Robin Windsor

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Robin Windsor
Born Robin Windsor
(1979-09-15) 15 September 1979 (age 35)
Ipswich, Suffolk
Occupation Dancer
Television Strictly Come Dancing (2010-13)
Partner(s) Marcus Collins (2014-)

Robin Windsor (born 15 September 1979), is a British professional Latin and ballroom dancer, best known for his appearances in the BBC television series Strictly Come Dancing.

Personal life[edit]

Windsor was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, and grew up in the Spring Road area. He attended Clifford Road Primary and Copleston High School. He has been dancing since he was three, when his parents took him to the Ipswich School of Dancing.[1] At age 15, Windsor moved to London to pursue his career as a dancer.[2] Windsor lived in London with his partner Davide Cini, to whom he had announced his engagement on 21 August 2013.[3] However, in February 2014, it was confirmed that he was in a relationship with X Factor runner-up Marcus Collins.[4]

Competitive career[edit]

Windsor competed successfully in the juvenile and junior ballroom dancer categories. He represented England in the World Championships.

Theatre[edit]

From 2003 to summer 2010, Windsor was part of the cast of Burn the Floor,[5] one of the leading ballroom based shows in the world. Two tours with Burn the Floor (2003, 2004) and three with FloorPlay (2006 to 2008) took him several times around the world, leading up to the highlights being a stint on Broadway (2009) and in the London West End (2010). In Windsor's last season with Burn the Floor in London, he was engaged in the role of Swing having to learn all male dancers' parts, to step in for any one who was unable to perform.

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Series 8[edit]

In September 2010, Windsor joined the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing as one of the three new male professional dancers.[6]His first series ( Series 8), he partnered up with television and film star Patsy Kensit, with whom he reached the seven place.

Week # Dance/song Judges' scores Result
Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli Total
1 Waltz / When I Need YouLeo Sayer 4 6 6 6 22 N/A
2 Salsa / Canned HeatJamiroquai 7 7 7 7 28 Safe
3 Quickstep / Black Horse and the Cherry TreeKT Tunstall 5 6 7 6 24 Safe
4 Charleston / "Hot Honey Rag" – Chicago 6 8 7 7 28 Safe
5 Jive / Monster MashBobby "Boris" Pickett 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
6 Cha-Cha-Cha / All the LoversKylie Minogue 6 8 7 8 29 Safe
7 Viennese Waltz / Anyone Who Had a HeartDionne Warwick 7 9 8 8 32 Safe
8 Samba / CopacabanaBarry Manilow 6 7 8 7 28 Bottom Two
9 Argentine Tango /TheyJem 7 8 8 7 30 Eliminated

On 17 December 2010, Windsor won the Grand Piano Pro Challenge on Strictly Come Dancing's sister programme It Takes Two with 3548 points in front of Brendan Cole (1907) and Natalie Lowe (1091).[7]

Windsor and Kensit also took part in the Strictly Come Dancing pro/celeb tour in January and February 2011 dancing the Salsa and the Viennese Waltz reaching respectable scores of between 60 and 53 out of 60 (including a few 10s for their Viennese Waltz towards the end of the tour).[8]

After the end of the tour, Windsor started a series of performances with his new professional partner Kristina Rihanoff.

Series 9[edit]

On 15 June 2011 the BBC announced that Windsor would again be competing in the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing.[9] In the launch show for Strictly Come Dancing Series 9 on 10 September 2011, Windsor was paired with actress Anita Dobson,[10] with the couple being named "Team Dobbin" by Robin Windsor on Twitter.[11] They were eliminated on 27 November 2011 after Windsor had been unable to dance for a week due to an injury. Dobson therefore rehearsed and danced the Cha Cha Cha and the Swingathon with Brendan Cole[12] Windsor also won this year's Children in need special and was partnered with BBC Breakfast's Susanna Reid.

