Famous Flyer: Thomas Lacey

The bright lights of Broadway bedazzled Strictly Ballroom star Thomas Lacey.

WHICH WAS YOUR BEST HOLIDAY?

A two-week trip to America with my dance school to perform at Disneyland and Universal Studios in 2009. We then went to New York and did classes at Broadway Dance and Alvin Ailey and saw a few Broadway shows; my favourite was Memphis. We all did a class with the Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall, and we got a big tour of the dressing rooms and got to stand on-stage.

AND THE BEST HOTEL YOU'VE STAYED IN?

Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast, where I stayed with my family in 2003. It was in the incredible presidential suite which was huge, with high ceilings, marble everything and gold bathrooms. Plus there was a beautiful view over the Gold Coast and the hotel's lagoon pool. I'm glad I didn't have to pay for it!

WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS TAKE WITH YOU?

My phone. It has my whole life on it. I don't know how people just 30 years ago managed their life.

YOUR BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE?

To always be organised and make sure you have all your documentation. And if you travel to a country where you don't speak the language, make sure you know how to say "Where is the toilet?". You'll thank me later.

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AND YOUR WORST EXPERIENCE ON HOLIDAY?

I've never lost luggage or been stuck so probably the worst thing has been delayed flights, although the last time I was delayed on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne for two hours, while I was waiting I got the call telling me I'd got the Strictly Ballroom job, so that turned out to be a good thing!

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO TO NEXT?

Spain. After studying flamenco for Strictly Ballroom I'd love to go to Seville and see how it's really done.

Thomas Lacey stars in Strictly Ballroom the Musical, which opens on March 25 at Sydney's Lyric Theatre. Visit ticketmaster.com.au for details.

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