Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, stars of Latin Fever
Sadler's Wells' Spring / Summer schedule has been announced, and it seems you can keep up with your friends from Strictly Come Dancing throughout the next few months, without leaving the capital. (You might have to leave your sofa, though.)
Cheeky chappie Anton Du Beke will be twinkling his toes in London this April as part of Sadler's Wells' Spring Dance at the Coliseum series, with partner Erin "so much prettier than her surname" Boag. Anton and Erin - Cheek to Cheek includes tango, rumba, cha-cha-cha, waltz and foxtrot, with music to make your mum happy (Fly me to the Moon, Take Five, etc, by the likes of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin).
At Sadler’s Wells’ West End venue (the Peacock Theatre), Darren Bennett (the little one who partnered Jill Halfpenny and Emma Bunton) and Lilia Kopylova (who won Strictly in 2005 dancing with Darren Gough) will be bringing Latin to London. Latin Fever promises to take you on a journey through Latin American dance styles (cunning title, eh?), from the streets of Brazil to the bullrings of Spain, via the American dancehalls of the 1920s.
If you can’t wait until then, make sure you book now for Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour in February. This is for the real fans: all your favourite celebs (Tom Chambers! Rachel Stevens! Jill Halfpenny! er, Julian Clary?!) and all four judges will be there, swinging from faux nasty to theatrically overwhelmed, just like on the telly. Shame you get rent-a-presenter Thornton rather than the real thing.