Bruno Tonioli (born 25 November 1955) is an Italian dancer and professional choreographer. He was born and raised in Ferrara, Italy. He is the son of Werther, a bus driver, and Fulvia, a seamstress.
He is best known as a judge on both the British television series Strictly Come Dancing and its American adaptation, Dancing with the Stars. He is well known for a cry of "TEN!" followed by a punch of his left arm up and out when he gives a couple 10/10 for their dance.
In the late seventies and early eighties he was a leading dance teacher at London's acclaimed Dance Centre, with a huge following. He also appeared in Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" video. In 1980, he participated in A Song for Europe, the UK heat of the Eurovision Song Contest choreographing Duke & the Aces. The song, "Love is Alive", finished seventh.
He is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
Bruno judged the BBC talent show DanceX. He starred on the ABC show Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, which premiered in January 2008 and ended in February 2008. His team, despite losing the first 2 elimination weeks, went on to win the show in the end, earning a contract with Hollywood Records.
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