10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Judge Bruno Tonioli
Dancing With the Stars may have started out with a focus on celebrities who try their skills on the dancefloor, but over time, the pro dancers and judges have become just as big of stars as the celebrities they are working with. Bruno Tonioli has endeared both DWTS and Strictly Come Dancing fans with his bubbly and energetic personality that can hardly be contained by the constraints of the judging panel. While he may be extremely opinionated and outgoing, away from the two shows he stays relatively out of the spotlight, but he definitely has an interesting story to tell! Here are 10 things you never knew about Bruno Tonioli:
Before becoming one of the most exciting and eccentric TV personalities as one of the judges of Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With the Stars, he found success in much more behind-the-scenes role. Bruno’s success in the industry first came as a choreographer and he worked with some huge names including Elton John, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Sting and Freddie Mercury — just to name a few. He has also provided choreography for films such as Ella Enchanted, The Gathering Storm, and What a Girl Wants.
It seemed obvious that early on in Bruno’s life that he was destined for a life in dance, and he once revealed that it has been one of the biggest parts of his life since an extremely young age. “I started dancing before I could talk. Other babies learn to stand and then walk – I just danced. At the age of three, I would leap on the table and dance if I heard music. It was something I had to do – as if my legs were moving themselves,” he said of his passion. “We didn’t have a television until 1962, but my father loved Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, and I used to go to the cinema to watch Hollywood musicals. In the evening, I would go to the ballroom and watch my parents dance the cha-cha-cha.”