Once again, Giovanni Pernice, best known for his 3 years on Strictly Come Dancing, brings his dance show to Coventry. Tonight, was the first night of a nationwide tour, Giovanni claimed to be nervous, but it didn’t show.
Born to Win loosely tells the story of Giovanni’s life from his parents first meeting to his time on Strictly. Of course, the tale is illustrated by dances varying from waltz to tango and everything else between. The dancing is as slick and polished as you would expect with the leads (Giovanni and Luba Mushtuk) more than ably supported by 6 other dancers with long dancing careers behind them. The footwork is lightening fast and the lifts breath-taking. With costumes and shoes that sparkle and delight as they spin and move across the stage the overall effect is one of polished perfection and energy. The second act themed around musicals didn’t seem to give the dancers or the audience a chance to take a breath as the tempo was raised.
With a simple and minimal set, (a few curtains lit to enhance the mood), the star of the show is of course Giovanni. He thrills the audience not only with his dancing, the hip gyrations being particularly popular with the mainly female audience, but also with his humour and story-telling. The costumes are also designed to get a reaction with a number of topless or open shirted outfits.
A standing ovation at the end sent the tour off on the road with smiles all round. Born to Win is a show that is guaranteed to get feet tapping and pulses racing.
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