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 easy to follow 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 final 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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FEATURE: Graduating from the Royal Academy of Dance with First Class Honours in Dance Education – London, July 2017

 

On Wednesday 12th July 2017, I became a First Class Honours graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance.

The Royal Academy of Dance is one of the world’s most influential institutions for dance education and dance teacher training. Founded by an international group of dancers and dance teachers in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching in the United Kingdom, the organisation now operates in 85 countries. Its classical ballet syllabus is taught globally, with over 240,000 candidates taking Royal Academy of Dance ballet examinations each year. Beyond this, an ever-increasing programme of outreach work takes dance into diverse communities, while the Faculty of Education’s research develops knowledge which informs and inspires dance enthusiasts all over the world.

I have graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance’s BA (Hons) Dance Education programme. This varied programme not only equips graduates with the anatomical, musical and pedagogical knowledge and understanding to teach dance but also engages with philosophical, professional and practical issues in the fields of dance and dance education.

 

Royal Academy of Dance Awards Ceremony 2017. Georgina Butler is a First Class Honours graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance.

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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. 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 breath-taking 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).

 

Keep Dancing. Robin Windsor and Anya Garnis.

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