Marlowe Theatre favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace will be dancing into our theatre next week for the third time, with their new show The Last Tango – which will be their last ever theatre tour together. So as we bid them a fond farewell, we thought we’d take a look back their careers.
For most of the general public, the Vincent & Flavia story starts in 2006, when the couple both appeared as pro-dancers on the fourth series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. However, their partnership goes back much further than that – the two have been dancing together since 1994.
Both were born in Italy. Flavia moved to the UK as a child when her father, a chef, got a job here. Vincent – the son of two professional dancers- arrived in England as a teenager, and met Flavia when both attended the same dance school in London. The pair won several titles together at both UK and International levels, including becoming the UK’s first ever Argentine Tango champions in 2006.
They left Strictly Come Dancing in 2012, in order to give them time to work on their first theatrical show, Midnight Tango, which opened in 2013. As well as another theatre show, Dance ‘Til Dawn, since that time, they’ve created an app to teach dance, and Flavia has released her own range of cosmetics, By Flavia, which proudly boasts that its products are ‘tested on dancers not animals’.
So, they’ve certainly got plenty to occupy them after they bid farewell to the stage, and they’re both probably looking forward to spending time with their families (Vincent has two sons with wife Susan, and Flavia married actor Jimi Mistry in 2013). But they have promised that although this is their farewell theatre tour, they will keep dancing – together and individually. So, it’s not a final farewell, just yet…
The Last Tango: Tuesday 11 to Saturday 16 April. Book here.