Dan and his professional partner Nadiya Bychkova aren’t the only local connections to the popular show, however – past winning professional dancer Darren Bennett is a Sheffielder and Dan and Nadiya train at his family’s Hillsborough dance studio. That’s where Nadiya has been seen behind a bar, doing her Yorkshire barmaid impression.
And Barnsley-born cricketer Darren Gough is a past winner of the show, too – he was partnered by Darren’s wife and dance partner, Lilia Kopylova. Small world, eh?
Here’s some pictures of those stars and past Strictly Live tours in Sheffield.
5. Winning duo
Darren Bennett again, this time with an early celebrity partner, actress Jill Halfpenny. The couple, seen here on the 2009 Strictly tour, won the second series of the show. © Paul David Drabble
Photo: Paul David Drabble
6. Town and country
Strictly Come Dancing winner Kara Tointon and second-placed Matt Baker at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield for the Strictly tour in January 2011. Matt is back at the Arena in December, in the title role of panto The Wizard of Oz
Photo: CHRIS LAWTON
7. Charleston time
Winning partners TV sports presenter Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan at the Sheffield Arena for the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour in January 2010
Photo: Roger Nadal
8. Welcome the judges
The judges, from left, Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, on the Strictly Come Dancing Tour at Motorpoint Arena in 2011
Photo: Sarah Washbourn