From August 15, 2015
First, how is it being back in London?
It’s great. I love London. The weather is what I thought it was gonna be but that’s fine when you are stuck in rehearsals for so long each day. We have been lucky that our days off we have had a little sunshine so no complaints. Football season just started back as well so it’s great to not have to get up so early to watch it like in LA.
How did the first couple of weeks of rehearsals go?
Rehearsals are tough. We got straight into it HARD when we came back but it’s been great fun. I missed the first two weeks last year and this year we have an extra week of rehearsals as well so it’s been great and equally as tough. We generally do 10-5 each day and that will depend on how many numbers we need to learn and then record for the production team. Each week the show is on then we will refresh at the start of the week and the day before we record.
We’ve heard that this year the pros will have different partners most weeks instead of dancing with the same pro throughout the series. Have you already rehearsed with several different partners?
Yeah, last year we started with someone more than others and then as the competition went on we switched up more. I think myself and Trent switched partners more last season as himself and Kristina stayed in the comp longer so myself and Aliona danced more together and I thought it would stay that way this year but they have switched it up a bit more this year. So far I think I’ve danced with almost all the girls at least for a few bars in certain numbers which is great. I don't think I’ve danced with Natalie yet but I’m sure at some stage I will do. They tend to use the same people for the ballroom sections.
You left dance for a while many years ago but then you got back into it. What ultimately made you decide that you wanted to dance again?
I go through phases in dance when I like it and I don't to be honest. Sometimes it’s the people and sometimes it’s just that I lose interest in what importance is put on certain things. I left the first time because granted I was at an age where I just wanted to do the same as everyone else and have fun but I just had no interest in wearing makeup and sparkles. I felt uncomfortable and looking back now at pictures of me as Oompa Loompa in spandex looking outfits is a jokeshop. I always liked the dancing and training but I didn't like the competing. I went back because I wanted to do shows and I missed working with a team. Stage shows seemed the way to go so I did that and then I found a show that was Ballroom and Latin but it seemed to be cooler and everyone doing it was quite different which is always the main thing. I hate doing stuff that alienates people. Whether I’m right or wrong I believed that’s what dancing at the time was doing. The good dancers only talked to the good dancers and dancing was all everyone talked about and if you didn't take lessons with such and such you weren't gonna get anywhere. It was all bull to me! I have been very lucky since I’ve come back to it with what I have been able to achieve.
You said that due to scheduling and travel issues, you couldn't compete in the Dublin triathlon, but are you still training or planning to train for future triathlons?
Yeah, I’m really disappointed to have missed this triathlon. Unfortunately with the heavy schedule of the first week my body was shattered anyway but for those races you need to be in the country and set up for the registration and all the safety and orientation meetings which is something I couldn't have made it back for. In hindsight physically it would have been too demanding for me to do right as it was an important time in rehearsals but I absolutely love it so I will for sure do more in the future. I still train now but it’s tougher because of the rehearsals. I still cycle and run when I can. Swimming is tougher to fit in but I have found a pool close to where I stay in London so I mainly do that on the days off.
You have performed with lots of recording artists during your career as a professional dancer, but is there one in particular that you would like to perform with?
Not really. Performing with the guest artists is cool I suppose but not too many of them stick around and hang out or anything so it’s much of a muchness for me! I like doing the numbers and when The Script came to DWTS they asked me to hang out after which was pretty cool but generally you shake their hand at the start, say hello, and then they are gone! I’d love Bowie to come in just to meet him but if that would happen I’d just wanna sit and listen to him - no dancing.
You do a lot of different stage shows and every audience reacts differently. Have you ever done a show that fell completely flat?
Oh, yeah, for sure hahaha! It’s horrible but that’s just the way it is. Sometimes it’s because the audience doesn’t get what you are trying to do and then other times it’s just not good – haha. I can't remember particular things but you will always have numbers when people don't feel like clapping at the end or you do something you think is impressive but they don't agree - haha. I think when it’s the tv show the audience in studio are all gonna clap regardless and then if they like it or more importantly they like you then they will clap and scream whether it was good or bad so we are saved a little there. Sometimes at shows even if people loved it they are quiet or subdued so you have to expect that. It’s harder when you are on the mic and you make a joke and they are having none of it – hahahaha. I’ve had that a few times.
What is the most unusual question you have been asked (or perhaps someone has asked one of the other pros) during a live show such as BWAT?
You always get some who ask about our wages and they won't give up until they get an answer. It’s really weird. Or they ask some pros why they 'broke up' with someone in front of their girlfriend or new partner. Just strange stuff, you know. I actually don't mind when people ask me that stuff but the problem is I try make them feel as uncomfortable as I do in those situations and sometimes that doesn’t go down well – haha. Sometimes people just wanna point out stuff about you so you don't get ahead of yourself, you know. Some people have a very biased and also a very skewed perception of people on tv and so maybe it’s justified in most cases.
Finally, you worked with Gleb previously on DWTS but had you ever worked with (or met) the new pros Otlile and Giovanni before?
Yeah, I worked with Gleb before. He is great and I hadn't met or worked with Gio or Oti before but they are really nice and have fitted in really well. Everyone gets on great here and I really like all the new pros. I’m sure once you see them on the show you will too. Gio couldn't be any more Italian and he is very funny. I like that guy and Oti is hilarious. I had never met her but I heard about her through Keo and she is very much straight in the conversation with people - very confident and a great dancer so I think people will love them and I look forward to seeing them all on the show.
From July, 2015
Despite having an insane travel schedule (and a birthday today - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TRISTAN!) - Tristan took time to answer more of our questions. Who is excited to see him back on Strictly Come Dancing this fall? We are!
Lots of us were fortunate to see BWAT in Kentucky, California, and New Jersey and it is impressive how different pros and performers weave in and out of the cast seemingly flawlessly. Is it as easy as it looks to change partners and performers and is it really as flawless as it seems?
It can be tricky sometimes but mainly due to logistics as opposed to difficulty level. We all tend to live in different parts of the country or world so that stands in the way sometimes. If you are lucky to have a couple of days before each show you can rehearse a lot but recently with a lot of the shows we have got in the night before so the day of you run it all or choreograph it all and rehearse and perform. I don't think anything is flawless but you do the best you can with whatever you do and keep it fun. I think that’s the goal.
For those who haven’t seen BWAT – and there have been a lot of changes from previous shows - would you mind sharing your favorite numbers from the show?
