Fragapane Credits 'Strictly' For Newfound Floor Flair
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British Olympian Claudia Fragapane, who qualified fourth for Sunday's floor exercise final at the world championships in Montreal, credits her showy performance style to the experience and confidence she gained last fall as a contestant on the popular BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing.

British Olympian Claudia Fragapane, who qualified fourth for Sunday's floor exercise final at the world championships in Montreal, credits her showy performance style to the experience and confidence she gained as a contestant on the popular BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing.


Claudia Fragapane (Great Britain)

"It was an amazing opportunity to do different dance techniques, and the whole reason I wanted to do (the show) was because I wanted to bring some of that Strictly into my floor routines," said Fragapane, who made it to the semi-finals of the show last fall. "So I've got a little bit of Argentine tango, a little bit of Charleston, a little bit of tango, and I'm trying to do different facial expressions. And in every corner I do something different."

Fragapane, who turns 20 later this month, will be competing in her third consecutive world championships final on floor exercise. In September, the Commonwealth Games champion won the gold medal on floor at the World Cup event in Paris.

Fragapane praised her Strictly partner, professional dancer AJ Pritchard, for inspiring her to infuse her floor routine with more personality.

"(Pritchard) said to be more confident and use those facial expressions," Fragapane said. "I'm a person who's like,'I'm just going to do my best and keep my head down,' so that really did bring me out of my shell and allow me to express who I am, and just be really confident."

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