BBC stars set to shine

Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag will perform in the Villa Marina next month

Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag will perform in the Villa Marina next month

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Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag will host an Evening of Dance and Music at the Villa Marina on Wednesday, June 12.

The pair, who have both appeared in the BBC dance show since it began in 2004, have just finished their fifth national British tour together – Anton and Erin go to Hollywood - which was a virtual sell out. They have been dancing together since 1997.

Anton has been dancing since he was 14 years old, and has since collected a number of worldwide and British awards and achievements in Ballroom Dancing.

He has also trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz and modern theatre dance.

On the BBC show, he has made ballroom queens of celebrities including Lesley Garrett, Esther Rantzen, Ann Widdecombe and Nancy Dell ‘Olio.

Witty, charismatic and a natural entertainer, Anton’s skills in front of an audience extend far beyond his exceptional ballroom talents. He is now a well-known presenter of popular daytime BBC Two series Step up to the Plate and BBC One’s Hole in the Wall. And he has made many guest appearances on TV shows, including Test The Nation, Celebrity The Weakest Link, Question of Sport Christmas Special and Loose Women.

In 2006 he choreographed the hit live show Simply Ballroom with Erin. The pair reunited in 2009, for a hugely successful live show of dance and music Anton and Erin – Cheek to Cheek which toured the UK and was part of the London Dance Festival at the London Coliseum. This was followed by annual tours - Steppin’ Out with Anton and Erin in 2010, Anton and Erin – Puttin’ on the Ritz in 2011 and Let’s Do It last year.

Born in New Zealand, Erin started dancing aged three. At 15 she visited Australia to watch a big ballroom competition and the die was cast – three years later she became New Zealand Ballroom and Latin 10 Dance Amateur Champion. She later moved to Australia and then London, where she met Anton. Together they won many international competitions, including titles in the UK, New Zealand and Canada and taking them way up in the world rankings.

Erin is the only female professional to have competed in all 10 series of Strictly Come Dancing. Her leading man last year was TV entertainment journalist Richard Arnold. She has also danced with comedian Julian, athlete Colin Jackson, England goal keeper Peter Shilton and impressionist Rory Bremner.

She came third with Julian Clary and second with Colin Jackson who gave her the name of Miss Whiplash.

The show starts at 8pm.

Tickets start at £20. Call the box office on 600555 or visit www.villagaiety.com

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