Strictly Come Dancing stars bring tour to Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 16:17 30 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:07 04 December 2016
Two stars of Strictly Come Dancing will be waltzing into Hertfordshire next year as part of a major nationwide tour.
Strictly Come Dancing favourites Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe return to the county with a spectacular new show in 2017.
Featuring a mix of ballroom and Latin, dance fans can see Somewhere In Time – An Audience With Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe at Watford Colosseum on Saturday, April 15 at 7.30pm.
The tour arrives at The Alban Arena in St Albans on Friday, April 21.
Two further dates at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage follow on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23.
“It’s such an amazing feeling taking a new show out on the road and meeting the fans.”
Ian Waite said: “Natalie and I had an incredible time touring the country earlier this year for our first ever UK tour.
“We’re thrilled to be back on the road next year with even more dates for 2017.”
The pair’s new show will be filled with breathtaking routines, stunning costumes, wonderful music and plenty of romance.
The golden dance couple are busy preparing to take their new production on the road for four months, when they will dance their way through 68 shows in 62 venues.
Ian and Natalie have become family favourites on the hit BBC show, which is now in to its 14th season.
They are best known for their high intensity performances and the pro-pairing have always pushed the boundaries of dance to bring out the very best of their celebrity partners.
Somewhere In Time is an entirely new show, with specially choreographed routines of their favourite dances, styles which the couple specialise in – Ian in Latin American and Natalie in ballroom.
Natalie put celebrity dance partner, Olympic gold medallist long jumper Greg Rutherford, through his paces in the current series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.
The 36-year-old Australian, who hails from Sydney, was a regular professional on Dancing With The Stars in Australia before heading to the UK.
It was back in 2009 when Natalie first graced the Strictly dancefloor, dancing her way to the final with actor Ricky Whittle.
Her dance partners on the show have since included EastEnders actor Scott Maslen, boxer Audley Harrison, cricketer Michael Vaughan, celebrity auctioneer Tim Wonnacott, and chef Ainsley Harriott.
Natalie said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce our new tour for 2017.
“It’s always a pleasure dancing with Ian.
“It’s such an amazing feeling taking a new show out on the road and meeting the fans.
“It’s a very special feeling seeing the faces of audience members and how much they are enjoying the performances.”
Since hanging up his dance shoes on Strictly, Ian has become a firm favourite behind the scenes on SCD’s It Takes Two programme with his very own slot, Waite’s Wednesday Warm-Up – during which he casts his expert eye over the weekly progress of the celebrities and their professional partners.
Forty-five-year-old Ian, from Reading, has enjoyed an illustrious dance career.
He began dancing aged 10 when he accompanied his younger brother to Saturday dance lessons and was enticed onto the dancefloor for the very first time.
Even then, it was clear to all that despite being in his school rugby and football teams, Ian was a born performer and dancer.
He went on to make it to the European Professional Latin Championships finals in 2003.
His celebrity dance partners on Strictly Come Dancing have included singer Mica Paris, Olympian Denise Lewis, model Penny Lancaster-Stewart, model Jodie Kidd, and radio personality and television presenter and It Takes Two host Zoe Ball.
Referring to his own tour Somewhere in Time, Ian added: “Wonderful dance routines, beautiful music, stunning costumes, amusing tales and plenty of romance – what’s not to like? See you there!”
• Tickets for the show in Watford cost £27.50 and £29.50, inclusive of any applicable booking fee.
Students and over 60s save £1.50.
There are also a limited number of meet and greet tickets, priced £47.50 and £49.50.
Call the Colosseum box office on 01923 571102 or book online at www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk
• Tickets for the St Albans date on April 21 cost £26 and £24, concessions £1.50 off.
Meet and greet tickets cost £20 more.
They are available from The Alban Theatre box office on 01727 844 488 or visit www.alban-arena.co.uk
• For the shows in Stevenage, tickets cost £27, and £25.50 students and concessions.
Call the Gordon Craig Theatre box office on 01438 363200 or visit the theatre’s website at www.gordon-craig.co.uk
• For more dates on the tour, visit www.audiencewith.co.uk