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For the second year in a row two stars of Strictly Come Dancing will be arriving at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton next week as Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace take to the stage in Midnight Tango.

Set in a late night bar in downtown Buenos Aires, two of the finest Tango dancers in the world take to the floor.

Produced by Arlene Phillips and Adam Spiegel, the production took to the West End stage in January and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award.

Speaking about the tour, Flavia says: ‘It’s going great. We’re so pleased.

‘The West End was the highlight obviously. For a new dance show to be offered a theatre for 10 weeks in London is pretty amazing.’

But her and Vincent couldn’t believe it when they were also nominated for such a prestigious award.

She adds: ‘We were in the family entertainment category, which was quite a random category as everything was quite different. But it was absolutely incredible because it came out of nowhere. It was amazing.’

Flavia has been dancing professionally with Vincent Simone since 1994, and the pair were UK Professional Ten Dance champions from 2002 to 2006, UK Professional Showdance champions from 2003 to 2006 and the UK Argentine Tango champions in 2006.

They’ve also built up a loyal following as regular professional dancers on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Flavia had a lot of attention during last year’s series as she was paired with Russell Grant.

She says: ‘Last year was amazing with Russell. I don’t think I can compare him to anybody.

‘He was totally unique and brilliant. I have to say I had the most fun I’ve had on that show.

‘There wasn’t any pressure on us really, we just had to be entertaining and put on a performance on the Saturday night.

‘We weren’t in it to win it, so it was nice in a way because we could just enjoy it.’

Speaking about possibly going back to the show this coming season she says: ‘We hope we go back.

‘We’ve got meetings with them in the next week or so, so we should have an idea fairly soon about what is going on.’

n Tickets cost £17.50 to £32.50 from the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on (023) 8071 1811 or go to mayflower.org.uk.

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