IAN WAITE

Biography: Ian started dancing at the age of ten, and by the age of fourteen had won nearly every competition he had entered. He was the European Youth Latin American Champion, and turned professional in 1997 and later moved to Holland to train with renowned coach Ruud Vermay, and he competed successfully with Inga Haas, Natalia Panina and Daisy Croes. Moving back to England in 2004, he teamed up with Camilla Dallerup, and also started competing in the second series of Strictly Come Dancing. Ian has competed in each series until the seventh series, and in series eight, Ian was one of the first professionals not to compete instead taking a role in the professional dance group performing demonstration dances on the show. He has since been a regular on It Takes Two and has also taken part in the Christmas Specials in 2011 and 2012.
Speciality: Latin American
Height: 6' 3"
Professional Partner: Camilla Dallerup
Favourite Dances: Jive; Foxtrot
Achievements:
  • UK Closed Professional Latin Championship runner-up
  • European Professional Latin Championship Finalist
  • French Open 2001 Runner Up
  • Dutch Professional Champion 2000
  • International Championship semi-finalist 2004
  • British National Dance Championship finalist
  • British Open Professional Rising Stars runner-up
  • World Showdance Championship finalist
  • World Masters Professional Latin Championship finalist
  • Official Website: http://www.ian-waite.com/
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    strictly come dancing history

    Series Celebrity Last week Position Last dance(s)
    2 Denise Lewis Final 2nd Quickstep; Samba; Show dance
    3 Zoe Ball Final 3rd Tango; Samba; Show dance
    4 Mica Paris 2 13th Rumba
    5 Penny Lancaster Stewart 6 9th Salsa
    6 Jodie Kidd 10 6th Jive
    7 Jade Johnson 8 7th* Jive

    * celebrity partner retired from competition

    Christmas Specials

    Ian has competed in six Christmas Specials, dancing with Denise Lewis in 2004, Zoe Ball in 2004 and 2005, Debra Stephenson in 2011, Sheila Hancock in 2012 and Rochelle Humes in 2013.