TWO of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing stars, Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor, are coming to the Isle of Man to perform at an entertainment-packed event in the Villa Marina on Saturday
On the same day, a handful of lucky island dancers will get the chance to meet the pair at some special workshops being held for the Isle of Man Dance Teachers’ Association.
On the BBC1 hit show, Robin, 30, has partnered Patsy Kensit and Anita Dobson. He grew up near Ipswich before moving to London, aged just 15, to pursue dancing and had a successful youth career. He felt like he was born to dance and grew up entering dance competitions all over the UK. He would regularly train until midnight and get up at 6am for work.
At 22, Robin was cast in a major worldwide touring dance show. During this nine-year stint, he travelled all over the world and found himself performing on Broadway and in the West End.
He later performed on Australia’s Dancing with the Stars and Holland’s So You Think You Can Dance. He and Kristina became professional dance partners after both joining the BBC show.
On Strictly, Kristina has partnered John Sergeant, Goldie, Jason Dono-van and boxer Joe Calzaghe, with whom she is now in a relationship.
The 34-year-old, fromVladistock in Siberia, fell in love with music and dance at a young age and entered her ﬁrst dance competition at seven years old.
She took part in scores of competi-tions from then on and became a renowned dance champion in Russia. She has since competed in the World Exhibition at the Blackpool Dance Festival, won the international style Latin South African Championship and was a semi-ﬁnalist at the British Open in Blackpool.
Taking to the Villa stage during their show will be the winners of the island’s Next Big Thing 2012 competition – Asteria (Ellan Vannin Gymnastics Club).
The night will also include exclusive performances from Taylorian’s summer show Evita (see below) and the forthcoming JT Productions version of Annie Jr.
And the audience will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the dancing stars plus an opportunity to take to the dance floor themselves.
The event will raise funds for the Isle of Man Dance Teachers’ Association.
All cash raised will go towards the Isle of Man dance team which represent the island in Blackpool at the World Championships on an annual basis.
Organisers thanked sponsors OSA Recruitment for their support.
Tickets, costing £15 or £55 for a family, are available from the Villa Marina reception, the Sea Terminal Welcome Centre or the box ofﬁce on 600555. There are only a few left so grab them while you can!
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