There has been a lot of cast changes the last few times I have done the show so I never know who is going to be in city to city and obviously everyone has their own particular style which for me makes the numbers different each time and what makes the show so fun. Partners are interchangeable and roles are switched so it’s always entertaining to watch. Kiki and Magda do a super Samba. I love watching those guys dance. They are unreal and another of my good mates Serge does a beautiful Rumba with Alla but again I enjoy all the numbers. That’s just the ones I remember most from the last show.
We are calling Saturday’s BWAT show at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center the “giggle fest” because there were so many funny moments when you pros had the microphone (and you seemed to be laughing a lot yourself). Was there anything in particular that had you laughing? (any mess-ups, etc)
No, not really, to be honest. It’s just when there are four people trying to host a show it can get a bit mental because you don't want to take over and do all the talking and some people are not always so aware and end up talking over each other. Sometimes you just sit back and listen to the drivel some folks talk, and it’s funny to me – haha. I’m always looking for something to jump on and I can forget to give the right info. In the show the other day the running order changed and I announced the wrong couple but the lights were blinding me so I just kept talking while they tried to correct me from the wing. I hadn't a clue and then I thought it was funny that we were all walking off stage in like a line so I thought I’d just turn around half way and walk off the other side of the stage.
You participated in Trio Dances and Len’s Side by Side Challenge on DWTS. Would you ever like to see something like that on SCD or do you like the show as it is?
I don't like those trio dances or side by side dances really, no, to be honest. I think it takes the focus off the celeb and puts it onto the pro which shouldn't be the idea. I think maybe switch partners if you want to change something up and do it by random name in the hat thing. It’s hard to have a fair switch up when it’s down to audience I think because social media dictates then and you can just ask people to give you who you want??! I like the Strictly way when before the partners are paired we all learn group numbers together - all the pros and all the celebs - and you get to naturally bond with people similar in a way to the team dance weeks. We all work together and then we get paired based on that - but that’s just my preference.
Tell us about the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy show you did with Lacey. We’ve seen a few photos and a brief video, but we’re still curious. How many dances, what BBVD songs, etc. were included? How long did it take you and Lacey to rehearse?
We didn't do too many numbers to be honest. They kind of just wanted to do an opening and closing of the show deal so we did a number called “Go Daddy Go” and then “Calloway Boogie.” I loved the gig though. Those guys are unreal musicians and put on a great show. While we were there I’d have liked to do a few more dances but again that’s what they wanted and in reality we didn't have the time to put together much more. I’d for sure love to do one again though.
In the event that Movie Week returns to SCD this year - and assuming you don’t have to dance to ABBA again - if you could take any character from a movie and portray that character in a dance on Strictly Come Dancing, which character would it be?
Ah sure who knows!! Still raging I couldn't do Beetlejuice – haha!
You went right from the P&O cruises to the HAL Bermuda Cruise and then to the Canada/New England Cruise. You told us a bit about the first 2 cruises, but what about the last one? Did you see any of the area? Were there any changes to the show from the Bermuda cruise? Any of those “fall on my arse” moments like the story you told last year when the ship shifted and you went down during a performance…..
The cruise was good fun alright. I was training a lot so to be honest I got to see most of the places we stopped off. I saw most of Bermuda because myself and Jason were out running every morning and then there was a few bars there that we needed to 'research'. The Canadian cruise was cool too but we had a port or two where we couldn't stop because of the weather so we spent a fair amount of time on the ship. I got off between cruises since we had a few hours so I dropped into Boston to my local to meet my mates and watch the Ireland Scotland match. The cruises were great fun though. I’d imagine they would have been my last at this stage and maybe be more focused on the Strictly cruises. We had a great cast and great friends on DWTS At Sea and we will be around each other for a long time to come yet but I think DWTS At Sea needs DWTS dancers now not people who used to be – haha.
So what are you doing with all of your free time this summer – all 12 minutes of it?
I'll probably just be kissing the wife for twelve minutes.
From June, 2015
Thanks to Tristan for taking time in between Holland America's DWTS At Sea cruises for this interview. Also special thanks to our forum members Lucy-Rowan and Regan who came up with all of the questions.
We have enjoyed reading about the Ironman 70.3 Dublin and your support for Focus Ireland. How has the training been going the last few weeks?
Training is a little hard at the minute as my bike is all packed up back in LA while I am travelling so most of my training is just running at the minute which I’m doing every day here. I’m doing 10k every morning and then trying to work around rehearsals and the DWTS activities and shows on board. There are a few spinning classes on board but I haven’t got to do them all this week. Hopefully they will be a little later next week so I can fit in the three/four classes they run in the gym on board to add to my run. The swimming I’ll have to wait for to train when I get off.
Will you get to spend a nice block of time back home before Strictly rehearsals start? When will you return to London for Strictly?
Yeah, I head back to Ireland July 2nd for a couple of weeks before I do BWAT end of July and then Ireland for another week or so before Strictly starts August 3rd. I haven't been home for a while so it will be nice to spend a few weeks there. I have a lot of work to do but it will be great to be home.
You were part of the P&O Strictly Come Dancing Mediterranean Cruise which left England May 28. We have heard wonderful comments about you and Iveta from several of your supporters who were there. Since you also did the Holland America Bermuda cruise, how long were you actually on the P&O ship?
Yeah, we got on the cruise May 28th in Southampton, England and spent that and the next day at sea. From there we went to Vigo in Spain, Lisbon in Portugal, Gibraltar, Monte Carlo, Livorno in Italy and then as we ported in Rome on June 5th I left for Boston. It was a great cruise. I really enjoyed it and made sure we got out for at least a few hours each day to see all the great places. Unfortunately I didn't get to see Rome which is the one place I was really looking forward to but hopefully I make it back one day.
Did you find time for any sightseeing on that cruise?
Yeah, we did a little sightseeing. Lisbon was beautiful and for sure Monte Carlo. We got great weather everywhere but again I had a lot of work I was trying to get ahead with so I saw some things for a few hours but mainly I was working away. Rome for sure would have been the place to see but I’m very grateful to have had the chance to be on the cruise and hopefully I will get to do some more in the future for Strictly.
How about the Holland America Bermuda cruise? Did you go any place special? With some different cast members than on earlier HAL cruises, did the show follow the same basic format? What dances were you involved in? What is it like working with Florence Henderson?
