REVIEW – Strictly Come Dancing, The Professionals

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The Professionals

Strictly Come Dancing, The Professionals

Back in December, I purchased my tickets for the professionals only tour of Strictly Come Dancing for my mum’s birthday and we were both very excited leading up to this evening’s dance extravaganza.   Not a lead-footed celebrity in sight as the  team of ten professionals took to the stage to showcase their talents.  There were many glitzy outfits and slick costume changes to marvel at throughout the two hour show.  The live music was provided by a seven-piece orchestra and three excellent vocalists with tunes from Van Morrison, and The Beatles  to current artists such as Kings of Leon and Lady Ga Ga.    

The choreography in the stunning new routines was outstanding and the professionals blew the audience away with their one-armed lifts, romantic rumbas and the ensemble jive had most of the theatre wanting to get out of their seats and join in.     

My personal favourite was Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace’s mesmerizing and passionate Argentinian Tango which was flawless and demonstrated their world class.    

The female professionals looked outstandingly beautiful in the flesh from my third row seat and the men oozed masculinity as they danced in their (sometimes shirtless) outfits – much to the delight of some audience members.    

The performances were linked with clips of the television judges on giant screens explaining the background of each dance and the quality to expect from the professionals.  Unfortunately, the introductions were sometimes live by the professionals themselves – which were on the slightly cheesy side for me (I’m talking to you Vincent), but the general audience seemed to like it. 

Runs until Saturday, tickets still available.   The show finished at 9.35pm with a short interval break.   

The Professionals in the show were:     

Ola and James Jordan, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite, Kristina Rihanoff and Brian Fortuna, Aliona Vilani and Matthew Cutler, Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone.

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