Emma Slater

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Emma Slater
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Born Emma Louise Slater
(1988-12-25)25 December 1988 (age 25)
Sutton Coldfield, England
Occupation Professional dancer/choreographer
Years active 2006–present

Emma Louise Slater (born 25 December 1988) is an English professional dancer/choreographer. She is best known for her appearances on the American edition of Dancing with the Stars.


Emma Slater is from Tamworth in England where at an early age she joined local stage schools taking part in numerous productions.[1] At the age of 10 Slater started her training in Ballroom and Latin American dance. In the early years of competing she won a number of national championships.[2] At 15 she appeared in a George Michael music video ‘Round Here’ produced by Bikini Films on location in London England.[3] Later that year Slater took part in the fitness video ‘Latinasize’ again filmed at the Pinewood Studios in London England.[4]

Competitive dancing[edit]

Slater has numerous titles to her name, notably in 2005 aged 16, she won the British Under 21 Latin American Championships at the Blackpool Dance Festival.[3][5] She followed this major success by winning the 2006 United Kingdom Under 21 Latin American Championships at the Bournemouth Pavilions, England.[3][6] Ranked in the worlds top 20, Slater went on to represent the UK in competitions around the world.[7][8]


At 16, Slater joined the hit theatre show ‘Simply Ballroom’ touring UK, including Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London's West End, United Arab Emirates and South Africa.[9][10] While in South Africa Slater appeared on Dancing with the South African Stars with her celebrity partner TV Host Dalen Lance.[11] Following Simply Ballroom, Slater had an extended run in London's West End with theatre shows; Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych Theatre where she was the Principal Latin Dancer/Ballroom Supervisor, but also understudied and played the principal role of Lisa Houseman, ‘Cheek to Cheek’ at The Coliseum and ‘Latin Fever’ at the Peacock Theatre.[3]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Simply Ballroom Principal Dancer UK & World Tour
2005 George Michael Music Video Feature Dancer Round Here
2006 Cuban Groove Dance Captain Europe Tour
2007 Dirty Dancing Principal Dancer Ballroom Supervisor Aldwych Theatre
2008 Cheek to Cheek Lead Latin/Ballroom Dancer DuBeke/Boag Coliseum Theatre
2008 Latin Fever Principal Dancer Bennett/Kopylova Peacock Theatre
2009 - 2011 Burn the Floor Lead Dancer London's West End, Broadway and World Tour

In 2009 Slater was asked to join the hit stage show Burn the Floor for the China tour initially but later joined the cast for an extended run at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway New York City and a world tour covering: Belgium, Holland, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Canada, New Zealand, West End London, a nine-month USA multi-city tour.[12] She also danced and advised on UK’s ITV Popstar to Opera Star on a number of occasions.[13]

Mamma Mia![edit]

In 2008, Slater featured in the Universal Pictures movie Mamma Mia! starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth, directed by Phyllida Lloyd - this included singing on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for the movie with the cast, produced by Abba.[14] The movie was shot in part on the Greek island of Skopelos but primarily inside Pinewood Studios London. The movie included cameo appearances from Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus from Abba.

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

In March 2012, Slater joined the fourteenth season on the American edition of Dancing with the Stars as a troupe dancer, where she danced and choreographed all of the opening dance numbers including the finale. Later that year, she choreographed Usher at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas including partner work with co-choreographer and also troupe member, Sasha Farber.[15]

After three seasons of becoming a troupe member, she was announced as one of the new female professional dancers for the seventeenth season of the show in September 2013. Her celebrity partner is award-winning comedian, singer and actor, Bill Engvall.[14] Despite receiving low scores from the judges for most of the season, they were able to reach the finals but where eliminated at the end of the first night, landing them in 4th place. For season 18, she returned as a professional dancer partnered with movie actor Billy Dee Williams. Due to a back injury on Billy Dee, they withdrew from the competition on Week 3. For season 19, she is paired with race-car driver Michael Waltrip.

Season Partner Place
17 Bill Engvall 4th
18 Billy Dee Williams 10th
19 Michael Waltrip TBA

With celebrity partner: Bill Engvall (average: 22.5)[edit]

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Hot Stuff" 6 6 6 No Elimination
2 Jive / "Crocodile Rock" 7 7 7 Last to be called safe
3 Paso Doble / "William Tell Overture" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Samba / "Cuban Pete" 7 7* 7 Safe
5 Viennese Waltz / "She's Always a Woman" 8 8 8 Safe
6 Tango / "Cheeseburger in Paradise"
Switch-Up Challenge
No Elimination
7 Quickstep / "Viva Las Vegas"
Team Freestyle "Bom Bom"
Last To Be Called Safe
8 Disco / "Strong Enough"
Dance Off / "Song for the Lonely"
Charleston / "Yakety Yak"
Trio Challenge Salsa / "Candy"
Last to be called Safe
Cha-cha-cha & Argentine Tango / "Sexy and I Know It" 7
Last to be called Safe
Viennese Waltz / "She's Always a Woman"
Samba Relay / "No Scrubs"
Freestyle / "The Raiders March"
  • Former professional dancer and two-time champion, Julianne Hough became Goodman's replacement as judge for that week, due to his commitments with the British version of the show, Strictly Come Dancing.
  • For week 8 singer Cher was the guest judge for Len.
  • For week 10 former pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy was a guest judge.

With celebrity partner: Billy Dee Williams (average: 15.0)[edit]

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Star Wars Theme" 5 5 5 No Elimination
2 Tango / "Peter Gunn Theme" 5 5 5 Safe
3 Waltz N/A N/A N/A Withdrew

With celebrity partner: Michael Waltrip (average: )[edit]

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Born to Be Wild" 7 6 6 6 Safe
2 Samba / "Girls in Bikinis" 6 6 6 6 TBA
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alexandra Raisman & Mark Ballas
Dancing with the Stars (US) semifinalist
Season 17 (Fall 2013 with Bill Engvall)
Succeeded by
James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd


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