Louie Spence

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Louie Spence
Born Louie Spence
(1969-04-06) 6 April 1969 (age 45)
Ponders End, Enfield, London
Nationality British
Education Italia Conti Performing Arts School
Occupation Dancer, Choreographer, Television presenter
Years active 1985–present
Employer Pineapple Dance Studios
Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
Spouse(s) 2007–present
Website
Official Website

Louie Spence (born 6 April 1969)[1] is an English dance expert, choreographer and television personality best known for the TV show Pineapple Dance Studios. He was a professional dancer in his youth, performing in West End musicals including Cats and Closer to Heaven. Pineapple Dance Studios was sold around the world and is currently showing on the US network Ovation. The first episode aired September 28, 2014. [2]

Education and dance career[edit]

Spence was born in Ponders End, Enfield in north London and grew up in Braintree, Essex. He attended Notley High School before moving on to the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.[3] He has subsequently danced with many recording artists.

Spence performed in the West End as part of the award-winning original cast of Miss Saigon. He went on to star in Cats and perform with a number of pop bands. He toured with the Spice Girls, Take That and Björk.

Television[edit]

Spence was a judge and mentor on Trouble TV's Bump'n'Grind from 2004–2006. Shortly after this, Spence became a judge on the 2006–2007 television series Cirque de Celebrité on Sky1 and the American version Celebrity Circus for NBC in 2008. In 2009 Spence was artistic director of the Covent Garden dance studio commonly known as Pineapple when he appeared on a fly on the wall docu-soap Pineapple Dance Studios. The first episode aired on the 14, February, 2010 and was a huge hit, but after initially indicating that a second series would be produced, Sky1 reverted this decision due to failing to come to terms with studio owner Debbie Moore. [4] Spence was then given his own Sky1 series, Louie Spence's Showbusiness, which aired in 2011; however, with the loss of the brand name, the show failed to take off and was cancelled after one season.

In 2011 Spence shot his own TV show in New York City for the OWN network owned by Oprah Winfrey. The show never aired.[5] On 3 December 2011, it was announced he would become a new judge on the hit ITV show Dancing on Ice, alongside Robin Cousins, Katarina Witt and Karen Barber.[6]

On 22 August 2013, Spence entered the Celebrity Big Brother house to participate in the twelfth series.[7] On the first day, he was chosen to be a 'Cult celebrity' meaning he had the power to nominate housemates for the first eviction. Throughout his time in the house he survived 3 evictions, however he was evicted 2 days before the final.[8][9]

Guest appearances[edit]

Autobiography[edit]

Spence's autobiography Still Got It, Never Lost It was published by HarperCollins on 29 September 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Spence is openly gay[13] and has been in a civil partnership with a Spanish man since 2007.[14][15] He and his partner first met in September 2000.[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alan Carr: Chatty Man, 4 July 2010
  2. ^ "Ovation Airs U.S. Premier of Pineapple Dance Studios Tonight". 28 September 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  3. ^ "About Louie". Louie Spence. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Pineapple Dance Studio cancelled but Louis Spence signs Sky deal". 10 June 2010. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Dancing on Ice 2012: Louie Spence's frozen out in States". 13 February 2012. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  6. ^ "Louie Spence, Robin Cousins, Katarina Witt for 'Dancing on Ice' 2012 – Dancing on Ice News – Reality TV". Digital Spy. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
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  10. ^ Celebrity Wedding Planner | TV & Radio | Entertainment | Daily Express. Express.co.uk (20 August 2012). Retrieved on 2013-07-24.
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  13. ^ "Reality TV star Louie Spence says he receives homophobic hate mail". PinkNews.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  14. ^ Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 23 April 2010
  15. ^ Loose Women, 28 March 2011
  16. ^ The Jonathan Ross Show, 24 September 2011
  17. ^ "Louie Spence: Jason Gardiner, me...and true love – 3am & Mirror Online". mirror.co.uk. 19 March 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 

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