Ashley talks everything Flirty
19 December 2018
Channel 4 have announced that Flirty Dancing will hit your screens from Thursday 10th January at 10pm.
With our dating series soon approaching, Ashley Banjo, gave an interview to Channel 4 to explain what to expect from the programmes...
C4: What is Flirty Dancing about?
AB: It's like a blind date, but rather than meet up with somebody and then do something more conventional like go to a bar or to a restaurant, you don't speak to this person. You don't know who they are. You don't even quite know where you'll meet them, but you'll bump into somebody. You'll hear the music start to play that you've been rehearsing to for a week, but the person that you're dancing with, it's the first time you've ever seen them, and you have a few minutes to dance with that person, to do a choreographed routine. Then, once it's finished you decide if you like them, what they made you feel like, and if you want to actually see them to go out on a second date. You don't even get to speak to that person, it's all based on how that dance with them made you feel.
C4: Why did you want to get involved in a dating show?
AB: It's a dancing show as well as a dating show which was important to me because as you know, first and foremost, I love dancing. Everything I do normally revolves around it in some way. I’m always open to using dance in different ways. I just find it really attractive, and when we started talking about this show I was just so intrigued.
C4: What sort of places will viewers see these couples meet and dance together?
AB: That's been a really big adventure. Over the whole summer we went to some really great places, and had some really lovely times. For example we went to an empty St Pancras station in the middle of the night; we've been on the edges of piers, dancing at sunsets and sunrises. We’ve been at viewpoints looking over the whole of London, we’ve been to amazing art galleries and then some lovely romantic locations like bandstands in a park. We really like to set the tone and create these really lovely environments for them to meet and hopefully feel a spark.
C4: You make it sound like a scene from a romantic Hollywood movie!
AB: That's where we started from for every single one of these. In my mind, it's like a short film. Like a little rom-com in its own right. All of them are placed in what could be scenes from rom-coms. Let’s hope sparks fly!
To read the full interview with Ashley, head over to Channel 4 Press here.
Flirty Dancing will be on Channel 4 from 10th January at 10pm.
Flirty Dancers, Dan & Luke