Angela and Carlos just miss out on the Quarter Final

Pro Dance News 29th November 2023

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Angela and Carlos just miss out on the Strictly Quarter Final.

 Angela and Carlos just miss out on the Strictly Quarter Final

Strictly week 10 results saw Angela Scanlon and Layton Williams face off in the dance-off.
It was both couple’s first time in the dreaded dance-off after they ended up in the bottom two.
After performing their dances once again, it was down to the judges to decide who should stay – and who should head home.

Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood, and Motsi Mabuse opted to save Layton and Nikita. However, Shirley Ballas admitted she would have saved Angela.

Speaking after her elimination was confirmed, Angela admitted she was “gutted”.
“It’s been honestly incredible, I’m gutted, really gutted that it’s finished now, but it has been the most wonderful experience,” she told Tess.
“I have made the best friend in this man [Carlos]. We have had so much fun, he is such an incredible guy. He has supported me and picked me up and made me laugh so much. I don’t know what to say, it’s been magical honestly – all of those people up there!


Strictly’s Bobby Brazier reveals his father Jeff told him he was ‘proud’ after he and Dianne Buswell left viewers in tears with moving dance.

Strictly's Bobby Brazier reveals his father Jeff told him he was'proud' after he and Dianne Buswell left viewers in tears with moving dance.

Bobby Brazier has told how his father Jeff was ‘really proud’ of him after his emotional perfomance on Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing. The EastEnders actor, 20, and his professional dance partner, 34, brought some viewers to tears with their performance to This Woman’s Work. The camera cut to Bobby’s father Jeff in the audience at the end of the song with the proud dad looking on the verge of tears.

Speaking on spin-off show It Takes Two on Wednesday, Bobby said: ‘I remember looking to them after it finished and my dad just said, “well done”, I could tell he was really proud. The pair received their highest score of the series with 37 points which came as a relief after they landed in the bottom two the previous week.

Dianne said: ‘To be in the dance off the week before, he was just so positive all week and he danced so well. I’m in shock little Bobby danced like that, it was so good.’ Bobby added: ‘It was a privilege. I always said before Strictly was even a thing in my mind if I got to do Couples’ Choice I would dance to that song.’

It comes after Bobby revealed his emotional two-word tribute to his late mother Jade Goody, after she died when he was just five years old. The soap star shared the moving homage during a candid interview with The Mirror, after leaving viewers in tears with his emotional dance. He said: ‘If I could see her again for one moment, I’d tell her, ”Thank you” and give her a cuddle.’

Bobby was only five when Jade, who rose to fame on Big Brother in 2002, died of cervical cancer on Mother’s Day in March 2009.

His father, TV presenter Jeff, 44, single-handedly raised him and younger brother Freddie, 19, with the pair both shedding some tears as they watched on from the audience.

Bobby said of his mother’s death before his performance: ‘It changed my life completely, I’d love to spend a day with her just to see where I get my smile from.’

In the emotional VT before Bobby’s performance with his partner Dianne, Jeff paid tribute to Jade and how proud she would be of their son. He told the camera: ‘As a family we are very tight, we have had to be as loss has made us grow closer.’ Bobby added his love for his dad by saying: ‘To be someone that my dad is proud of is everything.’

Breaking down in tears Jeff called himself ‘the lucky one’, explaining: ‘I’m the one who gets to bring the boys up I’m the one who gets to watch him on Strictly and it brings so much joy to my life, I’m very, very grateful for that.’


The National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals to return in 2024, with initial line-up revealed.

The National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals to return in 2024, with initial line-up revealed.

The National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals has revealed details for its forthcoming 2024 event.

Taking place once again at the AO Arena in Manchester and hosted by Jason Manford (The Wizard of Oz), the musical theatre-infused concert will be held on 22 January. The show will be aired on BBC One, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds at a later date.

Manford commented: “I’m thrilled to be hosting The National Lottery’s Big Night of Musicals once again. We’ve got another amazing line-up of smash hit shows for the Manchester Arena audience to enjoy. And the best thing about this show is that the tickets are free! It’s a thank you from The National Lottery to all the people who have supported the performing arts through these crucial years by playing each week.”

Twelve thousand tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis from 1pm today. National Lottery players will be able to reserve up to four free tickets (plus a £2 booking fee per ticket) with proof of purchase of a National Lottery product.

Over the past 12 months, more than £517m has been granted to arts projects across the nation, with £46m of this going directly to theatre-related projects. Since 1994, The National Lottery has contributed more than £7.8 billion to the UK’s arts industry.

