Final stepping out

Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace
Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace

Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace bring their live stage show to the Lyceum Theatre and it’s called The Last Tango.

That’s because the partners insist this is the last time they will be dancing on stage together.

“We have been touring for six or seven years doing eight shows a week so we need a break from that,” explains Flavia.

“And we always saw the shows – Midnight Tango, Dance ’Til Dawn and this – as a trilogy. We’ll carry on with Last Tango as long as people come and our legs keep going. We’re looking at new challengers like a West End run, perhaps, if we could find a theatre.

“We’re hanging up our suitcase not our dance shoes.”

So what will audiences see? “Every tour we try to give something new for the people who come to see us – new emotions, new vibes.

“This is more intimate with a beautiful story which will touch people in different ways,” she says. “We have eight dancers and singers, one actor and an eight-piece live band who have found it a challenge to play a mix of different styles, maybe a blend of big band and tango.

“We have a wonderful set designed by Morgan Large, who has worked on our previous show, and we have the same lighting designer so it’s great to have the team together.”

The pair have been dancing together for more than 20 years but didn’t do tango until they were into their professional careers in ballroom and latin.

“It was later we decided we would like a new challenge and happened to watch an Argentinian film called The Tango Lesson and thought we would learn it,” says Flavia.

“We started with the basics and learned the social side for a couple of years and eventually took it to competition level and we choreographed a show routine. We went on TV and it evolved in a way that it’s now something people enjoy.”

They have never actually been to Argentina. “We won the UK Argentine Tango title in 2006 and the prize was a week in Argentina but unfortunately we had started on Strictly and there wasn’t the time to go there. It’s a long way. Fortunately there are a lot of Argentinian couples in London to learn from. We’d love to go there one day, it’s something to look forward to.”

Flavia has lived in the UK since she was four but says she thinks of herself as Italian. “I have grown up here and this is my home, for sure, and I love it here. But I was born in Italy and my family is Italian. Whenever people asked me I always said I am taking the best of both worlds.

“It’s a coincidence that Vincent and I were Italian when my dance coach put us together,” she says and now they speak a mix of English and Italian together. “When we started Vincent’s English wasn’t that good but as his has improved my Italian has become more fluent. Now it’s bizarre we start a sentence in English and finish it in Italian. The cast love it – here they go again, they say.”