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Giovanni Pernice

Giovanni burst onto British TV screens in the Autumn of 2015 as a new professional dancer on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing.  He was partnered with former Coronation Street star Georgia May Foote, and they finished the series as joint runners-up in the Final.  They continued their partnership in the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour.  Giovanni then dazzled screens in 2016, 2017 and 2018 with amazing runs on Strictly Come Dancing, making it again to the final with the one and only Debbie McGee in 2017 and Faye Tozer in 2018. Giovanni’s 2019 has been incredibly busy with the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, his Dance Is Life Solo Tour, Strictly Professionals Tour and the highly anticipated Here Come the Boys Tour. In 2020, Giovanni will embark on his new UK tour This Is Me.


Giovanni currently holds 2 Guinness World Records - the most jive kick and flicks in 30 seconds and the most Charleston swivel steps in 30 seconds. This was recorded on the Strictly Pro Challenge seen on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two. 


Giovanni was born on the Italian island of Sicily, and at age 14 he moved to Bologna to train full time in dance.  He first started competing as an adult in 2008, winning competitions all over Europe. Specialising in Latin, his greatest achievement was winning the Italian Championships in 2012.