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March 12, 2015

The London theatre that champions contemporary dance continues to support emerging artists.

There is always a sense of excitement when you approach a production at Sadler's Wells - the theatre in London that is renowned for showcasing the best in contemporary dance from around the world.

February 24, 2015

Unable to compete in NFL last season, Sam will compete for Mirror Ball Trophy

Michael Sam has been chosen to appear on ABC's Dancing With the stars.

The first openly gay player ever drafted by a National Football League team will be among the celebrities competing when the season's roster is unveiled Tuesday (24 February) on ABC's Good Morning America, according to TMZ.

Sam made the cover of Sports Illustrated when he came out publicly just after completing his stellar college career at the University of Missouri.

January 9, 2015

The celebrity dance judge says that he and his partner were trolled after saying that they would consider marriage if they were to adopt kids

Craig Revel Horwood – one of the celebrity judges of Britain’s hit TV show, Strictly Come Dancing – has spoken out about receiving ‘horrid’ online abuse after he revealed that he and his partner were open to the idea of adopting a child.

Revel Horwood, who turned 50 last week, shares a home in Hampshire with his partner, Damon Scott, 35.

December 16, 2014

But did Craig Revel Horwood give him a banana?

Gay Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has opened up about his relationship, saying he was first attracted to his partner for a slightly odd reason.

No, it wasn't because he could rumba all night, it was because of his performing monkey.

'There's three of us in this relationship,' the BBC1 reality show judge told OK magazine.

'There is Damon [Scott], Bubbles [Damon's performing monkey] and me. What I first saw what he did, that attracted me as he is an artist.

November 28, 2014

Watch a video of his interpretation of Wind Beneath My Wings inside

Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett broke two of his ribs while performing an interpretive dance of Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler.

He filmed the routine with two friends shortly after learning he would be on Dancing With the Stars (DWTS) but decided to keep it secret until the season ended.

In the video, Bennett can be seen descending a stairs then lies on a railing, only to fall several on his back with a loud thud.

TMZ reported that he broke two ribs and hurt his arm, which required two months in a sling.

November 21, 2014

Is this a sign of cha cha change?

Strictly Come Dancing will feature same-sex couples dancing together for the first time this weekend.

The BBC dancing competition show will feature the professional dancers doing a 'Cops and Robbers' routine, likely to appear on Sunday night's results show (23 November).

Gay pro Robin Windsor, who was forced to pull out of this year's competition due to a back injury, will return to dance alongside the other pros.

In It Takes Two, the companion BBC2 show, he revealed he would be dancing with someone a little different.

November 2, 2014

Gay Radio 1 DJ is the fifth to leave the British dancing competition

Scott Mills is the latest to leave Strictly Come Dancing.

The gay Radio 1 DJ and his professional partner Joanne Clifton were the fifth couple to leave the British dancing competition show tonight (2 November).

The couple performed an Addams Family-themed Foxtrot, scoring 21 points, on the show's Halloween special.

While they were repeatedly near the bottom of the leaderboard with the judges, the public saved them from the dance off week after week.

September 24, 2014

Modern Family star pops by Ellen to show off his dance moves

Jesse Tyler Ferguson showed he was light on his feet as he 'auditioned' for Dancing With The Stars on Ellen.

The Modern Family star impressed DeGeneres and her viewers with his Bollywood, salsa, modern and hip-hop moves.

'I guest-judge sometimes on So You Think You Can Dance, and my mom loves when I judge on the show,' he said

'She thought because I'm a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, I should then, in turn, be a contestant on Dancing With the Stars.'

September 19, 2014

She says of Mean Girls star: 'He's gay'

Jonathan Bennett, the actor currently competing on Dancing With the Stars, has never officially come out as a gay man.

And now he may not have to.

One of the show's judges, Julianne Hough, made the public announcement for him during an appearance on the syndicated entertainment show Extra.

