Latin and ballroom dancer, choreographer and teacher extraordinaire, Andrew Cuerden’s career is both glittering and global. Andrew is best known for being a professional dancer on the BBC’s hit show Strictly Come Dancing, on which he partnered Holby City actress Jaye Jacobs in series 3. Subsequently, Andrew partnered former News of the World and The Sun editor Rebekah Brooks and Coronation Street actress Jennie McAlpine for Strictly-style events for News International and Manchester United.
Andrew has appeared in numerous television advertisements, music videos and film documentaries, including London Tango, where he taught a recently-divorced divorce lawyer to dance in order to help her overcome her woes. He has also danced in period dramas, such as the remake of Far From The Madding Crowd and the upcoming The Great Fire.
Growing up and dancing in South Africa, Andrew emigrated to London to develop his competitive career with Finnish partner Hanna Haarala. Together they went on to represent both England and Finland in international championships, rising to the dance world elite by being ranked as one of the top 24 professional Latin couples in the world.
Since retiring from competition in 2008, Andrew has expanded his career through performing, teaching and choreographing. Besides being celebrity instructors and demonstrators on P&O Cruises, Andrew & Hanna performed with a team of Strictly professionals in Brendan Cole’s Live and Unjudged UK tours. Andrew has also co-produced, co-choreographed and performed in Dance Seduction (co-created with Kele Baker for the Erotica exhibition at Kensington Olympia) and Vertigo Café (created by West End choreographer Amanda Harker).
Andrew is proud to be the patron of Dance Syndrome, a charity which enables people with a wide range of disabilities to express themselves through dance.
Andrew loves sharing his passion for dance with his students of all levels, and is dedicated to helping people be happy and healthy through dance.