Show Strictly goes on for Dani Harmer

Dani Harmer in action with her partner Vincent Simone in Strictly Come Dancing

Dani in Cinderella

First published in News

A ROUSING reception greeted Strictly Come Dancing star Dani Harmer as she got straight back into the York panto spirit following her last performance in the BBC dance contest.

Dani, who is the leading lady in Cinderella at York’s Barbican, reached the Strictly final on Saturday night but she and her partner Vincent Simone could not make it through to the last three, with the trophy going to Olympic gymnast Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace.

Audiences at Saturday’s Cinderella performances were urged to vote for Dani, who was back on stage yesterday.

The Tracy Beaker actress said: “I still can’t believe I was in the final – we never expected to win, so all I’m devastated about is that it's over, although the panto is a really nice distraction and everybody has been absolutely amazing.

"It has been difficult to juggle two things, but everybody has bent over backwards for me. I’m grateful to everybody who voted for me and, considering I came back to York at 6am on Sunday after the Strictly end-of-show party, I’m just glad I got through the first panto performance without messing up.”

Cinderella director and co-producer Antony Stuart-Hicks said: “Everybody involved in the pantomime is proud of Dani for getting so far – she has been absolutely brilliant in managing her commitments both to Strictly and to Cinderella.

“She got straight back to York, did a full dress rehearsal and was raring to go. It has been a busy time for her, but she has been fantastic and such a professional.”

Cinderella continues at the Barbican until December 30 and ticket details are at yorkbarbican.co.uk.

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11:05am Mon 24 Dec 12

Gyspsy Power says...

Didnt this so called newspaper cover this non-story only a few days ago? Does anyone care at all? About 15 years ago this used to be a good quality paper with proper reporters. Now it is on par with the Daily Star.
Didnt this so called newspaper cover this non-story only a few days ago? Does anyone care at all? About 15 years ago this used to be a good quality paper with proper reporters. Now it is on par with the Daily Star. Gyspsy Power
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11:26am Mon 24 Dec 12

was york now rotherham says...

Gyspsy Power wrote:
Didnt this so called newspaper cover this non-story only a few days ago? Does anyone care at all? About 15 years ago this used to be a good quality paper with proper reporters. Now it is on par with the Daily Star.
if you don't like it don't read it
[quote][p][bold]Gyspsy Power[/bold] wrote: Didnt this so called newspaper cover this non-story only a few days ago? Does anyone care at all? About 15 years ago this used to be a good quality paper with proper reporters. Now it is on par with the Daily Star.[/p][/quote]if you don't like it don't read it was york now rotherham
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7:04pm Mon 24 Dec 12

bob the builder says...

You don't need any qualifications or talent to appear on TV, so why is youth unemployment so high? If more went to stage school than university they'd be better off!
You don't need any qualifications or talent to appear on TV, so why is youth unemployment so high? If more went to stage school than university they'd be better off! bob the builder
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8:48am Tue 25 Dec 12

Peterwalker says...

I sat through Cinderella. It' s difficult to believe that a group of people can cram so much crap into two hours. The venue, scenery,music,script and cast were dreadful throughout. Not least the 'Strictly' cast off who could neither sing nor act.

Another winner from the Barbican team. Boos and hisses all round !
I sat through Cinderella. It' s difficult to believe that a group of people can cram so much crap into two hours. The venue, scenery,music,script and cast were dreadful throughout. Not least the 'Strictly' cast off who could neither sing nor act. Another winner from the Barbican team. Boos and hisses all round ! Peterwalker
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