STRICTLY star JJ Chalmers was taught ballroom dancing by a fellow Royal Marine in Afghanistan simply weeks earlier than they have been each injured by a roadside bomb.
Lance Corporal Cassidy Little, 39, was serving with JJ, 33, when the Scots soldier approached him in 2011 to study to bop for his brother’s upcoming marriage ceremony.
Strictly’s JJ Chalmers was taught to bop by a fellow Marine in Afghanistan
JJ requested Lance Corporal Cassidy Little for assist in 2011
Cassidy – who studied ballet on a scholarship at Lindenwood College in Missouri – advised The Solar on Sunday: “I advised him simply to faucet his foot and rely to 4, however he wasn’t having it.
“He wished to know what to do if the chance for a sluggish dance got here up. Anyone needed to lead and he wasn’t going to be the lady on the marriage ceremony, so I did it.
“It will get extremely scorching on the market, so we have been in simply shorts and flip flops with our rifles and helmets with us. I advised him to place his hand on my shoulder blades and maintain his elbow excessive and we began to stroll by means of it.
“We have been going, ‘step, two, three, step, two, three’, when the following factor I do know, we had 10 guys standing in a circle watching us as we waltzed in the midst of the desert in Afghanistan.
JJ and Cassidy each suffered life altering accidents in Could 2011Credit score: Rex Options
“They gathered round, however no person was taking the p**s. It was virtually like a theatre present. For a short second, and for anyone wanting, we weren’t troopers anymore.”
They each suffered life altering accidents in Could 2011 when comrade Sam Alexander, 28, stepped on an IED. Sam and boss Lt Ollie Augustin, 23, have been killed within the explosion.
JJ suffered accidents to his legs and arms and misplaced two fingers. Cassidy misplaced his proper leg beneath the knee.
Cassidy added: “Once I wakened in ICU, JJ was within the mattress subsequent to me. We then received despatched to the Headley Courtroom hospital in Surrey to get well.
Cassidy studied ballet on a scholarship at Lindenwood College in Missouri
“We ended up with rooms down the corridor from one another.”
Cassidy left the Royal Marines in 2015 and skilled as an actor. He has appeared on Coronation Street and starred in Hollywood motion flick Doom: Annihilation.
He’s a proud supporter of The Troopers’ Arts Academy, which supplied workshops and alternatives within the business for servicemen and veterans.
He additionally received The Peoples’ Strictly partnering with pro-dancer Natalie Lowe, 40, 5 years in the past.
Cassidy believes pal JJ can go ‘all the best way’ on Strictly
Cassidy, who’s at present starring in sci-fi short-film ARPU, believes pal JJ can go “all the best way” on the BBC1 sequence with Welsh professional Amy Dowden, 30.
He stated: “I would like JJ to imagine he can go all the best way. It’s a thoughts set that can assist him if he has any form of doubt.
“JJ will take it day-to-day and make every one a victory. It’s what we do.”
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