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"From Broadway to Hollywood - our 2018 Tour!"

From Broadway to Hollywood - our 2018 Tour!

09
Sep
2017

Hello everybody!

It's that time of year again... the nights are starting to draw in... but our living rooms will all be aglow with the sparkle from Strictly every Saturday evening! I hope you'll be tuning in tonight at 7pm, BBC1, for the launch show for this, the 15th series!

Speaking of landmarks, Anton and I are thrilled and excited to announce our new Tour for 2018: 'From Broadway to Hollywood' - it's going to be a real showstopper with all of our most favourite numbers! Marking a decade in dance - our tenth tour - we are very, very excited to share it with you!

Featuring the very best of the Golden Age repertoire including: “Cry Me a River”, “Mr Bojangles”, “Downtown”, “New York, New York”, “Couple of Swells” and “Libertango”, and with Richard Balcombe leading the London Concert Orchestra, star vocalist Lance Ellington, plus our marvellous ensemble dancers, it promises to be an unmissable experience!

From Broadway To Hollywood - Anton & Erin's 2018 Tour

 

'From Broadway to Hollywood' runs from the 19th January to the 18th March 2018 – 35 performances in all. Tickets are available now, with full details of dates, venues and how to book over at Raymond Gubbay’s website.

Anton and I are so looking forward to seeing you in the audience!

Lots of love,

Erin
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"Swing Time - our 2017 Tour"

Swing Time - our 2017 Tour

24
Sep
2016

Hello everybody!

As Strictly season begins, what better time to post a quick blog about my upcoming tour with Anton! We're excited to announce that we'll be touring the nation this coming spring 2017 with our brand new production: 'Swing Time'.

Featuring classic tunes including: “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “I Got Rhythm”, “Guys And Dolls”, “Strike Up The Band”, “Moondance”… we can hardly wait to start rehearsals!

We'll have Richard Balcombe leading the London Concert Orchestra, Lance Ellington adding his dulcet vocals, plus our marvellous ensemble dancers too … the stage will be well and truly set!

Swing Time - Anton & Erin's 2017 Tour

'Swing Time' runs from the 26th January to the 2nd April 2017 – 39 performances in all. There's a Tour Flyer you can download from here… and full details of dates, venues and how to book can be found over at Raymond Gubbay’s website.

Looking forward to seeing you in the audience!

Lots of love,

Erin
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"Just Gotta Dance - our 2016 tour!"

Just Gotta Dance - our 2016 tour!

15
Jan
2016

Hello everybody!

It's been far too long since my last blog post, I'm sure you'll agree! I've been very busy with the new addition to our family: our pride and joy, Ewan! He's absolutely adorable, as good as gold, and it feels like he's growing before our very eyes!

I promise I'll write more soon to update you on all the happenings from the past couple of years, but for the moment I'm very excited to share some dance news and a new video with you!... As I'm sure you already know, Anton and I are on tour this coming spring with our new show, 'Just Gotta Dance' - we've been rehearsing hard, and let's not forget, Anton was busy with Strictly right up until Christmas, so a good few weeks of rehearsals without him were, shall we say, interesting!

The tour kicks off next Thursday with our first date in Northampton, and we are both very excited indeed!

Anton & Erin's 2016 Tour - Just Gotta Dance

We’ve got sensational new choreography, sparkling costumes and a show band performing timeless music including: “Night and Day”, “Lullaby of Broadway”, “Fever”, “Too Darn Hot”, “Downtown”, “Jealousy”, “Bye Bye Blackbird” and “New York New York”.

We’re also thrilled, once again, to be featuring star vocalist Lance Ellington, six world class ensemble dancers, plus Richard Balcombe leading the London Concert Orchestra. It's going to be spectacular!... And I haven't even told you about all the fabulous dresses!!

So, back to the video - here it is, and it's got some wonderful rehearsal footage too to give you a feel for what's in the show.

