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"Strictly Au Revoir"

Strictly Au Revoir

01
Jun
2013

After ten wonderful years, and with a truly heavy heart, I have decided to decline the BBC's very kind offer to compete again in series eleven, and have withdrawn from being a competitive dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.

It's been a very hard decision to make, but it's time for a change and to focus my attention on new challenges. That said, it's not necessarily farewell to Strictly, as I do hope to continue being a part of the show.

Erin Boag on Strictly Come Dancing

With this change in mind, it's a timely opportunity to look back over the last ten series. I feel so privileged to have been involved with the show since it began almost a decade ago when both Anton and I were invited by the BBC to dance in the very first series. It's amazing to be part of something so very special - a global phenomenon! - that not only brought ballroom dancing back into favour, but also onto prime-time television, capturing the hearts and imaginations of viewers - and encouraging people to enjoy dance, too!

It's been so much fun making new friends, meeting wonderful people, and of course being partnered with such lovely celebrities year after year. I'm going to miss spending so much time with my amazing fellow professional dancers - it's true what they say, Strictly really is just like a great big family! From its inspirational producers; the dedicated crew who work so tirelessly behind the scenes; the costume, hair and make-up teams who've made me look so fabulous every week, and of course the wonderful Strictly house band of musicians and singers who never miss a beat, everybody continually works so very hard to push the boundaries and make each series bigger, better and more spectacular!

Strictly wouldn't be Strictly without you, the fans, and I can't thank you enough for all the encouragement and support you've given me and my celebrity partners over the past ten series - you've made this wonderful journey all the more magical.

With so many incredible moments and happy memories it's hard to pick my favourites, and it would be impossible to choose between my wonderful partners... so I'm simply going to leave you with some pro-dance highlights where Anton and I were lucky enough to perform alongside world class artistes. Enjoy!

I'm certainly not hanging up my dancing shoes and retiring from the ballroom... far from it! I'm going to be doing more television work, choreography and teaching (news on that to follow!), and Anton and I will still be performing at shows and events across the country as usual... keep an eye on our websites and twitter for all the latest!

So, it's ciao for now, but in the words of Brucie himself... Keeeeeeeeep dancing!!

