Brendan Cole – Live and Unjudged

Strictly Come Dancing, a mainstay of the BBC’s winter early evening viewing is a must see for many, many people, myself included. So I along with around eight hundred others eagerly made our way to Dunfermline’s Alhambra Theatre last night to see the show’s ‘favourite bad boy’ , Kiwi Brendan Cole lead an ensemble of professional dancers to bring the glitz and glamour of the TV spectacle to the masses.

Cole together with Nicole Cutler, Andrew Cuerden, Hanna Haarala, Izabela Hanna and Brendan’s big brother Scott performed a selection of the finest and favourite dances from both Latin and also ballroom in an extravaganza lasting for more than two hours, all to rapturous applause from the enthralled crowd. 

With the inventiveness of Cole’s choreography, the skills of the dancers, the multitudinous colourful costumes, the sublime 14 piece band featuring the outstanding vocals of singers Julie Maguire and Iain McKenzie the time evaporated. I could scarcely believe when he announced the last number. However when one has been treated to Salsas, Paso double, Foxtrots, Quick-steps, Tangos, Argentine Tangos, Waltzes, Viennese Waltzes…… the list goes on, well, I suppose two hours was not really surprising.

As well as performing the dances with style and grace, Brendan was the Master of Ceremonies, took a Q & A session with Scott and Andrew and even sang for us too, thus proving more than ever his versatility.

The evidence on display on what happened to be the last night of their current tour, I’m sure there were a few extra ‘pranks’ and the ‘brotherly love’ between Brendan and Scott, led to some interesting revelations during the questions section, but they and the audience loved it all.

But back to the dancing. The finale saw all the six dancers giving their all in a hectic jive that brought the house down; a very suitable way to close proceedings.

As I said this was the last date on the current tour, but you can always check out the web site www.brendancoleliveandunjudged.com for future dates and the up and coming Alhambra programme is on line at www.alhambradunfermline.com

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