REVIEW | Strictly Come Dancing the Professionals, Symphony Hall

If you thought that Strictly Come Dancing was just a show meant for the last few months of the year, then think again.

Some of the dazzling professional dancers recently hit the road on a UK tour that kicked off the weekend in style at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Friday (May 17) and it brought the Strictly party to the city all guns blazing.

Ten of the professionals performed in the show that was packed with incredible routines from both Latin and Ballroom, as well as a few trips down Strictly’s memory lane and more sequins and fake tan than you could shake a tail feather at.

The line-up was impressive as it saw a mix of world champions, Strictly finalists and semi-finalists who fans of the award-winning BBC talent show all take to the stage without a celebrity partner, giving them a true chance to release their incredible moves, as well as giving the audience an insight as to how their journey in dance brought them to where they are today.

The show was a special one for former champion and much-loved Strictly pro, Pasha Kovalev, who announced earlier in the year that he would be retiring from the show after eight incredible series.

Throughout the evening he was joined by Gorka Marquez, Neil Jones, Karen Jones, Oti Mabuse, AJ Pritchard, Nadia Bychkova, Dianne Buswell, Karen Clifton and three-time Strictly finalist, Giovanni Pernice.

Highlights included a slick Argentine Tango, a saucy samba and even the iconic group dance to Candi Stanton’s Young Hearts Run Free, which was originally performed by the pros at the Strictly Blackpool Special in 2013.

A final Swansong for Pasha, the Strictly Come Dancing Professionals tour is yet just another reflection of how the award-winning show has allowed the country to fall head over heels in love with dance.

There were nods to the legendary Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly and a superb blend of jaw-dropping routines that had the crowd on their feet by the time the evening came to an end. Now, we just have to wait until a new series heads our way with a brand new batch of celebrities that the pros will do their very best to transform into kings and queens of the ballroom.

Until then, keep dancing!

*Disclaimer // I was invited to watch the by Symphony Hall. I did not pay for my tickets, but was asked to write a review in exchange. All views are my own.

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