Lots of love,
Erin
XX

Comments {51}
You will be missed, good luck in all your future projects xxx Anna (a long time fan)
Anna commented on 01-Jun-2013 09:36 AM
I'm glad I spotted your Tweet linking to this post. It's the end of an era and we'll be very sad to see you go - you were my other half's favourite, every series and whenever I get to watch the show in my busy schedule, I've always enjoyed your celebrity and pro dances. Best wishes for your future endeavours.
Liz commented on 01-Jun-2013 09:44 AM
You will be truly missed, many many thanks for the years of pleasure watching you and Anton. We did have the pleasure of attending one of your classes in Manchester last year. You both made it so special and we hope to join you again sometime soon. Have fun with what ever you do next and again thank you.
Phil Collins commented on 01-Jun-2013 09:46 AM
You will be sadly missed from Strictly, but it's good to see that you and Anton are still doing weekends and workshops and maybe we will meet up with you again at one of them.
Rosemary and Edward (Irishfan and Mr Irishfan) commented on 01-Jun-2013 10:08 AM
You will be truly missed,in the words of Bruce Forsyth, 'you are my favourite', glad you will still be dancing. Wishing you lots of future happiness xxx
Andrea commented on 01-Jun-2013 10:21 AM
Gutted!!! You're a fantastic dancer and teacher to the celebrities!! Will keep an eye out for the teaching... All the best for the future.. xx
Cheryl commented on 01-Jun-2013 10:25 AM
So sad! Good luck! x
Gary commented on 01-Jun-2013 10:29 AM
You are thee best no question of it & Strictly won't be same without you but I know your future projects will be success because as I said you are the best at anything see u in 2 weeks Loadsa <3 alwayz Sandy Scotty xxx
Sandy Scotty commented on 01-Jun-2013 10:47 AM
No! Gutted, you're individual dances were always sublime. In the Group dances you always stood out, I didn't want to watch any other couples. Enjoy your new challenges, all the very best.
Paula commented on 01-Jun-2013 10:51 AM
I look after my elderly mother on a Saturday and her highlight of the evening in the winter months is to watch Strictly. Now u are not going to be there, what do i watch now! :(
moxey commented on 01-Jun-2013 11:05 AM
You will indeed be truly missed. Your lovely face and fabulous personality have lit up our screens. Look forward to seeing you and Anton in your shows in the future, you will shine in whatever you do next. Strictly sadly won't be the same without you. Best of luck for the future. xx
heather brown commented on 01-Jun-2013 11:15 AM
Such a shame that you will no longer be on the show, but I have thoroughly enjoyed watching you for the last 10 series. I hope you and Antonio will still be touring, I've come along for the last 4 years. Good luck for your future ventures, we look forward to seeing what you will do next xx
Nichola commented on 01-Jun-2013 11:47 AM
It won't be the same without you. But hopefully an exciting new chapter begins...
John H commented on 01-Jun-2013 11:59 AM
Was absolutely gutted to find this out. Yours and Anton's unique style and personalities always were a joy to watch. Best of luck in all your future endeavours. See you soon! Andy x
Andy N commented on 01-Jun-2013 12:13 PM
This news has brought a tear to my eye - Strictly has lost a star. Thank you for ten years of magic. Looking forward to reading about your next projects :)
Lucy commented on 01-Jun-2013 12:18 PM
Totally gutted! You were always my favourite, and it was bad enough when you married another man, but now no regular Saturday night dates! Seriously Erin, thanks for the 10 years of magical memories, and the live tours with Anton, which I will look forward to even more! Hope there is a role for you somewhere in Strictlyland, where I will continue to support Anton! Best for the future. X
Gordon Macdiarmid commented on 01-Jun-2013 01:46 PM
Thank you so much for some truly beautiful ballroom over the years. For the sake of everyone who loves the purity of true ballroom, please keep dancing and promoting it... we need you to do it! Have loved and been so grateful for your class and style in the face of recent more tacky mixed dances, and wish to say simply THANK YOU.
Anonymous commented on 01-Jun-2013 01:49 PM
So sad to hear this news as you have been a true Strictly star and stalwart! You've been my favourite female pro for a long time and you will be sorely missed by everyone :( I hope you and Anton may still have the chance to perform on the Strictly floor because you two really are the King and Queen of ballroom. Good luck with all your future projects and I hope it won't be too long before you're back on our TV screens :) x
Brina commented on 01-Jun-2013 02:06 PM
No no no, I don't know how I am going to cope without Erin. This is a very sad day.
Suzy Kelly commented on 01-Jun-2013 03:18 PM
What a graceful and gracious presence you have been on the show. The best teacher and a sublime ballroom dancer. I know you can't pick favourites but your pairing with Austin Healey was my favourite ever. Best of luck in your new projects.
Sue commented on 01-Jun-2013 03:48 PM
Such sad news, of course understand that you can't stay on the show forever no matter how much you are loved. I had the honour of meeting you and Anton after your show in Brighton last year - so warm and genuine. It is the reason you were so great to watch on the show. I really hope like Karen & Ian you might beckme a permanent feature on ITT!! Good luck in your new ventures.