Holland America has been fun as always. A little different for me, yeah, with Florence so I have done a Cha Cha and Waltz with her. She is just great. Florence is a huge DWTS fan, and I had seen her at a lot of the shows before but I had never talked to her so I’m glad I got a chance to meet her here. I really like her and have had fun with her. I did a Foxtrot with Kym with a little Samba for the opening and finale numbers and “Vogue” with Carson and then I did a Jive to "Johnny B. Goode" with Magda Fialek who dances with my good buddy Kiki who I was in the original troupe with. The cast was a little different this time so a few numbers where different and a few I hadn't seen before.
As well as the show I judged two of the three dance competitions as well as the dance competition finale on board which is always fun. We did a photo shoot with all the passengers and then an autograph signing session and for the first time I taught a Cha Cha dance class which people seemed to enjoy so I can't complain. It’s been a busy cruise but a lot of fun and the cast and crew are great so it’s an easy gig in that sense and you hate to miss out. We also did a Q&A which Robert Herjavek took part in. It’s been cool getting to know him a bit more. I love Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den (UK Version).
Many of us were fortunately able to see your brief clip from Celebrity Wife Swap. How did you end up doing the show? How much time was involved?
That came out of the blue. I don't know why but I have this weird thing where I like watching that show if I have some time off and it comes on. I don't go out of my way to watch or record it but it’s just stupid easy watching and my buddy Christian who was a producer on DWTS was producing this episode for Wife Swap and he asked me to be involved. Originally I thought he was asking me to be part of the swapping so there was no chance that was happening and I had said no but then it was just a case of coming in for a few hours and recording some things down in Hermosa Beach. I was heading down that way on the bike anyway so I dropped in for a few hours and taught a few steps to Casey. I actually used to always pass him by practicing on the beach when I was out training and he was cool as you would imagine a beach volleyball player to be - real laid back and funny guy. We got on well for the few hours there. I doubt he is doing any more dancing - hahaha.
What is one of your favorite moments from SCD 2014?
I really enjoyed my time on Strictly and enjoyed getting to know the pros I hadn't met before and the crew. Jenny was obviously a highlight to meet and spend time with and I’m glad that her family is now a part of my family. I had always been a fan of Michael Flatley so to meet him and talk with and the cast of Riverdance was amazing for me. I got to meet a number of amazing choreographers each week as well as I had missed the original rehearsal schedule because of Alec and Edyta’s show [Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska's Dance Temptation, August, 2014]. The whole experience was pretty special for me as I was losing motivation a little bit before I came.
Sometimes the songs chosen for SCD and DWTS don’t seem to be suited to the dance style you are assigned to do. Obviously you make the best of it but do you recall any cases where working with certain music was particularly challenging as you tried to choreograph and/or create a story?
Yeah, you have a lot less influence in a lot of the things on Strictly or at least it seems that way for me but it may just be circumstance and the way the weeks of the show were going. I think Strictly is more about songs that everyone knows and are aware of where I feel you can use any music that’s great on DWTS. I’m usually pretty good at just going with what I got unless I have a real issue with a particular song. I think I made it clear I didn't wanna dance to ABBA - ha - but what can you do?! Jenny was a huge ABBA fan. Once we got that we just had to go with it. I wanted to use a song by The Beautiful South. Hopefully I can use it on a future season. Movie Week I wanted “Jump In The Line”. I just love that song. Sometimes you get a song you just love but you have no idea after that about what to do - haha - you are just happy you got a great song and then everything is always relative. You should only do what suits your partner and maybe costumes and things like that - dress them for the same reasons. So I let the relevant departments do their job and I focus on my job. On Strictly you teach and try to influence and on DWTS you create more.
Lastly, we are curious if you or any of your fellow pros have managed to pull off passable impressions of the SCD (or DWTS) judges. Do you recall any and are you guilty of doing one? If you haven’t attempted it yet, which judge do you think you could create the most accurate impersonation of?
Hahaha! I don't do impressions but my sense of humour could probably be a ruder version of Craig!!! I think I would suit a nasty judge for Strictly and a nice judge for DWTS. The audiences are obviously very different because of the cultures but I think the boos are more fun and better than the cheers – haha!
From May, 2015
Tristan took time out from his very busy schedule to answer your questions about Strictly Come Dancing - 2015, The People's Strictly, and his many upcoming appearances.
Congratulations on returning to Strictly Come Dancing this fall. What are you most looking forward to?
Thanks. I’m looking forward to going back to the UK. I had a blast there last season and it was great working with so many friends again. I just generally like the British humour and day to day of being in London and catching up with my friends and family there.
Even though you had already been a pro for several years, what is one thing you learned from being on Strictly Come Dancing last year?
You learn a lot not just on the show. It’s quite different but also similar in a way but I just like being around everyone involved with the show and I enjoy how closely all departments work with each other. The Strictly crew guys are sound and the banter is great. The singers are good friends of mine and the diversity in the styles outside of the show is great as well. The hair and makeup department are all funny as well and I generally just like being around everyone but it’s not like you learn anything - just reinforce that everyone is in it together and it’s not the be all and end all. We can have a personal life as well as a working one.
Speaking of Strictly, we enjoyed hearing about The People’s Strictly where extraordinary people who gave so much had the opportunity to train with various pros and dance on the SCD stage. Did you have a chance to follow it, and/or is this something you would be interested in doing in the future?
I love People’s Strictly and I think it’s a great idea. I was raging I couldn't be a part of last year’s one but hopefully I’ll get a chance to do it this time if the schedule permits. Also the Christmas Special was great fun so hopefully I can do as much as possible. I know it might not be too popular but I think maybe America can do one season a year and do a special like People’s Strictly for the fans of the show and maybe specials with military or police force, fire departments, supermarket workers or whatever - it would be great to see, I think.
You have another very busy summer coming up with lots of appearances in lots of places. Is there any place in particular on your itinerary that you are eager to see?
I’m really excited about going to Rome but unfortunately I won't be there for very long so I may have to try and get a second trip back there at some stage. Also the Holland America cruises have new routes for me this time so that will be fun. I love going everywhere so I get a buzz out of wherever I am.
In our last interview you mentioned that you would be rehearsing with Iveta for the P&O cruise. How did that go? What can you tell us about the numbers you will be performing?
It went great, yeah, and she came to LA last week as well so we done a wee bit more. We have three Latin and three Ballroom dances. I think we do maybe four shows on the cruise so it should be fun - and no doubt we will get it right at least once – haha.
