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Michael Pattie, 57, from Dumfries

Dance partner: Aliona Vilani

Michael Pattie and Aliona Vilani

Michael lost his 13-year-old son, Dave, to meningitis. Michael has since raised more than £300,000 for charity, including the Meningitis Research Foundation, some of which has contributed towards the development of a ground-breaking meningitis B vaccine available on the NHS.

Michael said: “My motivation is a) to do all I can to stop other families going through what I have, and b) to make my son proud. That’s my drive. When something like what happened to me happens, you’ve got choices to make: you can fold and collapse and just not want to go on, or you can find a reason to turn it into something really positive and that’s what I decided to do.

“We started out own little mini-Strictly on a local basis as a fundraising thing. We got people in our community, like the headteacher of the local high school and the chief of police, talked them into being our celebs and teamed them up with dance partners. And of course everybody in the police force wants to come and see them dance, everyone in that school, and so it sold out.

“We’re now 10 years down the line and have 21 charities on board and they’ve shared roughly £300,000 now, all because of Strictly. So you ask me if I’m a Strictly fan? Big time.

“I can move, I’ve got rhythm, but it’s not necessarily in the right order. Because we’re asking people to go out of their comfort zone, my wife and I open the shows with a wee dance. I’ve dropped her twice, live on stage. It’s a great talent for a wife to have, to be able to bounce…”

Feb 17, 2015
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The BBC have confirmed that Aliona will be one of the professional dancers taking part in The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief.

The four-part series, which will air on BBC One in the lead-up to Comic Relief 2015, follows the journey of these six extraordinary individuals as they embark on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They’ll take part in their own televised Strictly experience and will perform for the nation in the famous Strictly Come Dancing ballroom.

The public nominated deserving Strictly super-fans in their thousands. Each of the lucky six contestants was selected for their tireless and selfless work which has helped change so many lives for the better.

The contestants are:

  • Philip Barnett from Cornwall, who founded a children’s theatre charity in 1994 and has since raised over £2 million and staged over 70 shows.
  • Trishna Bharadia from Buckinghamshire, who is living with MS and works hard to raise awareness around the condition.
  • Anna Kennedy OBE from Middlesex, who set up the largest school for autism in the UK after her own autistic sons were turned away from mainstream education.
  • Cassidy Little, originally from Canada but now lives in Peterborough. Cassidy was serving in Afghanistan as a medic for the Royal Marines when he was severely injured, losing the lower half of his leg in an explosion. His positivity has helped several of his colleagues through their time in rehab.
  • Heather Parsons from Hampshire, who set up her own charity to support intensive care patients and their families, following her own near-death experience in intensive care.
  • Michael Pattie from Dumfries, who has raised over £300,000 for meningitis charities, after losing his son to the disease.

Aliona will join Natalie Lowe, Janette Manrara, Aljaz Skorjanez, Ian Waite and Robin Windsor.

Jan 15, 2015
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This years Strictly Christmas Special saw Aliona partner Strictly Champion Louis Smith and together they performed a truly spectacular quickstep to ‘Jingle Bells’ which won them the Strictly Christmas Special 2014 trophy



Congratulations to Aliona and Louis on their Christmas Win

Dec 29, 2014
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A huge congratulations to Caroline and Pasha for winning SCD series 12! What a fantastic series it has been! Just a quick update to say that screencaptures of the opening dance, Take That performance and group dance have all been added to the gallery.

Videos are also available in our Video Vault.

Be sure to tune into BBC One at 5pm on Christmas Day for a Pantomime special where Aliona will be partnering Louis Smith.

Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Professional Dances > Episode Stills (HQ)
Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Professional Dances > Celebration
Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Professional Dances > Musical Guest: Take That
Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Episode Stills (HQ)
Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Group Dance (Final)
Dec 21, 2014
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Just a quick update to say that screencaptures from all the Strictly professional dances so far have now been added to the gallery. I have also added screencaptures from Aliona’s appearance on the BBC Children In Need Special.

