New-Zealand born Erin Boag made her name in the highly competitive world of International Dance. Enjoying a highly successful career both on and off our screens, Erin is back from her sell-out tour, busy performing and now appearing in the eighth series of Strictly!

Erin gives us all the scoop here in our up close & personal interview! 

Read on...

Have you always wanted to dance?

Yes! I started as a very small child learning ballet before moving on to Ballroom, Latin and Jazz. It wasn’t very long before I was hooked! Dancing means everything to me - it’s my life!

You’re known as ‘Miss Whiplash’...!

This was started by Colin Jackson - he was referring to my strict, no-nonsense approach... I can be a hard task-master when it comes to dance, but in real life I’m a softie!

What do you do when you're not on Strictly?

I'm always busy! Touring, teaching, appearances & presenting, even designing dance costumes - it's a full time job all year round!

Do you see yourself as a role model?

I have never thought of myself as a role model, however I work hard, enjoy life, am a positive person, and love meeting people, so... yes, I'd love to be thought of as a role model.

Do you have any heroes or role models?

Of course, and through being involved in Strictly I've now met several of them! I am always inspired by talented people. To dance, live, in front of some of the greatest singers is a real honour.

Have you ever had a clash of personalities with any of your celebrity dance partners?

Honestly, no – I consider myself really lucky to have had wonderful dance partners. Whether they can dance or not is a different matter! You get to know them and their families really well, I still keep in touch with them now.

Do you feel like you have anything still to prove professionally?

As a performer you always want to prove - and improve - yourself, you need challenges. I spent many years competing worldwide before taking part in Strictly which has a competitive buzz all of its own. Every series brings the fresh challenge of training my celebrity dance partner to dance the best they possibly can. 

left: Erin took some time out during the interview to show us some of her favourite dresses in her wardrobe.

middle: Erin looking stunning dressed in a striking black evening gown.

right: Watch 'Erin's Crib' from It Takes Two for a super insight into 'Erin at home'

You mentioned Peter... and you married last year – tell us more!

I met Peter whilst on a girly night out with Camilla (Dallerup). Her boyfriend at the time arrived with some friends - Peter was one of them. The first thing I noticed about Peter was his suit - I love a man in a sharp suit! 'The suit' sat next to me and we chatted - I told him I was a ballroom dancer but he had no idea who Camilla or I were even though he told me he'd been watching 'Strictly' and thought Julian (Clary) was doing well! He had no idea that it was me that was dancing with Julian! At the end of the night 'the suit' asked me out… and the rest is history!

We married in 2009 at a ceremony on the Amalfi Coast with guests including my Strictly friends and celeb partners. It was the most beautiful place and the most wonderful day of my life.

Do you have any secret pleasures?

They wouldn't be secret if I told you! Chocolate, and property TV shows – I drive Peter mad watching them.

Do people expect you to be wearing sequins and heels all the time?

Funny you should ask me that, yes I think people get used to seeing you in a certain way. The great thing is having to dress up for TV or shows means that when I want to wear jeans and sloppy jumpers I don't get recognised!

We hear you're something of a dress designer too...

Yes, I love my frocks. I was thrilled when the opportunity arose for me to design the stage outfits for the Simply Ballroom touring show, and more recently I've designed a range of party dresses based on my own outfits from our Steppin' Out tour. It's something I really enjoy and would like to do more of in the future.

How do you stay in shape?

Dancing, dancing and more dancing, and I eat pretty healthily too. Peter is a good cook and usually takes care of dinner, how lucky am I?

What’s in your fridge?

Peter often takes care of dinner: he makes a great stir-fry with peppers, rice noodles and lamb or chicken. But we're both busy people and there are always a few M&S ready meals in there! (And maybe a bar or two of chocolate too!)

What’s your tipple?

It depends on what time of day it is. I start the day off with a fruit smoothie, and then it's water and tea for the rest of the day. I don't drink much alcohol, but if I do fancy a glass of something it's either a dry white wine or a nice drop of rosé.

Is there anything you’d change about your life?

Nothing! I’m in a wonderful place right now: I'm in love, happily married, I dance for a living, what more could a girl want?!

Lastly, can you give us any secret gossip on 'Strictly'?...

Of course it's all top secret, but if you want the low-down on how my training's going and the backstage buzz, follow me on Twitter and read my blog!

“I’m in a wonderful place right now — I’m happily married and I dance for a living
— what more could a girl want?!”

5 fabulous facts about Erin

I trained for a degree in Travel & Tourism and also worked as a nanny before dancing professionally.

I made a specialist dance exercise DVD to help sufferers of osteoporosis for use within the medical profession.

I've designed & launched a line of dresses! Based on those from our Steppin' Out tour, you can recreate your own Anton & Erin spectacular!

I can’t stand celery or avocado and my guilty pleasures includes pickle (especially in sandwiches) and an after-show fish-finger buttie!

I want Sarah Beeny’s job — I’m a property whiz! I’ve built up a portfolio of property which I’ve developed & now rent! I've also been known to pick up a paint roller and tackle jobs myself!

“Of course, the dresses are a much a part of my life as the dance - I love them all!
Read more about them in Life is a Cabaret!”

What's your question

Is there a question you’d like to ask Erin? Go ahead!

Click the button, ask away, and the best questions will feature here on the website!

Karen Littlefield from North Yorkshire writes...

Hi Erin, you have to listen to a range of music due to your profession but my question is what type / which artists' music do you like listening to when you get 5 minutes to relax?

Erin replies...

Hi Karen, to be honest I like lots of music, I don't have any real favourites, although I do like Michael Bublé!  I do a lot of driving at night and always have the radio on to keep me company - I think the choice of music depends on the mood you are in!

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