Strictly Come Dancing’s Johannes Radebe is to embark on his first UK tour. Johannes Radebe: Freedom is set to open on 16 March 2022, running at venues across the country until 1 May 2022.
Presented by the international dance superstar, his show is a celebration of music and dance, from African fusion to fiery Latin, classic dance arrangements and huge party anthems, with a company of exciting dancers.
Taking audiences on his personal journey, from growing up in South Africa, to travelling the world, winning titles and starring in Strictly Come Dancing, the show follows his real story.
Born in the township Zamdela Sasolburg, South Africa, Johannes Radebe started dancing when he was seven. Fascinated by the discipline and the glamour of Ballroom and Latin, over the next 13 years, he competed in local competitions, climbing up the Latin ranks with top honours, and eventually adding Ballroom and other dance styles, such as African Contemporary and Jazz.
He became a finalist at national dance competitions and received an invitation to compete internationally in St Petersburg, Russia.
At the age of 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.
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