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09
Sep
From Broadway To Hollywood - Anton & Erin's 2018 Tour

Anton & Erin will be celebrating a Decade in Dance in 2018 with their tenth UK nationwide tour: 'From Broadway to Hollywood'.

Featuring the very best of the Golden Age repertoire including: “Cry Me a River”, “Mr Bojangles”, “Downtown”, “New York, New York”, “Couple of Swells” and “Libertango”. And with Richard Balcombe leading the London Concert Orchestra, Lance Ellington adding his dulcet vocals, plus our marvellous ensemble dancers, it promises to be an unmissable experience!

'From Broadway to Hollywood' runs from the 19th January to the 18th March 2018. Full details of dates, venues and how to book can be found at Raymond Gubbay’s website.

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23
Sep
Anton & Erin's 2016 Christmas Cracker

Once again, the nation’s favourite ballroom couple, Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag, return to the Royal Albert Hall this festive season for their annual Christmas Cracker!

Fast becoming as traditional as cranberry sauce, the duo’s pre-Christmas winter warmer is back this year on Wednesday 21st December 2016 with a matinee at 2:30pm and an evening performance at 7:30pm.

Accompanied by Richard Balcombe and the London Concert Orchestra, vocalist Lance Ellington along with three choirs, this show of seasonal fun is the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations!

Tickets are on sale now - click through for full details!

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23
Sep
Swing Time - Anton & Erin's 2017 Tour

Anton & Erin will be touring the nation this coming spring 2017 with their brand new spectacular: 'Swing Time'.

Featuring classic tunes including: “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “I Got Rhythm”, “Guys And Dolls”, “Strike Up The Band”, “Moondance”… the duo can hardly wait to start rehearsals!

With Richard Balcombe leading the London Concert Orchestra, Lance Ellington adding his dulcet vocals, plus marvellous ensemble dancers… the stage will be well and truly set!

'Swing Time' runs from the 26th January to the 2nd April 2017. Download the Tour Flyer from here… and see full details of dates, venues and how to book over at Raymond Gubbay’s website.

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15
Jan
Anton & Erin's 2016 Tour - Just Gotta Dance

The nation's favourite ballroom couple return with a thrilling new show for 2016!

Featuring sensational new choreography, sparkling costumes and a show band performing timeless music including: "Night and Day", "Lullaby of Broadway", "Fever", "Too Darn Hot", "Downtown", "Jealousy", "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "New York New York" the Tour runs nationwide starting next week, from 21st January to 20th March 2016.

With star vocalist Lance Ellington, six world class ensemble dancers, and Richard Balcombe leading the London Concert Orchestra, this is Anton & Erin at their finest.

Click through to Raymond Gubbay's website for more information and all tour dates and venues... and watch this fabulous rehearsal video below!...

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20
Oct

Strictly's Erin Boag reveals the real reason she's not on this year's show.

I can't keep it covered up any longer... There's been much speculation about my absence from this year's Strictly Come Dancing, but I can now reveal the real reason why I turned down appearing on this year's show... Yes, I'm truly excited and delighted to say… I'm pregnant!

My husband Peter and I are expecting the arrival of our first child in the spring of next year. It's such a relief to be able to tell all, as it's been 'strictly mum's the word' these past few months! Another reason for being so quiet is that I have been battling with terrible morning sickness – I don't know why it's called "morning" sickness as I had it morning, noon and night!!!

My career is such an important part of my life, however with ten series of Strictly under my belt, it just felt the right time.

Before baby arrives, amongst other things, Anton and I will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall this Christmas with 'Anton & Erin's Christmas Cracker' (I'm sure those gorgeous gowns might need a bit of letting-out by then!).

As some of you will know, Anton and I have been fortunate to perform our sell-out UK tours for the past five years but for obvious reasons I won't be able to perform this time - though I will be helping Anton prepare for, and supporting him on his solo tour which launches early next year.

And after baby's born?... I'll be back dancing just as soon as my body and fitness allows! Anton and I already have bookings in place for next year, and I'm particularly delighted to say we're planning a big come-back tour for 2015! So there's plenty to look forward to, as you all now know – especially the pitter-patter of tiny feet too.

Be sure to keep up with my news on my personal blog and by following me on twitter!

Lots of love,
Erin
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29
Sep
Anton and Fiona

For those of you who know me well, you'll know I've been a little slow to embrace technology... But with a new shiny new iPad under my arm, I'm doing my best to get up to speed. And up to speed is now an understatement... I've gone the whole hog and had a fabulous new website to boot, complete with videos to watch, a live social media feed - get me with all the technology jargon!

