With Strictly waltzing back onto our screens this month, it’s certainly the perfect time for the Ballroom and Latin extravaganza Keep Dancing to kick off its UK tour! I caught the show at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley where guest star Lisa Riley lit up the stage for the week.
After getting a sneak preview of rehearsals a few weeks ago I was delighted to see the show come to life, with a ten-strong professional dance troupe, a talented singing trio and percussionists as well as our Strictly favourites Robin Windsor and Anya Garnis! It was definitely a step-up from the fantastic Puttin’ on the Ritz tour from 2015 with fresh song choices ranging from Ballroom classics such as New York, New York and recent hits such as Play That Sax.
It is great to see a variety of styles, even an ingenious contemporary piece from two of the dance troupe to a remix of I Want it That Way. This show wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries, particularly with Robin’s awesome, dramatic all-male piece in the second act ,and it incorporates all the performers flawlessly no matter what the style.
The costumes are dazzling as always but the real sparkle comes from former Strictly contestant and TV star Lisa Riley. She bounces on stage with her iconic jive and immediately lights up the room with her stunning personality. She may not be a professional dancer but she’s a professional performer and you can’t help but beam throughout her routines.
Robin and Anya hold the show together with class, dipping in and out of the numbers with ease, although the highlight as before is their sensuous rumba. They are simply a flawless pairing! With a striking Gloria Estefan finale getting the crowd on their feet, it’s clear this show hits the spot with audiences. Slick choreography, with a touch of elegance and Latin spice; the odd missed lift or costume change slip aside, David King, Emma Rogers and Innis Robertson have created an entertainment masterpiece.
Lisa is set to join the tour again when it arrives at Woking in October, but if you’re booked in elsewhere you’ll enjoy performances from Jay & Aliona, Louis Smith and Chelsee Healey. Full casting information and tour dates can be found on the website.