Erin Boag

Erin Boag was born in Auckland, New Zealnd in 1975 and first started dance classes aged three learning ballet, tap, jazz ballroom and latin. Following a trip to Australia aged about 15 she watched a ballroom dancing competition. aged 18 Erin became the New Zealand 10 Dance amateur champion. A year later in 1994 Erin moved to live in Australia and within 18 months to London, England. The first few months were hard in England where she had to take four separate jobs to support herself in London and was once down to her last pound.

1997, Erin met Anton Du Beke and started dancing together in January 1998 as Amateurs and within 12 months this new partnership won the 1998 New Zealand Championship, which they retained the following year. Erin and Anton turned professional in 2002 and in their first pro competition in the British National Dance Championships at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, they came third. Since that first competition, they've worked their way up through the ranks and are now in the world's top 24. Notable successes include coming first in the IDTA championships and the Essex championships .

Erin is has now branched into stage shows, choreographing the hit touring show “Simply Ballroom" with Anton Du Beke.

In the BBC Strictly Come Dancing series has seen Erin compete in all four competitions. 2003 saw Erin paired partnering England Rugby League Star Martin Offiah finishing fourth. 2004 Erin finished third in series 2 with Comedian Julian Clary. 2005 series 3 saw erin paired with Athletics World Record Hurdles Holder,Colin Jackson losing in the Grand final dance to Lilia kopylova and cricketer Darren Gough. In 2006 Erin partnered Danish footballing legend Peter Schmeichel goalkeeper for Manchester United and Aston Villa. They were voted off in week seven. Erin with her TV celebrity Colin Jackson came back in the 2006 Xmas special and beat off fellow competitors including Zoe Ball, Matt Dawson, Mark Raprakash, Emma Bunton, and Louise Lytton, to win the title.

Web Links to Erin Boag
Erin Boag Karen Hardy & Anton du Beke's website
Dance Sport Results 1999-2004
Dance Rhythms small bio
Strictly Come Dancing Watch Erin On TV show

Born: 17 March 1975, Auckland, New Zealand
Turned professional: 2002

2004 English IDTA Classic - 1st
2004 UK Open - 4th
2003 English IDTA Classic - 1st
2003 British Closed 5th
2003 UK Closed - 2nd
2003 UK Open - 6th
2002 UK Open - 3rd
2002 UBC Canadian - 1st
2001 UK Closed Amateur - 2nd
1998 New Zealand Amateur - 1st
1997 New Zealand Amateur - 1st