Strictly’s Joe Sugg says next dance will be a tribute to his grandmother

Joe Sugg continues to perform well on Strictly Come Dancing, and it’s clear to see where he gets his moves from.

His grandmother Phyllis was a talented ballroom dancer in the 1940s, often frequenting the famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

And even though Joe had no prior dance training before his time on Strictly, the dancing gene has shown itself time and time again.


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“I feel like I must have picked up something from my nan because she gave it a go back when she was younger and must have been good at it, having danced in Blackpool,” he told the Press Association.

And now, Joe is thrilled to be performing at that very same Blackpool venue and taking up his grandmother’s legacy.

The 27-year-old will be dancing with partner Dianne Buswell, and Phyllis, who has yet to see him perform live, refuses to miss his next show.


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Travelling over 200 miles from Wiltshire, the 96-year-old is overcoming her chronic hip pain to watch her grandson’s Blackpool performance.

Joe said, “She doesn’t really move very well. She’s in her chair a lot of the time and she’s got really bad hips but she has agreed that she will come up and watch me.

“She’s been so proud, so supportive of me the whole way. She loves it, especially the ballroom stuff. If I could do a ballroom [dance] in Blackpool that would be really, really nice for her."


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Phyllis can’t wait to see her grandson on stage and is proud of everything he has accomplished.

Maybe the Youtuber will chance his arm and perform her beloved ballroom dance.



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