The King and Queen of Ballroom – the nation’s favourite…..
Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag really are the golden couple of Strictly Come Dancing.
Anton is the longest serving Professional Dancer on Strictly – A Strictly Legend, 2019 Finalist & newly crowned 2021 Judge.
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.
The 2021 series of Strictly sees Anton stepping into the judges chair to replace Bruno – what a fab-u-lous Judge
Having partnered celebreties for 16 series and being the longest serving pro, Anton has taken his well-earned place on the judging panel. So far this series Anton has made a fantastic impression on the judging panel, receiving rave reviews and praise from viewers. Many strictly fans are calling for Anton to become a permanent judge on Strictly.
In the 2020 series Anton partnered former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, sadly Anton & Jacqui were the first couple to be elimnated from the show following their week 2 Samba.
In 2019 Anton partnered actress Emma Barton all the way to the Strictly Final – Together they performed some stunning dances including their High energy Charleston from Musicals Week, a graceful Viennese Waltz from Week 4 & a razzle dazzle Showdance.
Always a firm favourite on Strictly Come Dancing, now meet Anton and Erin in the flesh with Donaheys. We are offering you an amazing opportunity to learn to dance with these amazing 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
5* Weekend Breaks starring Anton and Erin
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.
One Night with Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag Sunday 27th March 2022 4* De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel Windsor, Berkshire
Spend the evening with Strictly Come Dancing Stars Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag at the fabulous 4* De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel.
Strictly’s Anton & Erin chat about Donahey’s 4* Weekend Breaks…
Anton and Erin’s Reviews of Donahey’s Weekend Breaks
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
The Donahey's Dancing With The Stars Weekends are Fab-U-Lous.The organisation is second to none, every little detail has been thought of and the Donahey's staff do everything to make your weekend enjoyable.Seven hours of dance workshops with Top Class teachers (including the Strictly Stars). Plenty of time to practise and then Dancing through the night in the Stateroom Ballroom.The Show Dances from The Strictly Stars and the other Professionals are worth it on their own.We've already booked next year and looking forward to itTrevor & Brenda
12:58 12 Mar 20
The whole weekend was amazing from start to finish. The organisation is superb and the people are all so friendly. When you break down what you get it really is value for money. This is an event to look forward to year after year.
Kerry Garner (Oldfleet)
18:06 11 Mar 20
Just back from a stunning weekend at Alton Towers Dancing with the Stars! The whole experience was fabulous from start to finish. The communication from Donaheys before, during and after the event was good. The organisation of the workshops was superb...we were in the improvers group ...each one pitched perfectly for the ability level and the teaching was great. Obviously the Strictly stars were lovely as expected, but also the world champions and the Donaheys staff were terrific. We have fallen in love again with Argentine Tango particularly. The showcase dances were spectacular every time, breathtaking performances in a cabaret setting. The Donaheys team were always on hand to offer support and guidance both on and off the dance floor and the hotel staff were friendly and accommodating. We loved dancing to the band on Saturday night!By the end of the weekend we were exhausted....in a good way! Thank heavens for the on line workshop reminders, as we did so much our recollection of all the steps is a bit hazy! We needed no nudging to book again for next year before we left. Many thanks and best wishes to all the team.
14:48 11 Mar 20
Just back from a FAB-U-LOUS weekend at Alton Towers Resort Hotel.Is the first time we have ever been to an event like this, infact, its the first time my other half and I have ever danced!Everything was organised to a tee, the workshops, the showcases and the evening events.The Donaheys staff were on hand throughout the weekend to assist in anyway and they were so helpful and not at all judgemental as we had never danced a steep before!The only fault in the whole weekend, and it is NOT related to Donaheys. We the lighting in the bedrooms and bathrooms. It was so incredibly dim that it was a struggle to put make up on! Not sure how anyone would manage if they had to take medication. But, this was NOT a fault on Donaheys and it didn't stop us from having an amazing weekend.
