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"The 2018 Christmas Spectacular!"

The 2018 Christmas Spectacular!

13
Dec
2018
Anton & Erin's 2018 Christmas Spectacular

Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag are thrilled to announce this year's 'Christmas Spectacular' at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane!

With an absolute cracker of a show planned for you, the nation's favourite ballroom couple will be treading those hallowed boards accompanied by the wonderful Kimberley Walsh, to fabulous music from the London Concert Orchestra. They'll also be joined by Capital Voices, west end singers and the Jingle Belle dancers for a full-on festive extravaganza!

Featuring seasonal song sing-alongs and a phenomenal snow-filled finalé, this promises to be the ultimate unmissable Christmas party... with all the trimmings!

Anton & Erin's 2018 Christmas Spectacular with Kimberley Walsh

Matinée and evening performances on Sunday 16th December, and again on Sunday 23rd December – tickets are on sale now – click through for full details!

See you in the audience – it's going to be the perfect winter warmer!

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"Dance Those Magical Musicals - our 2019 Tour!"

Dance Those Magical Musicals - our 2019 Tour!

27
Jul
2018

Hello everybody!

I’m blogging to let you know that Anton and I have announced our brand new Tour for 2019! It’s something really special as it includes all our most favourite tunes from our most favourite musicals of all time!

‘Anton & Erin… Dance Those Magical Musicals’ tours the nation next year with 32 performances, beginning January 25th, through to March 24th. We can’t hardly wait!

Dance Those Magical Musicals - our 2019 Nationwide Tour

 

You can imagine how costume changes will be taken to a whole new level as we whisk you through the West End worlds of 42nd Street, Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Mary Poppins, Wicked, Top Hat – and plenty more still! Add to that some fantastic new choreography, plus our amazing dancers, the fantastic Richard Balcombe and the London Concert Orchestra… plus the incredible vocals of Lance Ellington too – it’s going to be a real spectacular!

Dance Those Magical Musicals - our 2019 Nationwide Tour Dance Those Magical Musicals - our 2019 Nationwide Tour

Tickets are on sale now! See AntonAndErinLive.co.uk for more details and bookings can be made online via raymondgubbay.co.uk.

There are social media accounts for the Tour too, so make sure you follow them for all the news and backstage photos as rehearsals get underway and the Tour begins! Follow our Tour on Twitter and Facebook.

Anton and I are very excited to see you in the audience, we do hope you’ll come along and join us as we Dance Those Magical Musicals!

Lots of love,

Erin
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"Class Action! Learn to dance with Erin Boag"

Class Action! Learn to dance with Erin Boag

03
May
2018

Hello everybody!

Come along to my 'Strictly Ballroom' dance classes every Monday night! I have a brand new venue - Hollyfield School, Surbiton, and classes are now in full swing!

Beginners — 7:30pm
Improvers — 8:45pm

...All welcome, £12 per person.

Full details can be found at erinboag.com/classes or call 07779 253958.

Erin Boag's Ballroom Classes

See you in class!

Lots of love,

Erin
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"From Broadway to Hollywood - our 2018 Tour!"

From Broadway to Hollywood - our 2018 Tour!

09
Sep
2017

Hello everybody!

It's that time of year again... the nights are starting to draw in... but our living rooms will all be aglow with the sparkle from Strictly every Saturday evening! I hope you'll be tuning in tonight at 7pm, BBC1, for the launch show for this, the 15th series!

Speaking of landmarks, Anton and I are thrilled and excited to announce our new Tour for 2018: 'From Broadway to Hollywood' - it's going to be a real showstopper with all of our most favourite numbers! Marking a decade in dance - our tenth tour - we are very, very excited to share it with you!

Featuring the very best of the Golden Age repertoire including: “Cry Me a River”, “Mr Bojangles”, “Downtown”, “New York, New York”, “Couple of Swells” and “Libertango”, and with Richard Balcombe leading the London Concert Orchestra, star vocalist Lance Ellington, plus our marvellous ensemble dancers, it promises to be an unmissable experience!

From Broadway To Hollywood - Anton & Erin's 2018 Tour

 

'From Broadway to Hollywood' runs from the 19th January to the 18th March 2018 – 35 performances in all. Tickets are available now, with full details of dates, venues and how to book over at Raymond Gubbay’s website.

Anton and I are so looking forward to seeing you in the audience!

Lots of love,

Erin
xx

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"Swing Time - our 2017 Tour"

Swing Time - our 2017 Tour

24
Sep
2016

Hello everybody!