The initial line-up for Big Night of Musicals in 2024 includes performances from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Grease, A Chorus Line, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Hadestown, and Guys and Dolls, with the full list of participating shows to be announced in due course.

In addition, the event will showcase a guest star appearance by multi-award-winner Beverley Knight, whose many stage credits include Sylvia, Sister Act, Memphis and The Bodyguard, among others. Alongside her performance, she will also be surprising some National Lottery heroes along the way.


Michael Fenton Stevens to join West End cast of Wicked next year.

Michael Fenton Stevens to join West End cast of Wicked next year.

Michael Fenton Stevens is among those set to join the cast of Wicked in the West End next year.

He will play the Wizard alongside Graham Kent as Doctor Dillamond, and the production will see the return of former cast member Laura Harrison, who will be a standby for Elphaba.

Stevens has previously starred in the RSC production of Queen Anne in Stratford-upon-Avon and London, Yes, Prime Minister, and William Congreve’s Love For Love.

The show will run at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre from March 12, 2024.

New cast members will join Alexia Khadime, Lucy St. Louis, Ryan Reid, Sophie-Louise Dann, Caitlin Anderson, Joe Thompson-Oubari, Lisa-Anne Wood, Conor Ashman, Jessica Aubrey, Joshua Clemetson, Effie Rae Dyson, Kate Leiper, and Jemima Loddy.

Joshua Lovell, Rory Maguire, PaddyJoe Martin, Millie Mayhew, Aiesha Naomi Pease, Jeanie Ryan, Natalie Spriggs, James Titchener, Micaela Todd, and Taela Yeomans-Brown will also continue.

Musical staging is by Wayne Cilento, with direction by Joe Mantello.

Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. It is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire and is written by Winnie Holzman.

Leaving the production on March 10 will be Mark Curry, Steven Pinder, Amy Webb, Yuki Abe, Kofi Aidoo-Appiah, Fergus Dale, Nicola Espallardo, Danny Fogarty, Ross Harmon, Harry Mills, Daniel Parrott, Christine Tucker, and Jaydon Vijn.

As it continues its West End run, the production will also be embarking on a tour of cities in England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland, opening at the Edinburgh Playhouse on December 7.

Wicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt, and David Stone.

The executive producer in the UK is Michael McCabe.


General News & Sighting

  • It was the turn of Angela and Carlos to be eliminated from Strictly this week. The Pro dance was choreographed by Matt Flint and Stephanie Powell Baxter. Vito and Ellie’s Argentine Tango was choreographed by Leandro Palou and Maria Tsiatsiani.
  • Strictly announced the 6 contestants for this years Christmas special. Danny Cipriani will be teamed with Jowita, Keisha Buchanan with Gorka, Tillie Amartey with Neil, Dan Snow with Nadiya, Jamie Borthwick with Nancy and Sally Nugent with Graziano.
  • Zizi Strallen will star in a new musical titled “I Wish You Well” based on the legal battle following Gwyneth Paltrow’s skiing accident. There is a one-off performance at the Turbine theatre on the 11th of December.
  • “Starter For Ten” has announced its full cast. It will star Adam Bregman and Eubha Akilade and run from the 29th of February to the 30th of March 2024. The choreography is by Shelley Maxwell.
  • The West End show “Wicked” has announced a new cast who will begin on the 12th of March 2024. The dance arrangements are by James Lynn Abbott.
  • Dame Arlene Phillips was named Dancing Queen of the Year by the “Oldie” magazine.

