After dinner speaker, Erin Boag, together with her professional partner Anton du Beke was one of the first dancers to join the hugely successful BBC series, Strictly Come Dancing. Erin is a witty raconteur including behind the scenes anecdotes of her TV and theatre career. She is also an inspirational presenter heading up interactive team building dance focused workshop events
After dinner speaker Erin Boag is one of the most admired and best loved female dancers in the United Kingdom today. Born in New Zealand, Erin started dancing at the tender age of 3. By the time she was 18 had become the New Zealand Ballroom and Latin 10 Dance Amateur Champion. Having studied Ballet, Jazz Ballet, Disco, Tap, and Ballroom and Latin, of them all, it was Ballroom that won her heart. Consequently, she moved to London in 1996 to further her career and follow her dream.
Erin paired up with Anton Du Beke, her longstanding professional partner in 1997. Within a year Anton & Erin were winning international competitions, turning professional in 2002. There were many more wins and prestigious accolades to follow.
The duo’s talent, sparkle and personalities caught the BBC’s attention in 2004 when they were invited to take part in the very first series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Erin quickly became a household name through primetime appearances with celebrity partners. These included Richard Arnold, Rory Bremner, Peter Shilton. She went on to reach 4th place with both Austin Healey and Martin Offiah. Then 3rd place with Julian Clary, and runner up – plus winning the 2006 Christmas Special with Colin Jackson. Erin was an incredibly popular professional during the ten years in which she appeared. She is the only female dancer to compete in so many series.
After having left Strictly to start a family with husband Peter and welcoming the birth of their son Ewan in 2014, Erin remains a regular on the Strictly spin-off ‘It Takes Two.’ Here she offers constructive comment and critique.
Erin’s other TV work includes ‘Ballroom High’ – giving 12 young absolute beginners one month’s dance training before performing at Blackpool Tower. She is also a regular guest dancer and coach on ‘Strictly Dance Fever.’ Erin has presented an award to the National TV Awards. She has fronted the ballroom dancing team on ‘Celebrity Star Spell, Test the Nation.’ Erin has guested in Million Dollar Mansion on ‘The National Lottery.’ In addition she has danced in Trafalgar Square in the BBC’s ‘Dancing in the Streets Ballroom Blitz’ project. Plus appeared on ‘Celebrity Mastermind.’ She has taught Alan Titchmarsh to dance the Charleston for his ever popular chat show. Erin joined Colin Jackson to discuss the psychology of dance on the BBC science programme ‘Truth about You.’ Subsequently she has appeared on the Piers Morgan Show chatting about the legendary Sir Bruce Forsyth. Erin has also had the honour of performing in Royal Variety Performance.
A figurehead for dance, movement and fitness, Erin hosted ‘The Big Dance 2008’ live in Trafalgar Square. She fronted the 2009 Playtex Moonwalk Marathon in aid of Breast Cancer. Erin has acted as the ambassador & spokesperson for ‘MoveIt’ at London’s Olympia to an audience of 20,000 dance enthusiasts. She released the top selling ‘Simply Come Dancersize’ with Karen Hardy. This DVD reached number one in the charts. Erin also performs at countless charity events throughout the year. These include the Not Forgotten Association for which she was invited to appear at Buckingham Palace.
Performing live is vital for Erin, and since 2009 she and Anton have held sell-out audiences enthralled with their annual nationwide tours. In 2022, Erin and Anton return with ‘Showtime.’ This is a glittering celebration that pays tribute to some of the world’s greatest icons of entertainment. The show includes live vocals, a dance troupe and 23 piece orchestra. The duo have also entertained full houses at the Royal Albert Hall with their ‘Christmas Cracker’ festive galas. They have appeared on the BBC ‘Proms In The Park’ and in ‘Cole Porter Classics’ at the Royal Festival Hall.
Erin is in high demand as a performer, presenter, motivational speaker, and ballroom dance instructor. She is regularly sought after for dance breaks at resort hotels, on cruises, as well as for workshops, team-building, and corporate events.
Erin has gained tremendous popularity and acclaim through her sense of fun, positive attitude, and her uncompromising and committed approach to dance.
Possessing the magical gift of making everyone she meets feel instantly at ease in her company, Erin is a superb communicator. She is a consummate professional and natural motivator. Erin’s effervescent personality will make any event, occasion or PR opportunity sparkle.
“Thank you so much for suggesting Erin to come to our lunch. She was amazing and so full of life. Her performance and stories of strictly were so interesting.” Sue James, co founder, Tuesday Luncheon Club 2021
“Please pass on our thanks to Erin. She was a phenomenal speaker on Friday and we could have listened to her all day long! A wonderful person and it was a delight to spend time with her.” President Elect, Sheffield Women’s Lecture Club 2023