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‘I was never going to let my diagnosis get in the way of what I love most.’

Strictly’s Amy Dowden returns to dancefloor to help cancer-stricken couple-Meghna Amin-Entertainment – Metro

Amy Dowden is returning to the dancefloor (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden is returning to the dancefloor and is helping a couple who brought forward their wedding due to a cancer diagnosis.

The Welsh professional dancer, 33, has previously spoken of how she felt ‘robbed’ of the year she had planned after finding a lump in her breast in April shortly before her honeymoon.

She was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in May 2023 and had to miss out on being a competitor on Strictly during the latest series, though made surprise appearances which delighted fans, and has been keeping followers regularly updated with her treatment.

Amy is now returning to the dancefloor to help the public learn routines in reality show Dare To Dance.

The second season will see a Wrexham FC-obsessed couple, who are getting married, and a cameo from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia creator Rob McElhenney, who co-owns the team with Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds.

Across the four-part series, Amy will also meet a young woman who gave up dancing when she started to lose her sight and lost her confidence, a firefighter who has a secret love of dance, and two friends preparing to dance at a Windrush Day celebration.

The Strictly star is back for a second season of Dare To Dance (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

She said: ‘I am so delighted Dare To Dance is back. When I dance, I feel like I can overcome anything.

‘It’s something I want more people to experience, I really believe it can change your life.

‘I was never going to let my diagnosis get in the way of what I love most and I am thrilled that my wonderful dance family could step in to ensure my wonderful students blew their family and friends away with their performance.’

Helping her will be Strictly professionals Dianne Buswell and Graziano Di Prima along with Dancing On Ice judge Oti Mabuse.

Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2023 (Picture: Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Nick Andrews, senior head of commissioning, BBC Cymru Wales, said: ‘It’s terrific to have Dare To Dance back on our screens but grab a hanky, it’s emotional stuff.

‘Amy has drawn together an incredible and brave bunch of people as well as some of her showbiz mates.

‘This is foot-tappingly watchable telly with oodles of drama. It’s both terrifying and joyful and only the remarkable Amy Dowden could have pulled it off.’

Since announcing her cancer, Amy has provided updates when she underwent a mastectomy, and fertility treatment, and has since been sharing how she’s embracing her new body and scars.

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Amy told Instagram followers on New Year’s Eve: ‘I feel I was robbed of the year I had planned and reflecting for me makes me upset and angry but later I’m going to make myself look through my camera roll and remember all the good times, the amazing opportunities I had, family time but also taking time to realise I learnt the most this year.’

She continued, explaining that she ‘experienced rock bottom, felt I lost my identity and dancing’.

However, Amy felt that she became ‘a stronger, braver person who I’m taking forward with me to 2024’.

‘For those struggling to reflect today remember it’s ok. I feel much better after a little cry this morning and blessed to be celebrating with friends round tonight the GOOD BYE to 2023!’

The dancer concluded: ‘Sending love and hugs to those that need it! Ps as it’s the last day of 2023 why not #checkyourchests.’

Dare To Dance airs on BBC One Wales and iPlayer next month.

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Dare To Dance will air on BBC One Wales and BBC iPlayer next month.

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