Fast Facts

  • Left home at age 18 to pursue a dancing career.
  • Appeared 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.
  • In addition to judging ABC's Dancing with the Stars, he served as a judge on the original UK version, Strictly Come Dancing.
  • Is fluent in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.


  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee


  • Werther Tonioli — Father
  • Fulvia Tonioli — Mother

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  • Birth Place: Ferrara, Italy
  • Profession: Choreographer, Reality TV judge

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