Any idea what’s ahead for the HAL cruises? Have you had a chance to work with Florence Henderson yet? I’m sure it will be fun working with Carson and Kym again, but do you know if Iveta (or others from previous cruises) be on these cruises as well? Are there going to be format changes this time or do you know much about that yet?
I don't know much about the cruise to be honest. I have so much going on before then but I will try find the time to get together with Florence and see what it is they want us to do. I won't know about any format or whatever until I get there. I don't know if the lineup is complete yet but I’m sure I’ll find out soon enough from people who are on board but again I’m pretty swamped for a bit so I’ll leave that until a little closer to the time.
It’s time for another dance tutorial. One of your supporters wants to know what you think is important for a strong Tango and Argentine Tango and how you go about teaching these dances.
Timing and footwork I guess with Tango. It’s a difficult enough dance but I find for beginner just really pushing the story and history of the Tango gets the juices flowing and they can get into the mood first which helps. Sometimes with other dances for some people they find it hard to get going and can feel a bit awkward sometimes but when you add that strong pose and the arrogance and passion I think people like it from the off.
Finally, here is what we have for your performing schedule (as well as other BWAT dates for which you are uncomfirmed). Are there changes, additions, or cancellations? Lots of people have been asking.
May 7 BWAT Ashland, Kentucky
May 22-24 BWAT Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
May 28 P&O SCD Mediterranean Cruise
June 6 HAL Cruises: DWTS At Sea
June 13 HAL Cruises: DWTS At Sea
June 20 Life’s A Dance
June 27 BWAT Cache Creek Casino, Brooks, California
July 18 BWAT NJPAC Newark, New Jersey (See Tristan's comment below)
Fall, 2015 Strictly Come Dancing
Additional BWAT Dates - Summer, 2015 - Yes or No? (See Tristan's response below)
June 13 Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
July 1 Bemidji, Minnesota
July 11 Bethesda, Maryland
July 23-25 Beverly, Massachusetts
August 5 Greenville, Texas
August 9 Westbury, New York
August 12-16 Patchogue, New York
That looks right enough and to check it there! I think I may be doing July 1st but I’m not sure yet as I’ll be back in Ireland for most of July. I’m not doing the 11th but might be on 18th in Newark and then maybe North Shore dates and back to Ireland. I won't be doing August as I’ll be starting Strictly rehearsals.
From April, 2015
First, you have been busy the last few weeks doing all kinds of things, but have you enjoyed the break from frequent rehearsals and performing? What are you most looking forward to in the upcoming weeks and months?
I’ve been having a great time recently. I haven't had too much free time to be honest with everything that’s been going on but I’m keeping happy and keeping busy. I’m training a lot, working on some new things and getting fitter and getting to spend a lot more time with my wife and family so no complaints. I’m always rehearsing for something though. It’s no different now – it’s just that I’m able to dictate my own schedules.
You have told us in the past that you have occasionally forgotten choreography, but have there been occasions when your celebrity partner has forgotten the steps? How do you handle it?
Yeah, for sure everyone forgets everything all the time – haha. I’m not gonna rat on anyone so I’ll keep them to myself. Those who have made some it's no problem - what can ya do?? It’s been different for different people. Some don't care and some don't realize. Some panic so you try to calm them down and some just laugh and that's cool with me too. I’ve half-stopped at some stages and mumbled, "What are ya doing?" They said, "I don't know "so I said, "Alright so…" When it comes to the mistakes they are obviously not done on purpose but it’s not the end of the world so why get too worked up about it?
We have a miscellaneous category on our forum where we asked people to tell us the name of a very well-known movie they never bothered to see in the theatre, on DVD, on Netflix, or anywhere else. We had some surprising answers. What about you? What extremely well known films have you just never bothered to see?
Sound Of Music, Calamity Jane, Singin’ In The Rain - most of those musical films I’ve never seen. One that surprised even me I think was The Godfather. I only recently watched it but I did like it a lot. There is probably loads. I just can't think of them.
Speaking of movies, in the past you have mentioned a few of your favorite films. What do you look for when choosing a film to see? Are there certain actors whose movies you always want to see or do you have other criteria?
No. That’s a bit too deep for me. I just like the film or I don't.
You once told us that you don’t really care for dance movies. Is it that you generally prefer something else or is there something about them that you don’t like in particular?
I think they are pretty much all the exact same and they just annoy me........and I prefer everything else - although the older ones with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire were completely different. I can watch them now and again on a lazy day.
A lot of dancers follow strict diets. Do you have things you won't eat or drink or perhaps foods that you think might affect your ability to dance well, particularly during the DWTS/SCD seasons when you dance a lot or even back in the times when you were touring with Burn the Floor?
No, I never really thought about my diet. I probably should have and in saying that I have changed the way I eat the last few years. My biggest thing was soft drinks....so now I drink my whiskey straight – haha! No, I don’t drink soft drinks. That’s my main thing and I don't eat as many carbs anymore but that’s more by coincidence than intention. I was never into seafood but I’m starting to experiment with food more (for some people that means just eating different types of food - not experimenting as in fancy ingredients!!)
Have you been able to catch up with any of your friends from DWTS while being back in the states or have you been busy with other things?
I have obviously seen Farbs and Emma but to be honest everyone is so busy with the show that I just leave them to it. I don't really see too many of them anyway much anymore with travelling and what not but I messaged them all when the season started to wish them luck.
Do you have anything special that you do on the day of a show or performance? Any routine warm-ups or stretching exercises?
No I usually just spend show day talking to people trying to keep away from my partner........haha - only joking. No show day is the same as any other day for me. You have some friends around you say hello too but I’m usually kept busy on show day and in London the show is Saturday so that’s football day so from about 3 til 5.45/5.50 I’m watching Leeds. I may have a stretch while that’s on.
Strictly had new pro dances each week, and you were in most of them. While we understand that preparation and rehearsal begins in August, how long does it generally take you to learn the new dances and feel comfortable with them? Which ones last year were the most difficult to learn, if any?
With Strictly you learn all the group numbers before the season starts and then recap them after show days the previous week so we do full days before the season and then a few hours the week of and then maybe a couple of runs before camera block and show day. It’s not that any were too hard. It’s just that I missed all the original rehearsals because I was on a different show so just catching up was time consuming but they were all grand and I didn't have to do any contemporary or styles that I wasn't familiar with so it was pretty smooth.
