Strictly homecoming for Lisa Riley

Published: 16 December 2012
Reporter: David Upton

Lisa Riley in Strictly Confidential Credit: Guy Levy

Manchester’s own Lisa Riley headlines when Strictly Confidential, another spin-off from the hit TV reality contest, comes to the Lowry in Salford from July 8-14.

It’s from the producers of the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, amd is a brand new show, written and directed by the show’s notorious judge Craig Revel Horwood, starring Riley, and professional dancers Artem Chigvintsey, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite.

Strictly Confidential, will take fans on an “intimate journey” into the stars’ backgrounds and motivations live on stage, giving audiences personal insight into what led them to their Strictly Come Dancing adventure.

Their stories are told through music, song and dance routines.

Actress Lisa Riley is best known for her role in ITV1’s Emmerdale, and says: “When I first signed up to Strictly I had no idea that I’d be able to ballroom dance, so I was thrilled to be asked to do the live tour. Being able to be a part of Strictly Confidential as well is such a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to continue working with Craig, Artem, Natalie and Ian well into next year.”

Ian Waite has twice reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing with partners Zoe Ball and Denise Lewis. His story started when he began dancing at the age of 10, going on to become the European Youth Latin American Champion, before joining Strictly Come Dancing in 2004.
Four times Australian Dance Champion Natalie Lowe joined the Strictly family in Series 7 and reached the final in her debut year as Ricky Whittle’s dance partner. Artem Chigvintsev joined Strictly in 2008, dancing with Kara Tointon and eventually winning the series.

Artem is a hugely popular dancer in the UK, but his love of dance actually began soon after he was born in Russia in 1982.

Craig Revel Horwood, who also directs the Strictly Come Dancing Live arena tours, says: “It’s exciting to give fans an autobiographical take on this hit show, whilst also incorporating some of the show’s favourite moments.”