Kevin Clifton admits ‘my prices have gone up’ after Strictly fame

Kevin Clifton reveals he often feels 'anxious and awkward'

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Speaking to dancer Anya Garnis on his self-titled podcast, The Kevin Clifton Show, Kevin, 38, addressed how his “prices have gone up” after his finding fame on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. The partner of former Strictly winner and journalist Stacey Dooley compared his line of work to that of artist Pablo Picasso, justifying his price hike by saying that he had put a lot of “effort, money and time” into his dancing.

My prices have gone up in the last few years because I was on Strictly

Kevin Clifton

Addressing a point Anya had made, Kevin relayed an anecdote where he related himself to the Spanish painter and sculptor.

He said: “You’ve reminded me about how we undersell ourselves and the value of what we do.

“That story about – was it Picasso? I think it was Picasso – I don’t want to get it wrong, but someone came over to Picasso and was like, ‘Oh my god, you’re Picasso, you’re amazing, would you draw something for me on this napkin?'”

Kevin continued: “So Picasso like draws something for them and they’re like, ‘Amazing’ and they go to take it and Picasso’s like, ‘That will be – I can’t remember the amount.”

Kevin’s guest helpfully suggested that the amount was £30,000.

The Strictly pro continued: “They’re like, ‘What? That didn’t cost you anything, you just drew that on a napkin right there.

“Picasso’s like, ‘That took me my whole life of working and struggling and not being paid to get to this point.'”

Anya helpfully quipped: “It took me thirty years to make something for you in three seconds.”

Comparing his line of work to that of the artist, the dancer went on to reveal that he had experienced a similar situation.

He said: “It happened to me once when I was – I was on Strictly by this point and someone asked me to come and do a show at their dance school.

“And you know, you charge whatever it is that we charge for doing shows and my prices have gone up in the last few years because I was on Strictly.”

Kevin went on to explain that after communicating his prices, the upset party took to social media to vent their anger at the former Strictly professional not providing his services free of charge.

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He continued: “This guy, like, he sort of judges on the Sunday circuit, he kicked up such a fuss on Facebook [saying], ‘These people, they forget where they come from, they forget the people that made them.’

“I’m like, ‘Sorry, you didn’t make me, I put a lot of effort and money and time into this.’

“It’s the same as the Picasso thing.”

Kevin is listed as a principal of Clifton Dance Academy along with his sister, Joanne and parents Keith and Judy.

Speaking on his podcast last year, the ballroom dancer revealed that he regrets leaving the BBC favourite show after his theatre work became suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kevin said: “Who knows if I’ll go back to Strictly, never say never.

“I thought I was going to be on stage all year and all of a sudden that’s not happening any more.”

The former Strictly dancer was on the show for seven years before he left to pursue a role in musical Strictly Ballroom.

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