Shirley Ballas, beloved Strictly judge, gave Tom Cruise private dancing lessons and although she says he was a natural - she credits her expert guidance with why he's got the moves!
Any lovers of Strictly Come Dancing 2022 will be all too delighted to hear about celebrities who've got he moves and according to Shirley - mega star Tom can throw some shapes on the dancefloor.
As one of the Strictly 2022 judges, it's safe to say that Shirley Ballas is an expert in her field. In fact, it's probable that the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 contestants quivver in their dancing shoes at the mere mention of her name - considering what an intimidating character she truly is.
One superstar who didn't consider shimmying up to the dance legend a mission impossible was none other than the super star actor Tom. Usually, when you hear of an actor seeking out dance lessons it's for a role but for this romantic celebrity - it was all to impress his then wife Nicole Kidman.
The Daily Star reported back in 2017 that Shirley revealed, “I taught Tom Cruise to dance. I gave him salsa and mambo lessons when he was with Nicole Kidman. He wanted to surprise her for one of their anniversaries."
“He was good – mind you, I was his teacher!" she added. “He certainly knew that routine when he walked out that door.”
In May 2022, appearing on ITV2's Celebrity Juice, the Strictly judge discussed her dancefloor dalliances with the Hollywood A-lister once again, saying he was a great dancer and that, "he could really move his hips."
Sadly, as of yet, there's no indication that we might expect Tom to take to the dancefloor on Strictly Come Dancing or its US cousin Dancing With the Stars. However, as Strictly Come Dancing 2022 fast approaches, all your dancing superstar needs will be satiated in no time at all.
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Aoife is an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.
Formerly woman&home's junior news editor and a contributing writer at Bustle, her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica and EVOKE.
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