17:32 Thursday 02 May 2013

Dancing duo prove they are Strictly fab

Written byCAROLINE KAY

FROM Hollywood to the Ballroom — An Evening with Pasha and Katya was nothing less than surreal.

Over the years I have been fortunate to see quite a few of the Strictly Come Dancing professionals on stage - Brendan Cole, Vincent Simone, Flavia Cacace and Nicole Cutler to name-drop a few — so to add another two of the hit BBC show’s stars to my list was something I was looking forward to immensely.

The stars of the show, Pasha Kovalev and Katya Virshilas, were joined by delicious dancing duo Ryan Hammond and Lindsey Muckle, to bring to life some of the nation’s favourite dances to some of the most popular Hollywood music.

The evening was kept in good order by compere Mike Newman, and the addition of showcasing young talent from Cannock Academy of Dance was a selfless act.

Instead of hogging the limelight, Pasha and Katya are only too happy to share it — to the point of bringing on stage three couples from the audience and give them a quick tutorial in dancing the paso doble. A hilarious addition to the evening — you can’t beat a bit of audience participation

For me the revelation of the night was suddenly realising what a sexy dancer Kovalev is. I know from watching hours of Strictly what a clever choreographer he is, however his appearance on the TV does not do him justice in the sexy stakes.

Virshilas sashayed and shimmied her way through the evening with grace and style (I now wonder why she is no longer part of the ‘Strictly family’), and Hammond and Muckle were simply adorable.

There were many highlights and no lowlights in an evening packed full of dance, laughter and fabulous entertainment.

For information about tour dates and venues of From Hollywood to the Ballroom, visit the website at
www.katyaandpasha.com

Pasha and Katya were caught live at Tamworth Assembly Rooms in May 2013.

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