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Strictly favourites roar through the 50’s in new dance show Rip it Up!


It’s an energy-packed trip through the music, dance and fashions of the 1950s, as Strictly Come dancing stars Jay McGuinness, Natalie Lowe and Louis Smith take to the stage in new show Rip It Up.

The two Strictly champions and professional dancer Natalie Lowe celebrate the sounds of the 1950s with a cast of talented dancers, singers and Radio Two’s Leo Green leading a live band in a riot of dance magic.

From the minute the cast explodes onto the stage, it’s hot foot into a sequence of high energy routines that leaves you wondering if the dancers ever stop for breath. Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire!

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Former boy band member Jay McGuinness and Olympic gymnast Louis Smith show off the dance skills that took them all the way to the Strictly glitterball trophy and more than hold their own in a troupe of professional dancers.

Louis displays some of his gymnastic tricks and tumbles, brings an athleticism to the kicks and flicks of the jitterbug and lindyhop and positively sizzles alongside the female dancers to Etta James’ I Just Want To Make Love to You.

Jay is as sweet and charming as Strictly viewers remember. He shines in a stylish tribute to the Rat Pack, singing Somewhere Beyond the Sea and during a tender and unforgettable rhumba in the second half of the show.

Showing off every inch of her stunning legs, Natalie Lowe is as dazzling and flawless as ever, whipping up reaction from the audience and switching seamlessly from fast-paced Latin to flowing, graceful ballroom numbers. She even manages a mishap with an on-stage microphone, with a flash of her eyes, and an ‘oops’, without missing a step. Pure star quality.

Rip it Up is a jam-packed production – 48 dance routines and musical numbers that take you through the range of 1950s music, from rock and roll, to doo wop, and the Rat Pack, paying tribute along the way to the likes of Buddy Holly, Elvis and Little Richard.

Sax player and Radio Two presenter Leo Green plays host to a great evening’s entertainment, introducing the different sections of the show and chatting to its three stars.

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By the end of last night’s performance at The Sage Gateshead, the audience are up and dancing to this dazzling, non-stop entertainment.

~ a guest blog by Michelle Nicol from


Watch the trailer for Rip It Up here.

For more information on Rip It Up check out their website here.




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