Week # Dance/song Judges' scores Result
Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli Total
1 Waltz / Three Times a LadyCommodores 7 7 7 7 28 N/A
2 Salsa / Jump in the LineHarry Belafonte 7 7 7 7 28 Safe
3 Jive / You Can't Stop the Beat—from Hairspray 6 7 7 7 27 Safe
4 American Smooth / I've Got You Under My SkinFrank Sinatra 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
5 Tango / Devil WomanCliff Richard 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
6 Charleston / I Got RhythmGeorge Gershwin 7 8* 8 8 31 Safe
7 Argentine Tango / Tango—from Cirque du Soleil 7 9 8 9 33 Bottom Two
8 Samba / Come on EileenDexys Midnight Runners 6 7 7 7 27 Safe
9 Cha Cha Cha /Uptown GirlBilly Joel 7 8 7 8 30 Eliminated
Swing Marathon/Chattanooga Choo Choo 2 out of 7

Series 10[edit]

In June 2012, it was announced that Windsor would return to be a professional dancer for the third time.This time, he was paired with actress and presenter Lisa Riley.

Week # Dance/song Judges' scores Result
Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli Total
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / ThinkAretha Franklin 8 8 7 7 30 N/A
2 Viennese Waltz / Never Tear Us ApartPaloma Faith 7 6 6 6 25 Safe
3 Jive / Hanky Panky—from Dick Tracy 8 6 7 8 29 Safe
4 Charleston / "Witch Doctor" 6 6 7 7 26 Safe
5 Tango / "Let's Stick Together" 7 7 6 7 27 Safe
6 Foxtrot / "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
7 Samba / "Car Wash" 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
8 Rumba / "As If We Never Said Goodbye" 7 6 7 7 27 Safe
9 Quickstep / "Bring Me Sunshine" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
10 Cha Cha Cha & Tango Fusion / "Voulez-Vous" 7 8 7 8 30 Safe
11 American Smooth / "All That Jazz"
Salsa / "Best Years of Our Lives"
8
7
8
8
8
8
8
8
63 Eliminated

Series 11[edit]

In June 2013, Windsor confirmed his return as one of the male professional dancers for the eleventh series of the show. His celebrity partner was Dragon's Den panellist, businesswoman and entrepreneur Deborah Meaden. The couple were eliminated in week 5.

Week # Dance/song Judges' scores Result
Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli Total
1 Tango / Money, Money, MoneyABBA 6 6 6 6 24 N/A
2 Cha-Cha-Cha / RespectAretha Franklin 5 7 6 6 24 Safe
3 Quickstep / (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and HigherJackie Wilson 7 7 7 7 28 Safe
4 Jive / Making Your Mind UpBucks Fizz 5 6 6 6 23 Safe
5 Viennese Waltz / "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" 6 7 7 7 27 Eliminated

Series 12[edit]

Windsor could not participate as a partner in Series 12 because of a back injury and was replaced by Trent Whiddon. But he did appear in week nine, on 23 November 2014, in the opening professional sequence, as a policeman, dancing to "Rock This Town" by the Stray Cats.

Charity[edit]

Together with fellow SCD dancer Artem Chigvintsev, Windsor posed for the Cosmopolitan December 2010 Centerfold Raising Awareness for Male Cancer.[14] In January 2011 he took part in the Greater Manchester Police's campaign against Domestic Violence,[15] together with the cast of the SCD Tour 2011.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ [2][dead link]
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  4. ^ "Strictly and X Factor Stars Dating". MSN. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  5. ^ [3][dead link]
  6. ^ "BBC One – Strictly Come Dancing – Robin Windsor". Bbc.co.uk. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Piano (i-t-t- 55) Nat-alie Bren-dan Rob-in 2010". YouTube. 17 December 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "SCD Tour 2011 Scores and Results – Strictly Come Dancing – Digital Spy Forums". Digitalspy.co.uk. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Press Office – New professional dancer joins Strictly Come Dancing 2011". BBC. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Anita Dobson. "Strictly Come Dancing 2011 – Celebrities – Anita Dobson". BBC. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  12. ^ BBC Strictly Nora. "Strictly Come Dancing: Brendan comes to the rescue again!". BBC. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  13. ^ BBC Strictly Nora. "Strictly Come Dancing: Jennifer Grey joins the judges on Strictly". BBC. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "HOT NAKED PICTURE! Kara Tointon's Strictly Come Dancing partner Artem Chigvintsev goes nude – now". Nowmagazine.co.uk. 18 December 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Strictly Valentine | Flickr – Photo Sharing!". Flickr. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2013.