Last updated 4th March 2019
formed an amazing partnership when Natalie became one of the Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers in the seventh series.
Natalie Lowe – Strictly Come Dancing Finalist 2009
This exceptionally talented couple have become a massive hit with their involvement in all the professional group dances and superb solo numbers, dancing alongside such megastars as Dame Shirley Bassey.
It is with a sad heart that in 2017 Natalie announced she was leaving Strictly Come Dancing – we miss the lovely Natalie…x
Ian Waite is a superb Latin American professional dancer and choreographer who has been involved with Strictly Come Dancing in some way or another since series 2. Whether it’s competing for 6 series, behind the scenes choreographing, dancing with Dame Darcey Bussell in the 2012 launch show when she joined as a new judge or waving his Strictly wand on ‘It Takes Two’, Ian is still very much part of the Strictly family.
Ian Waite – Strictly Come Dancing Finalist 2005
A lot has happened during Ian’s six years on Strictly including forming an amazing partnership with former Strictly professional dancer, Natalie Lowe, when she joined in series 7. Over the years they have performed in many of the Group Dances, choreographed superb solo numbers and danced alongside icons such as Dame Shirley Bassey.
Learn all about Natalie & Ian’s glittering dancing career, view photos & videos plus catch up on all their latest news below
Who better to teach you to dance than professional dancer Ian Waite? They have proven on screen their talents and tireless teaching methods. You can meet the stars, learn their steps and be captivated as they perform spectacular shows just for you.
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Natalie Lowe is a professional ballroom dancer, choreographer, TV personality and star of four series’ of Strictly Come Dancing. She is also a four-time Australian Dance Champion.
In 2004, Natalie auditioned for the Australian version of Strictly Come Dancing and became one of the first female professional ballroom dancers to be a part of the highest rating entertainment show in the history of Australian Television, of which she ultimately became Dancing With The Stars Champion.
Natalie’s 2016 celebrity partner was Olympic long jumper Greg Rutherford. Greg triumphed at the London 2012 Olympics, winnning Gold. Greg represented Team GB in Rio over summer, achieving Bronze medal. Together Natalie & Greg were a fab partnership in 2016
Natalie’s first year performing on Strictly Come Dancing saw her partnered with Hollyoaks actor Ricky Whittle. They reached the final, narrowly missing out to Ola Jordan and Chris Hollins. Natalie felt this was a great result for her first year on Strictly Come Dancing back in 2009.
Natalie has reached four finals and two semi finals during her time on Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With The Stars. In 2010 Natalie was partnered with EastEnders’ heartthrob Scott Maslen, in 2011 Audley Harrison and in 2012 Natalie partnered former England Cricket Captain Michael Vaughn. Due to injury Natalie was out of the 2013 series, however we’re delighted Natalie returned to Strictly for the 2014 series.
In 2015 Natalie partnered Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott all the way to week 5. Celebrity chef Ainsley has presented on many of our favourite TV cooking shows including; Can’t Cook Won’t Cook, Ainsley’s Barbeque Bible, Ainsley’s Meals in Minutes, Good Morning and of course Ready Steady Cook.
Learn more about Natalie’s dancing profile on her official BBC Strictly Come Dancing profile page.
Ian Waite is the superb Latin American professional dancer and choreographer who has been involved with Strictly Come Dancing from Series two.
Ian started winning dance competitions at a very early age, from the European Youth Latin American Champion to numerous international championships representing England. After turning professional in 1997, Ian and his partner; Latin American World Champion, Inga Haas, became runners up in the British Professional Rising Stars.
Furthering his career in Holland, he trained with the world renowned choreographer and dance coach; Ruud Vermay and went on to win the Dutch Championships with his partner; Natalia Panina. This couple also made the final of both the World Showdance Championship and the European Professional Latin American Championship, proving his professional career really had blossomed and developed.
Moving back to the UK in 2004, Ian started to dance with Camilla Dallerup and the couple became part of Strictly Come Dancing. Ian has been a key part of Strictly Come Dancing since series two, twice reaching the final with Denise Lewis and Zoë Ball and now devoting his Strictly time to choreography of the Strictly Showdancers routines and his regular appearances on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.
Following Ian’s hugely successful 6 years on Strictly, Ian can now be seen appearing each week on BBC2 It Takes Two as one of the shows resident Dance Specialists ‘Waite’s Wednesday Warm-Up’.
Ian’s celebrity partners over his six series’ include Jade Johnson, Jodie Kidd, Penny Lancaster Stewart and Mica Paris. Ian is featured on weekly show It Takes Two and is involved in choreographing for the main series – to the delight of audiences Ian was seen dancing on the 2012 launch show with the then new Strictly Judge Darcey Bussell.
47 years old (born 29th January 1971)
As if! Ian is married to Drew Merriman. They tied the knot in July 2017.
Ian started dancing competitively at a very young age and represented England in many international championships, before becoming the European Youth Latin American Champion. After turning professional in 1997, he came second in the British Professional Rising Stars event, along with professional partner, Inga Haas. On relocating to Holland, he received expert tuition from highly-regarded choreographer and coach, Ruud Vermy, and went on to win the Dutch Championships with professional partner, Natalia Panina. Not only that, they were also finalists in the World Showdance Championship and the European Professional Latin American Championship. Ian partnered up with Camilla Dallerup professionally when he returned to the UK in 2004 and the couple joined Strictly. The rest as they say is history.
This seasoned professional has had many pro partners including, Inga Haas, Natalia Panina, Camilla Dallerup and Natalie Lowe who retired from Strictly in 2017.
Ian loves the Jive and Foxtrot.
Haven’t you been paying attention? Ian’s been part of Strictly since series 2.
Denise Lewis, Zoe Ball, Mica Paris, Penny Lancaster Stewart, Jodie Kidd and Jade Johnson.
No, he was robbed! Ian only ever reached the final, but he got there twice with Denise Lewis and his ‘It Takes Two’ partner in comedy, Zoe Ball, in 2005.
Not as such, but he has donned some fabulous Halloween costumes for his ‘Waite’s Wednesday Warm Up’ slot on ‘It Takes Two’ over the years. Our favourite being the giant pumpkin suit he wore in 2013.
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