Milly-Molly commented on 01-Jun-2013 04:53 PM
You and Austin dancing the jive to "You Can't Stop the Beat" remains one of the best things I have ever seen on Strictly! You are an absolute class act and will be sorely missed. I'm pleased they didn't fire you like they did some of the others and you went of your own free will... went out on top. :)
Jo commented on 01-Jun-2013 04:59 PM
Feel very flat after hearing the news. But so hope you enjoy your new challenges. Glad to hear that you'll still be dancing with Anton sometimes!
Claudia commented on 01-Jun-2013 05:15 PM
Thanks for the memories Erin and all the best for your future.
Anonymous commented on 01-Jun-2013 10:13 PM
You will be so missed Erin. Such a beautiful, lady and dancer.
Good luck on the future and don't be a stranger on Strictly or It Takes Two x
Caroline Yates commented on 01-Jun-2013 10:17 PM
Strictly has lost its star of the show. Such a genuine, charismatic person, fantastic teacher and classy dancer! You will be sorely missed on the show but we wish you luck in your new ventures and are sure you will be brightening our TV screens again soon! With so much potential they aren't going to let you slip away. So proud to have had the privilege to be taught by you and look forward to many more opportunities to do so! Lots of love Claire xxx
Claire Bates commented on 01-Jun-2013 11:31 PM
Erin you have given me hours of entertainment over the last ten series of strictly. I have loved seeing you perform and you and Anton dance so beautifully together it will be hard to see him dancing on the show with another professional.
Good luck with everything you do and I am sure we will still see you around x x
Pam Jones commented on 02-Jun-2013 10:37 AM
Erin after watching 3 of your tours, I can honestly say I love every second of them, couldn't stop smiling from start to finish, and couldn't sleep coz of such a high, u are an amazing dancer, and the show won't be the same - best wishes sweetheart Fallon xxxxx
Fallon commented on 02-Jun-2013 05:18 PM
Erin, Strictly just won't be Strictly without you. All the magic will have gone out of it for me. Your elegance, grace and class in ballroom dancing will be sorely missed. I really hope that we will continue to see you on TV - perhaps they can give you a regular slot on ITT with that machine!! I also hope to see you touring with Anton again - I really missed meeting you this year after Northampton. The snow was so bad I couldn't get there - was gutted! Lots of luck and love for whatever you do next, Benita XX
Benita Scott commented on 02-Jun-2013 06:04 PM
Erin, I am absolutely devastated! This really is the end of a phenomenal era in which you've brought us so much wonderful entertainment over the last ten years! I will miss your amazing talent, your grace and your humbleness enormously on the dancefloor on Strictly, but I have no doubt you will be going on to equally exciting new projects! Please don't be a stranger to our screens! Having been so fortunate as to meet you and Anton twice at the stage door, I'd like to share with everyone what a lovely person and so giving of your time you are! :) Dancers such as yourself and your fellow pros on Strictly inspired me to take up Ballroom and Latin at uni and I haven't looked back since! All the best for the future from Edinburgh xxx
Scott commented on 02-Jun-2013 11:33 PM
Was absolutely devastated when I found out you were leaving but I wish you every success in every single thing you do because you're so amazing and you deserve it :) I'll still see you on tour which will make things easier though. Good luck and love you! L xxx
Laura commented on 03-Jun-2013 09:39 AM
I only found out today that you are leaving Strictly! - All I can say is that Strictly has lost the best female Pro dancer it has had. I always liked you from the start as you came across as a very warm, approachable and genuinely friendly person. You have never acted like a Diva. I do hope you pop up on ITT and that we see you in you other projects on our screens. Sending you all the best wishes for the future. Rosalind xxxxxxxxxxxx
Rosalind Yates commented on 03-Jun-2013 12:51 PM
BON VOYAGE QUEEN OF BALLROOM, STRICTLY COME DANCING WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU, I SPEAK FOR MANY WHEN I SAY YOU WERE THE BEST FEMALE PRO-DANCER AND YOU ARE LEAVING A BIG WHOLE THAT CAN NEVER BE FILLED AND THAT IS A GUARANTEE. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU DOING MORE EXCITING THINGS <3 XOX
Doctor Caroline Masvongo commented on 03-Jun-2013 01:58 PM
When we met you and Anton at the Bournemouth Pavilion in March it was amazing to see you dance and talk with you both. Strictly really won't be the same without you and they have lost such a talented dancer. We'll miss you on the show so much but hope to get tickets to your new show.
Darren commented on 04-Jun-2013 03:23 PM
Erin, we will really miss you on the show, but we are so pleased that you and Anton will still be dancing together. We look forward to your stage show next year, and to another great teaching week-end at Wroxall Abbey! With love, Fraser & Brenda xx
Fraser & Brenda commented on 04-Jun-2013 03:51 PM
Doesn't anyone realise - Erin should still be dancing in some of the Professional show dances on SCD. Now Erin's dances will be more of a treat to look forward to. Erin I look forward to seeing you and Anton on tour etc. See you in two weeks. Luv Pat
