How are you celebrating Strictly Come Dancing?
Date Posted: 02/09/2015
With confirmed contestants ranging from singer Peter Andre to television chef Ainsley Harriott, the 2015 autumn series of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing is looking to be just as popular as ever before. From dancing holidays to Strictly Come Dancing cruises, there are loads of great ways to celebrate this year's series!
To celebrate the new run of glittering dresses, waltzing, twisting, foxtrotting and the occasional mishap, why not take some inspiration from the new contestants and get involved in some dancing of your own?
From themed holidays to meeting the professionals themselves, there are plenty of options for groups who really want to tap into the Strictly fever that is sweeping the nation.
Dance on board a cruise ship
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offers a series of energetic workshops on board a wide range of their cruise holidays, so you can incorporate some dance lessons into your next voyage.
Male and female hosts are on each ship, and offer dancing lessons to those who fancy learning a few new steps in an unconventional location.
There is also an evening dancing session every night before dinner to a live orchestra, plus entertainment troupes who will take over the dancefloor at various times throughout the cruise to display everything from jazz and tango to foxtrot and salsa. These Strictly Come Dancing cruises are not to be missed!
Group benefits are available across a range of Fred. Olsen Cruise holidays.
Shake a tail feather with Warner
For those who’d rather keep their feet on solid ground, Warner Leisure Hotels offers a selection of dance-related activities on a ‘Do You Warner Dance?’ programme, which is available across the majority of the hotel chain’s sites.
Groups holidaying at a Warner location will find dance workshops available every day of their stay (except arrival and departure days).
These workshops are hosted by an entertainment team at both weekends and midweek, and include ballroom, Latin, line-dancing, and tap lessons.
Plus, travelling to Warner as a group of 20 or more means you are entitled to benefits for both the organiser and the group.
Meet the stars in real life
Fancy meeting the professionals? Donahey’s (a dance event organiser) will be putting on a series of Dancing with the Stars weekends in 2016, at various locations including Alton Towers Resort Hotel in Staffordshire and Beaumont Estate Hotel in Windsor.
Each weekend break will feature a selection of Strictly dancers - Aljaz Skorjanec, Janette Manrara, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite, to name but a few.
Groups opting for one of these breaks can enjoy three days of dance showcases, four hours of ballroom and Latin dance classes with the stars themselves, question and answer sessions with your favourite dancers, plus lessons from Donahey’s trained entertainment team.
Watch how the professionals do it
If you’re not quite ready to hit the dance floor yourself, why not opt to see a Strictly-related show instead?
The Last Tango, starring Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, will embark on a 33 week tour from this month. It marks the dancing duo’s final tour, following sell-out hit shows Midnight Tango and Dance 'Til Dawn.
The tour opens at Aylesbury Waterside on 17th September before it visits venues including Manchester Opera House, Cardiff New Theatre and Bristol Hippodrome as part of the nationwide 33 week show.
Alternatively, you can see Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag in a brand new ballroom dancing production, Just Gotta Dance, which will also be a production on tour (from January to March).
The show will include timeless classics such as Fever, New York, New York, and Night And Day. The performances will also feature a Q and A section for some audience interaction.