Karen and Kevin Clifton have made a very big announcement in this week's issue of HELLO! magazine out now – the Strictly Come Dancing stars are going on tour! For the first time ever Karen and Kevin's show will be in their names and exclusive priority booking is being offered to HELLO! readers.
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"The tour is something we have always thought about doing since we met," Karen told HELLO!. "We love performing in a theatre. It's something that sits very close to our hearts. We met in a theatre, we got engaged in a theatre, now the best thing to do is perform our dream show in a theatre."
Kevin added: "Since meeting on Broadway, performing on the West End and eventually working together on our own projects, we have always talked about how much we would love to create our own theatre show with our own ideas."
Karen and Kevin Clifton's show will be in their names for the very first time
"We like to fantasise about what we would do if the show was completely our own and we could do anything we want," he added. "So the upcoming tour is a result of a few years of work and a culmination of all our inspirations."
Kevin & Karen DANCE will be based on the married couple's life – how they grew up in different countries and their influences while growing up.
"There's going to be exciting dances full of raw energy, character and also numbers that are full of the love that we feel for each other," said Venezuela-born Karen.
"The tour is something we have always thought about doing since we met," said Karen
The show will go on tour in July 2017, but before then, Karen and Kevin have Strictly to focus on. Karen has been partnered with Will Young this year, while Kevin has been paired with Louise Redknapp.
"I am loving the beginning of Strictly," said Karen. "It's very exciting. I'm enjoying dancing with Will. He is such a lovely, down-to-earth person who is very focused but at the same time likes to have a good giggle. Every year I meet very special people who I've stayed friends with, respect and learn a lot from."
"She's very intelligent and really understands and processes what I'm teaching her," said Kevin
Kevin added: "I feel very lucky to have been partnered with Louise. She's so great to work with. She's very intelligent and really understands and processes what I'm teaching her and works very hard to apply it.
"I'm not a very strict teacher, but I've always believed that if someone genuinely enjoys what they are doing then it feels like fun and doesn't feel like work. Then they will only give more and more to it. Also, I think it's important that people are allowed to make mistakes and feel comfortable enough to do so. Hopefully Louise will enjoy the experience, that's the single most important thing for me."
Exclusive priority booking for Kevin & Karen DANCE will be available to HELLO! readers from 10am on Tuesday 20 September. Go to myticket.seetickets.com/kakd and enter promo code KEVIN&KAREN. For more information visit www.kevinandkarenlive.com.