Vincent and Flavia’s Midnight Tango opens at Mayflower

Vincent and Flavia
Vincent and Flavia
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When Strictly Come Dancing’s head judge, Len Goodman, gives his verdict on a top Argentine tango, he often says it transported him to the bars of Buenos Aires.

That’s exactly what two of the BBC show’s professional dancers, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, did with their brand new stage show, Midnight Tango.

The pair joined forces with ex-Strictly judge Arlene Phillips and West End producer Adam Spiegel to stage their first theatre production, which debuted at the Mayflower on Tuesday and continues there until Saturday.

Set in an atmospheric Buenos Aires bar, the show turns its audience into tourists sitting on the sidelines as the gauchos get their girls.

The only difference is that the average tourist visiting Argentina is unlikely to find a pair of world champions dancing the Argentine Tango in a slightly dilapidated bar.

Joining Vincent and Flavia in this bar are a band, eight fellow dancers and an older married couple who own the bar.

These bar owners also danced, sang and injected some comedy into proceedings.

Breathtaking routines included all-male and all-female segments and, of course, those moments when Vincent and Flavia had the bar/stage to themselves.

With grace, fluidity, speed and precision, their dancing was beautiful.

Vincent has such apparently effortless finesse that the son of two ballroom and Latin teachers was clearly born to dance. While Flavia’s agility verged on acrobatic at times.

Though there are plenty of flicks and kicks from the entire company, the show would benefit from its stars, Vincent and Flavia, hogging the limelight a bit more.