13:01 11 Mar 20
First time here, what an absolutely fantastic amazing weekend, Melanie & I loved it... and our first time having dance lessons!!! If you love dancing you will love these weekends!!!Everyone is so friendly & helpful. We have already booked for next year, fingers crossed as better dancers. Xx
14:23 10 Mar 20
10:47 03 May 19
A huge Thank You to Paul and the whole Donaheys team. Just back from an amazing experience at Celtic Manor. The organisation, the workshops and the showcase evenings where truly spectacular. We enjoyed every minute. The hotel and staff are first class.All the strictly stars, professionals and experienced teachers made the workshops interesting, challenging and fun. we came away with new steps from each of them. Already booked for next year. The weekend is good value for money, and worth every penny. We enjoyed it so much we extended our stay. You have a fantastic team working with you. Well done to all of them and again THANK YOU.
19:39 02 May 19
Brilliant weekend yet again. So good I had already booked to go back twice this year. Atmosphere, lessons and the show dances by Strictly stars are outstanding. Already booked again for next year.
07:34 01 May 19
Another fabulous Donahey's Dancing with the Stars weekend. The Workshops led by the Strictly Stars and Championship dancers were entertaining and informative and the showcases were amazing. We attended Alton Towers last year, which we enjoyed tremendously, but this was our first time at the Celtic Manor and have to say that this venue, food and staff were all first rate. The hotel was easy to navigate and nothing was too much trouble. The Donahey's team are so friendly and helpful. Our weekend was superb and was well worth the outlay and journey. We would like to say a very big "thank you" to Paul and his team for all the hard work before and during the weekend to create a smooth running and enjoyable event. Just need to keep practicing all the new steps we have been taught. Congratulations on another excellent weekend. See you all next year!! Colin & Maureen Barker
15:34 30 Apr 19
This was a truly spectacular weekend.Donaheys and Alton Towers were extremely organised and everything ran smoothly.The dance classes were excellent (though we struggled with the Argentine Tango).Dancing with the Strictly Stars was amazing. All of the stars were so friendly and excellent teachers.However, a special shout out is required for Tony Bennett who took the Samba and Tango classes. What a fabulous teacher. I would pay for a weekend of lessons just with him.The three shows were breathtaking. The price paid for the weekend would be worth it for the shows alone.The weekend was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend to dancers of any level.Thanks to Donaheys!
18:27 18 Mar 19
This was our 4th Donaheys weekend and the 3rd atthe Alton Towers resort.Over the years we have been fortunate to have been to some excellent workshops, but this has to be the best year yet.Equally, we’ve previously been able to provide some constructive feedback for the resort, but NOT THIS YEAR. Truly excellent all round.Alton Towers staff very professional on check in and in the restaurant. Check out was seamless, just dropping off the room keys.Car park better marked out.Food in the restaurant even better than previous years. ALWAYS had gluten free options available.7 dance classes over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in 2 ballrooms with the large ballroom having a truly excellent floor.3 shows (2 evening and 1 on Sunday lunch). Friday night’ show was superb, as was Sunday’s, but Saturday night’s was worth the money alone. Truly outstanding.So hats off to all involved.Already booked for next year.
18:12 16 Mar 19
Another brilliant weekend. Well done all. Can't wait for next year, already looking at new dresses. What can I say - brilliant lessons, meeting the stars from Strictly, dancing the night away on the best dance floor ever - add to that a big band, friendly helpful staff and a nice venue - what else could you want from a weekend. Oh, to remember what you have learnt - that's covered too with videos. We appreciate all your hard work that goes into making these weekends so special. Thank you.
21:17 15 Mar 19
Our 11th time being part of Donaheys amazing dance weekends. We introduced 4 new people who all had a fab time & have already booked again for next year! We can’t recommend these weekends enough for anyone who loves dance, be it doing the workshops or simply watching the incredible shows. We shall be back in April at Celtic manor & are already counting the days. Thank you Paul, Amy, Shirley & all the team.Kay & Sean Escott
13:29 15 Mar 19
Fantastic weekend and so much value for your money. Very high standard of workshops and feel so privileged to be taught by three wonderful Strictly couples and see their fabulous demonstration dances.