The remaining videos from last week’s Strictly have also been added to the video vault. Be sure to check back regularly as videos are constantly being uploaded once we have them available. Remember, you can also ‘like’ you favourite videos by pressing the thumbs up icon, and you are more than welcome to leave any comments if you wish :)

Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Professional Dances > Episode Stills (HQ)
Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Professional Dances > Bat Out of Hell (Week 6)
Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Professional Dances > Sweet Dreams (Week 6)
Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Professional Dances > Stuff Like That There (Week 7)
Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Professional Dances > I Have a Dream (Week 7)
Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Professional Dances > MJ Charleston (Week 7)
Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Professional Dances > Musical Guest: Shirley Bassey
Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Professional Dances > Rock This Town (Week 9)
Strictly Come Dancing > Specials > Children In Need (2014) > Episode Stills (HQ)
Strictly Come Dancing > Specials > Children In Need (2014) > Screencaptures
Nov 23, 2014
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Aliona will once again be taking part in this year’s Children In Need due to air on Friday 14th November.


This year, BBC Children in Need puts the children into Strictly as Strictly Come Dancing hosts a special performance featuring the return of Sir Bruce Forsyth, alongside Tess Daly as hosts.

Four talented young ballroom champions will be taking to the Strictly dance floor in teams alongside professional dancers, in a Strictly first, dancing head-to-head in a bid to win the Pudsey glitterball trophy.

Nov 13, 2014
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Deck the halls with glitter balls! Father Christmas has been reading your letters and under the Strictly Christmas tree you will find six of your most loved former contestants.


This year the ladies tripping the light fantastic are: Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Actress Lisa Riley and S Club 7’s Rachel Stevens. The gentlemen set to do battle of the ballroom alongside them are: Olympic Gymnast Louis Smith, TV presenter Chris Hollins and Astrologer Russell Grant.

This year’s Christmas show will have a special pantomime theme, with all of our Christmas stars taking on iconic roles from some of the UK’s favourite pantos. Professional dancers Aljaž Skorjanec, Robin Windsor and Tristan MacManus will partner the female celebrities, and Aliona Vilani, Iveta Lukosiute and Joanne Clifton will partner the male celebrities.

The pairings are as follows:

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Aljaž Skorjanec

Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor

Rachel Stevens and Tristan MacManus

Louis Smith and Aliona Vilani

Chris Hollins and Iveta Lukosiute

Russell Grant and Joanne Clifton

All six couples will perform a yuletide routine in a bid to be crowned 2014 Christmas champions and lift the famous silver star trophy.

Nov 13, 2014
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It is Week 2 and Gregg and Aliona performed the Charleston to Hey Good Looking by Ray Charles.

Craig: No swivel action which is needed in this dance and it looked a bit awkward but you do posses a double hop which is needed for this dance. 3
Darcey: It was lovely to see you’ve gotten rid of the nerves, just think about your directions. I did actually see some dancing there so well done. 5
Len: You dance like I cook; just chuck it all in and hope for the best. 5
Bruno: So much fun. 5

TOTAL = 18/40

Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Episode Stills (HQ)
Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Charleston (Week 2)
Oct 4, 2014
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Tonight, after an amazing opening professional routine, Aliona and Gregg danced a wonderful Cha Cha Cha to Katy Perry’s hit Hot n Cold.

Craig: You were like a wind-up toy, very camp with the broken wrists and struts. I can only encourage you enthusiasm though and hope you get better. 3
Darcey: I weirdly liked that! There is something … okay. 5
Len: I’d have liked bigger portions. 5
Bruno: I don’t know how to describe this. I have to say it did leave a lingering sweet after taste and I can’t wait to see 5

TOTAL = 18/40

Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Episode Stills (HQ)
Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Opening Credits
Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Cha Cha Cha (Week 1)
Strictly Come Dancing > Series 12 > Professional Dances > Pompeii/Rhythm of the Night
Sep 27, 2014
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Aliona is supporting Give Hunger The Boot


Give Hunger the Boot is our annual campaign where schools, churches and community groups across the UK don their wellies and take part in fun activities to raise funds for our work in eastern Africa, helping farmers Give Hunger the Boot, for good.


Whilst I absolutely adore wearing some of the beautiful shoes we get to perform in as a professional dancer, there’s something lovely about being able to have a day in casual wellies – just don’t ask me to do the foxtrot in them! This is such a fun and easy campaign to become involved in, and I’d urge everyone to ‘Give Hunger the Boot at Work’ by ditching their glamorous shoes for a pair of wellies for the day. That one thing could really make a real impact on the global problem of hunger, which kills more people than AIDS, TB and malaria combined.

Aliona Vilani – dancer

Click on the link to find out how YOU can help

Sep 23, 2014
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