Aliona gets into step for Brendan’s dance tour

Aberdeen Music Hall
Aberdeen Music Hall

Brendan Cole will be joined by fellow Strictly Come Dancing professional Aliona Vilani for his Licence to Thrill tour, which arrives at Aberdeen Music Hall on March 11 and Inverness Eden Court on March 12 and 13.

She will be stepping into the leading lady shoes for the tour after French Dancing with the Stars champion Fauve Hautot pulled out having injured her cruciate ligaments in her knee.

Brendan said: “It is such a shame to not have Fauve returning to join me for the tour, she is a phenomenal dancer and will very much be missed on the tour.

“However I am really excited to have Aliona stepping into her shoes. Having worked with her on Strictly since 2009 I know what an incredible dancer she is and I can’t wait to see what she brings to the show.”

Aliona joined the Strictly Come Dancing in 2009 and was runner-up in 2010 before going on to take the Glitterball Trophy in 2011 with McFly’s Harry Judd.

Brendan and his Strictly Come Dancing partner Sophie Ellis-Bextor thrilled BBC One audiences with their breathtaking routines and stunning choreography.

Brendan and Sophie finished in fourth place and Brendan said: “I have had an incredible year on Strictly and to make it to the final with Sophie was a huge privilege and honour. She is such a beautiful dancer and a fantastic person. I have loved every minute of the past three months and it has been an absolute pleasure to be partnered with her.”

Brendan hosts the show with his cast of 14 musicians and six world-class dancers, dazzling audiences with scintillating music and choreography in a two-hour dance and big band extravaganza.