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"My 2011 Adventures... Part 1"

My 2011 Adventures... Part 1

05
Feb
2011

Hi everyone!

I have been a little busy the last few months, sorry for not blogging sooner!

I wanted you to know I have been thinking of you all, and that I try my best to keep you updated through my 'tweets'. If you aren't already following me please follow me either through the website or Twitter so I can keep you in step with where I am, what I am up to, and what's new!

Strictly Speaking

As Strictly series 8 is now over I'll keep the round-up brief.  I thought this year was one of the best ever, particularly with changes to the format, a great new set and also allowing us the professionals to be slightly more 'adventurous' with the routines - I thought it was great! And just to remind you, I've added a couple of pictures below.

Erin Boag and Anton du Beke dancing to Moon River on Strictly's Movie Night Erin Boag and Anton du Beke - Ghostbusters Erin Boag and Anton du Beke as a Couple of Swells

Even though I was eliminated early (week 4) I had a wonderful time with Peter Shilton and was so pleased to have the opportunity to dance with a true football legend. Thank you Peter!

Christmas Special

I also had the great pleasure of performing on last year's Christmas special with Vince Cable the Business Secretary and Twickenham MP. I had heard about his love of dancing as it has been well publicised: he's been social dancing for many years and he told me that it gives him a great release from his busy lifestyle, and that he thoroughly enjoys it. When a man takes hold of you, you want to feel relaxed and don't want to worry that he'll step on your feet: I needn't have worried on that score with Vince, I was confident in his arms from the start.

I told him, "I do want you to have fun, but I also want you to go out there and be competitive!"

The most important thing for me was that I wanted him to be really proud of his performance. I only had seven, one-hour training sessions to teach Vince the Foxtrot, before taking to the dance floor to impress the judges. Although he was a little nervous at first he quickly found his feet and it was great fun from start to finish... and we finished runners-up in the celebrity 2010 Christmas Special!

Erin Boag and Vince Cable Erin Boag and Vince Cable

On the Road with 'Puttin' On The Ritz'

I am now on the road again and living out of a suitcase – well – not just one suitcase, we actually have to take two cars to carry all of our outfits! Anton and I are currently taking our new show across the UK and Ireland, and so far we've performed in theatres in Northampton, London, Leicester, Liverpool, Sheffield and Stoke on Trent. While you are reading this we will probably be in Belfast or Dublin and approaching the end of the third week of our 8-week tour.

The show is very hard work, and physically and mentally tiring but we both love it. We are joined on stage by four talented dancers, and this year our fabulous singer is Lance Ellington from the Strictly Come Dancing band. Our very large live orchestra plays a range of music by such greats as Leonard Bernstein and Cole Porter - it’s a fast show and we have some breathtaking numbers.

As a special treat this year I have added a little song and dance routine to the ensemble… yes you read it correctly, I am singing! Who would've thought it! It’s not as daunting as one would expect, actually I really enjoy it.

Puttin' on the Ritz

Click the image above to download the full list of tour dates and venues for 'Puttin’ on the Ritz, and if you haven’t already got tickets you can book them at Raymond Gubbay's website.

Monday Dance Classes

I have resumed my dance classes at Kingston Dance Studio every Monday between 7.30 and 10pm. If you've got the dancing bug, or just want to give it a go, come down and join in. We have beginners and intermediate lessons so all abilities are welcome – and everyone is very friendly. Beginners start at 7.30 and improvers at 8.45, no need to bring a partner, just come along and have fun.

Ok, I promise I won't leave it so long next time before updating my blog, but in the mean time don’t forget to follow me on twitter. For now I will leave you with one of my very favourite moments from Strictly 2010.


Lots of love,

Erin X
P.S. Please feel free to add your comments, as I often come on and read them all!

