Strictly Come Dancing may be over for another year but anyone looking for a fix of ballroom dancing at its finest need only go to Dunfermline.
Brendan Cole is bringing his dance tour All Night Long to the Alhambra Tour tomorrow night.
The veteran Strictly performer is touring the UK with his 14 piece band and eight world class dancers.
The 40-year old New Zealander has been dancing since he was six and moved to the UK aged 19 with no idea what he was going to do.
After working as a builder and roofer he was picked up by the long running BBC show Come Dancing, the precursor to Strictly Come Dancing.
He’s been with Strictly since it began, winning the first series with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky. The win threatened to be overshadowed, however, by a rumoured affair with Kaplinsky that saw his engagement with former Come Dancing partner Camilla Dallerup being called off.
Since then tabloid newspapers have linked him with a string of dance partners and other celebrities including Shelly Ross Abi Titmuss, Lady Victoria Hervey, Martine McCutcheon, Adele Silva and Emma Gray.
Now married to model Zoe Hobbs, and with a four-year old daughter, his laddish days appear to be behind him.
Brendan’s touring show will see him, a live band and a team of dancers bring the Strictly experience to stages all over the UK.
“This is the fourth production we’ve done – and also the biggest and best,” he says. “We’ve got new band members, a new cast, new dances. The new faces have meant creativity has been extremely high – everyone has had good suggestions.
“People who love watching Strictly on TV are blown away when they see it live on stage right in front of them.”
The show features a new leading lady, Faye Huddleston, and Brendan says new special effects and choreography will make this year’s touring show his best ever.
He’s at the Alhambra tomorrow night and returns to Courier Country next month, performing at Perth Concert Hall on February 20.
Although he’s now 40, Brendan is as fit as ever and keeps in shape with a rigorous training schedule.
He’s been linked with a potential judging role on Strictly with the retirement of Len Goodman, however, so all eyes will be on the judges chairs when the 15th series of Strictly kicks off this autumn.
Cole already has five years of judging experience on the New Zealand version of the show and says he’d be honoured if he was asked to step into Len Goodman’s shoes.