 

Anton and I very much hope to see you in the audience and we are very, very excited to be back on tour!... Less than a week to go!!

Lots of love,

Erin
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"Baby Shower, Shopping, Dance Tour and Birthday Celebrations"

Baby Shower, Shopping, Dance Tour and Birthday Celebrations

27
Mar
2014

Hi everyone,

As I am on the final countdown with only five weeks to go everything is passing like a blur but I am loving every part of this stage of pregnancy, well, almost every part. Gaviscon has become my best friend; heartburn is apparently normal so I will continue drinking, what tastes like toothpaste, until it subsides.

The last few weeks have been full of ante-natal classes, hypnobirthing, a meeting about next year’s dance tour, a beautiful baby shower, building my forever home, my birthday, baby scans, buying nursery furniture and baby essentials and of course trying to choose a name for the bump!!

Firstly I have to say that going to hypnobirthing class has totally changed the way I feel about giving birth. I was extremely nervous about it, everyone tells you the horror stories and we have all watched movies and documentaries on TV with ladies screaming throughout the labour!!

Someone recommended that I try hypnobirthing so I thought what have I got to lose – I am so glad that I listened. Hypnobirthing is an established, effective way to birth your baby in a positive, calm environment. You are taught techniques to help you to go in to a deeply relaxed state – the best way to be when giving birth to your baby.

My husband Peter is a Master Practitioner in NLP so he was a big fan of hypnobirthing and has now got me practicing my relaxation and breathing techniques every night before I go to sleep. He has even made a playlist of my favourite music to listen to when in labour. I would highly recommend it to anyone – the hypnobirthing that is, not my husband!

I also had a wonderful surprise this month when my friend Ruth and my husband Peter arranged a baby shower for me. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and we all gathered at Warren House in Kingston Upon Thames for afternoon tea and games. It was full of fun and laughter, beautiful cakes and a glass or two of champagne for some of the ladies!

Peter had his own baby shower in the bar next door with all the boys. It was a beautiful day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

My birthday was the next day, 21 again!!!! Hurrah! Peter made me breakfast in bed and again the weather was just perfect. Along with flowers I got lots of lovely presents – including a wireless music system that I can take with me to the hospital so that when I give birth we can play all our favourite music.

I went for a baby growth scan last week and they told me although the baby looked fine I seem to have way too much fluid around the baby. This is not a good sign so I had to go in the next day and have a glucose test for diabetes and see a consultant. Thankfully my diabetes results came back clear but I have to go back next week for another scan to check if the fluid has reduced. Hopefully, fingers crossed, it has. The baby is now head-down and moving around like there’s no tomorrow. Sometimes I get baby’s little bottom digging in to my right rib and other times a foot sticking out of my left side. I have been told by the midwife that this is a good sign. If I rub and pat the bottom it will wriggle and its little legs will kick out (very alien like!!).

Although Anton Du Beke, my professional dance partner, hasn’t quite finished this year’s tour we have already started planning for next year. We have been dance partners now for 17 years and danced 10 series of Strictly Come Dancing together and have done 5 UK tours so it did seem strange not touring with Anton this year – but it is all in a good cause. We had a meeting last week with our tour organisers and we are all set to go in January 2015; very excited indeed. I have told my mother already and she is excited as she will come over from New Zealand for three months to look after the baby and perhaps both come on a part of the tour with us. It will give her a great chance to have some baby-&-Grandma time and give me peace of mind knowing that I have someone I can trust looking after the little one while I am on stage. I do think however, that after three months she may be glad to get on the plane home again.

I have finally started shopping for the baby essentials. It took us a long time to choose a nursery set but the one we finally decided on was from Belle Maison. It is so adorable and beautiful and it is all hand made. I don’t want to give away my little secret yet so I have shown some boy and girl nursery furniture below!!

