West End stars & stars of Saturday night TV show Strictly Come Dancing, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are household names after their impeccable performances of the breathtaking Argentine Tango, they are now firm favourites with the public.
Having taken part in 7 series of Strictly Come Dancing, this year Vincent & Flavia decided to hang their Strictly shoes up to focus on their dancing career.
The Italian duo met by coincidence when they were teenagers and were both looking for new partners to compete with. They then went on to win a plethora of awards and championships. Vincent and Flavia became the UK Professional Ten Dance Champions for four years running, the UK Professional Showdance Champions for three years, the UK Argentine Tango Champions in 2006 and the World Argentine Tango Show Champions for 2005 and 2006.
Strictly Come Dancing gave them both the opportunity to do what they love most; choreography and performing, and has transported their careers to new heights.
Who better to teach you to dance than the professional dancers from BBC Strictly Come Dancing? You can meet the stars, learn their steps and be captivated as they perform spectacular shows just for you.
Vincent and Flavia have attended many of our previous dance weekends, why not join us on one of our Radio Times Officially Recommended Weekend dance breaks with the stars of Strictly…
‘Dance weekends with Donahey’s are a fun and exciting break for anyone who loves to dance or wants to learn. They are very professionally organised and they really look after you. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and the team are great. A must for your diary’Flavia Cacace
‘Donahey’s events are one of the best and most professionally organised events. The people attending are friendly and the atmosphere is great’ Vincent Simone
‘It’s nice to do these shows when they are so well organised by Donahey’s’ Vincent Simone
‘It’s always wonderful to come back to Dukinfield Town Hall where we always receive such a warm reception’ Flavia Cacace
Flavia was thrilled to be crwoned the 2012 Strictly Come Dancing Champion with Olympic Gymnast Louis Smith.
Flavia began her dance training at an exceptional dance school in Guildford at the age of five; Hurleys Dance School, which specialised in ballroom and Latin, and it was there she developed her love for these dances. On the advice of her teachers, Flavia went into competitive dancing at fourteen and met Vincent with whom she has worked with ever since.
Along with Vincent, Flavia also joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2006 and has come very close to lifting trophy with Eastenders star, Matt D’Angelo, just missing out to Matthew Cutler and Alesha Dixon. She has also partnered Jimmy Tarbuck, Phil Daniels, Craig Kelly, Jimi Mistry and everyone’s favourite Astrologer; Russell Grant. Flavia’s winning partner for 2012 was Olympic Gymnast Louis Smith.
Flavia is engaged to marry Jimi Mistry
Vincent was born into a family of dancers, his siblings to both his parents are professional teachers in ballroom and Latin. In Italy, Vincent was a teacher since the age of twelve, excelling in his favourite dances; the Rumba, Argentine Tango and the Ballroom Tango.
Vincent has appeared in Strictly Come Dancing since 2006 and brought out the dancer in many actresses; Dani Harmer, Louisa Lytton, Stephanie Beacham, Natalie Cassidy and Felicity Kendal. When partnered with Rachel Stevens, together they reached second place in the 2008 final, just losing out to Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup.
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“After an incredible and unforgettable 2012 on Strictly Come Dancing for both Vincent and I, we have decided we won’t be partnering a celebrity on this year’s show.
However we look forward to continuing to perform on our favourite show and remain a part of the family, hopefully including partnering a celebrity in the christmas special.
We feel it’s the right time to invest in our dancing knowledge and become better at what we do and keep providing our audiences and supporters with continued excitement through our dancing. Aside from hopefully performing on Strictly we have lots of new projects ahead which we are very much looking forward to working on.
We have exciting times ahead with Vincent having his second child and me being newly engaged. We thank our supporters and fans for always being there and hope that together with us they look forward to exciting times ahead. We came to our decision earlier in the year and we would like to thank the BBC for their understanding and support.
We wish everyone best wishes for the forthcoming series. Vincent & Flavia x”