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Strictly Come Dancing 2016: meet Claudia Fragapane

The Olympic gymnast is partnered with new pro dancer AJ Pritchard.

Claudia Fragapane
Credit: BBC

Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane is the youngest ever celebrity to take to the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom.

She’s partnered with new pro dancer AJ Pritchard and together they are going to make the perfect pocket rocket team! It didn’t take Claudia long to say yes when she was offered a slot on this year’s series.

“I have watched the show for the past few years and always wanted to take part – it is like a dream come true.”

Many people automatically assume that Claudia will be good on the dance floor due to her prior gymnastic experience.

“My only dance experience is linked to gymnastics and my floor routines – we need to be graceful and have musicality but I have never done any kind of real dance training! I used to watch Louis Smith when he was on the show and saw how he used his gymnastics skills to compliment his routines, so I’ll be following his lead there!”

Claudia is most looking forward to the challenge of Strictly. “It would have to be the challenge – I love to challenge myself to learning so many new dances will be exciting. But, I will also have to say the costumes and hair and make-up – I love sparkles!”

Watch Claudia and AJ’s first steps below:

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 returns at 9pm on Friday and 6.30pm on Saturday.

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