The Strictly Come Dancing professor tells us about performing with Flavia Cacace and reveals his favourite hobby
How do you like your tea?
Being Italian, I like my espresso, but when I do have tea, I have it with milk and a little sugar.
Who would you most like to have a cup of tea with?
Al Pacino. He’s a legend. I love it when people are passionate about what they do.
You and Flavia Cacace have been dancing together for over 20 years – do you still get on as well now as you did back then?
Amazingly well, we’re a match made in heaven! She’s like an extension of me and we hardly ever disagree.
Tell us about your stage show, Dance ’Til Dawn…
Flavia and I wanted to show that we’re not a one-trick pony together, so this tour wasn’t just a dance showcase. It was a comedy show with a storyline and a live band – it wasn’t all about tango.
What’s the worst costume you’ve ever had to wear?
There are some people who’ll throw a strop if they’re asked to wear something they don’t like, but as long as the costume illustrates the dance, I don’t mind.
Everything in dance has a story, and I want to make sure I’m always in character.
If you weren’t a dancer, what would you be?
A chef. Cooking’s my favourite hobby, and I love inventing new dishes.
What one object could you not live without?
My dancing shoes. As soon as I put them on, I’m engaged in a performance.