Last updated 10th December 2018
The King and Queen of Ballroom
– the nation’s favourite…..
really are the golden couple of Strictly Come Dancing, Anton having appeared in every series from its launch in 2004.
Having danced together professionally for over 20 years, Anton and Erin have become Britain’s most recognised and well regarded ballroom couple, bringing glitz, glamour and elegance to every performance.
This year’s series of Strictly saw Anton partnered with fashion journalist and TV presenter, Susannah Constantine. Sadly Anton & Susannah were first to leave the competition.
We’re sure you’ll agree we’ll miss Anton’s weekly performances.
Always a firm favourite on Strictly, now meet Anton and Erin in the flesh with Donaheys. We are offering you an amazing opportunity to learn to dance with these spectacular dancers, learn their techniques and so much more.
Learn all about Anton & Erin’s dancing achievements, view photos, videos & merchandise plus their latest news below
Who better to learn to dance with, than the King of Ballroom himself – Anton du Beke and his wonderful dance partner Erin Boag. Not only can you learn to dance with the professionals but you can hear all the Strictly back stage gossip, plus of course see them perform their breathtaking Ballroom showcase for you up close and personal.
5* Celtic Manor Resort
Newport, South Wales
Join Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Giovanni Pernice, Luba Mushtuk, Ian Waite, British National & World Ballroom Champions Warren & Kristi Boyce plus Argentine Tango stars Leandro Palou & Maria Tsiatsiani.
4* De Vere Beaumont Estate
Join; Katya Jones & Neil Jones, Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara, Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag, Amy Dowden & Ben Jones plus Argentine Tango stars Leandro Palou & Maria Tsiatsiani.
5* Celtic Manor Resort
Newport, South Wales
Join; Reigning Strictly Champion Katya Jones & Neil Jones, Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara, Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag, Oti Mabuse, plus Argentine Tango stars Leandro Palou & Maria Tsiatsiani.
Since 2004 Anton & Erin have attended Donahey’s Weekend Breaks, here’s what they say…
‘Paul, you organise the most wonderful events, thank you. We always look forward to Donahey’s events, well done.’ Erin Boag
‘Paul, you’re such a Superstar for organising such a fabulous event’ Anton Du Beke
Anton Du Beke discovered his love of dance at the age of 14 and after leaving school at 16, began his amateur dance career, specialising in ballroom. After Anton partnered with Erin in 1997, they quickly went on to win the New Zealand Championships two years running, as well as the prestigious International Dance Championships at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
Erin and Anton turned professional in 2002 and a huge amount of wins and accolades followed, including coming to the attention of the BBC in 2004, and the rest is ballroom history.
Anton has been gracing our screens for several years, from TV presenting on ‘Step up to the Plate’ and ‘Hole in the Wall’, to guest appearances on numerous celebrity programmes and chat shows. But of course Anton is best know for his exceptional ballroom skills on Strictly Come Dancing.
52 years old (born 20th July 1966)
Hands off, ladies! Anton married Hannah Summers in 2017 and they have twins named George and Henrietta.
The ever suave Anton didn’t start dancing until he was 14 and studied Modern Theatre Dance, Ballet and Contemporary Jazz. At 17 he pursued Ballroom dancing and by 1997 he’d met his professional partner, Erin Boag. Together they went on to win the New Zealand Championship two years running and the prestigious International Dance Championships at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Since turning professional in 2002, the couple have garnered a huge amount of wins and accolades throughout their careers. Anton has also presented TV programmes including ‘Step up to the Plate’ and ‘Hole in the Wall’, and made numerous guest appearances on celebrity shows and chat shows.
It’s no-nonsense Erin Boag.
Fashion journalist and TV presenter Susannah Constantine.
It’s all about the Strictly costumes for Susannah, “I imagine the process to be like witnessing seamstresses in a Paris couture house. The costumes are all so beautifully made and I will want to take them all home. To have all those dresses made to measure is a dream come true!”
Anton loves the Foxtrot.
Anton has been on the show since its conception in 2004.
Anton opened Strictly Come Dancing back in 2004 with leading lady Lesley Garrett, followed by; Esther Rantzen, Patsy Palmer, Jan Ravens, Kate Garraway, Gillian Taylforth, Laila Rouass, Ann Widdecombe, Nancy Dell’Olio, Jerry Hall, Fiona Fullerton, Judy Murray, Katie Derham, Lesley Joseph and Ruth Langsford. Boy, he’s been busy.
He’s come amazingly close on several occasions, reaching third place with Lesley Garrett and making the final with Katie Derham, but he’s yet to be crowned the winner.
Are you kidding? This man was born immaculately dressed. However, he did become entangled in Nancy Dell’Olio’s green feather boa during a Waltz in series 9.
Learn more about Anton’s dancing profile on his official BBC Strictly Come Dancing profile page.
Erin Boag originally made her name in the highly competitive world of international dance, competing and winning with her partner Anton du Beke, at the New Zealand Championships. Erin has enjoyed a highly successful career both on and off screen.
Erin is the only female dancer to compete in 10 series of Strictly Come Dancing. Erin came closest to becoming a Mirror Ball Champion with athlete Colin Jackson in 2005, where they were pipped to the post in a sizzling Grand Final with Darren Gough & Lilia Kopylova.
Erin has made her mark as one of the most highly respected female ballroom dancers since Ginger Rogers. Sadly, following 10 successful years on SCD, in 2013 Erin announced she would be stepping down from her time on Strictly.
Speaking on her Strictly retirement Erin said;
‘After ten wonderful years, and with a truly heavy heart, I have decided to decline the BBC’s very kind offer to compete again in series eleven, and have withdrawn from being a competitive dancer on Strictly Come Dancing. It’s been a very hard decision to make, but it’s time for a change and to focus my attention on new challenges. That said, it’s not necessarily farewell to Strictly, as I do hope to continue being a part of the show.‘ Erin Boag – June 2013
43 years old (born 17th March 1975)
Auckland, New Zealand
As hilarious as he might be, Erin is not married to Anton. She’s actually married to Peter O’Dowd and they have a son called Ewan.
The Queen of Ballroom started dancing at age three and studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Latin and of course, Ballroom. By age 18 she was the New Zealand 10 Dance Champion. Following her partnership with Anton in 1997, they went on to win the New Zealand Championship two years running and the prestigious International Dance Championships at The Royal Albert Hall in London. After turning professional in 2002, the couple accrued numerous accolades and wins.
The one and only Anton Du Beke.
Erin loves the Quickstep.
Like Anton, Erin started her Strictly journey back in 2004 when the series began. In fact, she’s Strictly’s longest serving female professional dancer with 10 years under her sequin belt. She was also fondly known as ‘Miss Whiplash’ due to her no-nonsense teaching style.
Martin Offiah, Julian Clary, Colin Jackson, Peter Schmeichel, Willie Thorne, Austin Healey, Ricky Groves, Peter Shilton, Rory Bremner and Richard Arnold.
No. Despite 10 successful years on Strictly, Erin didn’t claim the glitter ball before leaving in 2013.
Seriously? Always the consummate professional, Erin has never had a costume mishap on Strictly.
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