Dianne Buswell reunites with Bobby Brazier

Pro Dance News – Edition 16-04-24

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Dianne Buswell reunites with Bobby Brazier for ‘special’ dance’.

 Dianne Buswell reunites with Bobby Brazier for'special' dance'

Dianne Buswell and Bobby Brazier have reunited for a ‘special’ dance months after competing together on Strictly Come Dancing. The pair, who were contestants on the latest series of the BBC dance contest, appeared back together in a day that pro dancer Dianne described as ‘pure joy’.

Dianne and Bobby made it to the Strictly final alongside actor Layton Williams, who was paired with professional Nikita Kuzmin, and Coronation Street star Ellie Leach alongside her pro partner Vito Coppola. Despite their success on the show and support from fans, Dianne and Bobby were pipped to the post by Ellie and Vito.

Although they didn’t get to the lift the Glitterball trophy, the pair struck up a close friendship and have remained friends since leaving the show. Dianne and Bobby also danced together again during the live Strictly tour, which ended in February, alongside their fellow Strictly 2023 finalists and a number of their series co-stars.

After finishing life on the road together, the dance couple have now reunited once again with a wholesome visit to a care home. The EastEnders actor and professional dancer visited the home to speak to residents and show off their signature dance moves.

Sharing a video of their ‘special’ time with her 1 million followers on Instagram, Dianne wrote: “Today was just pure joy to see how happy they all were to have us really was special. And I got to have another little dance with the bobsta still didn’t quite get that lift tho did we [laughing face emoji]. Thanks for having us @bobbybrazier.”

In the video, Bobby could be seen twirling a woman around whilst Dianne danced with a beaming man. The pair then showed off their moves with the care home residents clapping and cheering them along, whilst Dianne said: “Show them your hips Bobby.”

Reacting to the sweet video, one fan @keleye76 commented: “This is just wonderful to see… Humanity at its finest. P.S. I lost my Mum in October and she never got to see how far you both got in Strictly, I’m sorry she missed that. She also loved that song ‘Green Door’ by Shakin Stevens so this made me smile even more.”

Bobby’s dad Jeff Brazier wrote: “A million [heart emoji]‘s YES,” as his wife Kate Brazier added: “My heart”. @strictly_jaljaz wrote: “The smiles on their faces, I adore this,” as @eddo_official said: “This is very special to my heart. After losing my gran I could see in the last times I saw her how much song would bring her happiness and joy right until the last time. Can imagine all these guys finding so much joy and happiness seeing you two dancing to such amazing songs. How very special xxxxx.”


Sunset Boulevard has scooped seven wins at the Olivier Awards 2024.

Sunset Boulevard has scooped seven wins at the Olivier Awards 2024.

Sunset Boulevard has scooped seven wins at the Olivier Awards 2024, with its stars Nicole Scherzinger and Tom Francis winning best actress and best actor in a musical for their respective performances.

The awards, presented in partnership with Mastercard, took place at the Royal Albert Hall on April 14, with Hannah Waddingham once more as master of ceremonies.

Sunset Boulevard picked up the most gongs of the evening, nabbing the prizes for categories including best director for Jamie Lloyd, best musical revival, best lighting for Jack Knowles and best sound design for Adam Fisher.


Kinky Boots returns with new production starring Johannes Radebe.

Kinky Boots returns with new production starring Johannes Radebe.

Strictly Come Dancing star Johannes Radebe is to play Lola in a new production of musical Kinky Boots.

The show, with music by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, will open at Curve in Leicester on January 17, 2025, before touring.

It will visit venues such as the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, the Palace Theatre in Manchester and the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin. It is currently scheduled to run until July, ending at the New Theatre in Oxford.

It will be directed by Curve artistic director Nikolai Foster and will also star Dan Partridge as Charlie Price.