Some other essentials that I have bought include: a Tommie Tippee sangenic nappy disposal system, which I think is essential to keep the lovely smell of baby poo away! And some beautiful New Zealand wool clothes, from Merino Kids, which keep your baby warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

And last but not least the house is coming along nicely… we have a roof on now and the first-fix electrics and plumbing are going in. I have been busy on-site making all the little decisions that need making as all the tradesmen coalesce as the work inside the house intensifies. We need to get a move on as this baby needs somewhere to live!!

I will write again soon as I want to get a few more blogs in before the bump decides to make an appearance!!

Lots of Love,

Erin x

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"28 Weeks Pregnant, Babymoon and Sunshine"

28 Weeks Pregnant, Babymoon and Sunshine

10
Feb
2014

Finally, after helping my professional dance partner Anton get his tour up and running, I am off on my “babymoon”. Before I went, one of my jobs was getting the costumes ready for all the cast, working with the wonderful Dance Sport International.

The tour is well underway. I watched the first few shows and if I do say so myself it is a fabulous show. However, it does feel strange not being a part of it for the very first time but pregnancy and dance do not mix well. There comes a time when its just not possible anymore so there was only one thing that was going to make me feel better and that was booking a babymoon to take my mind off things.

Before being pregnant I had never heard of a babymoon – however I am reliably informed it’s a last holiday before the baby arrives. I thought the best thing would be a trip back to New Zealand to visit family and get some sunshine and hopefully give my bump a bit of a tan. Since touching down in New Zealand I have been so lucky with perfect weather. I have been here for two weeks and my husband Peter has now flown out to join me.

Our days have been packed – catching up with family and friends; a dolphin spotting boat trip; fishing on my Dad’s boat; a helicopter ride; a bit of sunbathing and of course most nights you have to do the good old New Zealand tradition of a BBQ in the back yard!

I left London at 26 weeks pregnant and I am now 28 weeks and my bump is expanding fast. I am also pleased to report that I still have an “innie” (belly button) and not a pushed out one yet.

To be honest I am hoping it stays that way but I have heard that a lot of women have belly buttons that pop out!

I was sunbathing today and was not sure what was bigger – my belly or the volcano in the background (Rangitoto Island) – but I will leave you to decide!

I have to admit things are getting a little more difficult now. I no longer sit up and get out of bed – my husband has to roll me out now, I feel my hip joints getting sore and I even caught myself waddling the other day! It is a wonderful feeling though when you feel the baby kicking and moving even if it does keep me awake most of the night.

The sunshine is not over for me yet. We have a few more days here in NZ and then we are off to Phuket for a little more sunshine before heading back to cold, grey and very wet London.

I can’t say that I miss the winter days but I can say that I miss being on the dance floor and touring with Anton, but I will make the most of things and enjoy the sunshine while I can.

Love,
Erin
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"Morning Sickness, Dancing and Anton Du Beke!"

Morning Sickness, Dancing and Anton Du Beke!

20
Dec
2013

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog!

Can you believe it, I’m pregnant!!!! Even after 22 weeks I still have moments when I have to pinch myself to check it’s not a dream and is actually happening.

It’s a weird but completely wonderful feeling that a little person is growing inside me but I have to admit it hasn’t been all plain sailing so far. Let me fill you in on what’s been going on with me and my body over the past five months.

From about six weeks onwards I have suffered with severe morning sickness, sometimes six to seven times a day!!!! I have come to the conclusion that it must have been a man who called it MORNING sickness – I would like to rename it morning, noon and night sickness!

Some days were so bad that I could barely function and thought about making a bed in my bathroom as I spent more time in there than anywhere else.

Oh, and the sickness wasn’t the only problem either, with the belching and wind (yes, I was putting that nicely) and the overwhelming fatigue that knocked me out by sunset I wasn’t much company during those early months!

I was hoping that the symptoms wouldn’t last long; how wrong was I! I had no let up until I was about 18 weeks. Even now, though things have got slightly easier, I still get nausea daily but you will be pleased to hear the wind has passed! Although I have found that an apple helps quell the nausea feeling.