As Strictly season begins, what better time to post a quick blog about my upcoming tour with Anton! We're excited to announce that we'll be touring the nation this coming spring 2017 with our brand new production: 'Swing Time'.

Featuring classic tunes including: “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “I Got Rhythm”, “Guys And Dolls”, “Strike Up The Band”, “Moondance”… we can hardly wait to start rehearsals!

We'll have Richard Balcombe leading the London Concert Orchestra, Lance Ellington adding his dulcet vocals, plus our marvellous ensemble dancers too … the stage will be well and truly set!

Swing Time - Anton & Erin's 2017 Tour

'Swing Time' runs from the 26th January to the 2nd April 2017 – 39 performances in all. There's a Tour Flyer you can download from here… and full details of dates, venues and how to book can be found over at Raymond Gubbay’s website.

Looking forward to seeing you in the audience!

Lots of love,

Erin
xx

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"Anton & Erin's Christmas Cracker 2016"

Anton & Erin's Christmas Cracker 2016

23
Sep
2016
Anton & Erin's 2016 Christmas Cracker

Once again, the nation’s favourite ballroom couple, Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag, return to the Royal Albert Hall this festive season for their annual Christmas Cracker!

Fast becoming as traditional as cranberry sauce, the duo’s pre-Christmas winter warmer is back this year on Wednesday 21st December 2016 with a matinee at 2:30pm and an evening performance at 7:30pm.

Accompanied by Richard Balcombe and the London Concert Orchestra, vocalist Lance Ellington along with three choirs, this show of seasonal fun is the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations!

Tickets are on sale now - click through for full details!

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"Just Gotta Dance - our 2016 tour!"

Just Gotta Dance - our 2016 tour!

15
Jan
2016

Hello everybody!

It's been far too long since my last blog post, I'm sure you'll agree! I've been very busy with the new addition to our family: our pride and joy, Ewan! He's absolutely adorable, as good as gold, and it feels like he's growing before our very eyes!

I promise I'll write more soon to update you on all the happenings from the past couple of years, but for the moment I'm very excited to share some dance news and a new video with you!... As I'm sure you already know, Anton and I are on tour this coming spring with our new show, 'Just Gotta Dance' - we've been rehearsing hard, and let's not forget, Anton was busy with Strictly right up until Christmas, so a good few weeks of rehearsals without him were, shall we say, interesting!

The tour kicks off next Thursday with our first date in Northampton, and we are both very excited indeed!

Anton & Erin's 2016 Tour - Just Gotta Dance

We’ve got sensational new choreography, sparkling costumes and a show band performing timeless music including: “Night and Day”, “Lullaby of Broadway”, “Fever”, “Too Darn Hot”, “Downtown”, “Jealousy”, “Bye Bye Blackbird” and “New York New York”.

We’re also thrilled, once again, to be featuring star vocalist Lance Ellington, six world class ensemble dancers, plus Richard Balcombe leading the London Concert Orchestra. It's going to be spectacular!... And I haven't even told you about all the fabulous dresses!!

So, back to the video - here it is, and it's got some wonderful rehearsal footage too to give you a feel for what's in the show.

 

Anton and I very much hope to see you in the audience and we are very, very excited to be back on tour!... Less than a week to go!!

Lots of love,

Erin
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"38 Weeks Gone, The Countdown Has Begun..."

38 Weeks Gone, The Countdown Has Begun...

18
Apr
2014

Hi Everyone,

It was a very sad day for me when I heard that Bruce was ‘semi’ retiring from Strictly Come Dancing. The reason I say ‘semi’ retiring as I know he will be back to host some Strictly specials every now and then. Some of the most memorable and wonderful experiences of my life have been working with and alongside the legend that is Bruce Forsyth. He is one of the last all-round entertainers from that bygone era of light entertainment and a true professional. Strictly will not be the same without him. I have posted below a couple of my personal favourite memories from over the years which you can see on YouTube:

 

Well, I have just passed the 38th week of my pregnancy and feel like the countdown has now begun, as I could go into labour any day. As I sit here and type this blog the baby is bouncing around in my tummy, which these days is pretty normal. I have a feeling I am not going to get any sleep it is so active. However I have to say I am very relaxed with what is about to happen to me – giving birth and the sleepless nights, but it is all worth it to finally meet our little baby.

