From Stoke-on-Trent to stoked on Strictly
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At just 22 years old, AJ is our youngest male professional — and, given he’s only been dancing competitively since he was 12, it makes his speedy, spirited routines seem all the more impressive!
His Strictly journey started off splendidly, bagging a fourth place accolade with actress Claudia Fragapane in 2016. He almost repeated his result in 2017, reaching fifth position with Mollie King in 2017.
Now paired with World Champion paratriathlete Lauren Steadman for 2018, AJ's got a partner who can probably outrun him on the tracks, but can she keep up with him in the ballroom?
Born in 1994 in Stoke-on-Trent, AJ was always active. But long before he discovered dance, he found slightly more treacherous ways to get his heart rate up – extreme sports such as snowboarding and mountainboarding were his passion, until a broken arm helped him see sense!
That broken arm proved to be a blessing, as AJ swapped the slopes for the dancefloor. He quickly demonstrated a talent, and a coach paired him up with a local dancer, who just happened to be another Strictly 2016 newbie – Chloe Hewitt.
Over the course of nine years together, AJ and Chloe became National Youth Latin Champions three years running, as well as European Youth Latin Champions. But the Glitterball Trophy is a whole other story, and AJ has his eye firmly on the prize…