My husband Peter has been a saint through it all even when he was woken up in the middle of the night with me munching on a juicy Granny Smith apple! I know he found it tough watching me suffer so badly but hopefully the worst is over now.

After 10 wonderful years it was difficult for me to say goodbye to Strictly and not be apart of the show this year but I knew the time was right for me to start a family. It is something that I always wanted to do.

It is even more difficult for me that I won’t be touring with my professional dance partner Anton early in 2014. I will be far too pregnant and unable to fit in the dresses!

However fear not, my career is very important to me and I can promise you that I will be back performing midway through 2014 (health permitting).

And I haven’t had my feet up for the last few months either… throughout all the morning sickness I have still managed to make appearances and perform shows with Anton. I feel it helped me cope with the nausea and I did not want to let people down. Seeing the joy on people's faces when we perform makes everything worthwhile. So I put a smile on my face and twirled around the dance floor.

At nine weeks pregnant, I teamed up with one of my celebrity partners from Strictly, Colin Jackson, and performed a couple of dances and ran workshops on a week-long tour around the Country for Npower in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research.

For those of you that are thinking that continuing to dance might be dangerous for the baby, I have spoken to my midwife and doctor and they both say it is fine as long as I don’t do anything stupid. So I have taken the lifts and flips out of the routines as that may be taking things too far…

As we approach the end of 2013 Anton and I have three shows left before I hang up my dance shoes (for a little while anyway) and they are the biggest three shows of all.

Yes I am so excited to say that we, (Anton and I) are performing at the Royal Albert Hall.

We are doing the final rehearsals this week and our show – Anton and Erin’s Christmas Cracker will open on Sunday 22nd December.

My husband and I went for our 20 week scan last week and I can’t describe the feeling of seeing how the baby has transformed and grown over the past few months. The baby is growing perfectly so far and measured about 10 inches in the scan. We have known the sex of the baby for some time now as we did a harmony test at 12 weeks, which I would thoroughly recommend, and they asked us then if we wanted to know what it was.

I thought I would like to know the gender but for some reason I chickened out. So we asked the nurse to write it on a piece of paper and seal it in an envelope. We took it home and placed it on the dining room table and we stared at it for days until the time was right. We did not have a preference either way but it was still a very special moment when we did finally rip it open. We have not told anyone yet and will probably keep it as our own little secret until the big day.

At my last midwife appointment she asked me to stand on the scales. As I thought to myself “don’t look down” I did and caught sight of my weight. I have to admit I had a little tear in my eye as I left the hospital but it’s all in a good cause.

I am now into my 22nd week of pregnancy and can’t fit into most of my regular clothes. I wish I could say that I am one of those lucky ladies that only expand on the front with a perfect little bump. My husband tells me that my bump and I look perfect but the truth is I have expanded all over! So I have packed all my “pre-pregnancy” clothes into boxes, sealed them and written on the outside of the box: ”Do not open until you are back to normal!!”

However I am very lucky that Tiffany Rose has come to my rescue and provided me with a selection of beautiful maternity clothes to wear. Below is a picture of my 22-week bump and a gorgeous dress by Tiffany Rose.

Lots of love,
Erin
XX

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"I Can't Keep It Covered Up Any Longer!"

I Can't Keep It Covered Up Any Longer!

20
Oct
2013

Strictly's Erin Boag reveals the real reason she's not on this year's show.

I can't keep it covered up any longer... There's been much speculation about my absence from this year's Strictly Come Dancing, but I can now reveal the real reason why I turned down appearing on this year's show... Yes, I'm truly excited and delighted to say… I'm pregnant!

My husband Peter and I are expecting the arrival of our first child in the spring of next year. It's such a relief to be able to tell all, as it's been 'strictly mum's the word' these past few months! Another reason for being so quiet is that I have been battling with terrible morning sickness – I don't know why it's called "morning" sickness as I had it morning, noon and night!!!

My career is such an important part of my life, however with ten series of Strictly under my belt, it just felt the right time.

