Nicola Adams And Katya Jones Perform First Ever Same Sex Dance On Strictly Come Dancing
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Nicola Adams and Katya Jones made history last night when they became the first same-sex dance partners to compete in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.
The duo made their debut on the dance floor during yesterday's show, performing a quickstep to Judy Garland's 'Get Happy'.
YES Nicola and Katya, this makes us HAPPY :smiley: #Strictly@NicolaAdamsOBE @Mrs_katjones pic.twitter.com/rh83u0yoOP
- BBC Strictly :sparkles: (@bbcstrictly) October 24, 2020
They ended up scoring an impressive 21 out of 30 for their efforts, but the praise also spilled onto social media - where viewers commended the two for creating a groundbreaking TV moment.
One fan tweeted: "History was made last night when Olympian Boxer Nicola Adams danced with Katya Jones as Strictly Come Dancing's first same sex couple.
"It was fabulous. Representation is so important for all the children watching. You can't be what you can't see."
Someone else said: "Seeing Nicola and Katya on Strictly was a beautiful and inspiring moment tonight. I feel so seen."
Another wrote: "Genuinely over the moon to see Nicola & Katia finally bring same sex dancing to #Strictly! Fab first dance - can't wait to see them going forwards!"
A third added: "I loved it and it made me cry happy tears!"
When boxing gold medallist Adams found out who she had been partnered with, she said in a clip: "I'm super pleased and super excited to be paired with Katya.
Jones added: "This is your first ever same sex partnership, boom!"
Adams had previously said she found the idea of traditional mixed-sex partners 'dated', telling Attitude magazine: "The older generation, obviously, they see that it should be a man and woman dancing. But that's from traditions that were way long ago.
"We can't hold onto these old traditions; you can't just get rid of some traditions and then decide, 'Oh, this one's okay, we'll keep this one.'
"We need to be forward thinking and moving forward, otherwise women's aspirations would still be just to aspire to marriage. We're so past that now. There is so much more we can do."
She continued: "It's about time, and I'm happy that I'm able to be that person to push it forward and just get everyone over that first initial step."
Featured Image Credit: BBC/Guy Levy
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