Escape your comfort zone: I only dance when drunk or alone. Can I face my fears and shimmy sober?

I’ve never known what to do on the dancefloor and, at 56, thought it was too late to learn. Then I tried step-by-step tuition with Strictly’s Janette Manrara

We’re all programmed to dance, says Janette Manrara. “Babies can’t walk, they can’t talk, but put a song on and they start to wobble.” One of the first things she did, growing up in a Cuban family in Miami, was to stand on her dad’s feet when he danced salsa.

You’ll probably know Manrara from her role as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing, and from presenting its companion show, It Takes Two. She’s the real deal, and she’s going to teach me how to dance.

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