Forest Gate’s swing king choreographs for strictly

Judy Murray attending the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2014, at Elstree Studios

Judy Murray attending the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2014, at Elstree Studios - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

He’s the founder of the world’s biggest swing dance company, has already swept Forest Gate off its feet and now he’s choreographing routines for Strictly Come Dancing.

(From left to right) Scott Cupit, Alison Hammond, Jenny Thomas and Aljaz Skorjanec

(From left to right) Scott Cupit, Alison Hammond, Jenny Thomas and Aljaz Skorjanec - Credit: Archant

Scott Cupit has got the moves.

After working on the winning routine for Australia’s Dancing with the Stars he was invited by veteran choreographer, Jenny Thomas, to join the Strictly team.

“She knew I specialised in aerial dance moves,” said Scott, 46, of Forest Gate.

“It’s very important they have lifts on Strictly, they go mad for them.”

Now in its 12th series, BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing features celebrities with professional dance partners competing in Ballroom and Latin dances.

Scott specialises in the Charleston and has been flown all over the UK to teach the competing celebs the steps.

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After being whizzed to Scotland to dance with tennis champ Andy Murray’s mum, Judy, and sent to Birmingham to teach TV personality, Alison Hammond, he said: “It’s all very glamorous and exciting, my friends can’t believe my life at the minute.”

The whirlwind started in July when Scott won funding on the BBC’s show Dragons’ Den.

He set up his booming business Swing Patrol - whose hub is planted on home turf in Forest Gate - and quickly hit the dance world by storm.

With his behind-the-scenes knowledge the question remains: Are their any divas on the show and who is his favourite?

“They’re all lovely,” said Scott.

“Alison’s laugh can fill a room with good energy. Scott Mills is good fun. I’m so impressed with Jake Wood from Eastenders and Mark Wright has picked things up really quickly.

“Pixie Lott and Frankie from the Saturdays are naturals because dancing has always been part of their background. If you didn’t know who was the pro and who was the celeb you’d get the two confused.”

Scott is offered tickets to the live shows each week and cheers the dancers on from the sidelines.

He said: “I feel really lucky, it’s such an institution here, everybody watches it.

“Best of all is when you see your own routine on TV. It’s quite emotional. Most of the celebrities have never danced the Charleston step and then they have to dance it in front of millions of people. It’s incredible, you really feel what they’ve gone through.”

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