Brendan Cole: Live and Unjudged at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

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Pupils from Brune Park Community School in Gosport prepare to take part in a forthcoming national dance competition in Bournemouth. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (181107-1)

Pupils prepare to dance their hearts out at competition

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The ‘bad boy of ballroom’ turns ‘all-round entertainer’ with this fabulously delightful, diverse extravaganza of dance.

A passionate Paso Doble complete with swirling capes to the brilliantly dramatic Carmina Burana Oh Fortuna, kick-started the action.

Accompanied by a fantastic 14-piece big band with two superb vocalists, Iain Mackenzie and Julie Maguire brought something extra to an already-invigorating production.

Dancing with two of the three leading ladies, to a beautiful rendition of Prince’s Purple Rain, Cole showed off his sumptuous choreography to the full creating striking silhouettes behind a lit screen; with a mesmerising solo from guitarist Adam Martin.

Ever the showman, effortlessly addressing the audience between numbers oozing the same charisma and charm so often seen in his American Smooth, Brendan knows how to whip up a crowd. The rousing finale to Tina Turner’s Proud Mary had everyone on their feet. A thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining show; the audience were literally dancing in the aisles!