Strictly’s Janette Manrara reveals her top tips for staying positive during lockdown

Strictly Come Dancing star Janette Manrara has revealed how she’s managing to stay upbeat and positive during the global coronavirus pandemic.

The 36-year-old star, who is married to fellow dancer, Aljaz Skorjanec, has various ways in which to help her mood as she isolates at home with her husband.

Unsurprisingly, dance is one of the things lifting Janette’s spirits during these unprecedented times.

“I keep reminding myself that our current situation is not permanent. Yes, we do not know for how long, but it is not forever,” she told Uspire.

“I read beautiful quotes every day, I meditate, I’ve started cooking and baking, and there are loads of things available online to keep us all connected.

“Reaching out to loved ones and staying connected with one another is very important. I myself do a live online daily workout in the afternoon, and a live online chat show in the evenings that I call ‘Talks With Janette’.”

She continued: “I invite celebrities and close friends to share their stories, what they get up to in lockdown, and spread uplifting and positive message as much as possible.”

One celebrity Janette has teamed up with is broadcaster and journalist, Jeremy Vine, who took part in Strictly Come Dancing back in 2015. Together, the pair came up with ‘Groovy Vine’ which sees Janette teach viewers at home a funky dance routine.

Speaking about how the idea came about, Janette said: “As these are tough times for all of us, Jeremy wanted to add some cheer heading into the weekend on his show.

“And so, he asked me to come along and do some fun dance moves on the Friday shows to help get everyone moving and into the weekend with some positivity.

“I came up with the hashtag #GroovyVine because it’s fun and I think it really encompasses what Jeremy is all about. And it’s a play on the famous dance step the ‘great vine’.

“Groovy is a fun word and it’s exactly what we want people to do; move and groove with Jeremy Vine, and hopefully head into the weekend with a smile,” she added.

Janette continued: “The response so far has been wonderful! Quite a few people have sent in videos giving it a go, including whole families! It’s so great to see their enthusiasm.”

Sadly, it seems Janette won’t have the chance to dance in front of a live audience for a few months yet – but she’s keen for people to keep moving, even during lockdown.

“Dance is truly food for the soul. I’ve never met anyone who got up and danced that did not feel happier after,” she explained. “It really does light up your soul to move to music.

“Right now the news has been hard for everyone, and extremely uncertain which can cause anxiety and make people nervous. Having a little dance is a great way to relax the mind and at the same time get physical and move!

“It’s fun exercise, that does not feel like exercise. A wonderful thing for the full package; the mind, body, and soul.”

Janette and Aljaž’s nationwide tour Remembering The Oscars has been rescheduled to March 2021. For more details, click here.