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Brendan Cole All Night Long review

Sassy, sexy and sensational – Brendan Cole dances All Night Long

Strictly Star Brendan Cole set the stage alight in his brand new dance spectacular All Night Long at the Sage Gateshead on Monday night. The party starts with dancers exploding into the auditorium in a sizzling Samba, full of fun and sequins and the energy never lets up throughout the whole performance.

The dancers whip through a whole range of ballroom and Latin favourites, from Salsa to Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz to Rhumba. The stunning choreography shows dance in all its different variations, guaranteed to satisfy fans of the Strictly TV show.

In the first half, dancers perform in steamy silhouettes behind two onstage screens to Tina Turner’s ‘I Can’t Stand the Rain’ and then Brendan and his dance partner Faye Huddlestone change the mood with an elegant, romantic, barefoot Rhumba to Sting’s ‘Fields of Gold’.

In between numbers, Brendan entertains with some cheeky Strictly chat, including spot on impressions of the judges and a wickedly accurate Anton du Beke that had the whole audience laughing.

He is supported onstage by professional dancers Crystal Main, Matt Harris, Michael Johnson, Sallyrose Beardall, Craig Jones and Newcastle born Victoria Burke, who got vocal support from her home crowd. They are all backed by an amazing 14 piece band lead by Musical Director Barry Robinson together with singers Iain Mackenzie and Julie Maguire.

The second half of the show opens with a dramatic, fiery Paso Doble and moves on to include a Waltz that demonstrates both beautifully nuanced choreography and stunning storytelling through dance.

Brendan has appeared on every series of Strictly, and gained something of a bad boy reputation for challenging the judges’ comments and sometimes adding an illegal lift. So, when he’s in charge, the spectacular lifts are still there, because Brendan does know how to put a great show for an audience.

We go from clapping along to the infectious rhythms and moves of a Charleston to holding our breath in awe at the poise, control and drama of a superb Argentine Tango to Adele’s ‘Skyfall’.

The footwork is frenetic, particularly during a high-paced Quickstep and a blisteringly speedy Jive and you get a dance to the whole of the song, not just 90 seconds of highlights like you see on TV. It’s great to see what this professional dancer can do with a professional partner.

The live music and vocals really add a touch of class to a great night of top class entertainment and, while most attention is on the dancers, there are some cheeky little moves from the horn section. On the whole, it looks like everyone on stage is enjoying themselves as much as the audience

As well as admitting that he’s thrown his hat in the ring to be a judge on the next series of Strictly, before the show finishes, Brendan promises to be back on stage again with a new show next year. I, for one, can’t wait.

~a guest blog by from Michelle Nichol at word-struck.com.

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