While everyone is different and has different practice schedules, one of your supporters asked what is the longest you rehearsed with one of your celebrity partners? For example, how long was a ‘typical’ day or approximately how long was the longest day you rehearsed? Also, did you ever have to do your rehearsals in small blocks of time scattered throughout the day instead of straight through? Is there a preferred way to rehearse or is there anything routine about it at all?
Rehearsals are different for everyone, I think and there is not really an ideal way to a degree. Some people need to break up rehearsals for work or to give their head a break. With Nancy we worked the most hours probably. We would rehearse before and after her shows with no days off. She was a great worker but her schedule was really full on that we worked when we could for as long as we could. Gladys was on tour so that was difficult so a few hours at a time between her sound checks and load in to venues. We had the latest rehearsals I’d image. I think we were still rehearsing at 1a.m. some times. Dorothy’s hip meant we could do little so most rehearsals I did a lot of teaching with little actual dancing, Pam we didn't have much rehearsals but the days we did were long and with that I guess your mind shuts down before your body does so they can be harder and with Valerie we had a few days off a week and then we would take breaks every couple of hours. For everyone it’s different. Ideally you want to be in and out after a few hours but it doesn’t work that way for most. It’s more about what you can get done in your time- not so much about how much time you have.
A lot of people have asked – will you be part of the DWTS 10th Anniversary Special that airs sometime in May?
No, I won't.
You and Chelsie Hightower are scheduled to perform together again in Ballroom With A Twist on May 7 in Ashland, Kentucky. Is this the only scheduled BWAT date for you right now?
Yeah, I’ll be doing BWAT with Chelsie soon and trying to remember some routines from before. It’s difficult when we all live in different places and are so busy finding time to put routines together but that’s the next BWAT, yeah, and then I have some coming up with Anna later in May. I’m not too sure when the next ones are though. I’ve been speaking to Scott [Stander] and trying to find out what can work date wise so maybe more in June/July if we can make something work.
In late May, you and Iveta Lukosiute will be dancing on the P&O Mediterranean Cruise. What types of performances will you be doing, or will you find out more about that at a later date?
I’m actually going to Oklahoma tomorrow to teach for a few days and then I’m meeting up with Iveta in New York, and we will put some things together then and figure out what we need. I think we need 5 or 6 dances so we will get our head around it this week and see what we can do. I’d imagine it’s a split between Ballroom and Latin but we need to get our songs together and put some routines in order. We are gonna do a show together in June as well – Life’s A Dance in Fort Walton/Pensacola which is always great fun. I haven't been able to do it the last few years but myself and Iveta are gonna do it this year.
You’ve been away from London for a few weeks now. What do you miss most?
I miss the football. I’d be at most of the games right now if I was there and obviously friends and I miss being close to home but in fairness being back in LA for a little bit has been good for us. I realized what it was that was standing in the way of me liking it. I’ve really enjoyed my time here now and it’s great being back with friends here and working away. The weather is great and I’m busy and just overall much happier. Think the plan is to be back in Europe July/August time so hopefully back to London again - if not I’ll keep doing what I’m doing now - ha!
We saw that you and Anna Trebunskaya had been rehearsing something a couple of weeks ago at her studio. Can you tell us more about that?
Myself and Anna were doing a corporate event in Indian Wells but also practicing for the shows in June. It’s really the only time we can make work rehearsal wise.
We just posted an interview with Jasmine Takacs, and she had some kind words about you. She also talked about her work with the silks on the tour. Any chance you would like to try something like that? What were your impressions of her from Strictly and the tour?
No, silks aren’t for me. I’ve fallen through curtains like that before after a night out but I’ve no intention on being up there. I think it looks better Jas doing it. Jasmine is great, yeah - great dancer, works hard, and you can see why she is so successful at what she does. Genuine girl as well which is the most important thing and works out pretty much every second of the day. Loves protein – haha!
Even though you have said that you were never really crazy about school when you were growing up, suppose you had decided to become a teacher. What subject would you have chosen to teach?
I love History and Geography but when it comes to teaching I find that 'FACTS' can be very misleading so I’d have to do something that would inspire thought more than remembering information if that makes sense. 'FACTS' cause too many problems in my eyes so you should bring up topics and inspire thought. I love history for the stories I hear. I’m not really interested in the date that it happened, just that it happened at all and why. A lot of people will disagree with me but that’s what I like. It doesn’t matter what you know if you don’t do anything with it so to inspire people to use their voice and to understand both sides is so important.
Other than football, what is your favorite sport as a spectator? What is your favorite as a participant?
I’m getting more and more into rugby to be honest and I generally like most sports. Money has ruined a lot of sports for me though so I can watch a lot without getting too invested in it anymore. I think rugby is much tougher than soccer and you don't see people roll around as much and it’s also not as egotistical as football – haha. I follow UFC and endurance sports. I swim a lot these days and I box when I can find time - always on the bike and running.
Who is your favorite professional athlete?
I have a lot of sportsmen I like to watch - Conor McGregor is one obviously but football one of my favourites in Zlatan Ibrahimovic. People hate him but I love that guy. I like lippy people that back it up – hahaha. I’m more into team games though more than individuals.
Tell us about your favorite holidays.
I’m not a beach guy to be honest it bores me I just like hanging out, listening to music, having some drinks and a bit of craic. I like to walk about places and just sightsee. That’s a holiday for me. I like to sit around now and again but it’s not really a holiday to me. Ireland or Australia I’m very happy with. Actual public holidays though I’m not pushed on. Paddy’s Day can be cool but I prefer it at home with friends and Christmas at home, Easter at home with family.
In the past you have given us brief tutorials on different dances. One of the members of our website was curious about the Foxtrot. What are some things you point out when trying to teach it? What things are important in order to have a strong Foxtrot?
Foxtrot is one of my favourites but listening to the music is the main thing always and generally Foxtrot has some pretty cool music. You travel a lot in Foxtrot - all this gliding and what not so trying to travel far while staying connected to the floor so stretching and staying cool! It’s a pretty laid back dance so you should treat it that way. You have to keep a strong standing leg and an eager travelling leg – ha!
While we understand that “good” is a relative term, from your perspective what qualities make a good dancer?
Someone who enjoys what they are doing and who doesn’t look like they are trying. It’s easier said than done and probably said too much. I guess someone who understands the music they are dancing to or who gets something from what they hear - simple as that, probably simpler than my answer! If you enjoy what you see without thinking about why then it’s good.
Clearly we like to have fun and you love to laugh and you once told us how funny you think Iveta is…what song do you think best describes her? Or, if you prefer, how about creating a 2-4 line poem instead?
