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‘Strictly Come Dancing’ pro Johannes Radebe felt ‘liberated’ by same-sex dance routine

The South African dancer teamed up with Graziano Di Prima for the history-making dance

By Steve Brown

Words: Steve Brown

Johannes Radebe says he felt ‘liberated’ after performing Strictly Come Dancing’s first ever same-sex dance routine.

On Saturday (November 2), the South African dancer teamed up with fellow pro Graziano Di Prima on the BBC ballroom and latin dance show – marking the first ever same-sex dance routine.

Although the show has yet to introduce a same-sex dance couple actually competing, Johannes said he ‘never felt so liberated’ while dancing with his fellow pro.

While speaking to HELLO! magazine, Johannes said: “I’ve never felt so liberated.

“For the first time in my life, I feel accepted for who I am.

“That says so much about the people of this country. To be able to dance with a friend I respect and adore is joyous.

“There’s bromance galore between us, but there were no male and female roles, just free movement.

“It was beautiful, classy and elegant.”