Sunday, 25 November 2012

Lisa Riley: Plus Sized Dancing Perfection

Lisa Riley-The beautiful dancer
I won’t lie, when ex Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley was named as part of the Strictly come dancing line up I inwardly groaned.
Year in, year out it seemed we had to contend with the “comedy fatty” 
A roly poly nightmare in spandex acting as perfect chuckle fodder to compliment the real dance "journeys" of the other stars.
Ann Widdecome, Russell Grant, John sergeant. Strictlys less than svelte contestants always seemed to be destined for increasingly ludicrous routines, Whether being blown out of cannons, thrown around like sacks of potatoes or flown on wires its always felt they were making the jokes in a desperate attempt to beat someone else to the punchline. 
The general message was always the same-fat people have no rhythm, always look ridiculous when performing any form of dance and can never be judged equally alongside the slimmer contestants.
Oh how "hillarious" another larger person who can't dance. Pass me the Tenaladies I just pissed myself
As a plus sized hottie with a lot of rhythm it quite frankly got on my tits and was always the low spot of a show I otherwise love very much indeed (its camp, it has great frocks and a live band its perfect TV viewing)
So how very happy am I that Lisa R has flown against the stereotype and proved to be a graceful, beautiful talented dancer.
From day one her attitude screamed, “Mock me if you dare but its you who will look foolish” and Ive slowly fallen under her spell.
The dream team
In the first few episodes I cringed as both the judges and Bruce Forsyth openly expressed shock at how good she was, as if her size was a disability that she was ‘overcoming’ and I do have real issues with some of the frocks they have put her in (news flash BBC wardrobe department larger ladies do have waists, they are just wider so not every creation has to be drop waisted) but little niggles aside it has warmed my cockles to see how utterly fabulous she has been (and getting better all the time) Lisa is dancing with the awesome Robin Windsor as if her life depends upon it and doing it very, very well.
Lisa you are warming my cockles
She has broken the cliché that larger figured celebrities on the show have to be a comedy turn. Her footwork, her timing, her musicality it’s all amazing. Her plus sized/curvy/fat (use whatever term you are comfortable with) body can perform a sizzling salsa, a dreamy ballroom or a classic Cha, cha, cha now isn’t that a turn up for the books.I thought us fatties couldn't run up a set of stairs without stroking out,got out of breath just from talking and were just plain old lazy? and yet this beautiful big boobied extra large lovely is as light on her feet as a gazelle and seems more than able to keep up with her professional partner.Weird that.
Dancing as if her life depends on it
I cant help thinking that all over the country women with less than perfect figures are suddenly thinking “hey if Mandy Dingle can produce a dance so exquisite it receives a standing ovation and the adoration of Craig Revel Horwood maybe I can do it do” and for that Lisa its a ten from me.
I may even break my non reality voting rule and pick up the phone. 
Lisa Riley to win and no not because she is plus sized but because she is the best dancer by a country mile.

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