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Donnie Burns
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Birth Date November 1957[1]
Hometown Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland

Season(s) Season 12

Donnie Burns MBE is a Scottish professional ballroom dancer specializing in Latin dance.

Burns served as a guest judge in week 7 of the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars.


Burns attended Holy Cross High School in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

He and his former partner Gaynor Fairweather were fourteen-time World Professional Latin champions, the record for this title. They were also eleven-time International Latin American Dance Champions, and this is also a record. On their competitive retirement both were honored by appointment as MBE. Donnie was undefeated in any competitive dance contest for nearly twenty years of continuous competition, a record in any major category of ballroom dance; this is now in the Guinness Book of Records. During this period he won major titles in countries throughout the world.

He was president of the World Dance Council. He is a winner of the Carl Alan Award for outstanding services to dance. In 2008, Burns married swing dance and International Latin dancer Heidi Groskreutz.

Burns was the hero of the character Mr. Aoki in the 1996 Japanese film Shall We Dance?