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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Strictly bun dancing: Hilarious calendar shows rabbits strutting their stuff on dancefloor

By Inderdeep Bains

Rumba rabbits: The bunnies show off their rhythm in July's shot

When they were invited to a hop, they probably expected something of the garden variety.

But despite the unfamiliar setting, these rabbits quickly got into the swing – and the rumba, the bolero and the ‘bunny smooth’.

It takes two: A cosy pose in February

The pets gave the Strictly Come Dancing contestants a run for their money as they showed off a range of routines for a calendar called Ballroom Bunnies.

They are seen practicing lifts in April, holds in August, the 'bunny smooth' in November and in September there is a Dirty Dancing tribute.

The picture shows the pair of rabbits emulating the iconic lift from the film, which made Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey world famous.

Are you leading, or am I? Two rabbits take to the floor for a dancing calendar photoshoot

No one puts bunny in the corner: The pets emulate the famous lift scene from Dirty Dancing

But no one had to pull a rabbit out of a hat to get them to dance – because the pictures were perfected with the help of a little computer wizardry.

Steve Bicknell, from publishers Maverick Arts, said: ‘We gently posed the rabbits by moving their limbs, but obviously used computer software to complete the more energetic moves.’

Hot in here: These bunnies on the left are really getting into the swing of things, and right, Nina Dallyn, holding one of the stars of the calendar, her pet Bunny

Wabbit waltz: A carefully choreographed pose in the spotlight

Nina Dallyn, ten, whose three-year-old pet Bunny took part in the photo shoot, said: ‘I think she really enjoyed it.’

No doubt some of the Strictly celebrities wish they could use such wizardry themselves - as they graft away in the studio ahead of the first proper show in just over two weeks.

Dazzling: Some of the backdrops for the calendar photos are as sparkly as the celebrities' Strictly outfits

Pulling out all the stops: The bunnies are shown attempting the 'headbanger' lift

How it is actually done: Last year's Strictly champions Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev in action



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