September 10, 2014

Celebrity Big Brother contestant James Jordan rants against same-sex couples participating on Strictly Come Dancing

Ballroom dancer and current Celebrity Big Brother contestant James Jordan has surprised and disappointed LGBT viewers by speaking out against the idea of having same-sex couples on Strictly Come Dancing (the UK equivalent of Dancing with the Stars).

Jordan, 36, made a name for himself as one of the show’s professional dancers but left the show earlier this year. He is married to Ola Jordan, who remains a dancer for the BBC series.

August 26, 2014

Gay Radio 1 DJ is confirmed for the British reality dancing competition show

Scott Mills will be joining Strictly Come Dancing.

The gay Radio 1 DJ is the latest celebrity to sign up for this year's series of the British reality TV competition dancing show.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood made the announcement live on Mills' show this morning (26 August).

The DJ said: 'I've kept this a secret for months and months.

'It's been so hard!'

August 6, 2014

There will be no openly LGBTI professional dancers on the BBC dancing show following Robin Windsor's departure

Gay dancer Robin Windsor will be forced to drop out of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing over a back injury.

The 34-year-old, currently dating X Factor star Marcus Collins, will be replaced with Dancing With The Stars’ Trent Whiddon in the British dancing show.

‘I'm devastated to have to pull out of Strictly this year due to a pre-existing back injury,' Windsor said.

‘It's been a really difficult decision, but I plan to focus 100% on my recovery and hope to be back in the ballroom as soon as possible, doing what I love best.

July 12, 2014

Ahead of a review of the rules regarding ballroom dance competitions in the UK, dancers demand to be able to compete with same-sex partners if they choose

The world of competitive ballroom dancing has more to it than sequins and perfect scores, as a recent row in the UK has seen dancers demand to be allowed to dance in same-sex pairs.

The current legislation laid out by the British Dance Council (BDC) stipulates: ‘This Council recognizes a partnership to be one man and one lady in all adult amateur and professional competitions and championships unless otherwise stated.’

April 25, 2014

Gay Irish host says he is 'too lazy' to take on the BBC show that inspired Dancing With The Stars and many other versions around the world

Gay Irish TV presenter Graham Norton is turning down the job of hosting Strictly Come Dancing, of the most highly watched shows in the UK.

When Sir Bruce Forsyth announced he was retiring from his role as presenter, Norton was thought to be a strong contender for the role.

But if he was asked, he said he would be ‘too lazy’ to do it.

Norton told The Sun: ’I wouldn’t jump at the chance [to host Strictly].

‘I really enjoy the show but, it’s a very tough gig.’

March 5, 2014

Becomes one of the few LGBTI celebrity contestants to take part over 18 seasons

Diana Nyad is trading in her swimsuit for a ball gown.

The champion swimmer, who inspired many when she completed her historic swim from Cuba to Florida last summer, was introduced Tuesday (4 March) as one of the celebrity contestants on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

The show begins its 18th season - there are two seasons each year - on 17 March.

It was the age of 64 and on her fifth attempt that Nyad swam 103 miles in 53 hours from Cuba to Florida.

She did so without a shark cage, flippers or a wetsuit which had never been done before.

February 7, 2014

Dancers and choreographers are transforming ballet to make it relevant to modern audiences – now Men in Motion fuses classical and contemporary

Like opera, ballet is one of those art forms that can challenge even the most open-minded aficionado of the arts. However, one would have to be both blind and foolish not to have caught wind of a dust-kicking revolution in dance that’s scorched the cobwebs of tradition.

A slew of UK dancers and choreographers have been breaking down the barriers that might lead one to settle for X Factor over a night at Sadler’s Wells. Matthew Bourne’s being doing it for years; offering productions that are pop, hip and most importantly, beautiful entertainment.

October 25, 2013

Barclays LGBT gala fundraiser for Cohen’s anti-bullying charity also hears Olympic bronze medal hero Annie Panter talk about being lesbian

Performing in Strictly Come Dancing is the nerve-wracking thing former rugby star and pin-up Ben Cohen has ever done.

He made the comments at a fundraising dinner last night (24 October) for his LGBT anti-bullying charity, StandUp Foundation – organized by Barclays.

