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All Quotes by author - Anton du Beke
" As soon as I left school at 16, I worked in a factory making aircraft components. "
" Ballroom dancing: it's a wonderful thing at so many levels because you've got to follow the rules. They used to call those rules etiquette once upon a time, but you don't really have that any more. "
" Ballroom is two people dancing together to music, touching in perfect harmony. "
" Being fit is the easiest part of being a dance professional. I used to just throw on a backpack full of rocks and run up a hill. You don't even have to go to a gym. "
" Frank Sinatra was a great singer, but my favourite is Sammy Davis Jr. He had incredible versatility in his voice, often doing impressions of people. It's always going to be classic, and you'll never get bored listening. "
" Give up smoking. Don't get so fat. So much illness is self-induced - which I can't stand. And I'm not a good nursemaid. Don't call me if you're ill. "
" I always enjoy the process, meeting somebody new and spending time with them and becoming friends with them. That has always been the joy of 'Strictly' for me, so I enjoy every year. "
" If things don't go fantastically, you just have to deal with it. "
" I get really very upset when I'm voted out, and I feel very disappointed. "
" I just like to sit and admire my garden; it's so well kept by my gardener and my girlfriend. "
" I know what I'm good at, and if I'm asked to do something I'm not - like hip-hop dancing - I get self-conscious. "
" I like to get up and get out. Otherwise you end up kicking about, and it's easy to flick the telly on; then before you know it, it is 11 A.M. and you haven't done anything. "
" I'm a bit of a traditionalist; the ballroom is all about tails and I never mess about with that. But for the Latin you can have a bit fun: tight trousers, gold shirt open to my waist, be a bit ridiculous. "
" I'm busier than ever and it's led to new opportunities. But I've never worried about being rich or famous - for me, it's all about the dancing. "
" It's great that ballroom dancing is being recognised. For many years ballroom dancers were misunderstood and other dance forms didn't want anything to do with us. "
" I've been playing golf as long as I've been dancing, since I was 13 or 14. I play off six. I like to get out on a golf course as often as I can. "
" I've never worried about being rich or famous - for me, it's all about the dancing. "
" Life's supposed to be an adventure, a surprise! "
" My goal is to be the best TV presenter, the best entertainer, the best singer. I still want to be the best dancer. I want to be the best at everything I do. "
" My only drive was to be the best dancer in the world, but I never won the world championship. "
" My perfect morning is spent drinking coffee, eating porridge and reading the paper at a local cafe. "
" The Ritz in London has an old-fashioned charm, with waiters wearing tails and white gloves. The dining room is exquisite, with immaculate service and ornate details. "
" The world would be a better place if everyone learned to dance. "
" Too many multi-vitamins are packaged as one size fits all, but you should be more specific about what you need. When I was competing as a dancer, I took zinc for healthy skin and immune system. "
" When I'm dancing with any woman, I immediately get rid of intimacy barriers. I just give her a big hug and crack on. "
" With the media how it is these days, people expect to know everything. I don't talk about my girlfriend because essentially she doesn't want to be talked about. "
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