Probably "Blurred Lines" - not for any other reason than that’s all I hear when she sings it!
From February, 2015....
The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour ended a few weeks ago and we have heard nothing but wonderful reports about it. When we last spoke you mentioned some favorite tour moments, so now we are hoping you will tell us a little more about the cast and crew who made it all work so well.
We had a great cast and crew. Rachel danced with Kevin so it was great to have her there. She was my tea buddy – haha. Aljaz and Alison - Ali is a great guy. We used to room together on Burn The Floor and Alison is big and bubbly, loud but funny so we got on great. Karen and Mark - I danced with Karen on BTF and Mark is a cockney so he had banter all day everyday which kept us all entertained. Thom and Iveta - Iveta is the best. I like her more every time I get to spend time with her and Thom is a top bloke. We have kept in touch. He is just one of the lads like my mates back home. Simon and Kristina - Krissy I danced with on Strictly and Simon is cool - although he supports Man Utd I still have time for him. Scott and Joanne - two super nice people. Jo loves a sing song - haha! Trent was our dance captain and he had a fair amount of work rearranging things with people going off sick or injured - haha - and then the hardest workers who danced most on the tour with all the appearances in individual numbers and then group numbers - Gordana, Jasmine, Jake and Callum. The judges were great - Tom Chambers, Camilla Dallerup and Craig Revel Horwood. Zoe Ball hosted, and I think she is the best fun on the tour. I loved working with her and Lisa Reilly covered the last two shows in London as host. She is fun - we had met while doing the Christmas special this year.
A question about tour logistics: You have traveled extensively over the years and probably know how to manage it well, but since you remained on the road for the entire tour, were there any difficult moments? (packing for a long trip, food on the road, boredom, getting enough rest, etc.) Did you manage to explore some new cities and/or places?
Tour can get boring, yeah for sure, but you have to keep yourself entertained. For me it usually revolves around going out and then working but as I was off the booze for the last few months I mainly stayed in or went to the gym. The food was beautiful. We had a catering company that travelled with us and they cooked up a storm each day. Then being in the UK it was perfect for catching up on the football. I could watch with Kev and Ali and then the Six Nations had started near the end so I watched that with Thom. That was a great part of UK - being able to watch the sports at normal hours and then obviously travelling and seeing some places I hadn't before. I loved going back to Glasgow and Leeds.
I’m a terrible packer for short and long trips but because I don't own too much stuff and since we have no home base I pretty much had everything I own with me!
Your smiles throughout Strictly Come Dancing 2014 made your supporters smile a lot too, and we are all hoping to see you back for the 2015 series. What was the best part of it all?
I absolutely loved being on Strictly, yeah. I loved the change of scene but most of all it was a just little more laid back and not so dramatic. I think the best part was just meeting the cast. Everyone was really comfortable with themselves and everyone is on the same page so it was a really nice environment to be around, and the crew there put people in their place if there was ever a hint of someone not pulling their weight or stepping above their station ego-wise. Haha!
We know that Caroline was a little nervous performing the American Smooth and Charleston while Pasha watched from the audience, but it certainly didn’t show. First of all, what did you say to Caroline to keep her so calm and second, how did you feel knowing that Pasha was there watching and supporting all the way?
I didn't really say anything to be honest bar “what’s the worst that can happen?" I actually didn't know Pasha was at the show until after the first number. A few people from the show had come that night but I wasn't really paying attention when everyone was telling each other. I just managed to spot someone in the crowd I recognized (Frankie’s sister) and then I realized it was a whole bunch of Srictly people - ha! I think it was great to see them all there and enjoying it. I think afterwards they all wished they had been part of it but Pasha for one has his own tour coming up which I’m sure will be amazing. He is a top, top genuine guy. I have a lot of time for him.
Along those same lines, is it ever difficult to perform a dance when the choreographer is in the audience, or is that something you have grown used to after all this time?
No, it’s not a problem who is in the audience to be honest. Everyone’s dollars cost the same so when you have a packed out house the last thing you should be worried about is what one person is there amongst the thousands. There is nothing you can do different really no matter who is there, and if there is, well then maybe you aren't doing your job every other night. I think everyone gets excited when they have someone they know in but for some it’s nerves, for some it’s OTT, and for some it is what it is......
You had an insanely busy schedule from the summer Holland America cruises straight to Dance Temptation, Strictly Come Dancing, the Christmas Special, and the Strictly Live Tour. When you manage to get down time, do you miss the constant teaching, rehearsing, performing and travel? Do you ever slow down or do you prefer to always be busy?
I’m getting my down time now so I have no complaints. This past year has been great and I have been kept very busy so long may it continue. I like a little time off now and again, yeah for sure. I get to see my wife every night and morning so that’s the most important thing, and now we have some time off together but it doesn’t take long for me to get bored of not working and I’m not one for sitting in the sun everyday for hours so I’m back doing bits and pieces now and always keeping busy with different things.
When you were doing your dance training back in the day, were you on a specific schedule (such as so many lessons per week)? When did you first begin competing? What about the Irish dancing?
Honestly I have the worst memory. I think my ma said I started when I was 9 but I don't know how often a week I danced - I guess maybe once or twice for a few hours at a time but I did other things when I was that age so it wasn't the be all and end all of it. I think that’s why I can separate myself from dancing when it annoys me and enjoy it so much when I come back to it.
Same as Irish dancing - I can appreciate it more now but it was compulsory to do it in primary school so I guess just while I was in school maybe once a week as well. I never did any more after school and I wasn't really any good in school at it or had an interest. Like most things, you only appreciate it after when you look back on it. My cousin Claire was a champion Irish dancer and was in Riverdance though.
We loved seeing you dance with Gladys back in August at the Hollywood Bowl. Do you have any plans to dance on stage with Gladys again?
I have no plans to dance with Gladys coming up, no, although she is doing a UK tour next month so if I’m around I will for sure be catching up with her. I was in Vegas last week and she called but we didn't have the time to meet up that trip - maybe next time.
Is there anything you can share with us about what is coming up between now and the P&O Strictly Come Dancing Mediterranean Cruise beginning in late May?
I have no plans at the minute - at least nothing I can share. Some things come up last minute and I see if I can or can't do it or want to. The cruise is in May sometime but I don't know yet what I’m gonna do in the meantime. Just gonna play it by ear.
