Karen and Kevin Clifton Karen and Kevin Clifton

Believing in myself

Jeremy is unlike anyone I’ve ever met. He always walked into the rehearsal studio with a big smile on his face and ready to set upon the adventure that I had choreographed specifically for him.


He never failed to impress me with the amount of attention he paid to every detail. There were plenty of questions and videos that were asked and recorded in order for him to practice the tiniest of details.. Our dinner and coffee breaks involved very interesting topics of life and we got to know each other even more.


His warmth was a breath of fresh air. He wasn’t afraid to be himself and let go of his inhibitions and had a good laugh. Sometimes we completely lost ourselves in laughter because of the outrageous steps we were doing and mainly because we sincerely were having a great time.

I was a tough teacher with him at times because I knew he could do it and he understood everything I would explain. He never put his chin down after a tough weekend with the judges. Every week we thought we had a “10” kind of dance and when we got our very special “4” from Craig it was like getting a “10”. That celebration will always be in my very special strictly memories.


Teaching a complete novice is a challenge.

The choreography has to bring out the persons personality, ability and performance. Everyone can learn to dance and do the simple steps but the magic is in how you can make those simple steps into an unforgettable performance plus if you throw in a horse, a couple of zombies and a swing-o-meter then you have a winner!


Never aim to win. Aim to be the best that you can be. You will always be a winner with the right attitude and hard work. Most important was that I was myself around Jeremy and he showed me the value of believing in myself and always keeping a smile.


Keep smiling,

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