Meanwhile another special guest, Olympic bronze medalist Annie Panter, used the dinner to unexpectedly speak about being gay – and to joke how much sex there was behind the scenes at the London 2012 games.

October 16, 2013

Former principal dancer with the Kirov Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov has blasted his former homeland Russia over its persecution of LGBT people

Mikhail Baryshnikov, former principal dancer with Russia’s Kirov Ballet, has blasted his former homeland over its treatment of LGBT people in a statement released by the No More Fear Foundation.

‘My life has been immensely enriched by gay mentors, colleagues and friends and any discrimination and persecution of gay people is unacceptable,’ the 65-year-old dancer and actor wrote.

‘Equal treatment of people is a basic right and it is sad that we still have to even speak about this in [the] 21st century.’

October 9, 2013

The UK’s celebrity ballroom dance TV show may mirror Dancing With The Stars in other countries which have allowed same-sex pairings

The BBC would be prepared to allow a same-sex dance couple on Strictly Come Dancing, one of its flagship shows.

The British tax-subsidized broadcaster was responding to Gay Star News after current contestant Ben Cohen said he had wanted to dance with another man but was paired with a woman, Kristina Rihanoff.

Strictly is a major export for the BBC, turned into Dancing With The Stars in 40 countries, including Israel where an all female couple has already been permitted.

Germany is due to have a same-sex couple in its next series too.

October 4, 2013

Having graced the island of Ibiza two years running, and already planning a 2014 trip, GSN's marketing director Anthony Fortune shares his top tips to enjoy the world’s most famous party island

If my mates were to describe me, I think I would be least Ibiza-esque person out there.

I dislike clubbing into the early hours of the morning, seek a bit of culture and history when traveling aboard and find the whole stereotype of Brits abroad quite off-putting.

However, as soon as I step of the plane onto the Balearic Island of Ibiza, I’m transformed into an ‘eat, sleep rave and repeat’ crowd surfer. Below are the clubs I recommend, my favorite beaches to visit and some helpful travel advice if you're coming to Ibiza for the first time.

September 17, 2013

But retired rugby star is paired with  Kristina Rihanoff who, he admits, 'will be easier to pick up'

Retired rugby star Ben Cohen may not be gay but he still wanted a male dance partner on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing ballroom competition.

'I like to break down stereotypes,' Cohen, an staunch LGBT ally and activist, told reporters this week.

But instead of being paired with a male dancer, Cohen is dancing with Kristina Rihanoff. The show has yet to have any same-sex pairings.

September 2, 2013

ARTPOP star joins the likes of George Takei and Stephen Fry in calling for the Sochi Winter Olympics to be moved

Lady Gaga has called for a boycott of the Winter Olympics due to be held in Sochi, Russia next year.

She said as someone who cares deeply for human rights, it does not make sense to go to a place where the LGBT community is victim to 'gay propaganda' laws.

Speaking to The Sun, she said: 'I care so much about these issues and I don’t think we should be bringing any commerce to a country which enforces such a lack of equality and a lack of human rights.

August 30, 2013

The annual contest in Buenos Aires has welcomed same-sex couples, making history and changing Argentina's reputation as a 'macho' country

Same-sex couples have danced for the first time in the World Championship of Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The country in which gay marriage has been legalized, one of the most ‘macho’ in the world, has let gay couples participate in its renowned contest.

Three male couples and one female couple danced, for 10 days, together with straight ‘tangueros’.

Tango dancer Juan Pablo Ramirez – who was in couple with Daniel Arroyo – said to Argentinian broadcasting: ‘It takes two to tango. But they don’t necessarily have to be different sexes.’

July 31, 2013

New single Woman's World is latest success in legendary career

The new single by Cher is quickly turning into yet another big hit for the gay icon who had her first number one record back in 1965.

Woman's World has reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs Chart. This marks the eighth time Cher has topped this particular Billboard chart.

The first time was with Believe in 1998 followed the next year with two singles from the Believe album: Strong Enough and All or Nothing.