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Amy Dowden has shared her hopes at returning to Strictly Come Dancing after she found it ‘so cruel’ having watch from the sidelines last year while undergoing cancer treatment.

The Welsh professional dancer, 33, was too ill to compete in the most recent series of the BBC competition after she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer last May and underwent a mastectomy.

After her latest health check revealed ‘no evidence of disease’, she has now set her sights on getting back to the dancefloor.

While she will not get the all-clear for five years and will still need treatment, she is determined not to let it impact her career as a dancer. 

Appearing on BBC Breakfast on Friday, Amy said: ‘This is the longest I’ve never danced for since May so I need to get my body back into it.’

Amy Dowden has admitted she found it 'so cruel' having to watch Strictly Come Dancing from the sidelines last year while undergoing cancer treatment (pictured with her co-stars)

Amy Dowden has admitted she found it ‘so cruel’ having to watch Strictly Come Dancing from the sidelines last year while undergoing cancer treatment (pictured with her co-stars) 

Appearing on BBC Breakfast on Friday, the 33-year-old Welsh professional dancer shared her hopes at returning to the dancing competition

Appearing on BBC Breakfast on Friday, the 33-year-old Welsh professional dancer shared her hopes at returning to the dancing competition 

She continued: ‘Obviously, my body’s been through so much with chemo so it’s building up gradually.

‘But I have missed it so much. I used to go and support them and it was bittersweet.

‘I was supporting my best friends but I didn’t want anything more than to be on that dancefloor. It was so cruel.

‘So that’s the aim, is that they’ll have me back to be back on that dancefloor with my best friends doing what I love most later this year.’

While she could not compete in the last series of Strictly, she performed in the opening professionals’ dance number during the final in December, and would often attend the live shows to support her friends. 

Last week, Amy announced the positive health update but said she will not receive the ‘all clear’ for five years. 

Elaborating on the next steps, Amy revealed that because she had a ‘hormone-fed’ type of cancer she will continue to receive monthly injections and regular check-ups to prevent it from returning. 

Reflecting on the development, she said: ‘It’s the best I could have hoped for, I’m smiling, I’ve got a spring in my step.

‘I will need treatment once a month for five years, which is normal because I need to shut down all my hormones so it doesn’t feed the cancer, but I’m delighted, life resumes for me.’

Amy was too ill to compete in the most recent series of the BBC competition after she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer last May and underwent a mastectomy

After her latest health check revealed 'no evidence of disease' , she has now set her sights on getting back to the dancefloor

Amy was too ill to compete in the most recent series of the BBC competition after she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer last May and underwent a mastectomy

Amy (pictured in 2023) shared: 'I used to go and support them and it was bittersweet. 'I was supporting my best friends but I didn't want anything more than to be on that dancefloor'

Amy (pictured in 2023) shared: ‘I used to go and support them and it was bittersweet. ‘I was supporting my best friends but I didn’t want anything more than to be on that dancefloor’

Amy was diagnosed shortly after filming started on the second series of her BBC show Dare To Dance, where she travels across Wales giving people who want the chance to surprise their family and friends by learning a dance routine.

She said she wanted to continue with the series as she did not want cancer to ‘affect them and their journey’, so they worked ‘really hard’ to film around her treatment.

The dancer explained they completed much of the footage around her mastectomy operation but before she started chemotherapy treatment, and that her Strictly family stepped in to help when she was recovering from surgery.

Amy said the show was ‘exactly what she needed’, and she ‘can’t wait’ for viewers to watch the journey of each of the people taking on the dancing challenge.

She added: ‘It’s so rewarding and going on the journey with them, you have moments where they’re crying and they don’t believe themselves. 

‘And then there’s that moment where it just clicks and you can just see and their confidence develops, and they’re watching all their families’ reaction because they have no idea when they come out to perform.

‘Honestly, it’s insane – it’s lush, as we say in Wales.’

As her appearance on BBC Breakfast fell on St David’s Day, Caerphilly-born Amy also spoke about her love of the day from childhood. 

She revealed her school would host competitions between the respective houses, including a number of dance competitions.

Asked if she would win all the competitions, she said: ‘Sort of… but I used to get all my friends involved as well and I was team captain with a really good friend of mine.’

Amy Dowden’s Dare To Dance returns to BBC One Wales and iPlayer at 7pm on Friday.

As her appearance on BBC Breakfast fell on St David's Day, Caerphilly-born Amy also spoke about her love of the day from childhood because her school would throw competitions

As her appearance on BBC Breakfast fell on St David’s Day, Caerphilly-born Amy also spoke about her love of the day from childhood because her school would throw competitions 

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