Finally, we have asked you to describe a lot of things and people (including the MacManiacs/MacLunatics) but what 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
From January, 2015...
In the middle of a very busy few weeks on the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, Tristan graciously took time to answer a few of your questions.
After a couple of weeks on the tour, do you have a few favorite dances (or a few standout performances) from the show? (other than the Charleston and American Smooth you do with Caroline)
I enjoy all the dances for different reasons on the tour. It changes daily really depending on how everyone does them. I like that the tour has less stress for everyone than the show so you get to see people enjoy doing the dances more, and everyone has a special venue I guess when it’s their home town so its like a new show every day or at least every few days. I like that we are getting to see a lot of different cities across the UK, and I will miss the tour when it finishes in a little under two weeks.
How about a favorite dance that you perform with Caroline?
I enjoy “Mack The Knife” that we do more so than the Charleston mainly because I love the song and it’s a Foxtrot.
You have been in lots of different venues on this tour, but it there an arena or a city that you have especially enjoyed? I’m sure they were all wonderful but did something in particular stand out?
The crowds have been great so far. I really enjoyed being in Manchester, and I had my cousins come see the show so that was fun. Newcastle was unreal, and we have just got home from the first show in Glasgow and this has been the best so far. I’m really looking forward to the London shows because I’ve never been in the O2 Arena, and I was only in Wembley to watch the football so that will be special. I love Glasgow. I wish we got to go to Dublin though and Belfast would have been nice.
We’ve heard very nice things about the tour but has there been an “oops” moment? For example, any forgotten choreography, missed cues, wardrobe malfunctions, etc.
All the above, yeah, haha! My collar popped off my tail suit the very first show. I still don't know how that happened. I think my Charleston costume is a malfunction of its own!! There are always missed steps from everyone. Sometimes you get distracted interacting with the audience and then sometimes you just miss something but nothing too major so far - touch wood!
Have you been able to get back to London at all for an off day or two during the tour or have you remained on the road the entire time?
I don't go back to London, no. I don't live there anymore so I stay on the road on the days off. Recovery time is much needed for me - haha. I spend the days off looking around the towns and then gym and usually icing.
What has been the most enjoyable part of this tour for you thus far?
Best part of the tour so far happened tonight [Friday in Glasgow]. Thom came out to do his salsa in a kilt.... not that part.... but he led that into the Scottish National Anthem and the whole place erupted into the song. It was amazing. That's what it’s all about and that’s what I remember most - none of the dances or the results - just the audience all coming together and the pride in the room was amazing!
You and Caroline have had a lot of success on the tour, but what would you say are her strengths and how has it been working with her these last few weeks?
Caz is great, yeah, we get on well, and it’s just easy times - laughing and doing a bit of dancing. Rach is on the tour as well. She came in to replace Frankie so it’s good having her here as well. I like her a lot and the two of them knock about with each other so that’s cool. Caz just loves dancing and she really enjoyed doing the show, and I guess that’s the best trait - when you enjoy doing what you are doing every day no matter how many times you do it!
From January, 2015
You’ve been very busy since we last spoke. One event was the Karen Hardy Dance Studios Winter Wonderland Gala. We’ve seen the photos, and it looked like a fun evening. What was the role for you and Iveta? What type of performances?
The Karen Hardy Studios were having their showcase night and for us it was more of a last minute thing. To be honest I think somebody was supposed to perform and for whatever reason couldn't in the end. So Karen contacted Iveta a day or two before and then I was asked if I was free. It was during a pretty hectic rehearsal week on Strictly but we put a jive together and then did that to a Christmas song on the night. Apart from that we just taught a wee cha-cha class slash disco party moves (Iveta!! haha) and then watched a few of the showcases which were great to see. We talked and took some photos and what not with some of the guests and students. It was a great night. I have a few friends who work at the studio that I hadn't caught up with in a few years.
Also, on the Sunday after the Strictly final, you danced with Joanne Clifton at her family’s annual event. Would you tell us something about that?
We danced a showcase, myself and Jo, the night after the Strictly final in Grimsby up north in Jo and Kev’s parents’ studio. It was their last dance night before the Christmas break so it was a lovely dinner dance. We did a few numbers and question and answers and photos. It was a super night and we flew back to Dublin the next morning. I have known the Cliftons since we were kids and they are one of the nicest families I have probably met and I loved being part of their academies night. We danced two ballroom and two Latin - Waltz, the Viennese Waltz that I did with Rachel for the Christmas special, a Jive, and a Paso to “Unstoppable.” Kev and Karen did the show the previous year and they had flown to New York that morning so it was easy enough for me to do before I went back home.
One of our favorite pro dances this year was the disco pro dance just because it looked like all the pros enjoyed it so much. Was it as much fun as it looked? Do you have a favorite of this year’s pro dances?
Yeah, the disco number was grand - a bit of fun for sure. The group numbers were great this year. I enjoyed the majority of them to be honest. I loved the Sleeping Beauty number to “Beautiful Nightmare” and maybe the Mary Poppins one was fun. I liked watching that Bollywood number but I’m glad I wasn’t in it and then obviously Lord Of The Dance was amazing. I loved that they came on. I wish it would be on DWTS.
While we’re on the subject of the disco dance, you mentioned in the rehearsal clip that aired on It Takes Two that while working with Iveta, you spent most of the time laughing at just about everything she said. What was so funny?
I couldn't tell you! Iveta is great though. I find her hilarious and we just enjoy each other’s company. She tells terrible jokes and is a rubbish singer but I like her a lot – haha. We have obviously done the cruises together as well for DWTS but I’m glad I get to work with her again on Strictly and now the tour. I know it is gonna be much, much more entertaining that she is there!!
We have seen some photos and short clips from rehearsals for the tour (including that now famous “abs workout” Instagram video with you, Iveta, and Aljaz). How much rehearsal time is built into the schedule and how will it work as you rehearse some of the numbers Caroline did with Pasha? (assuming that's what will happen). How much practice time is involved for group dances?
The rehearsal period is really short for the tour, shorter than I thought but we have still been doing 10-6 each day for a week to learn a few group numbers and then we will have a few days to run the individual numbers that each couple will perform. We are the only 'new' couple I guess on the tour so for the rest it will just be a case of remembering. We tried to do that as much as possible for Caroline so I will really just step into Pasha’s shoes - a few minor changes will be made for everyone as each venue will be slightly different but mainly it will be a case of trying to recreate what it was that people loved about the series and then the bigger group numbers will be quite new. I won't be able to rechoreograph or anything like that. The production chose the dances they wanted in the tour and then we do them!
