Johannes Radebe on tour

ONE of the break-out stars of the last Strictly Come Dancing series, the South African dancer Johannes Radebe, is on his first UK tour, and visiting  Torquay’s Princess Theatre on 27th April, and Bath Forum on 30th April.  The tour has already been to Poole’s Lighthouse.

Born in the South African township of Zamdela Sasolburg, Johannes started dancing when he was seven, fascinated by the discipline and the glamour of ballroom and Latin. Over the next 13 years, he competed in local competitions, climbing up the Latin ranks with top honours, and eventually added ballroom and other dance styles, such as African contemporary and jazz. He became a finalist at national dance competitions and received an invitation to compete internationally.

At the age of 21, Johannes left South Africa to work on the Italian cruise liner Costa. Persistence and experience saw the young South African given more responsibilities including choreographing and teaching new dancers before eventually being promoted to Dance Captain. In 2018, he was invited to join the debut season of the international hit show, Dancing With The Stars, in South Africa.

Johannes toured the world in the international dance show Burn The Floor before being headhunted by Strictly Come Dancing. He moved to the UK to dance on the flagship BBC show and in his second series was partnered with Catherine Tyldesley and danced the first same-sex routine with fellow Strictly star Graziano Di Prima. In 2020, he danced with Caroline Quentin and reached week seven and in 2021 he and the Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite were runners up.

Johannes Radebe: Freedom, created by the dancer himself, is a celebration of music and dance, from African fusion to fiery Latin, classic dance arrangements and huge party anthems, with a company of exciting dancers, as Johannes takes the audience on his personal journey – from growing up in South Africa, to travelling the world, winning titles and starring in Strictly Come Dancing.