At Jive June 2019
Robin’s dance genesis was initiated by his parents when at the age of three they enrolled him in a local dance school in Ipswich, a non-metropolitan district and the county town of Suffolk, England. From the very beginning, Robin studied both Ballroom and Latin dance eventually competing in those disciplines at the highest levels. His skills eventually led him to represent England, amassing numerous World Championships, both on the domestic and international level.
During 2000 in addition to celebrating his 21st birthday, Robin was cast in the immensely popular and critically acclaimed dance company Burn the Floor. He continued his remarkable career with Burn the Floor for nine years which included two world tours (2003/2004). The Company developed a new show, FloorPlay where he enjoyed a leading role as well as another world tour (2006-08). Burn the Floor’s FloorPlay eventually took Robin to appear on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre in 2009 enjoying two show extensions. No small feat since Burn the Floor’s FloorPlay was the first and only Ballroom performance to appear on Broadway. Upon watching the show for the first time, a seasoned union stage hand commented, “You all might as well buy property here in NYC. You’ll all be here for a very long time.”
From Broadway Robin’s abilities took him to Dancing with the Stars Australia and So You Think You Can Dance in Holland. In addition to every stage performer’s dream to perform on Broadway, Robin is one of the very few who can also claim his appearance on London’s West End in the very same year. He was also asked to assist in the choreography for the Australian version of So You Think You Can Dance. And if all of those accomplishments were not enough he was then asked to undertake the role of “Swing” where he learned as well as performed all of the male dancer roles in Burn the Floor.
His abilities vaulted him once again to the challenge of joining the popular BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2010. Robin joined as one of the three new male professional dancers alongside Artem Chigvintsev and Jared Murillo. For his first year, Robin was partnered with actress Patsy Kensit. Robin’s professional partner is Kristina Rihanoff. Both have performed for many celebrities including Neil Diamond and Alice Cooper.
In 2011 Robin enjoyed his second year of Strictly Come Dancing this time paired with EastEnders legend Anita Dobson. Matching his first-year success, Robin was eliminated with Anita during the ninth week of the competition.
Robin also competed in 2011’s Children in Need Special with BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid and successfully won the competition, lifting the coveted Glitterball trophy!
At the beginning of 2012 Robin completed his second Strictly Live Tour before hitting the road for Dance To The Music with the Strictly band, Kristina Rihanoff, Artem Chigvintsev and Kara Tointon.
Robin had massive success in the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing with actress Lisa Riley. The pair become the people’s favourite and they took part in the Strictly Come Dancing live tour in 2013.
Last spring Robin returned to Burn The Floor alongside Kristina Rihanoff. It ran at the Shaftesbury Theatre from March for a limited season. Robin was delighted to be part of the show once again and enjoyed being part of the West End revival.
Last year Robin had the pleasure of dancing with Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden who had the surprise exit of the competition at week 5. The pair went on to compete in the Strictly Come Dancing live tour.
Robin took to the Strictly ballroom once again to participate in the Christmas special. His lucky partner on this occasion was Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox who performed a beautiful waltz.
Due to a crippling back injury, Robin sadly had to withdraw from last year’s show to have an operation. Whilst in recovery Robin become the Daily Mirror’s Strictly columnist and BBC radio correspondent. Despite all the odds Robin was back performing on the show 2 months later in professional group numbers and participating in the Christmas special with Lisa Riley.
Robin kicked off 2015 with a bang in the People’s Strictly for Comic Relief, partnering Anna Kennedy OBE. The pair were a smash hit with both audiences and the judges, who gave their Charleston a perfect 40!
This summer saw Robin starring in the national tour of “Puttin’ On The Ritz” alongside professional partner Kristina Rihanoff, and this autumn he continues the tour with Anya Garnis, also from Strictly.
Robin is a regular reporter and co-presenter on It Takes Two, and lit up our screens in the 2015 “Strictly come Dancing Christmas special dancing with Alison Hammond.
Robin will host Jive June 2019
Robin’s classes run from June 2nd to June 30th 2019