DANCING supremo Brendan Cole is bringing his fantastic footwork to Bradford, with his latest spectacular show All Night Long.

He'll be taking to the stage at the Alhambra to wow audiences on his 10th anniversary tour, which will see him joined by a sensational cast of guest dancers and a talented 14-piece band and singers.

The dazzling cast of dancers are hand-picked by Brendan, whilst the singers and musicians are chosen by musical director Barry Robinson.

An extravagant mix of Latin fever and ballroom magic will incorporate dances from tango to cha-cha-cha, waltz and foxtrot, with a few unexpected highlights, one being Brendan playing acoustic guitar.

“I pick up my guitar from time to time and can play a couple of songs,” he says. “The team dared me to play. I play Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud.

“I have a really beautiful guitar and enjoy playing it with a group of world class musicians.”

On stage eight dancers perform to the music of 13 musicians. “Choreography is a team effort, with me putting in the main ideas,” he says.

Ideas flow once you are in the right frame of mind, he adds. “Once you put on the music you can say whether something feels right.”

Although, he laughs, “Sometimes you look back on something and wonder ‘what on earth was I thinking there?’”

New Zealander Brendan, who was a judge on the New Zealand show Dancing with the Stars, says he favours ballroom dancing as “You can tell more beautiful stories through it.”

It is seven years since the former Strictly Come Dancing star performed on the Alhambra stage. “I am looking forward to coming back to Bradford.”

Since leaving Strictly early this year after 14 years with the show - he was a fixture since it began in 2004, winning the first series with Nastasha Kaplinsky - his feet have not touched the ground. “It has been the busiest year of my life, I have not stopped.

“I have been able to take up opportunities that I could not have said yes to had I been on Strictly,” he says. “Previously, there would be five months of the year when I could not agree to anything else.”

He admits to finding the lead-up to the latest series of Strictly hard. “When everyone got together in August to do the pro-numbers, it was like there was a party going on and I hadn’t been invited, but the show goes on and this is a new chapter.”

As HELLO! magazine’s current Strictly columnist, Brendan keeps a keen eye on the popular BBC show.

“There are some really good dancers and very talented people. As time goes on you see the performances step up. I really like Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse and Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice.”

Growing up, Brendan was very sporty, with dance being just one of the many activities in which he took part, yet it was “quite unusual” for boys.

He has also been busy at home, having two children, five year-old Aurelia and seven-month-old Dante, with wife Zoe Hobbs.

Aurelia is already testing out her dance moves. “If there is a dance show on TV she will dance around in front of it, like five-year-olds do,” laughs Brendan.

He misses them when on tour. “That is the hardest bit. It is especially hard for them when I am away. I’m having a great time.”

He adds: It is an exciting tour with 22 dates in 20 different areas. We have a lot of fun, even on the tour bus we chat and play games.”

Audiences in the North, he says, are “very excitable - they go crazy, they love being entertained.”

*All Night Long is at the Alhambra on Tuesday November 13 at 7.30pm.

For tickets visit bradford-theatres.co.uk/whats-on/brendan-cole-all-night-long or ring the box office on 01274 432000.