Cyndi Lauper said: “Kinky Boots is one of the things I’m proudest of in my career, and I’m so excited that audiences will get to see it again, in a new production. It’s like a happy pill – and we could all use some of that right now. I can’t think of a better time or place to relaunch this special show in its place of origin.”

Fierstein added: “An all new production is a thrilling event in the life of a well-loved show. And to have that rebirth occur in the place of its origin makes it all a billion times more exciting. I can’t wait to welcome Kinky Boots home.”

Curve chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Foster added that they were “beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to create a brand-new Kinky Boots at the Curve”, adding that it would be “returning the story to its native Midlands and manufacturing heartland of Leicester, where our theatre proudly stands today”.

“This is a story of British industrial heritage, told through Fierstein’s fiercely intelligent words, and Lauper’s explosive songs, in a truly joyful musical about overcoming adversity, celebrating individuality, the power of a good pair of heels and community spirit,” they added.

It has choreography by Leah Hill, set and costume design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Adam Fisher and casting by Harry Blumenau.

Kinky Boots is produced by ROYO and Curve.


Six the Musical extends West End run into 2025 and confirms post-show karaoke.

Six the Musical extends West End run into 2025 and confirms post-show karaoke.

Award-winning musical Six has extended its current West End run into 2025 and has released details for a one-night-only post-show karaoke event.

The West End production is set to team up with its Broadway counterpart on 6 June 2024 to host a one-night-only post-show karaoke called “Six Karaoke (You Have A Voice).” The London host for the event will be cast member Hannah Lowther.

Fans will have the opportunity to perform their favourite song from the show on the Vaudeville Theatre stage (or the Lena Horne Theatre stage in New York). To enter, fans are invited to post a clip of themselves singing a number from Six to Instagram Reels/TikTok, tag the show @sixthemusical and use the hashtags #YouHaveAVoice and #SIXWestEndKaraoke.

The West End production will also hold two new sing-along performances on 12 January 2025 and 4 May 2025, in addition to the upcoming sing-alongs on 12 May 2024 and 25 August 2024.

Producer Kenny Wax commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to be extending our reign in London, providing audiences with even more opportunities to Get Down with our incredible queens and live band until May 2025. We’re also really pleased to be teaming up with our Broadway production in offering the microphone to some talented fans and giving them an opportunity to truly experience how it feels to be a West End star.”

Tickets for the West End production at the Vaudeville Theatre, now booking through to 4 May 2025, are on sale Here.


General News & Sighting

  • Attendance across Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s six West End theatres rose by 23% last year to 3.2 million people.
  • The Ambassador Theatre Group, who oversee 64 venues across the UK, Germany and the USA, has announced a major rebrand. The company will now be known as ATG Entertainment. ATG sells nearly 18 million tickets a year.
  • Strictly star Johannes Radebe is to play Lola in a new production of “Kinky Boots”.
  • Dame Arlene Phillips and James Cousins won the Gillian Lynne Award for Best Theatre Choreographer at the Olivier Awards for their work on “Guys and Dolls”. Isabela Coracy won the Olivier for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for her role as Nina Simone in “Nina: By Whatever Means”.
  • Max George and Maisie Smith will star in the UK tour of “War of the Worlds”.
  • “Magic at the Musicals” has announced the four additional musicals joining its line up. They are: “Dear Evan Hanson”, ” Hairspray”, “Aladdin”, & “”The Lion King”. The concert will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on the 22nd of September.
  • Leeds Playhouse and Opera North have revealed the full creative team and casting for their joint production of “My Fair Lady”. It will star Katie Bird and John Hopkins and have choreography by Lucy Hind and Llandyll Gove. The show will play from the 31st of May until the 29th of June.
  • The casting has been set for “Gatsby” with Isaac Powell in the leading role. The show has choreography by Sonya Tayeh and opens at the Loeb Drama Centre in Cambridge on the 5th of June.
  • Casting has been announced for the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of “Jerry’s Girls”. It will star Lyn Paul and Julie Yammanee and have choreography by Matt Cole. The show will run from the 18th of May until the 29th of June.
  • Casting has been confirmed for the musical “Marie Curie”. The cast will be led by Ailsa Davidson as Marie. The production will run at the Charing Cross theatre from the 1st of June until the 28th of July. It has choreography by Joanna Goodman.
  • “Heathers the Musical” will return to Soho Place from the 22nd of May until the 6th of July before embarking on a UK tour. It has choreography by Gary Lloyd.
  • The Dolly Parton musical “Here You Come Again” has announced its full cast and creative team. It will be choreographed by Lizzie Gee and Teenie MacLeod and run from the 11th of May until the 8th of June in Leeds before touring.
  • Lead casting has been announced for the touring version of “101 Dalmations”. It will star Kym Marsh as Cruella. The tour will open in Wimbledon on the 22nd of June. The show has choreography by Lucy Hind.
  • STOP PRESS – The nominations have just been announced for the 2024 National Dance Awards. The event will take place at the Coronet theatre on the 3rd of June.

