Dance schools expect to see an increase in the number of men of a certain age taking part in lessons after strict success in arousing the soul. Bill Bailey.

The 55-year-old comedian was cast Winner of the show on SaturdayVictorious over contestants who were past half his life.

On Monday, Bailey said he hoped his example would inspire men. “I think a lot of men of my old self are ashamed on the dance floor,” he said in an interview in an interview. ITV’s Lauren introduced by fellow contestant Ranveer Singh.

“We are always familiar with the term“ dad dancers ”and that makes people feel a little nervous,“ Oh, I don’t want to be that guy who moves elsewhere at the end of the night. ”I hope I have this success means more men my age may They are thinking of taking a dance class, or maybe just getting fit, or something else. “

Dance Schools said they have already noticed an impact and are expecting this to accelerate when allowed to reopen properly.

Damiano Soldati, from The dance lab in South London, He said he noticed that more people of Bailey age were taking part in the beginners’ lessons and “all talking about it meticulously.” His partner is Laura Fox, He said it was great to see Billy not only win, but he deserves to win.

“In dance competition, we have age groups so you’ll never get 18 dancing for 55. His quick step … no one in our classes does it like he does. He really has a talent and what defines Bill is that he shows you don’t have to be A certain kind of person to do dance and Latin. You can love heavy metal but still love waltz. “

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Wiecke Eringa, CEO and Artistic Director of the Yorkshire DanceHe said, “It’s cool, isn’t it, that someone who doesn’t look like a dancer can win, an older man show his sheer joy. I hope that means that my dad’s dancing will be a thing of the past.”

She said the ballroom dance was so much more than just sparkle and sequin. “I hope this inspires men to try it because it’s so good for your health and relationships and it’s so much fun.”

She said that Billy had confused expectations about the elderly and “This is something we as an organization are very much looking forward to. What is beautiful? What is exciting? It could be much more than the mainstream thinks.”

Tracie Gooch, of Tracie’s Latin Club in Southampton“I think he will definitely inspire men, and I think we’ll see him more in January,” he said. There were already very old women buying beginner dance lessons online for their husbands for Christmas. “I’m sure there are people who have bought and searched online for dance lessons because of Bill Bailey.”

She said everyone she knew was rooting for Billy after his “mega-fast” step the second week. The two younger contestants, Hervey and Macy Smith, were stronger dancers – but Billy had captured “imaginations and hearts” as she said.

All dance schools have had a fluctuating year of opening in reduced numbers and then closing to offering lessons on Zoom and pre-recordings. Goetsch said: “Who knows what the new year will bring, but now we are ready for everything.”

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