Anyway, I do hope you like it, have fun exploring it... and be sure to add yourself to my address book, follow me on Twitter, like me on Facebook... and make me your pin up on Pinterest... Phew! I'm exhausted at the thought of it all.

So with Strictly things to do I really must dash, but before I go I'd just like to take the opportunity to thank you all once again for being just the very best fans anyone could ever wish for, and for your continued support and encouragement!

With all my love,
Anton
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20
Sep

Series eleven of 'Strictly' has already burst onto our screens with a cracking Red Carpet Celebrity reveal show. And if that tantalising warm-up for this season's show is anything to go by, it's going to be unmissable viewing!


As I'm sure you'll already know, the very lovely Erin isn't joining us on the show this year. After ten series she has declined the BBC's offer to appear once again and will, I'm sure, be sadly missed by all - especially me ...However we do hope she'll be putting in an appearance at some point!  Read more here.

So, back to the task ahead: this year I'm delighted to say I have the really rather super Fiona Fullerton as my celebrity dance partner.

Anton and Fiona

With the show just about to start we have already been hard at work rehearsing, and I couldn't be happier with Fiona's progress. I'd go as far as to say she is shaping up rather nicely! This of course is helped somewhat by new name for me (Mr Wonderful!)... plus a lot of hard work and tea!

Breaking for tea

I may have to raise my voice though as I had said 1,2,3,4... not 1,2,3, floor!

After the dance

Anyway, there is still much to do. So all that's left to say is that I hope you'll join us each week! Please keep up with the much appreciated support, and keeeeep voting!

I hope you have have fun and enjoy the new series, we certainly intend too!

Lots of love,

Anton
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09
Sep
Ballroom to Broadway

The nation's favourite Ballroom dancer Anton Du Beke is back once again with a thrilling new show to wow audiences across the UK.

Featuring memorable dances alongside sensational new choreography, timeless tunes and strictly dazzling costumes to conjure up the elegance of Ballroom at its best and the unmissable razzle dazzle of Broadway.

Click through to Raymond Gubbay for more information and all tour dates and venues.

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06
Sep
Anton & Erin's Christmas Cracker

Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag take to the stage at The Royal Albert Hall in a fabulous afternoon of music, song and dance with their very own special tribute to the festive season.

Click through to Raymond Gubbay for more information and all tour dates and venues.

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01
Jun

After ten wonderful years, and with a truly heavy heart, I have decided to decline the BBC's very kind offer to compete again in series eleven, and have withdrawn from being a competitive dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.

It's been a very hard decision to make, but it's time for a change and to focus my attention on new challenges. That said, it's not necessarily farewell to Strictly, as I do hope to continue being a part of the show.

Erin Boag on Strictly Come Dancing

With this change in mind, it's a timely opportunity to look back over the last ten series. I feel so privileged to have been involved with the show since it began almost a decade ago when both Anton and I were invited by the BBC to dance in the very first series. It's amazing to be part of something so very special - a global phenomenon! - that not only brought ballroom dancing back into favour, but also onto prime-time television, capturing the hearts and imaginations of viewers - and encouraging people to enjoy dance, too!

It's been so much fun making new friends, meeting wonderful people, and of course being partnered with such lovely celebrities year after year. I'm going to miss spending so much time with my amazing fellow professional dancers - it's true what they say, Strictly really is just like a great big family! From its inspirational producers; the dedicated crew who work so tirelessly behind the scenes; the costume, hair and make-up teams who've made me look so fabulous every week, and of course the wonderful Strictly house band of musicians and singers who never miss a beat, everybody continually works so very hard to push the boundaries and make each series bigger, better and more spectacular!

Strictly wouldn't be Strictly without you, the fans, and I can't thank you enough for all the encouragement and support you've given me and my celebrity partners over the past ten series - you've made this wonderful journey all the more magical.

With so many incredible moments and happy memories it's hard to pick my favourites, and it would be impossible to choose between my wonderful partners... so I'm simply going to leave you with some pro-dance highlights where Anton and I were lucky enough to perform alongside world class artistes. Enjoy!

I'm certainly not hanging up my dancing shoes and retiring from the ballroom... far from it! I'm going to be doing more television work, choreography and teaching (news on that to follow!), and Anton and I will still be performing at shows and events across the country as usual... keep an eye on our websites and twitter for all the latest!

So, it's ciao for now, but in the words of Brucie himself... Keeeeeeeeep dancing!!

Lots of love,
Erin
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