Frenetic week for Strictly Come Dancing star Dani Harmer

York Press: Cinderella Dani Harmer shows her Buttons, Joe Tracini, a few moves during rehearsals at the Barbican Centre. Looking on are the rest of the cast, from left, Iestyn Arwel, Joe Swash, Olly Taylor, Steve King, Marjorie Keys and James Watt. Cinderella Dani Harmer shows her Buttons, Joe Tracini, a few moves during rehearsals at the Barbican Centre. Looking on are the rest of the cast, from left, Iestyn Arwel, Joe Swash, Olly Taylor, Steve King, Marjorie Keys and James Watt.

STRICTLY star Dani Harmer has been through a frenetic week as she prepares for both York Barbican’s Christmas panto and tonight’s semi-final of TV’s hit dance show.

The former Tracy Beaker actress has been dividing her days between acting rehearsals each morning for Cinderella and dance rehearsals each afternoon and evening with partner Vincent Simone.

To make matters even more demanding, she has had to prepare for not one but two routines on Strictly Come Dancing, as she tries to get through to the final next Saturday.

But Paul Leno, one of the panto’s producers, said she had never complained once, despite the dance rehearsals going on as late as 11pm.

He said: “She has been an absolute diamond. She has never whinged. She has just turned up to the panto rehearsals on time and got on with it. She is an absolute trouper.”

He said Vincent had come up to York for the week so that Dani did not face the impossible task of returning to London each day.

In the panto, Dani is acting alongside I’m A Celebrity’s King of the Jungle Joe Swash and Hollyoaks’ Joe Tracini.

In Strictly, she has successfully competed against the likes of Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton, Nicky Byrne and Michael Vaughan and competes in the semi against Denise Van Outen, Lisa Riley, Louis Smith and Kimberley Walsh.

Mr Leno said rehearsal arrangements for next week would depend on whether Dani gets through to the Strictly final, which he suspected would happen.

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6:16am Sun 16 Dec 12

xtc says...

Great to see BBC transporting and putting up Vincent on our licence fees dani should ve made a choice and committed.
Great to see BBC transporting and putting up Vincent on our licence fees dani should ve made a choice and committed. xtc

9:26am Mon 17 Dec 12

Oncebitten says...

Bah humbug to you too.

Obviously when she agreed to do Strictly she had no way of telling how long she would be in the show,could have been voted off first week.

I think it shows great commitment, still travelling to York to do Panto and train for Strictly,therefore letting no one down!

Well done and don't believe all York people are miserable we certainly are not!

Merry Christmas
Bah humbug to you too. Obviously when she agreed to do Strictly she had no way of telling how long she would be in the show,could have been voted off first week. I think it shows great commitment, still travelling to York to do Panto and train for Strictly,therefore letting no one down! Well done and don't believe all York people are miserable we certainly are not! Merry Christmas Oncebitten

1:14pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Jib Jab says...

I echo the "Bah Humbug"

Well done for showing commitment and hope both go well.
I echo the "Bah Humbug" Well done for showing commitment and hope both go well. Jib Jab

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