Future Dance Events News

  • “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” is set to embark on a world tour in 2025. The new production will launch in the UK while its West End staging will continue its run at the Piccadilly theatre.
  • The current touring production of “The Wizard of Oz” will return to the West End on the 15th of August at the Gillian Lynne theatre. The cast will be led by Aston Merrygold.
  • The musical “Lizzie” will return to the Hope Mill theatre in Manchester from the 17th of October until the 11th of November. It is directed and choreographed by William Whelton with associate choreography by Yandass Ndlovu.
  • “Mary Poppins” announced a new UK tour. It will star Stefanie Jones and Jack Chambers and have choreography by Sir Matt Bourne and Stephen Mear. The show will open on the 4th of November at the Bristol Hippodrome.
  • “Magic at the Musicals” will return to the Royal Albert Hall on the 22nd of September. Participating in the event so far are: “Hadestown”, “Mamma Mia”, “Six” & “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”.
  • “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” is set to return for a new tour starring Donny Osmond. It will open at the Edinburgh Playhouse on the 3rd of December. The choreography is by JoAnn M Hunter.
  • “Heathers” will return for a new UK tour opening in Windsor on the 24th of July. The choreographers will be Gary Lloyd and Christopher Parkinson.
  • A new musical featuring the work of Steps will open at the Alexandra theatre in Birmingham from the 9th until the 24th of November. The choreography is by Matt Cole.
  • A stage musical based on Prince’s film and album “Purple Rain” is in the works with producer Orin Wolf.
  • “Kiss Me, Kate” will run at the Barbican theatre in London from the 4th of June until the 14th of September. It will star Adrian Dunbar and Stephanie J Block and be choreographed by Anthony Van Laast.
  • “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.
  • 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.
  • “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.
  • “Starlight Express” is to return to London in the Summer of 2024. It will be choreographed by Ashley Nottingham.
  • “Some Like It Hot” is coming to the West End in 2025. It will be directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw.
  • 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.

Auditions & Vacancies

  • Mercurial Dance is looking for 3 dancers in Birmingham for Embody XR. The audition is on the 29th of April and you have to apply by the 19th of April at: producer@mercurialdance.co.uk
  • Aaron Dwyer is holding auditions for a Summer production of “Footloose” at the Dance Attic in London on the 19th of May. You can sign up on the company website.
  • The Central School of Ballet is looking for a Classical Ballet Tutor for male students. You can apply via the company website.
  • Cabaret Rouge is looking for dancers this Summer in St Tropez. Contact: cabaretrouge@live.co.uk
  • Sir Matt Bourne is auditioning dancers for his iconic “Swan Lake” on the 4th & 5th of May. You can get further details on the New Adventures website.
  • ZooNation is looking for dancers for the period of October until December. Visit the website for details.
  • Locked Creative is looking for a male gymnast / dancer for a feature movie filming in London. For more information, go to: info@lockedcreative.com
  • Auditions for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2024 will be held at Pineapple Studios in London on the 17th & 18th of June.

