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Anton and Erin Swing Time

Anton and Erin, Swing Time at the Sage Gateshead

~a guest blog by Mandy Charlton from

Think of Strictly Come Dancing and one man stands out every single time, the inimitable Anton Du Beke who along with his dance partner of 20 years Erin Boag is currently dazzling the older population of the UK touring with their show Swing Time.

Swing Time is a show for all ages although judging by my fellow audience members you could have been mistaken into thinking that this show had an over 40’s age policy.  It’s no wonder though with an evening of classic ballroom dances set to jazz and swing standards from a time gone by, think Gershwin and Astaire, or picture yourself being twirled around the dance floor to tunes like “It Had To Be You” and “Minnie the Moocher” and you’ve got an idea of the evening you are going to experience.

Anton and Erin glide through the evening along with their 6 energetic young dancers and the  accompanying vocals from Strictly regular Lance Ellington along with a 25 piece orchestra which this evening was the Manchester Concert Orchestra.

No sets, no gimmicks, just beautiful dance moves, melodic tunes and impressively smooth vocals to take you through an evening where at points you feel you’ve been transported back to a simpler time.

It’s not all dancing though, Lance gets to show off his impressive vocal talents, one of my favourite songs “This is The Moment” from Jekyll and Hyde gave me goosebumps and for a couple of numbers he even gets to showcase his own toe tapping dance moves along with Erin.

Erin is as ever beautiful, graceful, and a delightful presence on the dance floor, although at times Anton’s super sized personality threatens to steal the show I found myself unable to take my eyes off Erin’s astonishingly gorgeous ballroom moves.

I felt that the first half was a better show than the second half, during the second half quite some time was dedicated to a question and answer session and for me, I felt it wasn’t something which was needed, I was there for the song and the dance, not that I didn’t enjoy Anton’s stories of parenting yet to come but I would have rather had another couple of dance numbers.

At the end of the second half the show builds to a crescendo with Gershwin’s “I’ve Got Rhythm” a particular favourite of mine, you feel almost like you want to be dancing along with the cast, it’s such a glitzy end and when a standing ovation took place, I stood along with them.  Give me more dance and a little less chatter and you’d have yourself an evening of dance nirvana.  If you get the chance, go see Anton and Erin as they continue to dance their way around the UK.

~a guest blog by Mandy Charlton from



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