Strictly's Kevin Clifton admits dance career has 'taken toll' on him

Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton has opened up about performing in the musical Strictly Ballroom and how dancing is more challenging than it used to be.

Clifton recently joined BBC hosts Naga Munchetty and Roger Johnson to talk about touring the show and performing alongside Coronation Street star Faye Brookes. (She replaced EastEnders' Maisie Smith in the musical this month.)

After a trailer for Strictly Ballroom played, Munchetty asked Clifton: "I was just saying [to Johnson] I don't think you will ever hang up your dancing shoes. Would you say that is fair?"

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Laughing, Clifton revealed that it's harder to make the dancing look easy than one might think.

"I don't know, I'm getting older," he added. "I'm 40 years old now and doing all this dancing takes quite a toll. But I still love it obviously."

Clifton also noted that his partner Stacey Dooley, whom he met on the show, might enjoy dancing more than he does nowadays.

"She never stops dancing," he said.

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Clifton is no stranger to a musical, having appeared in Singing in the Rain, Dirty Dancing, Rock of Ages and The Wedding Singer.

Strictly Ballroom is directed by Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood, who also co-choreographed the show alongside Strictly Come Dancing creative director Jason Gilkison.

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Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One, while spin-off Strictly: It Takes Two airs on BBC Two. Both shows are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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