Precision Engineering: Iconic Blackpool Ballroom Door Sees Strictly Set Dismantled and Rebuilt for Grand Entrance
"Behind the Glitz: Strictly Set Takes a Spin as Tower Ballroom Doors Welcome the Annual Transformation"
The glitzy set of Strictly Come Dancing found itself in an intricate dance of its own as the production team faced the challenge of dismantling and rebuilding it to fit through the small double door of the iconic Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. Creative director Jason Gilkison revealed the intense efforts of the crew, working around the clock to reconstruct the entire rig inside the historic venue for the upcoming show.
"Blackpool’s always an intense week – we’re all running on adrenaline. There’s a small double door into the ballroom, so everything has to get dismantled and rebuilt on the other side," explained Jason, 57. Despite the demanding task, he insisted that the annual challenge was worth it, stating, "The room reeks of majesty and beauty, and by bringing in Strictly, we add a little more."
Renowned choreographer Jason shared insights into the camaraderie among this year's cast, highlighting the special friendships forming between celebrities and the pro dancers, whom he dubbed "the best ever." He praised the transformation of celebrities like Ellie Leach and Bobby Brazier, noting the positive impact of Vito Coppola on Ellie and describing Bobby as a unique presence in the room.
Addressing criticisms of West End favorite Layton Williams for his previous dance experience, Jason offered a different perspective, stating, "Sometimes a clean slate is better than being trained in another field of dance. He’s almost battling himself. What I enjoy is that, as the weeks go by, he’s looking like a ballroom dancer rather than leaning on his other training."
As the Strictly Come Dancing spectacle unfolds in the Tower Ballroom, the audience can anticipate a dazzling show, with the transformed set serving as a testament to the dedication and creativity behind the scenes. Don't miss the results on Sunday night, BBC One, at 7.20 pm.
As the glitz and glamour of Strictly Come Dancing take center stage in Blackpool's iconic Tower Ballroom, the behind-the-scenes efforts become a dance of precision and creativity. Creative director Jason Gilkison's revelation of the meticulous dismantling and rebuilding of the set to fit through the venue's small double door underscores the dedication of the production team.
While acknowledging the intensity of Blackpool's week and the challenges faced, Jason emphasizes the transformative effect of bringing Strictly into the majestic space of the ballroom. The annual undertaking, though demanding, is deemed worthwhile, adding an extra layer of allure to the already enchanting venue.
Jason's insights into the camaraderie among this year's cast, their evolving friendships with the acclaimed pro dancers, and the positive transformations of celebrities like Ellie Leach and Bobby Brazier provide a glimpse into the human aspect behind the glittering facade of the show.
The unique challenges faced by Layton Williams, criticized for his previous dance experience, are reframed by Jason as a journey of self-discovery and transformation. The unfolding weeks reveal a shift towards Layton embodying the essence of a ballroom dancer, shedding preconceived notions.
As the Tower Ballroom doors swing open to welcome the transformed Strictly set, audiences are in for a night of dazzling performances. The dedication and creativity behind the scenes, reflected in the reconstructed set, set the stage for a memorable show. Don't miss the results on Sunday night, BBC One, at 7.20 pm, as Strictly Come Dancing continues to weave its magic in the historic heart of Blackpool.