Before baby arrives, amongst other things, Anton and I will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall this Christmas with 'Anton & Erin's Christmas Cracker' (I'm sure those gorgeous gowns might need a bit of letting-out by then!).

As some of you will know, Anton and I have been fortunate to perform our sell-out UK tours for the past five years but for obvious reasons I won't be able to perform this time - though I will be helping Anton prepare for, and supporting him on his solo tour which launches early next year.

And after baby's born?... I'll be back dancing just as soon as my body and fitness allows! Anton and I already have bookings in place for next year, and I'm particularly delighted to say we're planning a big come-back tour for 2015! So there's plenty to look forward to, as you all now know – especially the pitter-patter of tiny feet too.

Be sure to keep up with my news here on my blog and by following me on twitter!

Lots of love,
Erin
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"Anton & Erin Go To Hollywood"

Anton & Erin Go To Hollywood

10
Sep
2012
Anton and Erin's 2013 Tour

New for 2013, Anton and I are back with a dazzling new show in a salute to the Golden Years of the MGM musicals. Sassy tunes, sensational choreography and sparkling costumes conjure up all the fizz and razzmatazz of glamorous Hollywood at its best.

Featuring:
• Strike Up the Band (from Strike Up The Band)
• Everything’s Coming Up Roses (from Gypsy)
• Ah Yes, I Remember It Well (from Gigi)
• Almost Like Being in Love (from Brigadoon)
• Steppin’ Out with my Baby (from Easter Parade)
• That’s Entertainment (from That’s Entertainment)...
and many more!

With guest singer Lance Ellington, guest dancers and a 25 piece orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe, don't delay — book your tickets now!

For further information please download FULL TOUR DATES HERE, or alternatively visit www.raymondgubbay.co.uk for full details and to book your tickets!

Anton and I look forward to seeing you in the audience - hope you can make it!

Lots of love,

Erin
XX

P.S. For this, and other dates for your diary, see my Events page too!

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"My 2011 Adventures... Part 2"

My 2011 Adventures... Part 2

06
Apr
2011

Hi everyone!

Finally... isn't it wonderful to see that Spring has sprung, with some colourful flowers, bright and sunny days, and the beginning of longer evenings! (I must admit I am not a lover of cold winters!)

The Tour

Sadly the tour of 'Puttin' on the Ritz' has come to an end. This year we travelled from Dundee to Plymouth via Ireland with thirty-nine shows in twenty-three cities all in eight weeks.

It has been a fantastic show and exciting that I got to sing this time. If you managed to get to one of the shows thank you for your magnificent support!! It was also a pleasure to meet so many of you after the performances, outside some very chilly and dark stage doors. It is rewarding to have you come and enjoy the show and be such wonderful audiences.

For your delectation I have added some of my favourite photos taken over the eight weeks; I have also added a few links to reviews of the show.

Anton and Erin Puttin' on the Ritz Anton and Erin Puttin' on the Ritz Anton and Erin Puttin' on the Ritz Anton and Erin Puttin' on the Ritz Anton and Erin Puttin' on the Ritz

We had some great moments on the tour, here are a few to remind you (if you were there) and if you weren't, you can have a giggle anyway:

