Quick Vic is ‘slick’ as her confidence grows

Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing - TX: 10/11/2012 - Episode: Episode 7 (No. Episode 7) - Embargoed for publication until: 10/11/2012 - Picture Shows: Dress Run. Publication of this image is strictly embargoed until 2005 hours Saturday November 10th 2012. Brendan Cole, Victoria Pendleton - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing - TX: 10/11/2012 - Episode: Episode 7 (No. Episode 7) - Embargoed for publication until: 10/11/2012 - Picture Shows: Dress Run. Publication of this image is strictly embargoed until 2005 hours Saturday November 10th 2012. Brendan Cole, Victoria Pendleton - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
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Just a week after her shaky samba performance Victoria Pendleton came back with a ‘slick’ quick step that will see her grow in confidence.

The Olympic gold medal cyclist danced to Luck Be A Lady Tonight and was praised by judge Darcey Bussell for her ‘lovely light footwork’ in Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing - TX: 10/11/2012 - Episode: Episode 7 (No. Episode 7) - Embargoed for publication until: 10/11/2012 - Picture Shows: Dress Run. Publication of this image is strictly embargoed until 2005 hours Saturday November 10th 2012. Brendan Cole, Victoria Pendleton - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing - TX: 10/11/2012 - Episode: Episode 7 (No. Episode 7) - Embargoed for publication until: 10/11/2012 - Picture Shows: Dress Run. Publication of this image is strictly embargoed until 2005 hours Saturday November 10th 2012. Brendan Cole, Victoria Pendleton - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

A fall by partner Brendan Cole failed to put her off her stride. Victoria, a gold member of the Mildenhall Cycyling Club scored 30 from the judges, placing her sixth out of the ten.

Our dance expert Sian Couture said: “In contrast to the rather shaky performance during last Saturday’s show, this week Victoria delivered a beautiful quickstep. There was an amazing difference between the two performances.

“Victoria was clearly more at ease with herself, more focused and smiled throughout.

“She made a convincing start with her acting and facial expressions followed by an elegant and poised confidence in the initial few steps that she danced on her own.

“Considering the many ‘quick steps’ in the routine, her footwork was light, slick and precise and her timing spot on.

“This week I think Victoria should concentrate on improving her upper body posture.

“There was a little too much ‘bounce’ and movement in her shoulders, this was in response to her footwork.

“She needs to work on maintaining her ‘frame’ and allow her upper and lower body to move more independently.

“I was impressed that she did not react to Brendan’s fall and maintained a professional composure until the end.

“Victoria’s display of confidence will automatically have given the audience more confidence in her performances.

“As Bruno Tonioli said if Victoria could ‘remember this feeling’ and transfer it into next weeks dance, she should perform equally as well or hopefully even better.”