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“Strictly” pros coming to a venue near you

Posted on May 13, 2011


We may be missing them on our screens at the moment, but the “Strictly” pros are busy folk and chances are that one – or two, as they tend to travel in pairs – will be coming to an event near you this month. 

Firstly, Darren and Lilia are at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom on May 14 in An Evening of Dance, accompanied by the Fever Latin Formation Team and the big band sounds of Mike James Orchestra and Singers. This is a social dance evening with cabaret, giving dancers the opportunity to get up close and personal with the “Strictly” stars.

For more information or to buy tickets, see or or call Blackpool Tower on 0844 856 1000. Tickets are priced from £13 per person. 

Next up are Anton du Beke and Erin Boag at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green on May 20 in aid of the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. In addition to a ballroom showcase from the “Strictly” favourites, there will be ballroom and Latin lessons as well as live music from Lance Ellington, who regularly performs on “Strictly”, and the band Premier Cru.

“This fantastic event is set to be even bigger and better this year,” says Ruth Scammell, community and events fundraising manager at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. “Tickets are limited so if you are interested in sitting back and watching the stars in action, please grab a ticket while they last.

“After the success of last year’s event, Strictly Dancing is becoming an extremely popular event in the hospice’s calendar and we are very grateful to Bob Potter OBE for kindly donating the use of his renowned Lakeside Country Club for the night for the third year running. I would also like to thank Xfor Event Secure and Tartan Heart Photography for kindly supporting this event.”

The evening will be hosted by snooker pro and former “Strictly Come Dancing” contestant, Willie Thorne. Standard tickets cost £25 and can be purchased online at or by calling 01252 729 446, but for those who want to get up close and personal with the stars, dancefloor seats cost £35 and front-row seat are priced at £30, only available by phone on 01252 729 446.

Finally, Matthew and Nicole Cutler host their very own Strictly Summer Ball at Hilton Croydon Hotel on June 11. The evening will include at Q&A session with Matthew and Nicole and a five-dance demonstration by the stars, a three-course dinner and dancing to a live band from 10.30pm until midnight, plus a personal meet and greet with Matthew and Nicole with a photo opportunity.

Tickets cost £62 from

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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