With ‘Strictly Season’ now in full swing, it was a real treat on Friday night at The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe to see ‘The Ballroom Boys – Act Two’ – starring two of Strictly Come Dancing’s favourite former male professional dancers, Vincent Simone and Ian Waite.
This new show follows on the heels of their hugely successful tour back in 2019, and as promised, was a wonderful evening full of dancing, glamour, songs and comedy – with a little sprinkling of old school variety thrown in for good measure!
Our show opened to a toe-tapping rendition of the Funny Girl classic ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’, delivered beautifully by Amelia Adams, the show’s resident singer. Amelia is critically acclaimed for her roles in various West End hit musicals that include both ‘Jersey Boys’ and ‘Hairspray’, to name just a couple!
Our stars Ian and Vincent then took to the stage, dressed immaculately in white tailcoats, and were joined by their female dance partners to perform a foxtrot and American smooth to the hits ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ and ‘Cheek to Cheek’ by the wonderful composer Irving Berlin.
Ian was partnered with his West End dance star, Faye Huddleston (she’s been a regular dancer on the smash hit dance show ‘Burn the Floor’) and Vincent’s lady for the evening was the UK Latin Professional Champion, Ksenia Zsikhotska – also a famous face on the hit show ‘Dancing with the Stars – Ireland’. This truly was a feast for us fans of Latin and ballroom alike!
Ian and Faye then stayed on stage to showcase their Viennese Waltz to a moving rendition of Calum Scott’s beautifully haunting song ‘You are the Reason’, which was stunning to watch and hear live on stage.
Of course, no show starring Vincent would be complete without his signature Argentine tango, and the first of the evening was a very contemporary version to the song ‘Caruso’, famously named and dedicated to the Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso. Amelia really brought out the goose bumps as she sang it all beautifully in Italian.
We then switched from Argentina and Italy to the heat of Brazil – and a hip-swaying samba from Ian and Faye to close the first half of the show.
A powerful pasodoble opened up the second half of the evening, and then we were transported again, this time to Chicago, and a fabulous Charleston to ‘All That Jazz’.
We then really got to see the cheeky side of The Ballroom Boys when they emerged as bumbling amateur ballroom dancers – Ian in a black wig and moustache as the male lead, and Vincent in a blue dress, heels and a wig as his lady companion!
Hilariously funny, it also showcased what brilliant entertainers they are to be able to switch the lead, dance perfect steps, and make the audience laugh all at the same time – definitely a moment not to be forgotten!
A quick costume change later, normal service was resumed and more beautiful ballroom followed in a hypnotic rumba from Ian and Faye, to Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved’.
This wonderful show’s penultimate treat was a second Argentine tango from Vincent and Ksenia – this time a truly authentic, striking and strong dance to the classic La Cumparsita, which would’ve graced any dance floor in Buenos Aires.
All our talented cast joined the stage for the show’s last number ‘One Night Only’ – and after the rousing round of applause that followed, I’m pretty sure this tour will be enjoying many, many more nights ahead!
For more information and tour dates: theballroomboys.com.