Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice says This Is Me in York Barbican summer dance show

This is him: Giovanni Pernice in This Is Me

STRICTLY Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice will lead his cast of professional dancers in This Is Me at York Barbican on June 11.

For his fourth year of touring, the 29-year-old Sicilian will be joined by leading lady Giulia Dotta, a professional dancer on Dancing With The Stars Ireland, who performed with Pernice on his first two solo tours and has appeared around the country in shows such as Rip It Up and Here Come the Boys.

The poster for This Is Me, Giovanni Pernice’s new touring show

In the company too will be Oksana and Jonathan Platero. Oksana is a former Strictly professional, reaching the quarter-final with Judge Rinder in 2016. Her husband, Jonathan, is a world salsa champion and they both dance on the Latin version of So You Think You Can Dance? on American television.

The line-up of dancers from around the world also will include Larisa Untila, Valerio La Pietra and Domenico Palmisano.

This Is Me is directed and choreographed by dance power-couple Trent Whiddon and Gordon Grandosek Whiddon. This duo has performed in such shows as Burn The Floor and on screen in Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With The Stars, as well as creating the musical Le Hotel. 

Giovanni Pernice on stage, leading his company of dancers

Pernice’s new show will pay homage to the music and dances that have inspired a career that has taken him from competition dancer to Strictly regular on BBC One.

Last summer, Strictly trio Pernice, Aljaž Škorjanec and Gorka Marquez played Harrogate Convention Centre on June 25 and Hull Venue on July 17 on their 38-date Here Come The Boys tour.

Tickets for This Is Me’s 7.30pm performance are on sale on 0203 356 5441, at or in person from the Barbican box office.