Darcey Bussell is on the wild coast of Scotland, but what has she up to since she left the Strictly Come Dancing judge?
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In a statement, she said, “It has been a privilege for me to be part of Strictly and to work with such a talented team
“I enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the moderators, the dancers, the musicians, the entire backstage team and especially the viewers of the show who supported me so much”
Reports at the time indicated she was stepping down because she didn’t want to appear on the show, but Darcey insisted she was leaving to pursue business interests
She said, “I’m not leaving because of excitement or disagreement, I’m just stepping back to focus more on my many other dance obligations”
When she turned 16, she went to Royal Ballet Upper School and then Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet
Soon a choreographer created a role for her in the ballet The Prince of the Pagodas
She was promoted to lead dancer on the show’s opening night. She was only 20 years old
She even performed for US President Bill Clinton in a production of Sleeping Beauty in Washington and won a gold medal from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Aside from doing travel shows for Channel 5, Darcey returned to her dancing roots immediately after leaving Strictly
Then she mentored young, aspiring dancers in her role as President of the Royal Academy of Dance
Darcey is also the patron of the International Dance Teachers Association, Re: Bourne, the London Children’s Ballet, Cecchetti UK, Cecchetti Australia, Dance Proms and the New English Ballet Theater
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