Luba Mushtuk of Strictly Come Dancing: I can’t wait to feel my dancing pain again.
Most people will tell you that the warm hug of a loved one, enjoying a meal with friends, or finally boarding a plane after being grounded for more than a year are the things they are most looking forward to about the end of lockdown.
Luba Mushtuk isn’t like the majority of people.
“I’m looking forward to having my feet hurt from dancing for ten hours. That’s something I’m excited about. When we speak immediately before the restrictions in London, where she lives, the Strictly Come Dancing pro confesses, “I want my dancing hurt back.”
“I’m really looking forward to being able to go to a dance studio; that’s my main objective; it’s not a restaurant.” I’ll even go into the studio by myself to dance.
“I know that seems crazy, but I adore it,” the 31-year-old dancer from Russia explains. “I love waking up in the morning and being in agony all over because it indicates I did a fantastic job the day before.”
Unfortunately, she’ll have to wait a little longer to return to the stage. The Strictly Live Arena Tour, which was supposed to happen this summer, has been postponed, but Mushtuk’s dancing shoes haven’t been collecting dust during the hiatus.
Mushtuk, who went from St Petersburg to Italy at the age of 12 to learn under world champion Caterina Arzenton, adds, “Obviously, as a dancer, it’s hard to just not dance at all, so sometimes I can just be stupid and cook in my kitchen and dance with music on.” “Or I just want to put on my dance shoes and feel them on my feet because I miss them so much.”
“It’s not about getting glammed up and putting on the sparkly dress,” she says, although she doesn’t go so far as to pull out any sequinned frocks from the Strictly collection. For me, the most essential thing is to act and convey feeling, to make people feel emotion, and that is what provides me joy.”
She has, in addition to the occasional foxtrot around her flat. (This is a brief piece.)