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Louis Smith Interview


As the New Theatre welcomes Louis Smith, Robin Windsor and a full cast of talented dancers in 'KEEP DANCING" - We caught up with the Gymnast, Olympic medalist & Strictly 2012 winner, Louis Smith just ahead of the Cardiff shows!

W&W - Hi Louis, welcome to Cardiff and our amazing New Theatre - tell us a little about your show Keep Dancing...

Louis - It's non stop!! It's a lot of Ballroom & Latin dancing with a mix of Contemporary, Jazz and Street too! It also has full live music and singing - it's fantastic.

W&W - You're a 4x Olympic medalist and 5x world medalist in gymnastics - what made you want to be a gymnast and when did you first think, yeah I'm pretty good at this?

Louis - As a child I was always into sports, football, basketball etc but I had such a short attention span I guess I'd lose interest quickly. When I discovered gymnastics it was like a revaluation for me I was just like WOW! I was about 12 years old and got entered in to my first big competition in New York to represent GB! I just remember thinking I'm missing school to represent my country - it was so cool.

W&W - I'm assuming the transition from gymnastics to dancing came after winning Strictly in 2012 - what did you expect entering the show?

Louis - More than anything I guess I was nervous, I didn't really feel like a 'celebrity', and the show is obviously based on celebrities dancing! I just felt like an athlete so I knew I had to earn my stripes kind of thing, I knew a little break dancing but that was about it! I never expected to eventually win!


W&W - And now you're entertaining theatres all around the country - how does that feel? How does it differ from something like the olympics?

Louis - With the Olympics and other competitions there's his huge pressure because I've worked and trained my whole life for it...not only me my my mother sacrificed a lot and my coach too. With these shows there's just no stress, you want to do all obviously and put on a great show but it's just fun with little nerves.

W&W - Will you get chance to see Cardiff? Have you been before? Any memories?

Louis - I've been through a few times, with the Strictly tour and a few nights out. The Cardiff people are always great and I love the Welsh accent on a lady!

W&W - Thanks for chatting Louis and best of luck with the show, we can't wait to see it!

Louis - Cheers guys!


KEEP DANCING runs from 20-24th September and tickets are available from www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

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