You can boo me as much as you like! Katya Jones on job away from Strictly

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Now, Katya has swapped her dancing shoes for a part as the Evil Queen in the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs pantomime, which held its latest show in Blackburn earlier this week. And on Thursday, the 32-year-old Strictly pro gushed about the gig as she took to Instagram to share two photos taken as she performed to a sold-out venue of fans.

I played a fairy before, but playing a baddie is soooo much fun

Katya Jones

“You can boooo me as much as you like! But I won’t stop singing (kinda) and dancing!” Katya wrote. 

“I don’t know why, but I just love Panto so much. I played a fairy before, but playing a baddie is soooo much fun! 


Her fans were quick to leave their reactions in the comment section, with many insisting they were looking to attend one of Katya’s shows. 

Instagram user @stritly.multi wrote: “I’m coming tomorrow afternoon I can’t wait.”

“I went to see it with school on the 14th dec it was amazing,” @chloe_mcnaughty2007 added.

“You were fabulous,” @lorrijsulli said. 

“My daughter now wants to learn ballroom dancing! Thank you for coming out to meet us ( Daniels Auntie) enjoy your day off tomorrow.”

While taking part in pantomime has been one of Katya’s lifelong dreams, the Russian native doesn’t plan on leaving her position as a professional dancer on Strictly anytime soon. 

And that’s despite causing controversy last month when she took to her Twitter account to call out a string of “toxic lies” that were written about her in the press.

After her dance partner Adam Peaty became the sixth contestant to be eliminated from the BBC One programme, Katya spoke out about uncalled remarks.

The brunette expressed how she felt forced into defending herself “after weeks of being bashed”.

“Good job I’m a tough cookie because these toxic lies are a lot for one person to take and can have consequences,” she continued. 

“I am a professional dancer on a TV show doing my job which I care passionately about. 

“I’m not quitting, I’ve not had a tantrum. I love the show and I shall keep dancing. Lots of love.”

Katya joined Strictly in its 14th series in 2016, when she was partnered with Ed Balls, before winning the following series with Joe McFadden.

For the show’s 16th series, Katya worked with comedian Seann Walsh, followed by Mike Bushell the year after.

And last year, she became part of the first same-sex couple on the BBC programme with Nicola Adams.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs kicked off its first show on December 6 and will run through to December 31 at the King George’s Hall in Blackburn.

The pantomime also stars CBBC’s Hacker T Dog, Charlie Guest, Steve Boyce and Helen Farrell.

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