Strictly Come Dancing is not a TV show so much as a bonafide phenomenon.
Indeed the Guinness World Records has even named Strictly to be the world's most successful reality TV format.
Making the grade as one of the professional dancers is a major accomplishment – making the final is an even bigger one, as Dianne Buswell and Joe Sugg managed in 2018.
Buswell has been dancing since she was five years old, bursting onto TV screens on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ before taking part in several Broadway-produced musicals including ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘Rock of Ages’.
Her idols growing up were Australian national dance champions Jason Gilkison and Peta Roby. She would later join their company and even work with Gilkison on Strictly – as she says, "it's funny how things in life pan out."
Read more about hers – and her lockdown – below.
What upcoming project(s) are you most excited about?
At the moment I just can’t wait to get back to dancing as I'm really missing it.
I always look forward to a new season of Strictly Come Dancing so I'm hoping it all goes ahead this year.
I'm also really looking forward to the Joe and Dianne show next year.
We have worked incredibly hard to put this show together and the hard work has paid off – I think it's brilliant and I just can’t wait to perform it to you all alongside Joe.
What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
It 100 percent has to be when I was asked to be a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing. The feeling was like no other.
It's every dancer's dream to be apart of this show and I know a lot of people auditioned to become the next professional dancer. So to be one of the chosen girls is something I'll always be proud of.
Then in my second year – making it all the way to the final was such a huge achievement.
If you could change one thing about your career, what would it be?
It would have to be that I could be closer to my family. Australia is so far away from the UK, it's not as easy as getting on the train for a few hours.
I miss my family very much but I know how proud they are and would never stop me from pursuing my career no matter how far from home I am.
What do you hope to achieve that you haven’t yet?
I have many dreams and ambitions and they are all very different. For example my dreams range from having my own dance school one day to having my very own breakfast cafe!
I would love to get into acting and would love to learn to sing so I could be a lead in a musical one day.