Anton and Erin ~ Dance Those Magical Movies – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Star rating: *****

What better way to cheer up a long arduous January than with the glorious partnership of Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag? You might know them both from BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, although Erin finishes the show a few years ago now (and is much missed!).

The beauty of Anton and Erin’s tours is that Lance Ellington, known for his exceptional vocal ability which has been demonstrated on Strictly Come Dancing, provides vocals for their show. His velvet tones lend themselves wonderfully to all of the song choices and it was so fantastic to hear him live that I soon found myself looking him up on Spotify! If you love him too I suggest you do the same. Adding her strong voice and gorgeous dance steps to the mix is the talented Laura Emmitt. There are also six backing dancers in the company, all of whom are as engaging to watch as the main pair themselves.

From the waltz to the foxtrot to the quickstep ~ Anton and Erin led us on a journey of wonder and set the silver screen atmosphere with every ebb and flow. Accompanied by the mighty London Symphony Orchestra, it was a real treat from beginning to end.

Both stars have the gift of the gab and their chats with the audience were appreciated immensely. There’s also a chance to put your own question to them and that section of the show is as entertaining as the dancing itself. Not forgetting that Anton also has a rather decent singing voice and I adored his duet with Lance.

Dirty Dancing, West Side Story, Chicago, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Austin Powers are all included in the cornucopia of movie music choices. Austin Powers was a particularly popular option given the dance that Anton performed with his 2019 Strictly partner, Emma Barton (they was robbed!).

Make sure you catch this magical tour: Anton and Erin 2020 Tour

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