The sultry streets of Buenos Aires will be recreated in Sunderland as part of a major new dancing production.
We spoke to one of the show’s stars and creators, Flavia Cacace.
TICKETS sell like hotcakes for Midnight Tango – and it’s easy to see why.
It’s got all the ingredients of a crowd pleaser: talented dancers at the top of their game, TV stars at the helm, glitz, glamour with bucket loads of passion thrown in for good measure.
After appearing in six series of BBC’s hugely popular Strictly Come Dancing, dancers Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have once more joined forces and taken to the floor.
Much to the delight, it seems, of Midnight Tango audiences who’ve been making the show one of the fastest selling of 2011.
In their new live show, they promise to bring to life all the drama, sensuality and elegance of one of the most exciting of dance forms.
“It’s basically a very different show. People say they are very surprised when they come along,” explains Flavia.
“It’s a show that Vincent and I put together with Karen Bruce (Strictly choreographer).
“It’s the Argentinian tango performed against a beautiful set with a live orchestra. We have five other couples and there’s also a storyline to follow.
“There are moments of laughter and comedy combined with deep, sad moments.
“One of the great things about the show is that we picked the music. We never get bored of dancing to it, each time we love it as much as the time before.”
Flavia is most well-know for her TV dance appearances on Strictly where she has partnered Jimmy Tarbuck, Matt Di Angelo and Jimi Mistry among others.
But she and Vincent already had a stack of awards under their belts before Strictly bought them to the fore, including being named as the UK Professional Ten Dance Champions, the UK Ballroom Champions and the World Argentine Tango Show Champions.
Flavia says despite Strictly’s TV success, there’s nothing like seeing dance performed live.
“It’s so different seeing the dances live,” she explains. “It’s more dynamic and to see it performed with beautiful sets and great lighting is something very special.
“The Argentinian tango is an amazing dance and it has to be one of our favourites.
“There’s something amazing about the tango music because it tells a story.”
Dancing has been Flavia’s life since the age of five when her mother, herself a keen dancer, took her to a local dance school in Surrey.
It sparked a lifelong passion for the art form and in her teens Flavia began a hugely-successful partnership with Vincent.
Now she says she’s delighted that more and more people are getting the dancing bug.
“I think Strictly has become so popular because before it was aired ballroom wasn’t in people’s homes, it wasn’t on their TVs like it was in other European countries where there is a lot more dancing on TV,” she says.
“People embraced it when the show came back because you can dance socially, with your partner or on your own. It’s a great experience for mind and body.
“We get letters from six-year-olds saying how much they love the dancing and dresses right up to 90-year-old’s who enjoy the show.”
The show’s fusion of traditional dancing with live entertainment has also earnt it a special place in Flavia’s heart.
“One of the things we most enjoy about Strictly is dancing to the live music acts such as Beyonce, Cliff Richard and Westlife, you just can’t beat that.
“It’s wonderful to be able to dance with the celebrities, but to dance with your professional dance partner to the best of your ability on live TV – there’s nothing like that.”
l Midnight Tango is at the Sunderland Empire from June 7-11. For tickets, Tel. 0844 847 24 99 or www.sunderlandempire.org.uk.