Strictly Come Dancing returns to our screens next month and the internet is full of rumours about which celebrities are set to surrender to the sequins and grace the dance floor with their presence.

Last year I was lucky enough to be part of the audience for one of the shows after applying online and fox-trotting down to BBC Studios ridiculously early to claim my place. After a thoroughly entertaining evening, I then wrote a feature for the Milton Keynes Citizen to share my experience with readers.


Strictly Come Dancing – Hitting the Ballroom


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Online applications to be in the studio audience for Strictly 2011 were open from the 1st August until the 14th August and I shimmied on over to the site quick-smart to enter the draw.

Fingers crossed my application for tickets this year proves as rewarding as 2010!



Legally Blonde The Musical is a ridiculously enjoyable show 


Broadway smash hit Legally Blonde The Musical opened at the Savoy Theatre in December 2009 and has been playing to packed audiences ever since. Indeed, at the 2011 Laurence Olivier Awards in March, it won the award for the Best New Musical.

After months of promising myself I would go and see this bubbly show, I made a visit to The Savoy Theatre part of a girly trip to London back in June. With perfectly manicured fingers painted a shocking pink in honour of the occasion, I clutched my ticket and entered the gorgeous West End auditorium.

Every theatre has its own vibe and the overwhelming feeling I was getting from both the building and assembled audience was one of excitement and enthusiasm.


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An enjoyable evening of explosive entertainment


Former world champions Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have dazzled television audiences as the incredibly talented and likeable stars of Strictly Come Dancing for the last six years.

Midnight Tango is their first proper foray into theatrical performance and when they left the ballroom behind during the most recent break between seasons on the hit BBC show, Milton Keynes Theatre was one of the venues that welcomed their stunning production.

The breathtaking show – complete with first class tango routines, drama, comedy and pure unadulterated passion – is produced by acclaimed choreographer and So You Think You Can Dance judge Arlene Phillips and features ten of the finest Tango dancers in the world. An internationally renowned tango band joins the dancers for a sensational production that fuses dazzling choreography with intoxicating Tango rhythms.


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A mesmerising performance from the Leeds-based dance company


Northern Ballet are renowned for their stunning hybrid of classical ballet and contemporary movement and this retelling of the story of Cleopatra beautifully illustrates the Company’s strengths.

The show takes the audience on a journey akin to wandering through an extravagant museum exhibition, effectively bringing Ancient Egypt to life.

Production and choreography– from the hieroglyphics projected onto the backdrop to the stances adopted by the dancers – combine to evoke the era in an absorbing spectacle.



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