Strictly Come Dancing star Johannes Radebe will be bringing his first UK tour to Carlisle next year.
Johannes Radebe: Freedom is a celebration of music and dance, from African fusion to fiery Latin, classic dance arrangements and huge party anthems, with a company of dancers.
Johannes will take the audience on his personal journey, from growing up in South Africa, to travelling the world, winning titles and starring in Strictly Come Dancing in the show at Carlisle’s Sands Centre on April 22.
Born in the township Zamdela Sasolburg, South Africa, Johannes Radebe started dancing when he was seven.
He was fascinated by the discipline and the glamour of ballroom and latin. Over the next 13 years, Johannes took part in local competitions.
He became a finalist at national dance competitions and received an invitation to compete internationally in St Petersburg, Russia.
Aged 21, Johannes left South Africa to work on the internationally renowned Italian cruise liner Costa.
Persistence and experience saw this young, vibrant South African given more responsibilities including choreographing, teaching new dancers, and then 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. In his second series, he 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 in a shorter BAFTA-nominated season.
He will return to the ballroom for his fourth series in September.