Cypriot dancer Despina Violari is leading lady in Strictly stars’ new show

The Ballroom Boys double act Ian Waite and Vincent Simone are returning with their brand new show – Ian Waite and Vincent Simone….ACT TWO, after the roaring success of their 5 star rated 2019 tour!
The fabulous former Strictly Come Dancing stars promise another wonderful evening of old-fashioned variety – dance, comedy and song! With beautiful costumes, gorgeous lighting and world class routines, including the Viennese Waltz, the Foxtrot, the Rhumba, and of course the Argentine Tango!
The boys will be joined by their stunning dance partners and a world class singer. One of the leading ladies is Cyprus-born Despina Violari.
Despina had been accumulating admirers on the Salsa scene for several years before getting to show off her grace and talent on the West End stage as part of the dance ensemble of On Your Feet.
She attended Studio La Point College in Leeds where she studied for a Musical Theatre degree, as well as Open University of Cyprus, receiving an MA in Theatre Studies.
Despina appeared in the Bollywood feature film Housefull 3 as a Dancer (2015), and Murder On The Orient Express (2017). Other onscreen dance credits include Mi Cubita Bella (2016), Lee Cooper TV commercial (2016), C. Ioannides/Love Don’t Cry music video (2016) and Lifetime Learning (2016).
She has won many competitions including the UK Tango Championship (1st place) and in 2019 was voted LUKAS Outstanding Female Soloist of the year. She also took part in the Bachata World Championship in Amsterdam, where she won 3rd place.
Despina organised salsa workshops in London and Brighton partnering with Yonly Leyva Desdunes. She now holds these workshops in Cyprus where she has been based since the start of the pandemic.
Ian Waite and Vincent Simone….ACT TWO kicks off today in Worcester and travels around the country, closing on 25th June in Eastbourne. For further information and to book tickets, visit

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