Charlie Bruce

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Charlotte "Charlie" Bruce (born 1990),[1] is a British jazz dancer from Cropston, Leicestershire,[2] who won the first series of So You Think You Can Dance (UK). She trained in dance at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts (previously the Arts Educational School Tring) and both dance and musical theatre at Laine Theatre Arts, a performing arts college in Epsom, Surrey. She was the youngest contestant in SYTYCD.


Born in Melton Mowbray, and raised in Cropston, Bruce began dancing at the age of three, taking lessons from the age of seven at the Charnwood Dance School,[2] and receiving a scholarship to attend the Arts Educational School in Tring between the ages of ten and sixteen.[3][4] She later studied at the Laine Theatre Arts school in Epsom.[4]

When Charlie was 19 years old, while working as a sales assistant in a shoe shop, she attended an audition for So You Think You Can Dance. She got through to the top 100, and then to the televised stages as one of the top 14. She has said on numerous occasions that she wanted to be seen as more than a 19-year-old girl dancing, and at the end of the final all of the judges thought that she had accomplished that. She won the contest, receiving £100,000 prize money.[5]

Week Partner(s) Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
1 Tommy Franzén Hip-Hop "The Way I Are"—Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E Simeon Qsyea Safe
2 Pop-Jazz "Everybody in Love"—JLS Frank Gatson Safe
3 Solo (Jazz) "Pop"—'N Sync Safe
Robbie White Lyrical "This Woman's Work"—Maxwell Tyce Diorio
4 Drew McOnie Lyrical Hip-Hop "Doesn't Mean Anything"—Alicia Keys Kate Prince Bottom 4
Solo (Contemporary) "Apologize"—Timbaland feat. OneRepublic
5 Tommy Franzén Jazz "Circus"—Britney Spears Sean Cheesman Safe
Quickstep "Do Your Thing"—Basement Jaxx Karen Hardy
Solo (Latin Jazz) "Conga"—Gloria Estefan
6 Lizzie Gough Broadway "All That Jazz"—Catherine Zeta-Jones Karen Bruce Winner
Tommy Franzén Tango "Tango el Roxanne"—Ewan McGregor Katya Virshilas
Drew McOnie Lyrical "I Surrender"—Céline Dion Mandy Moore
Solo (Jazz) "Livin' la Vida Loca"—Ricky Martin


In July 2010, Bruce began working as understudy for the lead role of Baby Houseman in the West End production of Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych Theatre, making her debut performance in the role that month.[2][3] On 12 August 2010 she performed on the series finale of FOX's So You Think You Can Dance (season 7) in the United States.[3]

Second World Dance championship[edit]

In May 2010, Bruce represented the United Kingdom in the Second Dance World Championship in Mexico, where she was partnered by Benjamin Jones.[7] She withdrew from the competition in Week 3 (31 May) due to an injury.[7] Her replacement was Lizzie Gough. However, team England was eliminated from the competition in Week 4 (6 June).


  1. ^ Reilly, Rachel (2010) "HOTHOUSE PROPERTY GOSSIP: Charlie Bruce dances into a new flat", Daily Mail, 23 August 2010, retrieved 2010-12-05
  2. ^ a b c Jones, Becky (2010) "Charlie Bruce is having the time of her life – she tells Becky Jones all about it", Leicester Mercury, 28 July 2010, retrieved 2010-12-05
  3. ^ a b c "Vicky Hoyles and Charlie Bruce bag leading roles", Melton Times, 2 June 2010, retrieved 2010-12-05
  4. ^ a b "Charlie Bruce", BBC, retrieved 2010-12-05
  5. ^ Jefferies, Mark (2010) "Charlie Bruce: So You Think You Can Dance win rescued my dream – Exclusive", Daily Mirror, 15 February 2010, retrieved 2010-12-05
  6. ^ "So You Think You Can Dance: Charlie Bruce", BBC, retrieved 2010-12-06
  7. ^ a b "Eliminan equipo de Colombia en “Segundo Campeonato Mundial de Baile”", La Crónica de Hoy, 24 May 2010, retrieved 2010-12-06