Bruno Tonioli has mastered all the moves. The fiery Italian is a choreographer, ballroom and Latin dancer, and TV personality. As his nickname suggests, he lights the stage on fire with his performances. Bruno has always been a dancer and has pursued the art form in more than one way. Through his tenacity and passion for dancing, Bruno has been able to leave a mark in the hearts of viewers around the world. Today, Bruno is seen less on the stage and more on the other side of it. He is often seen taking over the mantle of the judge in dance competitions including the British television dance competition Strictly Come Dancing.
Bruno Tonioli was born on the 25th of November 1955 in Ferrara, Italy. Bruno spent much of his early life in Italy alongside his parents Werther and Fulvia. The man had humble beginnings as his father worked as a bus driver while his mother was an upholsterer and made covers for car seats.
As a young boy, Bruno loved dancing and started taking lessons from the age of 5. His parents were supportive of Bruno and wanted to see their son succeed in dancing. It was this support that enabled Bruno to leave his education after high school and focus on dancing. Growing up, Bruno was bullied due to his sexuality and as a result, he avoids talking about his love life.
Bruno spent much of his life growing up in Paris, France. It was also where he officially started his career as a dancer. In 1981, Bruno joined the La Grande Eugene dancing group which operated in Paris. After learning more about his craft, Bruno moved to the UK and joined the Lindsay Kemp Company. It was during this time that Bruno started hosting dancing classes.
Alongside his dancing career, Bruno also worked as a choreographer. Throughout the years, Bruno has created music videos for some of the most renowned names in the music industry. He has worked with Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones, Freddie Mercury, Boy George, and Bananarama music group.
With his work out in the world, Bruno started receiving offers from movies and TV series. He worked as a choreographer for movies such as The Gathering Storm, The Body in the Library, Blonde Bombshell, and The Bare Necessities. Bruno has also worked as a theater choreographer and worked with plays like Godspell and Forbidden Passion.
Bruno’s first stint as a judge came in Dancing with the Stars. He then toured the states for a while before heading back to the judging table at the beginning in 2008. He was contracted by Strictly Come Dancing Live to work as a judge during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Even though Bruno seems to be taking a step back, he recently presented a radio series entitled, Bruno Tonioli at the Opera. The series first aired in November of 2018.
Personal Life and Net Worth:
Bruno Tonioli identifies as gay and is open about it. According to the interview with The Mirror he revealed that he was in a relationship with a guy named Paul for a couple of decades now. He is currently dating Jason Schanne. The pair met on the set of Dancing with the Stars during 2000 and have been together ever since. At the end of fourteenth season of Dance with the Stars Bruno Tonioli celebrated commitment ceremony with his soulmate Jason Schanne in the presence of stars like, Evan Lysacek, Johnny Weir and Perez Hilton who came to support the couple. Even though Bruno Tonioli was rumored in dating with Matt Law, he washed the rumor saying Matt Law was just his good friend.
As of 2020, Bruno’s net worth is estimated to be around USD 10 million.