Strictly dancer learns the TV presenting ropes from uni lecturer

Strictly Come Dancing star Joanne Clifton with University of Bedfordshire lecturer Kathryn Wolfe
Strictly Come Dancing star Joanne Clifton with University of Bedfordshire lecturer Kathryn Wolfe

A star of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing has been coached by a Bedfordshire lecturer for a new TV role.

World champion ballroom dancer Joanne Clifton is to join the presenting team of BBC’s It Takes Two, and has been coached by University of Bedfordshire television production course leader Kathryn Wolfe.

Joanne will be a regular expert on the chat show this autumn, as well as performing on the Strictly series.

Kathryn, also senior lecturer in media performance at the university, has been personally coaching Joanne in TV presenting skills and is thrilled at her new career move.

She said: “TV presenting is an extension of your own personality, it shouldn’t be fake or an acting performance. You need to confidently talk to the camera, to engage with the viewer.

“Joanne’s dance background meant she could connect with the audience, and she combined this with her cheeky personality and sense of humour.

“I teach the University of Bedfordshire students exactly the same skills as I taught Joanne Clifton, so the students are receiving up to the minute industry advice.”

Former TV director Kathryn has authored two key TV presenting text books - The TV Presenter’s Career Handbook published by Focal Press, and So You Want to be a TV Presenter? published by Nick Hern Books.

The University of Bedfordshire offers comprehensive TV presenter training as part of the Media Performance BA Hons, with further PG training in Performing Before the Camera.