A lot of your fans in the US and UK are curious if you have plans to get back to the US for a visit (or extended stay) sometime between the tour and the P&O Cruise in late May.
Things change every day so at the minute all I will be concentrating on is what happens the next five/six weeks while the tour is on. I’m always working hard and working on something so my focus will go on the next thing once the next thing starts. I know a lot of people are hinting at this and at that and there is always a 'will I or won't I' thing that runs around that annoys me so much so I keep away from speculation. I have no plans but to keep myself and my family happy. Unfortunately we are in an industry that waits till the last minute to tell us if we have a job or not so I try now to make my own. I appreciate all the support that I have been lucky enough to get from the U.S and the U.K. Hopefully I can continue to do my best to give something back.
Speaking of the cruise, have you been to any or most of the places on this Mediterranean cruise (Portugal, Monaco, Italy) and is there something in particular you hope to see?
I haven't been to most of the places on the cruise and certainly never on a P&O ship so that will be something to look forward to once we get closer to the time for sure. It will be a great opportunity to go see these places, and to be able to discover somewhere I have never been in a position to go to before while working is special. I loved working on the Holland America Lines with DWTS and the cast there were the best bunch of people I have worked with. I love them all so to get another opportunity to dance on a completely different ship with my mate Iveta will be fun.
Finally, we hope you’ve enjoyed your brief break and time off. Have you had a chance to kick back and relax? Are you looking forward to anything in particular as you rehearse and go on the tour?
I had the best break, yeah. Myself and Tahyna had our first Irish Christmas as a married couple and then we got to finally have our honeymoon a year late but just as special. We had the break we needed and now we are fully charged and ready to jump back on the horse, hoping to keep healthy and happy this new year.
All the best.
From December, 2015,,,
In this interview, Tristan talks briefly about working with Rachel Stevens on the Christmas Special, the Lord of the Dance and "Danny Boy" performance, dancing at Blackpool, the Pro Challenge and football.
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A few weeks ago, you had the opportunity to dance at Blackpool on Strictly Come Dancing. Had you danced there previously? (when competing or any other time)
Yeah, I danced in Blackpool when I was a kid a few times but hadn't been back since, and to be honest I don't have too many memories of Blackpool. I know everyone loves it and all the craic but for me when we were kids I remember more just running amok in the place more than dancing in it. We used to get in fierce amounts of trouble for running around the casino while our partners were standing on the floor with their hands up (this is what people do when their partner isn't there yet so they don't miss the competition).
There was a lot of talk about the sprung floors at Blackpool. As a professional dancer, do you notice a significant difference in different types of floors and does it affect your performance in any way either when rehearsing or performing? Is there a surface that you prefer or that best suits you?
You feel a difference alright but the only floor that affects me really is a really hard one because after a few hours it hurts my knees so dancing or rehearsing on concrete floors or carpeted floor hurt more. Wooden floors depending can be slippery but usually dance comps might have a sprung floor and then with our stage shows and say Riverdance they would have a Harlequin floor which can be kind of like a vinyl or rubbered floor. Nothing really suits me more though I don't think bar a softer surface.
On one episode of Strictly you brought Tess a nice cup of tea, and your presentation was lovely. One of our members wants to know if you make a good cup of tea and what makes it so good.
I love tea and every Irish man knows how to make a good brew. The trick is the love and care you put into it – haha.
We understand that the Christmas Special has already been taped to air on Christmas Day, and our question has nothing to do with the results. What was Rachel Stevens like as a partner and what were her strengths? How much time did you end up rehearsing as a team for the show?
Rach was great. I really, really have a lot of time for her. She is just really talented and she was on the show before and was trained really well by Vincent Simone so it made it a lot easier even considering it had been six or seven years since she had been on. She’s just a really nice, sweet, beautiful girl. We got a dance that, to be honest, neither of us really wanted to do but she was great in it, and I loved working with her. We didn't get too much rehearsal time because her band SCLUB7 had just got back together and were rehearsing and also she is a judge on The Voice in Ireland of all places so she had been flying around the place but we got enough in to put our dance together and to get to know each other a little.
It was so nice to see the Lord of the Dance performance on Sunday as well as your “Danny Boy” number with Aliona, Pasha, Anton, Joanne, and Iveta, and we are sure it was a special evening for you. You mentioned on The Rosie Show back in Season 13 with Nancy Grace that you had taken Irish dance in school. How long did you study it and how proficient are you? Are we going to get to see you show off some of those skills on Strictly anytime soon?
Haha! It was compulsory for us to do it at primary school so I guess I did it for a few years but I’m no good at it unfortunately, and at the time because I was dancing outside of school I had no interest in dancing in school. I wasn't a lover of dance. It was just something that for some reason I did! All my mates from school remind me of how much better they were at it – haha. The intent was for me to learn the routine that LOTD did and jin in and I was really, really looking forward to it but in the end the producers said they ran out of time and ended up putting in “Danny Boy" at the beginning and I didn't get to do the number. But to be honest I love watching Irish dancing and me doing it on that stage may have just made a mockery of it so I’m glad that they all came on and smashed it themselves and I met Flatley so I was buzzing.
We’ve been enjoying the Pro Challenge on It Takes Two, and while your ‘New Yorker’ segment with Kristina hasn’t aired yet, we’re curious about something. Even though it’s all for fun and entertainment, how difficult is it to do so many of the same steps in rapid-fire succession and get the timing just right?
We haven't actually done ours yet. For some reason we ran out of time the day they were recording, and we were to do it at a later date but I haven't heard anything about it yet. It’s not really a genuine competition in fairness. I mean, grand it goes in the Guinness book of records but it’s not like there is any technique to it - haha. It’s just how fast we can move our feet so it is what it is. It’s a bit like tongue twisters though you know?! You can keep saying it again and again and as fast as you like and some of it will be clear which you count and some of it will be just gibberish.
Finally, with a subject near and dear to you - you’ve always loved football, but what position did you usually play?
I’ve played a few different positions - mainly as a striker and then as a winger because I used to be really fast until I hurt my knees but I used to like playing in defense. I was decent in the air and then I played a few games in midfield because I had a fair bit of stamina but I used to like scoring goals so mainly up front.
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Thanks, Tristan. Until next time....
Since July, 2012, we have interviewed Tristan 75 times and each is posted here with the most recent first.