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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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20
Sep

It's hard to believe, but this will be our tenth series on Strictly Come Dancing. The show has been an enormous part of both our lives since it burst onto television screens back in 2004, and it just gets better and better. This year sees a sensational line up, and in terms of the pairings – and to coin a Brucie phrase – 'didn't they do well!'

Jerry Hall and Richard Arnold are our celebrity partners for 2012, and we're hoping for great things, not least the possibility of holding that glitter ball up in the air at the finals! So Jerry and Richard take note, we've got high hopes for you both!

Jerry Hall and Richard Arnold

We're also excited to welcome Darcey Bussell to the judges' panel — she will be a great addition to the show...  let's hope she's going to be kind with us!

So as the whirlwind starts yet again, the coming weeks will fly by: working our celebrity dance partners as hard as we can, rehearsing for those fabulous group dances, costume fittings and numerous interviews and television appearances… It's Strictly time, and we absolutely love it!

Anton and Erin

Be sure to keep a step ahead by following us both on twitter (@theAntonDuBeke & @ErinBoag), where you'll get all the gossip and action as it happens. And keep tabs on our progress via our Brucie-inspired 'Play Your Cards Right' Strictly scorecards – we'll keep them updated with the scores and video clips of all our dances from each show so you can watch them over and over again.

Scorecards

So, we're off to polish our shoes, slip on our sequins... and prepare for a showstopper of a series! Until next time, keeeeep dancing!

Lots of love,

Anton & Erin
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10
Sep
Anton and Erin's 2013 Tour

New for 2013, we're back with a dazzling new show in a salute to the Golden Years of the MGM musicals. Sassy tunes, sensational choreography and sparkling costumes conjure up all the fizz and razzmatazz of glamorous Hollywood at its best.

Featuring:
• Strike Up the Band (from Strike Up The Band)
• Everything’s Coming Up Roses (from Gypsy)
• Ah Yes, I Remember It Well (from Gigi)
• Almost Like Being in Love (from Brigadoon)
• Steppin’ Out with my Baby (from Easter Parade)
• That’s Entertainment (from That’s Entertainment)...
and many more!

With guest singer Lance Ellington, guest dancers and a 25 piece orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe, don't delay — book your tickets now!

For further information please download FULL TOUR DATES HERE, or alternatively visit www.raymondgubbay.co.uk for full details and to book your tickets!

We look forward to seeing you in the audience - hope you can make it!

Lots of love,

Anton & Erin
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P.S. Don't forget to keep tabs on our Events page for all upcoming dates to be added to your diary!

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24
Dec
Merry Christmas from Anton & Erin
...And don't forget to tune into the
Strictly Christmas Special
8pm, BBC1, Christmas Day!
It'll be a cracker!
(And we've pulled some knockout celebrity partners too!)
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01
Jun

We're incredibly excited to welcome you to the very first blog post on our brand new Anton & Erin website!

Let's jump in both feet first and start with a quick round-up of the year so far – it's really flown by, and it doesn't feel like our feet have touched the ground, literally! We've travelled the length and breadth of the country with our 'Puttin' on the Ritz' show, and we really hope some of you were able to come along and share in the experience. If you missed it, be sure to take a look at the super photos in the tour gallery but here are some great teasers shown here...



With more time on our hands we turned our attention to our website – no doubt you'll all agree that a new site was well overdue! We're so pleased to share all the hard work with you now, and once again, Scott & David at the Bungalow have come up trumps (we especially like the 'Play Your Cards Right' approach to 'Strictly'... see below!) We're both thrilled with our new look, and can't wait to hear your feedback!

Firstly we now have our very own blog! No more excuses for not keeping you all up to date with our comings and goings, exciting news, and some behind-the-scenes photos so you can share and join in with our fun!

You can now also sign up to our mailing list so you'll be the very first to know when we release show and tour dates, and as and when we have exciting news to share, you'll receive it straight to your inbox.

There are lots of new pictures and galleries for you to flick through, see our latest photo shoots, tour pictures and much, much more.

For all you 'Strictly' fans, there is a super new page for you too where you can revisit all the past series of the show, see the scores, watch our dances, and relive all those favourite moments!



We now have a new Forum page for you to share your thoughts and get in touch with each other — we've called it our 'Speakeasy' and we both look forward to reading your comments and getting to know you all.

To make it easier to follow our steps, we have a live twitter feed here on our Blog page — if you you've not yet dipped your toe into twitter, go on and give it a go, it's fun and you get all the latest news as it happens: out and about, on the red carpet, and backstage too!



We also have a lovely new shop, so for the first time you can buy signed photos, the most fabulous posters... and other treats to be revealed soon!

We hope you love the new site as much as we do — it's been great fun seeing it come together and we're delighted with the results. We'd love to see you all using the 'Speakeasy', commenting on our blog posts and keeping in touch with us.

We can't begin to thank you all enough for your continued support, lovely comments and for being the best fans anyone could wish to have. This site is for you... Enjoy!

With love,
Anton & Erin
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