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12 October 2012

Rachel Atkinson

Graduate Rachel Botes lands a role on BBC One’s hit dance show

Sequins, fake tan and hairspray have become an integral part of the working week for one University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduate.

Rachel Botes, from Preston, has landed a job on the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.

The recent BA(Hons) Journalism graduate is now working as a runner on series 10 of the popular prime-time show.

“I feel extremely lucky to be able to work on a show as big as this,” she said. “I’m a huge fan of the show and I’m also a ballroom dancer myself so I love watching all the technical steps and criticizing if they don’t do them correctly.

“It’s one of the BBC’s biggest shows, which attracts some of the highest viewing numbers, so it’s exciting to be a part of it and know I contributed in some way.”

“I feel extremely lucky to be able to work on a show as big as this”

 

Rachel secured the role after contacting the production team “on a whim”. Her tasks include assisting the production team, helping out in the studio during the live shows and looking after the celebrity dance couples.

The 22-year-old said: “It’s a really exciting line-up this year. There is such a mixed bag of talent, it will be interesting to see who shines through. It would be great to see the ‘not-so-obvious’ talent like Lisa Riley coming out on top and I’m also very excited to meet the Olympic medal winners.”

UCLan journalism graduate Rachel Botes

“It’s one of the BBC’s biggest shows...so it’s exciting to be a part of it and know I contributed in some way”


Since leaving UCLan Rachel has undertaken work experience with Blue Peter, Real Radio Manchester, then a CBBC production called Alesha’s Street Dance Stars She has also worked with BBC Radio Lancashire and North West Tonight on their news programmes.

She added: “I had an amazing time at University. I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute, making some of my best friends whilst on the course. It was the most memorable three years of my life so far, being surrounded by like-minded people doing something I love – what could be better?”