Even though I only have a couple of weeks left I am trying to stay as active as I can. I am still going to the gym about 3 – 4 times a week and yes I get very strange looks from some of the gym members. Although I have to admit I do look rather strange in lycra these days! My doctor has told me to keep going with the exercise as long as I can manage, as moderate exercise is beneficial for the health of the baby and for me during the birth. I can’t run anymore so I walk with hand weights on the treadmill and use the bike and cross trainer machine. I also try to do a little bit of exercise with light weights just to keep my strength up.

Even though I have been going to the gym regularly I know I have still put on a lot of weight. The nurses keep saying to me that my bump is very compact, it’s just a shame I can’t say the same thing about my backside anymore!!!!

As well as going to the gym I have still been teaching my classes at Kingston Dance Studio. But rather than dancing I have been waddling around the floor showing them how it should be done, but I don’t get any complaints from my class. They seem to enjoy dancing with me and the bump!

I am starting to feel a little more organised now with all the baby gear I have assembled over the past few weeks. But I have to say my latest purchase was slightly more complex. Choosing a pushchair these days is just as complicated as choosing a new car. They come in all shapes and sizes to suit every taste and lifestyle, there are just so many to choose from. As it is something we are going to use all the time it was really important that we chose the right one. So after extensive user testing (I think the shop was getting a little tired of our questions!) and undertaking a focus group in our living room (only kidding) we went for the new i-candy Peach 3 in truffle. It’s fabulous, and can you believe it even comes with a cup holder! Very important these days don’t you think?

My dance partner Anton has just returned from a well-deserved holiday after finishing this year’s tour, which was of course a big success. So while I still have the energy we have been planning our shows and appearances for the forthcoming months. I intend to be back working again 6 weeks after baby arrives and feel having shows lined up gives me a bit of a target to aim for. But I also know Anton will be very supportive and if necessary he will drag me around the floor for the first few shows until I get my fitness back to the required level.

Check out our events calendar - hope to catch you at one of our shows!

Well that’s probably my last update before baby arrives so hopefully I will be able to give you another update not too long after the little one makes an appearance. So until then… wish me luck.

Love,

Erin x

Post first appeared on hello magazine's blog.

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"Baby Shower, Shopping, Dance Tour and Birthday Celebrations"

Baby Shower, Shopping, Dance Tour and Birthday Celebrations

27
Mar
2014

Hi everyone,

As I am on the final countdown with only five weeks to go everything is passing like a blur but I am loving every part of this stage of pregnancy, well, almost every part. Gaviscon has become my best friend; heartburn is apparently normal so I will continue drinking, what tastes like toothpaste, until it subsides.

The last few weeks have been full of ante-natal classes, hypnobirthing, a meeting about next year’s dance tour, a beautiful baby shower, building my forever home, my birthday, baby scans, buying nursery furniture and baby essentials and of course trying to choose a name for the bump!!

Firstly I have to say that going to hypnobirthing class has totally changed the way I feel about giving birth. I was extremely nervous about it, everyone tells you the horror stories and we have all watched movies and documentaries on TV with ladies screaming throughout the labour!!

Someone recommended that I try hypnobirthing so I thought what have I got to lose – I am so glad that I listened. Hypnobirthing is an established, effective way to birth your baby in a positive, calm environment. You are taught techniques to help you to go in to a deeply relaxed state – the best way to be when giving birth to your baby.

My husband Peter is a Master Practitioner in NLP so he was a big fan of hypnobirthing and has now got me practicing my relaxation and breathing techniques every night before I go to sleep. He has even made a playlist of my favourite music to listen to when in labour. I would highly recommend it to anyone – the hypnobirthing that is, not my husband!

I also had a wonderful surprise this month when my friend Ruth and my husband Peter arranged a baby shower for me. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and we all gathered at Warren House in Kingston Upon Thames for afternoon tea and games. It was full of fun and laughter, beautiful cakes and a glass or two of champagne for some of the ladies!

Peter had his own baby shower in the bar next door with all the boys. It was a beautiful day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

My birthday was the next day, 21 again!!!! Hurrah! Peter made me breakfast in bed and again the weather was just perfect. Along with flowers I got lots of lovely presents – including a wireless music system that I can take with me to the hospital so that when I give birth we can play all our favourite music.

I went for a baby growth scan last week and they told me although the baby looked fine I seem to have way too much fluid around the baby. This is not a good sign so I had to go in the next day and have a glucose test for diabetes and see a consultant. Thankfully my diabetes results came back clear but I have to go back next week for another scan to check if the fluid has reduced. Hopefully, fingers crossed, it has. The baby is now head-down and moving around like there’s no tomorrow. Sometimes I get baby’s little bottom digging in to my right rib and other times a foot sticking out of my left side. I have been told by the midwife that this is a good sign. If I rub and pat the bottom it will wriggle and its little legs will kick out (very alien like!!).

