Launching a music career only later in life, Anton du Beke was better known as a dancer, finding his greatest fame on the hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing. Born Anthony Paul Beke on July 20, 1966 to a Hungarian father and Spanish mother and brought up in leafy Sevenoaks, Kent, he began dancing at the age of ten. Taking up ballroom at 14, he left school two years later and began an amateur career while still in his teens. Holding down a day job in a furniture store, he danced on the weekends, becoming well known on the competition circuit. In 1997 he met Erin Boag, who became his regular dancing partner, and together they won several competitions. They turned professional in 2002, and it was their win in the 2003 International Dance Teachers' Association Classic that drew the attention of the BBC, which was looking for professional ...
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