13:09 15 Mar 19
As relative newcomers to ballroom dancing we weren't sure what to expect, but we shouldn't have worried. Donaheys gave us a fabulous weekend. The professionalism of the event was outstanding, from pre-information, joining instructions and weekend programme, super all round. All the lessons, and there's lots of them, were fun and within our ability and the showcase dances by the professionals made the evenings a "real night out". The hotel was everything that you would expect and were well looked after in terms of food and service. In fact it was all so good that we rebooked, before we left, to go to Celtic Manor next year.John and Caroline
12:55 15 Mar 19
Fab-u-lous!We have just returned from the Dancing with the Stars weekend at Alton Towers Hotel. What an amazing weekend it was, and the organisation was just incredible! Everything runs like a well oiled machine, but at no time do you feel pressured to go to a dance workshop, you can take things at your own pace and attend as many or as few as you like! As avid Strictly fans, my husand and myself had never danced before, so we were in the beginners class. Excellent way to start a dance journey, and to also be taught by the Strictly Stars, Karen and Gorka on Friday, the Cha Cha Cha, Aljaz and Janette on Saturday, the Waltz, and Giovanni and Luba on Sunday, the Jive was truly great fun and they are excellent teachers. We were also taught the Quick Step on Saturday by Warren and Kristi Boyce, the most amazing dancers and teachers! The showcase dances performed by all of the Professionals left us in tears of joy, made us laugh, and we were in awe of their energy - if only! We also had the privelige of seeing some up and coming dancers of the future, Amy and Sasha, Mark and Ilenka, who were an absolute credit to the profession. What an amazing weekend it was, Donaheys you deserve 10 stars for one of the best events we've ever attended in the many years we have been going to entertainment events! Thank you and Keep Dancing!
09:25 11 Mar 19
Just had our first weekend at Alton Towers, we had a brilliant time, really well organised. The social dancing was great fun, and being up close with the dancers was amazing. There are two things I would change/review , 1) the food at dinner wasn’t great, and there is no excuse for a hotel to serve food on cold plates. This is not Donaheys fault, but worth mentioning. 2) The red carpet photo call is just a photo opportunity, due to time constraints etc, there isn’t the ability to have any individual photos. But make sure you get to the red carpet on the Saturday black tie ball as they look amazing.We’ve booked again for next year and can’t wait ! This weekend has encouraged us to join a Dance School, hopefully next year we may be wearing blue wristbands!
13:03 16 Mar 18
Whether you are into Latin or Ballroom dancing, attending a Donaheys Dancing With The Stars Weekend is an absolute must!During the course of each weekend, which runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, you will get to see showcases performed by Stars from Strictly Come Dancing, attend classes delivered by the Stars themselves, and have great fun social dancing on an amazing dancefloor (which, on the Saturday night, will be to the live sounds of a big band).For the weekend's classes, each dancer is placed into one of three groups, depending on their dance experience. This allows instruction to be delivered at levels suited from beginner through to advanced. So, no-one will feel out-of-depth, but at the same time, all will be challenged.Throughout the weekend, the large contingent of friendly Donaheys staff are constantly on-hand to help, and always with a smile.Once the weekend comes to an end, and you start to depart the luxurious hotel that hosts the event, you will feel like you are leaving your (new) family.The Donaheys Dancing With The Start Weekends are a definite highlight to my year! I truly can not recommend them, nor the Donaheys staff and the regional regular dance lessons they run, highly enough.(In June of 2017 I attended the Chesford Grange weekend. In March of this year, 2018, I attended the Alton Towers weekend. I very much look forward to attending at least one of their weekends in each coming year)
17:41 12 Mar 18
The Dancing with the Stars Weekend at Windsor organised by Shirley, Paul and Amy truly exceeded my expectations! It was a fantastic experience dancing with the Strictly Professionals and of course the talented Donahays team too! Wall to wall quality, very well organised, great fun and highly recommended. So much so that I have already booked for Celtic Manor in May 2018.
05:53 25 Jul 17
We had the best weekend! We were complete beginners who were made to feel so welcome by all the team - fantastic sessions from all the pros and team of experts. The shows were amazing - everyone so personable. Thank you so much - cannot recommend highly enough!
19:29 13 Jul 17
Its difficult to find enough superlatives to describe these amazing weekends. We have just attended our 8th, and it was as fabulous as ever. The Donaheys team are so welcoming & helpful, the workshops great fun & informative and the evening shows are breathtaking. We are once again already booked on 2 for next year & already looking forward to them both. We Cant recommend them highly enough. Thanks to all involved
13:21 22 Jun 17
Another fantastic weekend with Donaheys at Chesford Grange.To see the showcase dances from the edge of the dance floor is amazing.The dance lessons from the Strictly Stars and Donaheys staff are really enjoyable.Well worth a visit for those who want to dance, and those who just want to watch...