Future Dance Events News

  • Nick Winston will be directing the world premiere of the new musical “Wild About You” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on the 25th & 26th of March 2024. It will star Eric McCormack.
  • “The Wizard of Oz” has confirmed the full cast for its tour of the UK and Ireland. The choreography is by Shay Barclay. The show will open in Liverpool on the 13th of December 2024.
  • “Standing at the Sky’s Edge” has confirmed the initial casting for its 2024 West End transfer. It has choreography by Lynne Page and will run at the Gillian Lynne theatre from the 8th of February 2024.
  • A “Cruel Intentions” musical is coming to London. It will open at the Other Palace on the 11th of January 2024 with choreography by Gary Lloyd.
  • Nick Winston and Ryan Lee Seager will be directing and choreographing the world premiere of “Burlesque The Musical” – which has Christina Aguilera as an Executive Director. The show will open at the Manchester Opera House on the 13th of June 2024.
  • “Clueless The Musical” will have a developmental run at the Churchill theatre in Bromley from the 12th – 24th of February 2024.
  • “Mean Girls” is coming to the Savoy Theatre in June 2024.
  • A touring musical version of “101 Dalmations” will open in Wimbledon on the 22nd of June 2024.
  • “& Juliet” will embark on a UK tour from the 8th of July 2024. The choreographer is Jennifer Weber.
  • “The Devil Wears Prada” has confirmed its West End run and UK premiere. It will be directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell and be cast by Jill Green. The show will open in Plymouth on the 9th of July 2024.
  • “Bonnie and Clyde The Musical” has announced the initial cast and tour dates for 2024. Katie Tonkinson will star as Bonnie Parker.
  • “Starlight Express” is to return to London in the Summer of 2024. It will be choreographed by Ashley Nottingham.
  • The world premiere of the new British musical “Cable Street” is to open at the Southwark Playhouse on the 16th of February 2024. The choreography is by Melody Sinclair.
  • “Some Like It Hot” is coming to the West End in 2025. It will be directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw.
  • “Wicked” has announced the full cast for its tour of the UK and Ireland. We spotted Charlotte Coggin, Aine Curran, Jade Davies, Maddison Firth, Shoko Ito and Will Luckett among the cast members. The tour will open on the 7th of December at Edinburgh.
  • Full casting has been revealed for the first UK and Ireland tour of “Aladdin”. Gavin Adams will star with Desmonda Cathabel as Jasmine. Sarah Benbelaid is the Assistant Dance Captain. The show will open in Edinburgh in October.
  • The 2024 Mighty Hoopla Big Weekender has announced its line up led by: Natalie Imbruglia, Cascada and Gabrielle.
  • “Diana the Musical” will open at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London, on the 4th of December. It will star Kerry Ellis and Maiya Quansah-Breed.
  • “Shucked” will open in the West End in 2024. The choreographer is Sarah O’Gleby.
  • “Come From Away” announced a UK and Ireland tour beginning in Leicester on the 1st of March 2024. The production is being cast by Pippa Ailion and Natalie Gallacher. The choreography is by Tara Wilkinson and Kirsty Malpas with Richard Hinds. The Dance Captain is Angeline Bell.
  • “Hadestown” will open at the Lyric Theatre in the West End on the 10th of February 2024. The choreographer is David Neumann.
  • The new musical “Starter for Ten” will premiere in Bristol next year at the Old Vic theatre from the 29th of February until the 30th of March 2024.
  • “The King And I” will return to the West End in early 2024 starring Helen George and Darren Lee.
  • “Sister Act – The Musical” will return to the Dominion theatre in the West End on the 15th of March 2024. It will star Beverley Knight and Alexandra Burke. The choreography is by Alistair David.
  • The lead cast has been unveiled for “We Will Rock You” opening in the West End. It will star Lee Mead and Brenda Edwards.
  • The upcoming “Wicked” tour has announced its lead casting. Laura Pick will play Elphaba. The show will open in Edinburgh on the 7th of December. The choreography is by Wayne Cilento.
  • “Jesus Christ Superstar” will tour the UK in 2023/4 opening in Manchester this September. The choreography is by Drew McOnie.

Auditions & Vacancies

  • “Burlesque” the new musical that is opening in the West End has open auditions for dancers on the 11th of December. For more information and to register your interest go to:
  • London City Ballet, under the artistic directorship of Christopher Marney, is auditioning for dancers on the 13th of January (with recalls on the 14th) by invitation only. The application deadline is the 24th of December. See the website for further details:
  • Can You Dance is holding auditions to join the CYD Dance Star Company. The auditions are on the 14th December at the CAPA College in Wakefield and on the 20th of December at BOA in Birmingham. To apply, click on the link in the CYD biography on Instagram.
  • Whitechapel Gallery is auditioning for Tango dancers to accompany the exhibition “Dreams Have No Titles”. Visit the website for more details.
  • Ballet Cymru is holding auditions in Newport in January and February 2024. The deadline for applications is January 2024. For more details, contact:
  • KOR Intensives is looking for 3 girl dancers for a show at Wembley Arena on the 16th of December. For more information, contact:
  • Barbara Jackson is offering 2 free weeks of training and rehearsals for a new dance musical on the 12th – 16th of February. To apply, email:
  • The Place in London is looking for dancers to become Trainee Dance Teachers in their Partners Schools Project. Have a look at the website for details.
  • Rouge in Las Vegas is looking for male dancers. Contact:

