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It's time to keeeep dancing as favourite celebrities and professional dancers from Strictly Come Dancing go on tour to perform live in cities across the UK.

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The dancers line up for Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour

Judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli will also be adding to the atmosphere for the 30-date Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour extravaganza.

Contestants Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani; Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice and Ainsley Harriott and Natalie Lowe are among the stars from this year's dance competition taking part.

Partners Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko, and Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec will also be competing for the chance to be named top dancers on each of the live nights.

They will be joined by previous contestants including Frankie Bridge, dancing with Kevin Clifton, and Jake Wood, dancing with Janette Manrara.

The tour starts at Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, on January 22 before heading off to other cities including Glasgow, Sheffield, Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester. The tour closes in London in mid February.

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The professional dancers lining up for the tour.

Hosting the show this year will be Mel Giedroyc, better known for presenting the Great British Bake Off with Sue Perkins.

Jay McGuiness, a band member with The Wanted, says: "I'm used to performing in front of massive crowds when touring with The Wanted, but performing with Aliona on the Strictly Live Tour will be a totally different experience.

I'm loving my time on the TV series, but the idea of being back out in front of live arena audiences is something I'm very much looking forward to."

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The celebrity women taking part in the live shows includes Helen George from Call The Midwife

Helen George, who plays Nurse Trixie Franklin in the multi award winning and hit BBC series Call the Midwife, suffered an unexpected early departure from the dancing show but will get a second chance to shine on the tour with Aljaz.

Helen says: "I had a brilliant time on Strictly, so I'm very excited to continue my journey and have the chance to show off some of my favourite dances to audiences on the UK Tour.

I'm sure that it'll be amazing to dance in front of huge arena audiences with Aljaz. I'm very much looking forward to the audience helping me feel at home on the dance floor each night."

EastEnders actor Jake Wood was one of the favourite contestants among audiences in the previous Strictly competition and can't wait to return for the live shows. He says: "I really enjoyed my time on Strictly last year but couldn't do the tour due to EastEnders' filming commitments, so it's great to get the chance to throw myself into the whole experience again as part of the 2016 Strictly tour."

"I'm so pleased that Frankie is doing the tour as well so we can enjoy reliving it all again together and I'm very happy that I'm being reunited with Janette. I can't wait to relive some of my favourite dances in arenas across the country."


Tickets cost 73.83, 51.33, 40.08 from or by calling 0844 33 88 222.

2016 Tour dates:

January 22 - 24 - Barclaycard Arena Birmingham

January 26 - 27 - Sheffield Arena

January 28 - 29 - First Direct Arena Leeds

January 30 - 31 - Manchester Arena

February 2 - Liverpool Echo Arena

February 3 - 4 - Metro Radio Arena Newcastle

February 5 - 7 - The SSE Hydro Glasgow

February 9 - 10 - Capital FM Arena Nottingham

February 11 - 12 - The SSE Arena Wembley

February 13 - 14 - The O2 London

Couples taking part in the live show are:
Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton
Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice
Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec
Ainsley Harriott and Natalie Lowe
Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani
Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko
Jake Wood and Janette Manrara
Karen Clifton will also join the tour for the professional dances and group numbers.
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Why? Keep Dancing And See Favourite Strictly Stars
When: Touring until February 14, 2016
Phone: 0844 33 88 222
Where: UK Tour - various including Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Cost: From 40
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