Strictly Come Dancing introduces new dances in twist to usual format

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Strictly Come Dancing 2018 will introduce a brand new dance twist, it's been revealed.

This year's 16th series will add an extra dance category, called the Couple's Choice.

It's the first change to the Strictly dances in almost a decade, since The Charleston was introduced back in 2009.

The BBC says that the Couple's Choice dance will "allow our couples to choose from one of three styles they think will showcase their celebrity's skills best as the weeks progress."

The three dance styles, as defined by the BBC, are:

Contemporary - takes inspiration from Ballet, lyrical and modern dance

Street/Commercial - covers all styles of urban dance as well as allowing couples to go in a more pop, commercial direction

Theatre/Jazz - very much the style of musical theatre, including elements of tap, soft shoe, burlesque and Jazz

A spokesperson for the show announced: “This series of Strictly we are introducing a brand-new dance category, Couples Choice.

"This will give our celebrities and professional dancers an even greater opportunity to showcase their skills and for the show to celebrate even more styles of dance.”

Strictly Come Dancing will start this weekend on BBC One.

The series launches on Saturday 8 September at 7.35pm where Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host an exclusive premiere and roll out the red carpet to welcome the celebrity class of 2018 as they prepare to begin their Strictly adventure.

The celebrities strutting their stuff on the dance floor this series are Ashley Roberts, Faye Tozer, Kate Silverton, Katie Piper, Lauren Steadman, Stacey Dooley, Susannah Constantine, Vick Hope, Charles Venn, Danny John-Jules, Graeme Swann, Joe Sugg, Lee Ryan, Dr Ranj Singh and Seann Walsh.

In the launch show, the fifteen celebrity contestants will make their grand entrance from the red carpet into the famous Strictly ballroom to discover which professional dancer they will be paired with. Once the pairings have been announced the celebrities and professionals will take to the dancefloor for the very first time for what promises to be, an entertaining group performance, launching the new series in Strictly style.

Once the celebrities are paired up with their professional dancer, they will have two weeks to rehearse before returning to the ballroom to perform live to the nation every Saturday night.

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