REVIEW: ‘Tango Moderno’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, November 2017

 

Contemporary tunes and a myriad of movement styles ensure Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace’s Tango Moderno is an entertaining and accessible dance show.

It takes two to Tango – unless you are Flavia Cacace missing regular partner Vincent Simone. The former Strictly Come Dancing professionals’ new production (co-choreographed with director and choreographer Karen Bruce) uses the power and passion of well-executed dance to make a series of observations on modern life. Unfortunately, the dazzling duo are struggling to grace the stage together so far on the tour due to Vincent suffering with a recurrent injury.

Still, the show must go on and the always fabulous Flavia was partnered by not one but two stand-in dancers on opening night of Tango Moderno at Milton Keynes Theatre: Pasquale La Rocca and Leonel Di Cocco.

 

Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in Tango Moderno.

 

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NEWS: Dancers Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace to return – Milton Keynes Theatre, November 2017

 

Everyone knows it takes two to Tango and dancing duo Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are teaming up once again to show us exactly how it’s done.

The former Strictly Come Dancing professionals return to Milton Keynes Theatre with Tango Moderno, a smouldering new stage spectacular, this month.

We last saw Vincent and Flavia in November 2015 during their farewell tour. This last hurrah was meant to be all about them officially bidding adieu to the world of theatre with their third production, The Last Tango.

 

Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in Tango Moderno.

 

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REVIEW: ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, September 2016

 

There are some sparkling performances in the production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s currently captivating audiences at Milton Keynes Theatre.

The classic tale of deliciously enigmatic New York good-time girl Holly Golightly, penned by Truman Capote in his 1958 novella and memorably portrayed by Audrey Hepburn in the iconic 1961 film, has been reinvented as a stylish stage play with music. American playwright Richard Greenberg returns to Capote’s original prose for this version, rather than basing his interpretation on the film’s script. Nonetheless, ‘Moon River’, the Oscar-winning theme from the movie, remains and provides the show’s most enchanting musical interlude.

Audrey’s name will forever be inextricably linked to Breakfast at Tiffany’s so it surely takes a brave performer to fully embrace the character of the troubled call-girl without inadequately imitating the film star. Georgia May Foote is making her theatrical debut in this touring production and in last night’s show (only the second performance so far of the nationwide tour) she proved herself to be suitably fearless. There is no doubt that Georgia is a plucky and polished leading lady.

 

Breakfast at Tiffany's UK tour. Georgia May Foote as Holly Golightly.

 

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REVIEW: ‘Keep Dancing’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, September 2016

 

Audiences can expect to be dazzled by Keep Dancing at Milton Keynes Theatre this week.

Last night’s opening show was packed with enthusiastic dance fans revelling in the excitement of this uplifting production, which offers a sparkling combination of breathtaking dance routines, lively musical interludes and stunning vocals.

Featuring a “fab-u-lous” cast of world champion Ballroom and Latin dancers, Keep Dancing is a thoroughly entertaining dance marathon. There is no story to keep track of as it is simply an effervescent celebration of dance itself. This means that the slickly-performed choreography just keeps coming. The dancers boogie their way through over 30 diverse numbers, switching from one style to another with ease. They are joined by the charismatic pairing of Robin Windsor and Anya Garnis (both from Strictly Come Dancing) and crowd-pleasing celebrity guest stars Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani (the reigning Strictly champions).

 

Dancers Robin Windsor and Anya Garnis in Keep Dancing.

 

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INTERVIEW with Robin Windsor, Keep Dancing, September 2016

 

Professional Ballroom and Latin dancer Robin Windsor is a world champion who has toured the globe in critically acclaimed shows, performing in both the West End and on Broadway.

He charmed television audiences in Dancing with The Stars Australia and on So You Think You Can Dance in Holland. Closer to home, Robin enjoyed being a fan favourite on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing for five years.

Currently on the road with brand new dance production Keep Dancing, Robin took a break from rehearsals to talk about the show and his zeal for dancing with Georgina Butler.

 

Robin Windsor is brimming with a passion for dancing that he became aware of when he was very young. Known for his easy manner and dazzling dance moves on Strictly Come Dancing, Robin has had an amazing career to date and it all started when his parents enrolled him in a local dance school in Ipswich when he was just three years old. Here, he studied both Ballroom and Latin dance, eventually representing England at numerous World Championships.

Cast in the immensely popular dance company Burn the Floor when he was 21, Robin enjoyed two world tours during his nine years with the troupe. Stints on Dancing with the Stars Australia and So You Think You Can Dance in Holland followed, as well as the opportunity to co-choreograph for the Australian version of So You Think You Can Dance. He was then asked back to Burn the Floor in the role of ‘Swing’, which means that he learned and performed all of the male roles.

Robin joined BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, thrilling viewers every Saturday night in dynamic group dances and choreographing routines to challenge and showcase his celebrity partners. Teamed with actress Patsy Kensit for his first year, Robin also danced with EastEnders legend Anita Dobson, actress Lisa Riley (with whom he famously reached the semi-finals) and Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden.

Sadly, Robin had to withdraw from Strictly in 2014 due to a persistent and serious back injury. Incredibly, he was back on our screens dancing in a group number just two months after surgery. Since then, Robin has competed in two Strictly Christmas Specials and The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief. During the summer of 2015 he starred in the national tour of Puttin’ On The Ritz with Strictly professional Kristina Rihanoff. For the Autumn stretch of the tour he danced with Anya Gurnis, who has also competed as a pro on Strictly and is starring alongside Robin in Keep Dancing from this month.

Devoted to dancing himself and brimming with enthusiasm for teaching others to dance, Robin was suitably “fab-u-lous” to chat to. I can’t wait to see him in Keep Dancing!

 

Professional Ballroom and Latin dancer Robin Windsor.

 

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