10 August 1990
Caerphilly, South Wales
Amy Dowden (born 10 August 1990) is a ballroom and Latin American dancer from Wales. Dowden and her dancing partner Ben Jones are former British National Champions in Latin American Dance. Dowden was a finalist in the seventeenth series of Strictly Come Dancing with Karim Zeroual in 2019.
Dowden was born in Caerphilly, South Wales, on 10 August 1990 and began dancing at the age of eight. She is engaged to Ben Jones, her professional dance partner, and together they run the Art in Motion dance school in Dudley.
Dowden has suffered from Crohn's disease since she was a child. In May 2019, she spoke out about the effect the condition has had on her career as a professional dancer.
Dowden is the first Welsh professional to take part in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.
Highest and Lowest Scoring Per Dance
|American Smooth||Karim Zeroual||38||Brian Conley||22|
|Argentine Tango||Karim Zeroual||36|
|Cha-cha-cha||Karim Zeroual||31||Brian Conley||19|
|Charleston||Karim Zeroual||39||JJ Chalmers||27|
|Couple's Choice||Karim Zeroual||38|
|Jive||Karim Zeroual||40||Brian Conley||22|
|Paso Doble||Karim Zeroual||29||Brian Conley||21|
|Quickstep||Karim Zeroual||40||Danny John-Jules||22|
|Samba||Danny John-Jules||27||Karim Zeroual||26|
|Tango||Karim Zeroual||38||Brian Conley||16|
|Viennese Waltz||JJ Chalmers||33||Danny John Jules||27|
In 2017 Dowden appeared as a professional dancer in the fifteenth series of the British BBC TV talent show Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with comedian Brian Conley.
|Week #||Dance / Song||Judges' score||Result|
|1||Tango / "Temptation"||3||4||4||5||16||No Elimination|
|2||Cha-cha-cha / "Shake Your Groove Thing"||3||5||5||6||19||Bottom Two|
|3||American Smooth / "If I Only Had a Brain"||5||5||6||6||22||Safe|
|4||Paso Doble / "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"||4||6||6||5||21||Safe|
|5||Jive / "It's Not Unusual"||4||6||6||N/A||16||Eliminated|
Dowden returned for her second series in 2018 where she was partnered with Danny John-Jules. The couple were awarded the first 10 score of the series when Darcey Bussell marked their Jive to "Flip, Flop and Fly" in week 5. The couple were eliminated in Week 8 after losing a dance off to Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse, their elimination came days after controversial bullying allegations, with tabloids reporting that John-Jules had reduced Dowden to tears.
|Week #||Dance / Song||Judges' score||Result|
|1||Foxtrot / "Top Cat (Theme Song)"||6||7||7||7||27||No Elimination|
|2||Cha-cha-cha / "Beggin'"||7||7||7||7||28||Safe|
|3||Paso Doble / "The Greatest Show"||6||7||7||8||28||Safe|
|4||Viennese waltz / "I've Gotta Be Me"||6||7||7||7||27||Safe|
|5||Jive / "Flip, Flop and Fly"||9||10||9||9||37||Safe|
|6||American Smooth / "Spirit in the Sky"||6||8||7||9||30||Safe|
|7||Quickstep / "Freedom"||4||6||5||7||22||Safe|
|8||Samba / "Feels Like Home"||6||7||7||7||27||Eliminated|
In 2019 she appeared as a professional dancer in the seventeenth series of the show partnered with CBBC presenter, Karim Zeroual. The pair received the first perfect 40 of the series for their Jive in Week 11.
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges' score||Result|
|1||Cha-Cha-Cha / "If I Can't Have You"||8||8||7||8||31||No Elimination|
|2||Foxtrot / "The Way You Look Tonight"||8||8||8||8||32||Safe|
|3||Samba / "Kung Fu Fighting"||6||7||6||7||26||Safe|
|4||Tango / "Paradise"||9||10||9||10||38||Safe|
|5||Salsa / "Who Let the Dogs Out?"||8||10||9||9||36||Safe|
|6||Paso Doble / "Smalltown Boy"||7||7||7||8||29||Safe|
|7||Quickstep / "Mr. Pinstripe Suit"||9||10||10||10||39||Safe|
|8||Viennese Waltz / "Give Me Love"||6||8||8||8||30||Safe|
|9||Charleston / "Happy"||9||10||10||10||39||Safe|
|10||Contemporary / "Drops of Jupiter"||9||9||10||10||38||Bottom Two|
|11||Jive / "You Can't Stop the Beat"||10||10||10||10||40||Safe|
|12||Argentine Tango / "Libertango"
American Smooth / "Sweet Caroline"
|13||Quickstep / "Mr. Pinstripe Suit"
Showdance / "A Million Dreams"
Jive / "You Can't Stop the Beat"
In Series 18, she partnered TV Presenter JJ Chalmers. They finished in 6th place reaching musical week. The scores for this series were out of 30.
|1||Waltz / "What a Wonderful World"||6||6||7||19||No Elimination|
|2||Paso Doble / "Believer"||5||6||6||17||Safe|
|3||Foxtrot / "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"-from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"||8||8||8||24||Safe|
|4||Jive / "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"||4||6||7||17||Safe|
|5||Quickstep / "For Once in My Life"||7||9||9||25||Safe|
|6||Viennese Waltz / "Rescue"||8||9||8||25||Safe|
|7||Charleston / "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"- from "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"||6||7||7||20||Eliminated|
In 2019, Dowden headlined her own tour ‘Here Come The Girls’ with fellow Strictly Professional Dancers- Dianne Buswell and Chloe Hewitt. Dowden has also taken part in The Strictly Live Tour since 2018. In 2020, she performed with a celeb partner for the first time on Live Tour, her 2019 partner Karim Zeroual. Dowden has announced her appearance with Jones at 2021 Dancing With The Stars Weekend at Alton Towers Resort Hotel. In summer 2021, Dowden will be touring with the show Strictly Present The Power Of Dance.
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