The best Tango performances can be breathtaking. The passion. The romance. The fast footwork. But few Tango couples can match the sensational German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi, who are masters of the Argentinean artform, having performed alongside Jennifer Lopez and all over the world. As we prepare for their return to the Peacock Theatre in Tango Fire, we were inspired to look back at some of our favourite tango moments from Strictly Come Dancing. Here are our top five…

1. Joe McFaddon & Katya Jones

The pair won over the judges with their interpretation of Argentine tango set to Rag n’ Bone Man’s ‘Human’ in an explosive strictly semi-final! A spectacular lift at the end of their performance was a risk that clearly paid off and Joe went on to be crowned the winner of Strictly 2017.

2. Alexandra Burke & Gorka Marquez

X Factor winner Alexandra Burke stunned the judges with this sizzling tango. It was rumoured that she was feuding with partner Gorka Marquez at the time of the performance… perhaps that added to their chemistry on the dancefloor!

3. Jay McGuiness & Aliona Vilani

In the 2015 series of Strictly, member of boyband The Wanted, Jay McGuiness a knock-out tango with dance partner Aliona. However the couple scored a decent 34 as Jay was told by judges to improve his facial expressions!

4. Simon Webbe & Kristina Rihanoff

After finding himself in the dance-off a couple of times, the former singer of boyband Blue bounced back with his performance of El Tango De Roxanne from Moulin Rouge at Blackpool’s Tower ballroom. They were awarded a perfect 40 from the judges!

5. Louise Redknapp & Kevin Clifton

It was the performance that Bruno Tonioli described as “smoldering, sultry, stunning” and earned the couple a solid score of 39. Louise’s background in pop choreography and experience in judging BBC One’s So You Think You Can Dance must have been of benefit when rehearsing for Strictly!

Tango Fire runs at the Peacock Theatre from 28 Feb – 17 Mar. Tickets are available now priced from just £15 by calling the Ticket Office on 020 7863 8222 or visit www.sadlerswells.com.

Image: German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi

Tango Fire at The Peacock scoops prestigious award

Argentinian dance company Tango Fire won the Theatre Production of the Year gong at the Latin UK Awards (LUKAS) ceremony on 13 May for their popular show Flames of Desire, presented at The Peacock theatre earlier this year.

Described by dancer Carlos Acosta as “the hottest event in the Latin diary”, the annual awards ceremony celebrates the contribution of the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American communities living in the UK in the fields of arts, sport, business and society.

This year’s gala – held at KOKO in Camden, north London – saw Sadler’s Wells’ Executive Producer Suzanne Walker and producer Sandra Castell-Garcia present the awards for dance.

Extraordinary dancers Germán Cornejo, known as Nikito, and Gisela Galeassi, who dazzled audiences in Flames of Desire, – which Nikito also choreographed – will return to London in June to perform in m¡longa, choreographed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.


Photo: Sadler’s Wells’ producer Sandra Castell-Garcia and Executive Producer Suzanne Walker present the dance gongs at the Latin UK Awards ceremony, by Patricia Cuenca