Start spreading the news with a New York dance extravaganza

Enjoy an exclusive dance-themed New York experience with Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse in the Big Apple’s most celebrated hotel followed by a lavish transatlantic cruise on the Queen Mary 2

When we had to choose the location for a lavish dance extravaganza with BBC 1 stars Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse, there could be only one serious contender.

From the world-class musicals of Broadway to the many iconic film locations that make it instantly familiar to visitors, New York is a city brimming with showbiz heritage.

It has energy, charisma and a boundless optimism – just like our triumphant dance duo, Kelvin and Oti, who will host a one-day event in the city for those who want to follow in their twinkle-toed footsteps and brush up on their moves.

And Imagine Cruising has taken great care to find the ideal venue and arrange the perfect itinerary for this quintessential One Life experience.

The Pierre hotel, which hosts this exclusive one-day event in June, is a New York icon. A standard bearer of luxury that has seen an endless procession of famous figures pass through its doors.

Business moguls, fashion designers, A-list movie stars… All have stayed here since it opened in 1930, with some – including actress Elizabeth Taylor and President Nixon – even making it their temporary home.

Towering over Central Park on the city’s swanky Upper Eastside, it was formerly owned by the oilman Jean Paul Getty, once the world’s richest person.

During your day at The Pierre, you’ll get a morning session with professional dance instructors who’ll give you some pointers on your technique.

Whether you’re a dab hand on the dancefloor or a complete novice, you’ll have loads of fun and pick up plenty of tips to improve your style. And Kelvin and Oti will also be on hand to help out.

Back at The Pierre in the evening, you’ll enjoy a gourmet, three-course, black-tie gala dinner and see Kelvin and Oti take to the dance floor themselves, reigniting the dance partnership that thrilled the nation.

Together once again – with a whole new wardrobe of glamorous outfits - they could perform anything from Cuban Salsa to the Pasadoble to the American Smooth. And they’ll even host a light-hearted question-and-answer session afterwards.

Of course, the event at The Pierre with Kelvin and Oti is just one part of this fantastic 10-night holiday, which sees you fly to New York and sail back to Southampton on a 7-night transatlantic cruise on the Queen Mary 2.

While in New York you’ll stay at the Millennium Hilton New York Downtown, a stone’s throw from One World Trade Centre in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District. This exceptional hotel is within walking distance of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street and Little Italy, an area that has featured in films including The Godfather and Donnie Brasco.

Savour the view of the surrounding high-rises from Church & Dey, the hotel’s signature restaurant, take a dip in the heated, glass-enclosed swimming pool or sip a classic cocktail at the ingeniously named Liquid Assets lobby bar.

And you can make your three nights in ‘the city that never sleeps’ even more special by soaking up some of its main attractions.

You could take in the breath-taking panoramic views from the top of the Empire State Building or Rockefeller Centre. Or enjoy one of the world’s best art collections at the Museum of Modern Art.

You might be a theatre fan who is dying to see a Broadway show with an all-star cast. Or maybe you’d like to dine at the famous Katz Delicatessen, a New York institution that was made famous by the film When Harry Met Sally, which filmed a memorable scene there. Its Reuben sandwich is a gastronomic classic.

Spring is also an ideal time to take a horse-and-carriage ride around Central Park, or row around the boating lake as the surrounding trees come into bloom.

Within the park, which stretches from Harlem in the north to midtown Manhattan in the south, you’ll find a zoo, ballparks free outdoor swimming pool, 19th century miniature castle and bronze statues depicting everything from literary characters to military leaders.

Listen to the distant hum of the city mingle with birdsong and the cheers from a children’s baseball game as you stroll around this leafy haven of calm in the heart of the urban jungle.

Perhaps the most iconic New York icon of them all is the Statue of Liberty. Sixty-minute sightseeing cruises frequently depart from under the Brooklyn Bridge and you’ll get to see this world-famous monument to freedom up close, as well as neighbouring Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants to the US once passed through. And you’ll get a fresh perspective of the city from the waters of the Upper Bay.

After the thrills of New York, you’ll then travel home to Southampton in fine style on the Queen Mary 2, a cruise ship with impeccably furnished art deco interiors and first-class amenities.

Picture the scene: the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan’s inimitable skyline receding into the distance as you sail into the great expanse of the Atlantic Ocean on Cunard’s flagship.

On board, you’ll find elegance throughout, whether it’s the musical backdrop of the pianist in the Commodore Club or a sumptuous library stocked with up-to-date books and smelling of leather.

Afternoon tea, with impeccably cut finger sandwiches served by white-gloved waiters is an essential experience, while the fine-dining options include such savoury delicacies as salmon gravlax with poached quail’s egg, with an exquisite dessert of bitter chocolate soufflé or a creamy mango panna cotta.

And if you haven’t had your fill of singing and dancing in New York you could satisfy your hunger for more by watching an evening show by the talented Royal Court performers.

From aerial acts to West End musicals, you’ll be spoilt for choice on the Queen Mary 2, but it’ll make saying goodbye to New York a little easier.

It’s a cruise holiday loaded with possibilities, where One Life moments lie around every corner.

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Q&A with Kelvin: Unpack the dancing shoes

Kelvin Fletcher tells us why he’s excited to be putting his dancing shoes back on in the Big Apple


Question: Have you put on your dancing shoes since the Strictly final?

Kelvin: My legs had a well-earned rest for a couple of weeks, then I started rehearsals for the Strictly live tour. Oti’s not doing the tour so we won’t dance together again until New York – it’ll be great to be reunited. Hopefully I’ve not forgotten anything because I don’t think she’d be too happy with that!

Question: What’s the best thing about cruising?

Kelvin: The people you meet. I love travelling because there’s so much to see out there, you learn so much and you meet so many interesting people. It’s those memories you’ll look back on for years to come and cherish the most.

Question: What’s your top dance tip for beginners?

Kelvin: Patience is absolutely key. When I started, I got very frustrated when I couldn’t master a step – and that’s one thing I really battled with. You have to trust the process. There’s so much technique involved and so many things to think about: Are you on the heel or ball of your foot? Where is your weight? What’s your head doing? But if you’re patient and keep practicing, you’ll be doing that tricky step before you know it.

Question: Have you been to New York before?

Kelvin: I’ve been a couple of times and I’m very much looking forward to going back. It’s one of those rare cities where I can absolutely imagine myself living. There’s a real buzz and energy about New York that’s quite unique.

Question: What are you planning to do when you’re not dancing?

Kelvin: I’m a big theatre fan and I’ve never seen a Broadway show, so that’s top of my list.

Question: Will you be wearing amazing outfits ?

Kelvin: Absolutely. Oti’s got a few ideas... You’ll definitely notice me, put it that way!