Dance Classes

  • Dollie Henry has a Jazz workshop on the 10th of December at the Place in London from 4.00 – 5.30 pm.
  • Constance Devernay-Laurence has a class on the 1st of December at the Lantern’s Studio theatre from 11.00 am – 12.30 pm.
  • Jordi Guitart will be teaching at Move It on the 16th of March at 3.30 pm.
  • Shelley Ann has an Intensive Day on the 6th of January 2024 from 12.00 – 4.30 pm at the Dance Studio in Shrewsbury.
  • Monique Jonas has a 2 hour contemporary workshop on the 1st of December from 6.00 – 8.00 pm at the Place in London.
  • Sir Matt Bourne’s New Adventures Company is offering a 1 day masterclass with its leading dancers from “Edward Scissorhands” on the 16th of December – see the company website for further details.
  • Mica Bradbury, soloist with the Royal Ballet, has a Nutcracker workshop on the 3rd of December at the Royal Opera House from 10.30 am – 1.00 pm (for 8 – 11 year olds) and from 1.45 – 4.45 pm (for 12 -16 year olds). Contact Mica on:
  • Christopher Tendai is teaching a Musical Theatre Jazz class on the 6th of December at Pineapple Studios in London from 2.00 – 3.30 pm.
  • Lisa Welham, Magda Sobolewska, Katrin Lerner, Keoni Azra & Jennifer White have a Ladies Latin Intensive on the 9th of December from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at the Somers Town Community Sports Centre in London.
  • Weronika Wiktoria is starting a Street Jazz class every Monday at 5.30 pm at the Base dance studios with Ralitsa Chepisheva.Dance Forward has a 1 day Christmas Ballet course at the Royal Ballet Company Studios on the 3rd of December from 9.30 am – 1.30 pm with Darcey Bussell.
  • Lil J is offering a sassy Commercial class at the Pineapple Dance Studios on Tuesdays at 4.15 pm. You can book on the Pineapple app.
  • Amy Ireland is offering a Beginners Tap class at Pineapple Dance Studios on Fridays at 10.15 am and a Commercial Tap class on Mondays at 8.30 pm.
  • Dominique Marinho is teaching a Beginners Heels class on Tuesdays at Pineapple Studios from 3.45 – 4.45 pm.
  • Olivia Rose Shouler is doing a beginners choreography class on Wednesday from 7.00 – 8.25 pm at the Base Studios in London.
  • Gemma Hoddy is giving a class at Base Studios on Thursdays from 5.30 – 6.55 pm.
  • Nicolette Whitley is offering a dance class on Thursdays from 6.15 – 7.15 pm at the Inner Space in Nelwyn for £7. Reserve your space on:
  • Emma Levene is offering a General Ballet Core and Stretch Contemporary class at Forest Gate Community School on Thursdays from 7.00 – 8.00 pm. Email to book:
  • Alexandre Novelli is offering a Beginners Commercial for Adults class every Tuesday at her Novelli Studios from 6.00 – 7.00 pm.

Film & TV

  • The BBC has unveiled its Chritmas line-up, which will include the Rambert’s “The Redemption of Thomas Shelby” and Sir Matt Bourne’s “Sleeping Beauty”.
  • The Royal Ballet is beaming its “Nutcracker” live to some UK cinemas on the 12th of December.
  • The release date of the first “Wicked” movie has been brought forward to the 27th of November 2024.
  • We spotted Tamara Whittaker, Shawarah Battles & Sebastian Skov performing with Leigh Anne Pinnock at Haunted House 2023.
  • We spotted Becky Hicks, Karolina Eugenia & Ciara Rose Blankenship performing at the Fortnite World Championship in Copenhagen. The Creative Director was Beki Mari.
  • We spotted Lily Wang performing with Anne Marie in London. The choreography was by Claudimar Neto and Sammi Lee Jayne.
  • We spotted Harriet Bunton in the new movie “Napolean”.
  • We spotted Emily Haygarth in the latest advert for NHS organ donation.
  • We spotted the following dancers performing on “Hannah Widdington – Home For Christmas” on Apple TV: Lolly Campbell, Rachel Muldoon, Hannah Veerapen, Tom Clark, Luke Field Wright & Grace Durkin. The choreographers were Matt Flint and Stephanie Powell Baxter.
  • We spotted Renako McDonald on the ITV series “Mamma Mia! I Have A Dream”.
  • We spotted Ella Goodwin and Rio Maye in Trickster’s new music video. The contract was with Kutes.
  • We spotted Alexander Thompson, Jamie Bell, Lilly Stanion & Yasmin Tiragrant performing at the opening ceremony of the Saudi Games 2023.

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