Dancing with the Stars LIVE at Vector Arena

Fans of the phenomenally popular television series, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ will now have the chance to see their favourite show come to life with New Zealand’s first-ever stage extravaganza, Dancing with the Stars Live, hosted by Jason Gunn and Candy Lane.

A-list stars from the five-year television series will come together for ONE stage show at Auckland’s Vector Arena on Friday 27 August 2010. ‘Dancing with the Stars’ fans will see all their favourite celebrities and professional dancers LIVE, up close and personal, competing to win the coveted glitter ball trophy.

Celebrity dancers include former winners and runners up Lorraine Downes, Tamati Coffey, Beatrice Faumuina, Suzanne Paul, Shane Cortese and Norm Hewitt with two new wildcard celebrity dancers to be announced soon. Celebrities will be joined by their original dance partners Carol-Ann Hickmore, Nerida Cortese, Aaron Gilmore, Brian Jones, Stefano Olivieri and Samantha Hitchcock.

The original line-up of judges return for the live show with Brendan Cole, Paul Mercurio and Alison Leonard providing comments and scores for the celebrities and their partners on the night. Just like the television series, the audience still have a say. Text voting runs throughout the show with guests voting for their favourite couple after each performance. All profits from the text votes will go to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Audiences will be dazzled by the stunning show where celebrities will be dancing brand new routines performed to live music courtesy of Carl Doy and the Dancing with the Stars Big Band. A breathtaking set by acclaimed set designer, Robin Rawstone, will set the scene, alongside two giant screens, positioned either side of the stage.

To top off a spectacular evening of sparkles and sequins, the audience will be treated to an awe-inspiring opening and closing extravaganza. Featuring a selection of NZ’s top ballroom dancers, audiences will be astounded with never-seen-before performances.

Following the success of tours in the UK and the USA, New Zealand is just the third country in the world to host a live stage version of the show. The slick and entertaining production is tightly based on the format of the hit television show, using eight celebrity and professional dance couples who compete to become the evening’s winner.

Dancing with the Stars is BBC Worldwide’s most successful entertainment format, and has been seen in more than 75 countries around the world.

“This is a brilliant opportunity to take the Dancing with the Stars brand to another level in New Zealand,” said Richard Halliwell, BBC Worldwide’s Commercial Director, Dancing with the Stars. “I know that New Zealanders of all ages are going to enjoy seeing the show in its latest incarnation.”

Dancing with the Stars Live is a global phenomenon and is the must-see event this winter. New Zealand audiences are in for a treat with this star-studded night of glitz, glamour, and stunning choreography.

Dancing with the Stars LIVE
Friday 27 August
Vector Arena

Tickets on sale from Monday 28 June at 9am
www.ticketmaster.co.nz
(09) 970 9700

Corporate VIP tables lining the dance floor will also be available for purchase at www.dancingwiththestarslive.co.nz

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