13:12 20 Jun 17
Best. Weekend. Ever. The organisation and staff are just superb. The work shops are so enjoyable and then the show cases in the evening round of a fantastic day. Highly recommended if you love dancing/Strictly!
12:59 15 Jun 17
Many thanks for the last 6 years of fun filled Donaheys dancing with the stars weekends. Great work shops. Fabulous show cases. Well organised professional events. Already booked and looking forward to year 7 next year.thank you shirley paul amy and team. Enid and Brenda.
08:54 11 Jun 17
Absolutely fantastic weekend on the Strictly weekend dance break in Manchester. So well organised.
18:07 16 May 17
Probably the Rolls Royce of weekend dance breaks. Intensive learning combined with a great ballroom experience alongside fellow minded intermediates and improvers. Whoever your particular Strictly Stars are, be in no doubt that Warren and Kristi are the real gems here. Scintillating !Can't thank Paul and the team enough. Top Marks
15:10 13 May 17
Thank you Donahey's for another fabulous, well-organised and fun weekend. First class, friendly tuition from the Strictly stars and Donahey's team encourages everyone, including beginners, to get up on the dance floor and give it a go. The professionals' show dances were truly amazing and seeing their skills at such close quarters was a real treat.Richard & Rosemary
20:28 10 May 17
We have been on at least 5 Dance Weekends and enjoyed them all. The workshops from the Strictly Pros and the Donahey's teachers are excellent and great fun. The showcases from the Pros in the evenings are spectacular. To be able to see them dance close up is a real treat. If you love your dancing then this is a weekend well worth the money.
09:32 10 May 17
Dancing with the stars. Wow! What a Wonderful Weekend!This was our second time and seems even better. The organisation is brilliant. The professional dancers are amazing and make the workshops a joy.This is an experience not to be missed.
09:45 07 May 17
Was bought this experience for Christmas and I can honestly say this has got too of been the best present EVER!!I was absolutely blown away by the whole weekend, the lessons, the staff and the professional dancers.The strictly dancers are just wonderful and put on an absolutely fantastic show.As a non dancer I was given time and help with the lessons and each teacher was lovely, I can't fault anything.The location was lovely and the Hotel was an extremely nice place to stay, the room was lovely and modern.I had a wonderful time and will be returning in 2018.Well done and thank you for an experience I will never forget and may quite possibly become a repeat returner!!!
19:52 04 May 17
Anton Du Beke – Strictly Come Dancing Finalists 2019
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.
How old is Anton?
55 years old (born 20th July 1966)
Where is Anton from?
Is Anton single?
Hands off, ladies! Anton married Hannah Summers in 2017 and they have twins named George and Henrietta.
What are Anton’s greatest dance achievements?
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.
Who is Anton’s professional dance partner?
It’s no-nonsense Erin Boag.
Who is Anton’s celebrity partner?
Sadly no celebrity partner for Anton this year as he takes over Bruno’s position on the Strictly judging panel
What’s Anton’s favourite dance?
Anton loves the Foxtrot.
When did Anton join Strictly?
Anton has been on the show since its conception in 2004.
Who has Anton danced with on Strictly?
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, Ruth Langsford, Susannah Constantine, Emma Barton and Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. He’s certainly earned his Strictly stripes.
Has Anton ever won Strictly?
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.
Has Anton ever had a wardrobe malfunction on Strictly?
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.
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
How old is Erin?
46 years old (born 17th March 1975)
Where is Erin from?
Auckland, New Zealand
Is Erin single?
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.
What are Erin’s greatest dance achievements?
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.
Who is Erin’s professional dance partner?
The one and only Anton Du Beke.
What’s Erin’s favourite dance?
Erin loves the Quickstep.
When did Erin join Strictly?
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.
Who has Erin danced with on Strictly?
Martin Offiah, Julian Clary, Colin Jackson, Peter Schmeichel, Willie Thorne, Austin Healey, Ricky Groves, Peter Shilton, Rory Bremner and Richard Arnold.
Has Erin ever won Strictly?
No. Despite 10 successful years on Strictly, Erin didn’t claim the glitter ball before leaving in 2013.
Has Erin ever had a wardrobe malfunction on Strictly?
Seriously? Always the consummate professional, Erin has never had a costume mishap on Strictly.
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