Strictly Come Dancing stars head for The Kings

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Two of the most renowned ballroom dancers from Strictly Come Dancing will arrive at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, tomorrow as Pasha Kovalev and Katya Virshilas take to the stage.

An Evening With Stars from Strictly Come Dancing is a new show on a national tour that has been devised by the professional partners.

The two famous dancers will not be alone at the theatre as they appear alongside special guests, and there will be new dance routines and a question and answer section.

Pasha has previously been partnered on Strictly Come Dancing with celebrities Chelsea Heeley and Kimberley Walsh, while Katya has danced with Phil Tufnell and Gavin Henson.

Lithuanian-Canadian dancer Katya has appeared in three series of the show and is well-known for her roles in Hollywood films including Shall We Dance?, Take The Lead and John Tucker Must Die.

Katya says: ‘We opened the tour in Bournemouth and so far it has been a really great success I think. Everyone seems to love the audience participation. It’s a big part of our show and it’s always something we look forward to.’

As part of An Evening With Stars from Strictly Come Dancing, there’s a question and answer section. And the dances aren’t always the ones that everyone will recognise.

Katya explains: ‘The audience will get to know us in an intimate setting, especially with the question and answer at the end.

‘When it comes to the dances we do everything, not just ballroom or Latin or the tango. It’s a mix of all the different types of dances that could be to everyone’s taste.

‘It’s all about the experience of Strictly and, hopefully, it’s a great night for everyone.’

A local dance school, the Giselle Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts, will also take to the stage with the dancing stars: ‘We thought it was important to involve local dance schools because it’s hard for young kids to get a platform to perform on.

‘It’s a great chance for them to show their skills and it gets them excited about performing and about dance classes. It also promotes healthy living and exercise. It shows them how much fun it is to dance.’

Tickets cost £20 to £22 from the Kings Theatre, Southsea, on (023) 9282 8282 or go to