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13
Dec
Anton & Erin's 2018 Christmas Spectacular

Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag are thrilled to announce this year's 'Christmas Spectacular' at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane!

With an absolute cracker of a show planned for you, the nation's favourite ballroom couple will be treading those hallowed boards accompanied by the wonderful Kimberley Walsh, to fabulous music from the London Concert Orchestra. They'll also be joined by Capital Voices, west end singers and the Jingle Belle dancers for a full-on festive extravaganza!

Featuring seasonal song sing-alongs and a phenomenal snow-filled finalé, this promises to be the ultimate unmissable Christmas party... with all the trimmings!

Anton & Erin's 2018 Christmas Spectacular with Kimberley Walsh

Matinée and evening performances on Sunday 16th December, and again on Sunday 23rd December – tickets are on sale now – click through for full details!

See you in the audience – it's going to be the perfect winter warmer!

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27
Jul
Dance Those Magical Musicals - our 2019 Nationwide Tour

Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag announce their new, show-stopping dance production, ‘Dance Those Magical Musicals’, embarking on a major tour of the UK and Ireland for 2019.

The nation’s favourite ballroom couple present a world where Ballroom meets Musical Theatre with stunning costumes & breath-taking choreography, set to iconic theatrical music from shows including ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘42nd Street’, ‘Wicked’, ‘Top Hat’, ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Jersey Boys’. Joining Anton and Erin live on stage will be the London Concert Orchestra with conductor Richard Balcombe, a sensational West End dance ensemble and the brilliant star vocalist, Lance Ellington. The show will also feature the very popular ‘Q and A’ section providing some fun interaction with the audience.

Dance Those Magical Musicals - our 2019 Nationwide TourDance Those Magical Musicals - our 2019 Nationwide Tour

'Anton & Erin... Dance Those Magical Musicals' runs from the 25th January to the 24th March 2019. Tickets go on sale from 10.00am Friday 27 July 2018 from venues, online at www.raymondgubbay.co.uk and national ticket hotline: 0844 847 2319 (booking fees apply). Note: 0844 calls will cost 7 pence per minute plus your network access charge.

For more information visit www.AntonAndErinLive.co.uk

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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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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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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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