Wednesday 21 February 2018

Winkleman: I dance sitting down

Claudia Winkleman is hosting the first ever Comic Relief Danceathon
Claudia Winkleman is hosting the first ever Comic Relief Danceathon

Claudia Winkleman is encouraging the nation to get on their feet for Comic Relief - but admits she would rather stay in her seat.

The Strictly Come Dancing presenter is hosting the first ever Comic Relief Danceathon, taking place at London's SSE Arena at Wembley on Sunday, and confessed her best dance move is sitting down.

Claudia, 43, said: "My favourite form of dancing is sitting dancing. That is when you're actually having a gossip with a girlfriend but maybe Beyonce comes on and you just halt the chat for two and a half minutes while you sit-dance to Crazy In Love, that's very strong."

But though the TV presenter makes no secret of being a terrible dancer, she will be joining in the fundraising event, which will see more than 2,000 people dance without a break, with the style changing every 30 minutes, ranging from jive to disco, street dance to Latin moves in an effort to boost moneymaking efforts for Red Nose Day.

Claudia said: "It will be embarrassing and awful because I am a chronically bad dancer, but yeah, I'll definitely be doing my famous 'going under water' move which is pretty repellent."

It has just been announced that Got To Dance presenter Davina McCall will be joining the jam-packed celebrity line-up at the Danceathon, along with Strictly champion Caroline Flack.

TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp, DJs Gemma Cairney, Edith Bowman and Sara Cox, paralympic medallist Ade Adepitan and wildlife presenter Steve Backshall will also be taking part, along with Strictly Come Dancing professionals Aljaz Skorjanec, Ian Waite, Janette Manrara, Natalie Lowe and Robin Windsor.

They join former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips, past contestants Chelsee Healey and Rachel Riley, It Takes Two presenter Zoe Ball, radio presenter Jo Whiley, comic Rufus Hound and Got To Dance's Adam Garcia and Kimberly Wyatt.

Claudia said: "I am preparing to keep the crowds' energy up during the Comic Relief Danceathon just by supporting them, looking after them, doing anything I can, being ridiculous, showing them my terrible dance moves, but everybody will be raising a fortune.

"This came about because the very clever director of Red Nose Day Emma Freud last year just thought, 'I tell you what, me and my friends will just do some crazy dancing and we'll do it for six hours'. And they jived, they did line dancing they did every kind of dancing, and they raised £7,000 just in one of their houses. So she said, 'Hold on a minute, let me phone Wembley!'

"We've got some fantastic celebrities, we've got some brilliant dancers, and we're going to have a laugh.'"

More details about the event will be at www.rednoseday.com/danceathon.

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