Comments {17}
Great post Erin! Super to hear all your news - and to have a reminder of some fantastic performances from the past few months. Good luck with the Tour - hope it all goes well, and we can't wait to see you back on our screens! With love, David & Scott
David & Scott commented on 05-Feb-2011 01:20 AM
Just home from seeing you in Belfast....... amazing! Words cannot describe how fantastic you all were, and of course how beautiful you were. And you sing!....... anything you can't do?!
Suzy Kelly commented on 05-Feb-2011 02:26 AM
Hi Erin, I've just watched your routine to 'Moon River' with Anton. It was just as i remembered. Absolutely spectacular. You two really are the Torvill and Dean of the ballroom.
Karen Littlefield commented on 05-Feb-2011 02:07 PM
Hi Erin, great to see you keeping everyone updated on what's going on. Those are some fantastic pictures from SCD 2010. Good luck with the tour, I've had great updates from the fan club and am looking forward to seeing for myself in Manchester. See you there! Love Andy xxx
Andy N commented on 05-Feb-2011 02:11 PM
Hey honey, Fab update bless you! See you & Anton soon. Love always Sandy Scotty & Nana Scotty xxx xxx
Sandy commented on 05-Feb-2011 02:59 PM
GREAT pictures of you and Anton! Best pro couple on strictly I reckon! xx
Rachel commented on 05-Feb-2011 03:54 PM
Your waltz to Moon River was a complete dream to watch. I remember you performing this on your Stepping Out tour and i just melted, it was simply beautiful. In another life I hope to be a ballroom dancer, for this one I'll just have watch you in absolute awe. I hope you get to read this. x
Rebecca commented on 05-Feb-2011 06:03 PM
Hi Erin, Lovely to read your newsy blog. Coming to see your tour in Eastbourne. Xmas pressies for my Mum and Dad. After reading and hearing all the reports on it, I can't wait(e), oops!
Chris commented on 05-Feb-2011 06:35 PM
The fabulous dress is now hanging in my wardrobe just waiting to be worn! We need a ball Erin so I can have a venue to show it off. xxx
Carole Doran commented on 05-Feb-2011 08:05 PM
Hi Erin Great to read a new blog. So glad the tour is going so well - knew it would after seeing the fantastic show in Northampton. Thanks for putting Moon River on - I just love this and it always makes me want to cry. You and Anton are just perfection together. All the best for the rest of the tour - wish I could come again, but you are not coming near Bedfordshire again!! xx
Benita Scott commented on 05-Feb-2011 08:18 PM
Hi Erin, Met you last night after the Dublin show which, like last year's performance, was amazing. I was there with my parents Pat (your number 1 fan!) and Anne. We were sitting in the front row and throughly enjoyed the show - fair play to you for singing! You did a great job! I have some great photos but I don't have an e-mail to send them to. A photo of the 4 of you takes pride of place in a frame on the mantle-piece in the sitting room! The grand-kids have been moved out to the hall! Thanks for a fantastic night and we look forward to seeing you both on next years tour in the front row! Take care, Love Niamh xxx
Niamh Keating commented on 06-Feb-2011 08:27 PM
Hi Erin. Awesome blog as usual, its really nice reading your accounts of what you've been up to. I'm really excited to see Putting on the Ritz this Saturday in Birmingham. I know its going to be amazing. Love KirstyJane xx
KirstyJane commented on 09-Feb-2011 01:39 AM
Hi Erin Another great blog! All this talk about POTR is making me soooooooo excited and I still have 19 more sleeps before we get to see you and Anton perform in Plymouth! Can't wait!!!! All there is left to say is "Moon River - wow! It's gets me every time I see you guys perform that beautiful dance" See you soon! Lots of love Claire Bates xxx
Claire Bates commented on 09-Feb-2011 08:40 PM
Hi Erin, I know how busy you are at the moment (was at your opening night in Northampton and loved every minute) so am writing to thank you for taking the time to dedicate and sign the poster I bought. It has pride of place in my home and I will treasure it forever. Good luck for the rest of the tour and hope to see you again next year. Love and best wishes. Dawn x
Dawn Tibbs commented on 18-Feb-2011 06:39 PM
Hi Erin, Just to say how much i enjoyed Putting On The Ritz, great show from start to finish! Look forward to you and Anton returning to Glasgow. xx
margaret from glasgow commented on 22-Feb-2011 08:50 PM
Went to Putting On The Ritz in Leicester and the show was fantastic from start to finish, I am hoping to go to your show in 2012.
Andy commented on 10-Sep-2011 09:30 PM
Putting On The Ritz in Leicester was fantastic from start to finish, I am hoping to go to your show in 2012.
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