Strictly judge Shirley Ballas's new dance company rakes in a huge £250k in its first year

STRICTLY judge Shirley Ballas's new dance company raked in an impressive £250,000 in its first year.

The 60-year-old set up Dance With Passion Ltd in February 2019, as the sole director.

This week she posted her first year’s accounts up to March 31, 2020 which show she has £242,276 in the bank.

Legendary dancer Shirley found mainstream fame in 2017 when she replaced Len Goodman as head judge on the BBC show.

She recently revealed her audition for the role wasn't without incident.

Beloved Shirley had to ditch her knickers just minutes before proving her credentials after an ice pack leaked into her pants.

The telly star auditioned in full makeup and outfits the day before, but she had the mishap just before she went back for her second audition the next day.

“I did get an opportunity to go back a second time," she told former pro Strictly dancer, Kevin Clifton on his podcast, The Kevin Clifton Show.

“I was in casual jeans this time, not in an evening dress with my hair bouffanted… but with no knickers.

“It was in a cold studio and I had to take my drawers off because they’d put that wet pack thing on my back with ice and it all dribbled into my knickers.”

She managed to nail the audition despite being pantless and messing up her lines during her first audition.

“On the first audition my mind was running constantly and I was thinking, ‘I think they want to hear this and I think they want to hear that’," Shirley explained.

“So I was tripping over stuff that just normally reels out. And I got another opportunity the next day and I went back in jeans and nailed it.”

The 'Queen of Latin' joined the popular BBC dance competition in 2017 after taking over from Len Goodman.

She credited son Mark Ballas, 34, with helping get her the gig, after he reminded her to be herself before going in to audition.

Shirley said: “Mark told me, ‘Just be yourself’.

“He said, ‘You’re the girl from the housing estate mother – it’s OK to be who you are.

"You have knowledge and experience and have been through so many different generations with dance. Just be who you are’.”

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