  • When we were performing at Nottingham, someone was eating a box of sweets in the second row and Anton asked if he could have one, so she handed us her box of Roses, which Anton took, tipped them out on stage (so he could find his favourite) and then proceeded to throw the remainder into the audience! I bet she won't offer her sweets to Anton again!!!
  • We were just saying hello to the audience after the first dance in Basingstoke when a couple of late arrivals ambled in to take their seats. Anton did his usual "you're late" routine when suddenly I noticed it was my husband and friends!! Oops!! Anton had a lot of fun taking the mickey out of Peter for the rest of the evening.
  • Whilst driving to the next venue after one of our shows, at about 1am in the morning, we decided to pull over for a coffee. I still had my stage makeup on and false eyelashes, though more concerning, Anton still had foundation on his face! Well, as we walked into the motorway services we realised there were about 30 butch rugby players also queuing for refreshments. The look on Anton's face was a picture, convinced he was going to get the rib taken… and to our surprise, all of a sudden we were surrounded by the team asking for photos — they were big Strictly fans!! It just goes to show even big beefy rugby players enjoy Strictly!
  • Having booked a ticket with 'the world's favourite airline' to come back from Dublin, we turned up around 7.30am expecting to waltz onto our flight, when we were greeted by check-in staff announcing that the flight was full!!! I thought when you booked a ticket you were guaranteed a seat... well apparently not. Anyway, after a little gentle negotiation with the airline staff (Anton threatened to kill someone!!!) we managed to get on the flight, but if the poor soul who gave up their seat for us is reading this — Thank You!
  • When the tour ended I was unpacking my cases and noticed that somehow, I had accumulated 25 bags of Minstrels and Counters — now this is surprising because as you know I don't even eat chocolate ;-) !!! By the time I have eaten them all I will be looking like Miss Piggy! Thanks to everyone who supplied me along the way and contributed to my coronary!! I only finished the tour a couple of weeks ago and I've been at the gym every day to try and get rid of the Minstrel fat!
  • I would like to give a special thank you to Raymond Gubbay, our tour promoter; the fine musicians in the London, Manchester, Scottish and Welsh Concert Orchestras, with their conductor, Richard Balcombe; our lovely singer Lance Ellington from Strictly; and our accompanying dancers, Francine Cornwell, Lisa Dent, Ben Campbell and Tom Goodall. Finally, a big thank you to my wonderful dance partner Anton du Beke… because let's face it guys, without him I would be dancing on my own and that would just look silly!!! Plus he keeps my on my toes every night and makes me laugh with his funny stories — he also lets me speak now and again!!

Reviews:
South Wales ArgusBournemouth EchoThis Is Leicestershire

TRIC Awards and Children's Champions Awards

I went to the TRIC (Television and Radio Industries Club) awards this month. I sat on a table with a bunch of the Strictly people including Felicity Kendall, Brendan, Tess, James, Ola, Anton, Tina O'Brien and a couple of Strictly Execs. and I am pleased to announce that Strictly won the award for Best TV Reality Programme for the 7th Year running!! I even met Peter André, who came over to our table (and to be honest with you he is a lot smaller than I thought he'd be!!).

Anton and Erin at the TRIC Awards, 2011

I also had the pleasure of attending the Children's Champions Awards in London and I must say it was one of the most worthy awards I have ever been to. Congratulations to all winners on the night. Next time I must remember to take a tissue with me.

Anton and Erin at the Childrens Champions Awards, 2011

My Monday Dance Classes

Just to let you know my classes are still running - I even managed to run all my classes whilst performing on the tour (beginners 7:30, improvers 8:45).

Erin Boag's Kingston Dance Class

Miss Scotland 2011

Anton and I are thrilled to have been invited to host Miss Scotland in June 2011. It will be held in Glasgow and I am going to have to keep an eye on Anton with all those beautiful women around!!

We are quite excited, as the ten finalists will have to learn a ballroom dance routine to perform for the judges and, yes, you guessed it... we will be teaching them! Let's hope that they don't fall off their high heels!!

Christchurch, New Zealand Earthquake

It was so kind and thoughtful of some of you to enquire about my family in NZ. They are all well and safe in the North Island. My heart goes out to all that have suffered and I am glad to say that Brendan Cole's family, who are in Christchurch, are also safe.

Dressing up for Party Time

If you are interested in turning up at a party in a fancy dress designed by me you can go to Fun-Shack and click on the 'Anton & Erin' picture box. There are a number of costumes from the 'Steppin' Out' show. More designs will be coming soon! (Please note though that these are fancy dress costumes and not the real thing!!!!!)


Until next time, lots of love,

Erin X

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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!

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