Pat Blake commented on 04-Jun-2013 05:05 PM
Oh, Strictly just won't be the same without you Erin. For me, you have always been the most amazing dancer and I've loved watching you with your celebrity partners and dear old Anton. You've always been so patient and kind with your celebs too - a true lady right down to your twinkle toes. All the very best for the future and thank you so much for giving us so many wonderful memories over the years.
Beverley Todd commented on 04-Jun-2013 08:12 PM
Oh lovely Erin I was so saddened to find out that you are leaving SCD. You are such a wonderful dancer & partner to Anton showing such grace & professionalism & a marvel to watch. My partner & I had the privilege of attending one of your shows with Anton in March at Aylesbury & we had a great time. I wish you every success in the future & promise me that you will never let go of that bubbly infectious personality & that sexy smile! xx
Antony Holland commented on 05-Jun-2013 11:19 AM
Dearest Erin you were Strictly - as every new series commenced I hoped against hope you would be allocated a partner with some potential in order to keep you in the competition as long as possible. I would also echo the comments of others, your mere presence on the dance floor was the highlight of the show. Can I venture to suggest as there is talk of Brucie retiring, there could be an opportunity for you and Anton to become the hosts of the Show. That would be truly wonderful. Thank you for ten wonderful years, hope to see you soon.
Peter Davis commented on 05-Jun-2013 12:32 PM
I have watched you from day 1 of Strictly, the show has lost a diamond I am so sad, I saw you in York and you were fantastic, best wishes and I hope to see you soon xxx
Michael commented on 05-Jun-2013 07:22 PM
So sad to hear you are leaving Strictly as you have been fantastic with all your celebrities and Anton of course! You will be missed but so glad to hear that we shall still see you in other entires. Best wishes for the future.
Tracy Melton commented on 05-Jun-2013 11:49 PM
Oh nooooo, Strictly won't be the same without our gorgeous Erin !! Thank goodness you and Anton will still be doing your shows. As I've told you on numerous occasions, "You bring the sunshine into our lives". Good luck lovely, Erin. I hope to see you next week. You've been great throughout SCD - kindly and patiently trying to teach, not only the celebrities, but also the likes of me! See you soon. A big THANK YOU and a big HUG. Love from your biggest fan, Ann (with two left feet).xx
Ann ( your No.1 Fann) commented on 08-Jun-2013 12:23 PM
Oh no! Strictly just won't be the same without you, Erin! you've given us ten years of wonderful dancing, and you are an absolute treasure to watch. You are undoubtedly my favorite dancer every year. Glad to hear you're not leaving the dancing stage just yet though; and not even throwing your Strictly shoes away! Best wishes for a dance-tastic future, gorgeous! xxx
Jade commented on 08-Jun-2013 11:14 PM
ERIN & ANTON just wanted to say thank you for a fabulous time. Great birthday for me and great few days. Sadly it's back to boring reality but I have some lovely photos and memories. Thank you for putting up with me and all the daft things I do - I just want to try to make it as lovely and memorable for you as it is for us. Please thank Anton for dancing with me - it was the icing on the cake. Sally took lots of photos for me. Hope I wasn't too bad, Anton - at least I don't think I trod on your toes! Lovely photo of you and Anton under the wisteria - will bring you both a copy when next see you. BIG HUG and THANK YOU to you both. Lots of love Ann xx
Ann ( your No.1 Fann) commented on 22-Jun-2013 11:01 AM
Sad to hear the news you're leaving Strictly competitively, I will miss you, but after ten years of the commitment you have made and put into the show I understand it's time to move on to new adventures. The show won't be the same without you. Good luck and best wishes for all that you do in the future Erin, and definitely keeeeeeeeeeeeep dancing! Lotsa love xx
Trina commented on 23-Jun-2013 03:29 PM
Gutted. You have always been my favourite dancer on the show. So pleased it is by choice though. Good luck for the future x
David Garland commented on 22-Aug-2013 10:08 PM
hi Erin. I'm glad you have a blog. It would be a shame to lose touch after so many shared moments of triumph and disappointments over the years of Strictly. Looking forward to hearing of your new ventures and adventures with best wishes Pancho
Pancho Wilkins commented on 07-Sep-2013 10:33 PM
We will miss you on 'Strictly', you are an elegant star and the show will never be quite the same without you.
Ian Blakeley commented on 08-Sep-2013 01:48 PM
you are just fantastic, will miss you it will not be the same without you xx
Anonymous commented on 12-Sep-2013 06:53 PM
Erin, it's been several months now, but I still feel the pain of not seeing you on Strictly. You are the greatest ballroom dancer ever, along with Anton of course. I completely understand that you chose to leave, but it's still heartbreaking.

I see that you are rooting for Anton all the way (and I agree he and Fiona are doing really well), and I can't wait to see you in your shows, as well as an appearance on maybe the Christmas special. Good luck!
Joseph Dunford commented on 14-Oct-2013 09:15 PM
Strictly without Erin is not Strictly...
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