STRICTLY Come Dancing star Pasha Kovalev is looking forward to returning to the stage in South Tyneside.
The Russian dancer will provide thrills for Strictly fans with his new show, Life Through Dance.
He’s bringing it to the Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, on Sunday, April 12.
Pasha, who won the most recent series of the hit TV contest with his partner, TV presenter Caroline Flack, said: “Every time I go to the Customs House, the audience is amazing and that’s why I keep going back.
“They don’t hold themselves back at all, and when I do a show like this, the reactions from the audience play a big part in it.
“You get energy from the audience when they’re really enjoying it and you can throw it straight back at them, to bring it up another level and make the evening really enjoyable for everyone.
“This is my fourth tour, but each time it’s a new show with new choreography and music – and this time is no different.
“This time I wanted to put a little story to each dance and they’re going to be about everyday events, like meeting new people, friendships, relationships, hardships and break-ups.
“Every dance has a story behind it, but it’s still going to be a dance show, and will be the sort of thing people are used to seeing on Strictly.”
Strictly is responsible for making ballroom dancing more popular than ever, but Pasha says it’s always been a part of our lives.
He said: “Dancing has always been popular, but people just sometimes forget about it.
“If you look back at all the classic Hollywood films with the likes of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, it’s always been about the singing and the dancing.
“I think Strictly just reminded people how much they’ve always loved dancing.
“The show is all about giving people that live experience.
“Even if you love Strictly and watch it all the time, there really is nothing like seeing dancing live.
“Feeling the dancers whirling around you is much better than seeing it on TV.
“This is a real family show too, so it’s for people of all ages.
“There is no rudeness and just lots of dancing and sparkly costumes.
“It’s going to be a great night.”
Tickets for the 7.45pm show cost £25. To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 454 1234.