Natalie Lowe, one of Strictly Come Dancing’s most popular professionals ever, plays a major role in Rip It Up. Not only is she starring in it, but has been asked by the producers to be the main choreographer, creating wonderful dance routines with songs that she describes as “the greatest songs from the greatest decade”.
Natalie Lowe joined Strictly in 2009 and has since partnered celebrity contestants such as actors Ricky Whittle and Scott Maslen, boxer Audley Harrison, cricketer Michael Vaughan, celebrity auctioneer Tim Wonnacott, chef Ainsley Harriott and, most recently, Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford.
Prior to Strictly Come Dancing, Natalie was an eleven-time Australian ballroom dance champion, before starring as a professional dancer on Australia’s Dancing With The Stars, where she won the 2006 series partnering AFL footballer Anthony Koutoufides.
Earlier this year, Natalie decided to respectfully turn down the invitation to appear on this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing, having enjoyed twelve fantastic years on the respective television shows in Australia and the UK.
Natalie said, “This was a very difficult decision for me not to accept the invitation to appear on this season of Strictly Come Dancing. It is with a very heavy heart that I have arrived at this decision. I’ll be forever grateful for the amazing time, opportunities and memories that Strictly has created for me. My time on the programme has been everything that I dreamed it would be and more. From the friendships I developed, the amazing dances I was able to perform in and the experiences that Strictly provided, it has been an incredible and extraordinary adventure.”
Natalie will not be hanging her dance shoes up just yet, though. In addition to working on Rip It Up, she is looking forward to dedicating more time and energy into her ballroom and Latin-based fitness program, FitSteps, with her co-founders, former Strictly Come Dancing colleague Ian Waite and former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, working towards FitSteps’ mission of getting the world fit through dance.
She has also designed and created for pioneering dance shoe company Freed of London ,the 'Lowe' shoe, which features their first ever three-inch ballroom heel. She spent two years collaborating with Freed of London which has led to the creation of a style which is elegant, supportive and flexible – the perfect choice for professional and competing dancers.