Dance Classes

  • Mica Bradbury, Soloist at the Royal Ballet, has a Swan Lake workshop on the 12th of May at the Royal Opera House. Contact Mica for more details on: micabeau@gmail.com
  • Josie Lee has an Intensive Training day from 12.00 am – 5.00 pm at Base Studios in London on the 30th of May. You can DM Josie to book your place.
  • Lucie Camelo has a Magic Mike style workshop on the 21st of April from 5.00 – 7.00 pm at the Castle Centre.
  • The Leicester College of Performing Arts (LCPA) has a 3 day Summer Intensive from the 30th of July until the 1st of August from 10.00 am – 3.00 pm. See the college website for further details.
  • Bethany Kingsley-Garner and Thomas Edwards of UK Young Dancer are holding a Classical & Theatre Workshop in Glasgow on the 16th of June.
  • Dollie Henry MBE and the BOP have their Jazz Development Lab from the 19th of April at the Morley College near Waterloo. Contact BOP for more details.
  • Sophie Allnatt, dancer with the Royal Ballet, is doing a Ballet Workshop on the 5th of May at Thorpe Hall School in Essex. Contact Sophie for more details on: sophie.allnatt@hotmail.co.uk
  • Amy Ireland has weekly classes on Fridays at 10.00 am at the Pineapple Dance Studios in London.
  • The annual TGS Summer Intensive takes place this year on the 22nd – 26th of July from 10.00 am – 3.00 pm daily. The dance teachers are: Jacob McIntosh, Leighton Jay Halliday, Charlie Bruce & Jordi Guitart. Email: jordi1962@gmail.com to book your place.
  • Nafisah Baba is teaching a Contemporary class at Pineapple studios on Mondays from 8.15 – 9.45 pm.
  • Keith and Judy Clifton have a new beginners class on Thursdays at the Grimsby Town Hall from 7.30 – 8.30 pm. Contact: keith.clifton@icloud.com
  • Ryan Jenkins has partnered up with Mandy Allen to produce the iD – Company Summer School from the 12th until the 16th of August. For more information contact: info@the-idcompany.com
  • Lizzie McConachie has a commercial class on Mondays at Pineapple Studios from 7.30 – 8.30 pm.
  • Aimee Casey has an Adult Ballet class at Flame Studios in Cardiff on Fridays from 6.30 – 7.30 pm.
  • Lucy Jane Adcock has 2 weekly classes at the Base dance studios in London on Sundays at 11.30 am and on Wednesdays at 10.00 am.
  • Christina Andrea has a Commercial Edge class at Base Studios on Thursdays from 2.30 – 4.00 pm.
  • Beth Ackroyd is doing an Adult Ballet class at the Fresh Ground in Battersea on Thursdays from 11.00 am – 12.00 pm. You can contact Beth on: beth.lauren@live.com
  • Veronika Wiktoria is starting a Street Jazz class every Monday at 5.30 pm at the Base dance studios with Ralitsa Chepisheva.
  • 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.
  • Dominique Marinho is teaching a Beginners Heels class on Tuesdays at Pineapple Studios from 3.45 – 4.45 pm.

Film & TV

  • There will be a movie of the West End musical “Kiss of the Spider Woman” starring Jennifer Lopez.
  • The new British musical “The Little Big Things” will be streamed globally by the National Theatre at Home service from the 9th of July. The show is choreographed by Mark Smith.
  • We spotted Kane Horn and Ben Hukin on Dua Lipa’s new video for her song “Illusion”. It was choreographed by Charm La’ Donna, Sharon June & Sammi Lee Jayne. The contract was with AMCK.
  • We spotted Oluwatosin in the new Depeche Mode video for “People are good”.
  • We spotted Autumn Miller on stage with J Balvin at Coachella.

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