Although Anton Du Beke, my professional dance partner, hasn’t quite finished this year’s tour we have already started planning for next year. We have been dance partners now for 17 years and danced 10 series of Strictly Come Dancing together and have done 5 UK tours so it did seem strange not touring with Anton this year – but it is all in a good cause. We had a meeting last week with our tour organisers and we are all set to go in January 2015; very excited indeed. I have told my mother already and she is excited as she will come over from New Zealand for three months to look after the baby and perhaps both come on a part of the tour with us. It will give her a great chance to have some baby-&-Grandma time and give me peace of mind knowing that I have someone I can trust looking after the little one while I am on stage. I do think however, that after three months she may be glad to get on the plane home again.

I have finally started shopping for the baby essentials. It took us a long time to choose a nursery set but the one we finally decided on was from Belle Maison. It is so adorable and beautiful and it is all hand made. I don’t want to give away my little secret yet so I have shown some boy and girl nursery furniture below!!

Some other essentials that I have bought include: a Tommie Tippee sangenic nappy disposal system, which I think is essential to keep the lovely smell of baby poo away! And some beautiful New Zealand wool clothes, from Merino Kids, which keep your baby warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

And last but not least the house is coming along nicely… we have a roof on now and the first-fix electrics and plumbing are going in. I have been busy on-site making all the little decisions that need making as all the tradesmen coalesce as the work inside the house intensifies. We need to get a move on as this baby needs somewhere to live!!

I will write again soon as I want to get a few more blogs in before the bump decides to make an appearance!!

Lots of Love,

Erin x

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"31 Weeks, Back to Reality and Project Baby!"

31 Weeks, Back to Reality and Project Baby!

26
Feb
2014

Time is flying by so fast; I can’t believe that I am three quarters of the way through my pregnancy. Although my bump is now so big, I have finally reached the point where people aren’t scared to ask about it for fear that I might not actually be pregnant but have just eaten too many pies!! It is difficult not to notice I am pregnant now as I look like I have swallowed a watermelon whole and my boobs are the size of coconuts!!

Having just got back from the most fabulous “baby-moon” where we spent 2 weeks in New Zealand, with sun, sea, and family; a week in Phuket relaxing by the pool, followed by a romantic Valentines day (and night) in Singapore – it is time to get back to reality and prepare for project baby.

I had a check-up with my midwife last week, which I always look forward to as I get to hear the baby’s heart beat and check that everything is ok. She measured my bump and I was pleased to hear that the bump is exactly the right size. We also listened to the heartbeat – although I got a fright at first as they could not find it but then when they did it was beating strong and loud. The midwife also took blood for an iron test which is never nice and lastly she gave me a shot in the muscle of my arm with a rather large needle of anti-D because I have a rhesus negative blood type.

I must say I am enjoying this stage of the pregnancy and am proud of my growing bump. I love feeling the baby move around which seems to be getting stronger as the weeks go by and I find myself talking to the baby and singing little lullabies. Although I have to say it is getting more uncomfortable at night, making sleep difficult, as I can’t find a good position. If I lie on my back I cant breath so I have invested in a Mothercare sleep plus body pillow that supports me when I sleep and I can’t recommend it enough. I have also started to get leg cramps in bed. Last night both of my lower legs cramped up at the same time and I shot up and nearly hit the ceiling with the pain! My husband got the fright of his life and was asking me what was wrong. I was in such pain trying to stretch out my calves I couldn’t answer until the pain had subsided. He must have thought I had gone into premature labour!

Our house renovations are coming along nicely although the recent bad weather has probably delayed things by a few weeks. Unfortunately it is now looking like we won’t be in the house in time for arrival of the baby. But the good news is the roof structure is almost complete and I can start to see things taking shape. My husband is managing the main construction works but I am managing the interior design and landscaping. As I am not dancing at present I have more time to organise things, so for me this week it’s all been about bathrooms, tiles, kitchens, doors, floors and more excitingly: nurseries. I will keep you informed with all my finds and buys over the coming weeks.

Oh yes, one more thing… This week I start my antenatal classes. I have no idea what to expect but let's hope it puts me at ease as I have a list of questions as long as my arm about the birth! I have also being doing some research about hypno-birthing, which sounds amazing so I think I might give that a try as well. There is so much to do, but I am very excited about it all.

Lots of love,
Erin
XX

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