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Who is Brian Fortuna?

Brian Fortuna was born in Philadelphia on 20 September 1982. He was brought up with dance and started dancing at just 5 years old at his mother's dance studio in New Jersey, Fortuna's Universal Dance Centre.

Both of Brian's parents held titles in Ballroom and Latin. His mother Sandra became a choreographer and dance teacher. His father Amadeo became a podiatrist.

Brian Fortuna's early credits, after college, were a Canadian TV show called Live To Dance and dancing in a nightclub scene in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator.

Brian Fortuna used to date Aubree Marchione, whom he met when she started taking lessons at his mother's dance studio.

As well as appearing on season 4 of Dancing with the Stars, Brian Fortuna has appeared in three Dancing With The Stars tours and has been the presenter of the ABC.com online results show Dancing With The Stars Online Encore.

Brian Fortuna has coached and choreographed the salsa team 'Ritmo Latino'.

Brian Fortuna has been a United States ten dance finalist and a United States North American Top Teacher.

Brian's speciality is street-style salsa.

Brian Fortuna is interested in outer space and cosmology and collects baseball caps.

In series 7 of Strictly Come Dancing, Brian Fortuna partnered Ali Bastian. Brian and Ali came third.

In the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing, Brian Fortuna partnered Heather Small.

In week four, Heather and Brian survived a dance-off against Jessie Wallace and Darren Bennett after Bruno, Arlene and Craig voted in their favour.

Heather and Brian continued to survive in spite of further dance-offs, but in week 8 they were eliminated.

Like his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff, it was Brian Fortuna's first time on Strictly Come Dancing, although he partnered former Miss USA Shandi Finnessey in the fourth season of Dancing with the Stars in the USA.

According to Dance Sport Info, Brian Fortuna's professional dance partners have included Sonya Saamova, Tamara Klimova and Stephanie Fortuna.

In 2009, Brian Fortuna, who had been teaching wheelchair dancing for the last eight years, was chosen by the BBC to be lead choreographer on a BBC3 series Dancing On Wheels where celebrities partner wheelchair users.

In June 2010 it was revealed that Brian Fortuna was to leave Strictly Come Dancing, having decided not accept the BBC's offer of only performing routines rather than partnering a celebrity.

Instead, he decided to focus on performing alongside Ali Bastian in the West End stage show Burn The Floor.

In October 2010, The Daily Mail reported that Brian Fortuna and Ali Bastian had split up.



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