Strictly stars announce North East date for their sizzling hot new show

Strictly Come Dancing professionals Dianne Buswell and Vito Coppola are to star in new stage show Red Hot and Ready in 2025
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Strictly Come Dancing stars will be hot-footing it to the North East next year with a new show that promises high-voltage performances; singers, a live band and glamorous costumes.

Professional dancers Dianne Buswell and Vito Coppola have announced they will be touring to 27 venues in summer 2025 - including Darlington Hippodrome on July 13 - where they will be offering audiences a first chance to see Red Hot and Ready. And it seems that fans will be in for a treat.

The tour is being presented by international dance company Burn the Floor which mixes ballroom with rock 'n' roll technology and is making a comeback to the UK as part of its 25-year anniversary celebrations. Red Hot and Ready is said to build upon the legacy it has created over the years and, besides Dianne and Vito strutting their stuff, it will feature a cast of multi-discipline dancers from around the world.

The result, say organisers, will include "heart-pounding music and breath-taking moves, from seriously sexy to irresistibly charming" and it will celebrate the "pure joy" of dance. And its stars are looking forward to it as much as anyone.

In a message to audiences, Dianne, who has twice been a finalist during her seven years with Strictly and is also a former Australian Open champion, said: “I am truly excited to be going on tour with our magnificent new show with the most phenomenal partner Vito and to be sharing the love and the energy as we dance for you.” And Italy-born Vito, who lifted the BBC competition's coveted Glitter Ball trophy last year, added: "I can't wait."

Calling Dianne "amazing, beautiful and vibrant", the dancer - who is also a three-time world championship finalist and a European cup winner - said: "It’s going to be red, it’s going to be hot and we are going to be super-ready and bring to you so much joy and smiles and happiness.” The show's creator and choreographer is the Bafta-winning Jason Gilkison.

Gilkison, who was also creative director for Strictly and is known in Australia and the US for the likes of TV's So You Think You Can Dance, has worked with a stream of stars over the years, including Cher; Robbie Williams; Lady Gaga; Kylie Minogue and Take That, is delighted to be creating a first new show in 10 years.

And, with Dianne and Vito leading the cast, he said it would be an "unforgettable experience" for audiences. For tickets to see Red Hot and Ready in Darlington see here and find the full list of 2025 tour dates on Dianne and Vito's website here.