every night, and both audience and media reaction has been really positive. I’m in my element as I love to perform when I am learning a new skill, and Rip It Up has certainly taken me in a different direction.”

Dance and exercise are central to Harry’s physical and mental health and in his part biography, part fitness guide, Get Fit, Get Happy, published last year, he wrote candidly about how both have helped him with tackling
anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The book aims to make exercise accessible and inclusive with workouts in the kitchen, garden and living room, and photographs of Harry and his mum exercising, showing everyone can improve their fitness.”

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