WIN! Tickets to Strictly stars Rip It Up show

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STRICTLY Come Dancing's Natalie Lowe is to join forces with former champions Louis Smith and Jay McGuiness for the touring production of Rip It Up which visits Carlisle in September.

The team will bring the soundtrack of the 1950's to life in an explosion of song and dance. Natalie, Jay and Lewis will swing, bop, jitterbug, lindy hop, jive and ballroom into some of the greatest songs at The Sands Centre on Saturday September 16.

From the producers and director of 2017's smash tour Remembering Fred, which stars Come Dancing's Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec, Rip It Up will also feature Radio 2's Leo Green and his 50's all-star band, along with a cast of dancers hand-picked by Natalie.

Natalie said, “To be able to work with these two incredible Strictly champions and choreograph routines with them to the music from music's greatest decade is something that we are all very excited to be working on. Together we will dance through some of the most fantastic songs ever created."

Jay McGuiness is best known as a vocalist in the boy band The Wanted, whose debut single All Time Low hit the number one spot on the U.K. singles chart in 2010. The band went on to have a further three number one singles, including the global hit Glad You Came.

After taking on Strictly, Jay began on a journey involving more theatre productions. This tour will be another chance for Jay to put on his dancing shoes, and he can't wait.

"It's really weird though, because over the course of Strictly you get conditioned to learning a new dance every week, so by the time it comes back around the next year you feel like you're being thrown in at the deep end again. It's Week One all over again, with all these new contestants about to carry on their journey while I was back for just that one week."

Louis Smith MBE is one of Britain's sporting superstars after winning medals at three separate Olympic Games. He shot to fame at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 by winning a bronze medal in the pommel horse, before winning silver medals at both the London 2012 and Rio De Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

After the London 2012 Olympics, Louis took part in and won that year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing, lifting the coveted Glitterball trophy with his professional dance partner Flavia Cacace.

Speaking about the upcoming tour, Louis is looking forward to a new challenge. "I have been asked to sing in this show. I think you'll hear my voice amongst the backing singers.

That's as far as the singing will go. I'm just looking forward to being on stage and ripping it up for a couple of hours a night with Radio 2's Leo Green and his 50's all-star band backing us; the singing, the music, the dancing - that music is going to make you want to jig away in your seat.

"I love that whole period of 50's and 60's music; Jimmy Ruffin, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, The Temptations and The Marvelettes. I was brought up on reggae music and soul music I have my Mum to thank for that."

Rip It Up will head to The Sands Centre on Saturday September 16

Tickets are available from the box office

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:09PM
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