I was able to catch up with Gemma Cairney, Radio 1 DJ in a break between testing out some dance moves, ahead of the Red Nose Day Danceathon at Wembley on March the 8th. It was an exhausting day for her, Gemma hosts Radio 1 from 4am each weekday, but Gemma was bubbly and full of wise words on dancing, costume, music and her home style..
Penny: I am really proud to be joining in the Danceathon, with Team Honk. Why did you get involved with Comic Relief?
Gemma: It is just such and incredible, collective idea, it is unprecedented astounding and everyone wants to be part of it. It is saying yes to something so positive, and so fun. It is amazing what people can achieve when they work together.
You’ve been practising some of the moves from the official danceathon today, along with some other famous faces - how did it go?
Just one of those sleep deprived hallucinations again. This one involved grooving with Coxy, Arlene & Kimberly
It was great, we’ve been doing FAME! I love all styles of dance. I’m always dancing round the house at home, but it was the weirdest thing dancing with Coxy, Arlene, Kimberly (Sara Cox DJ, Arlene Phillips of Hot Gossip and Kimberley Wyatt of Pussycat Dolls) after all those early starts at Radio 1, it felt a lot like I was hallucinating. After one minute of wiggling I was pretty exhausted. I need to get a few more of my Brazillian dance classes in. But the tutor said I was best in the class.
What would you say to people who say they can’t dance for six hours, that the danceathon is too much?
I think people attach a lot of fear and vulnerability to exercise. Dance is clever. It never really wears you out. You wouldn’t worry about a night at the disco, so you don’t need to worry about the danceathon.
What tunes are guaranteed to get you on the dance floor?
Anything from 1999, in fact, 1996-99.
What about dance wear, I read you were a stylist to Florence and the Machine, what should we be sporting on the dance floor?
Ha ha, I can’t take credit for Florence’s ‘ethereal’ style, I was very much a junior stylist on some very early shoots for them, but I would just stay my style is ‘anything goes’! Just go for it and for Comic Relief, I think ‘be funny’.
Wayfair is a homestore, so would you mind telling our readers a bit about your home style?
I don’t follow trends, I think they can be overbearing. There are too many shades of grey right now! Also don’t make decisions quickly, it takes time to learn what works well. Your home isn’t like clothes, people don’t need to see it everyday, my home is just for me and the ones that I love – it’s got to be right for that, so I fill it with trinkets and things that have meaning, not trends.
Can you describe your homestyle in 3 words?
Colourful, bold, flower power!
What is your most treasured possession in your home?
I have a glass ornament, a glass bottle shaped like BarbaPapa from the French kids’ cartoon in the kitchen. It’s a cartoon I love so that has to be the first thing that comes to mind.
Thanks to Gemma for taking ten minutes out of her exhausting day to chat! I’m even more excited about joining a host of celebrities and amazing dance teachers for the danceathon at Wembley.
JOIN Gemma and me at the Red Nose Day Danceathon, Wembley.
Sunday 8th March at The SSE Arena, Wembley, with the official dancing happening from 12-6pm.
General public sign up for the Red Nose Day Danceathon here, bloggers and friends can join Team Honk here.
Picture credits – Radio One, Gemma Cairney, FreeFlavour drinks.