Bruno Tonioli

Active - 1986 - 2006  |   Born - Nov 25, 1955 in Ferrara, Italy  |   Genres - Dance

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Choreographer Bruno Tonioli knew he wanted to be a dancer from the time he was a small child, when he would entertain family by dancing to whatever was on the radio. He built up a steadily more impressive resumé dancing on-stage and in music videos, eventually stepping behind the scenes to choreograph dance routines for major films like Ella Enchanted. He's best known as the more flamboyant judge on the ABC reality show Dancing With the Stars.

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  • Left home at age 18 to pursue a dancing career.
  • Appeared as a dancer in the music video for Elton John's "I'm Still Standing."
  • Has choreographed for such music legends as Elton John, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner and Paul McCartney.
  • Before joining ABC's Dancing with the Stars as a judge, he judged the original UK version of the reality series, Strictly Come Dancing
  • Is fluent in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.