Amy Dowden says ‘I needed this’ as she reunites with Strictly Come Dancing co-stars

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After a very tough year in 2023 where she was diagnosed and underwent treatment for breast cancer Welsh Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden is hoping to return to the Strictly Come Dancing dancefloor. She has posted videos of her reuniting with her fellow Strictly dancers and said "I needed this".

In the videos, Amy can be seen cheering and watching from the side of the stage as professionals including Dianne Buswell and Graziano Di Prima perform before Ukrainian professional dancer Nikita Kuzmin carries Amy onto the stage. She captioned the videos: "This! Argh I needed this last night. Just brilliant and made me smile so much! Inspired! Just wanted to be up there with you all and then........."

Amy added: "I love my strictly family always!!!! Just brilliant guys. Love you all so much" followed by a pink heart and pink bow emoji. The Strictly Come Dancing professionals are currently taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing Arena Tour.

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Amy has been told there is no cancer left in her body, but she will need monthly injections for the next five years. She has said she is “working hard” to get her body ready for a return to Strictly Come Dancing following her battle. Want less ads? Download WalesOnline’s Premium app on Apple or Android.

The professional dancer, 33, first found a lump in her breast the day before going to the Maldives on her honeymoon with fellow professional dancer Ben Jones. She was subsequently diagnosed with stage three breast cancer and had a mastectomy before undergoing chemotherapy.

The star recently told BBC Breakfast that she was hoping to return to Strictly for the 2024 series of the hit Saturday night show. For the latest TV & Showbiz news, sign up to our newsletter.