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“Strictly” holidays

Posted on February 23, 2012

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iannat-100“Strictly” stars will be appearing at country house hotels for “VIP Dance Spectacular” short holidays this spring and summer. Anton du Beke and Erin Boag, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite, Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor and James and Ola Jordan will be encouraging guests to tango, waltz and quickstep, with the chance to meet the sequinned stars backstage.


Arranged by Warner Leisure Hotels, a hotel group exclusively for adults, the breaks show the popularity of dancing holidays. Warner has even introduced a two-hour bite-sized dance experience to all its other weekend breaks this year, with more than 1200 lessons already booked by eager dance fans.


On March 30, Natalie and Ian (pictured) will be the stars of a three-night break at Nidd Hall Hotel, near Harrogate. Anton and Erin will be at Thoresby Hall Hotel in Nottinghamshire on May 4 and at Littlecote House Hotel in Berkshire on June 8. James and Ola dance at Home Lacy House Hotel in Herefordshire on July 30, with Kristina and Robin appearing at Cricket St Thomas Hotel, Somerset on August 10. For more information on the breaks, see or call 0800 1 388 399.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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