Strictly star Robin Windsor remembered as ‘nurturing soul’ after death at 44

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Robin Windsor has been remembered as a “nurturing soul” who “lit up any room he walked into” after his death at the age of 44.

The professional dancer appeared on the main show between 2010 and 2013 and was paired with celebrities including model Patsy Kensit, actresses Anita Dobson and Lisa Riley, and Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden.

He also danced with Great British Bake Off host Alison Hammond in the 2015 Christmas special and with Susanna Reid in 2011’s Children In Need special.

Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2014
Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor (Rui Vieira/PA)

“Robin’s dancing started from a very young age and never stopped. He lit up any room he walked into, he was a nurturing soul always full of fun.

“He brought so much happiness to anyone who saw him dance.

“Strictly Come Dancing, Burn The Floor and many other dance shows along with all the school children around the country who he gave his time.

“Robin was a strong advocate for mental health and worked closely with the Sane Charity.

“The dance world has lost some of its sparkle today.

“We ask for the family’s privacy at this very difficult time.”

The Strictly Come Dancing team also paid tribute, saying they were “deeply saddened” by the loss of their “dear friend”.

A statement added: “He was not only an exceptionally talented dancer and choreographer but also a caring, considerate and kind person both on and off the dancefloor.”

The star most recently appeared in stage show Come What May, a tribute to Moulin Rouge.

Sisco Entertainment, which represented him in various areas of theatre and corporate entertainment, said: “Robin’s presence in Come What May was more than just a performance; it was an embodiment of passion, grace, and sheer talent.

“His extraordinary ability to express emotion through movement captivated audiences, leaving them spellbound with every step.

“Beyond his impeccable dancing, Robin’s vibrant spirit lit up the room, infusing rehearsals and performances with infectious energy and warmth.

“His laughter was contagious, his kindness boundless.

“His friendship was a gift cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

“Robin, you will be deeply missed.

“Though Come What May will continue without you, your legacy will live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to share in your light.”

Strictly Come Dancing Photocall – London
Windsor with dance partner Kristina Rihanoff (Ian West/PA)

The company shared a photo of him on stage with fellow dancer Jessica Raffa, adding: “His stunning image attached with Jessica Raffa defined our company, colourful, extreme and sensual.

“His talent, attitude, energy and personality helped create the Burn The Floor stage reputation.

“He leaves a void in our hearts that will never be filled, yet our wonderful memories will stay forever.”

The Latin and ballroom dancer began dancing at the age of three when his parents enrolled him in classes in Ipswich, according to his website.

Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2013 – Birmingham
Lisa Riley danced with Windsor (Rui Vieira/PA)

He joined the cast of Burn The Floor in 2001 and toured the world for 10 years, with a nine-month run on Broadway.

Windsor also appeared in Dancing With The Stars Australia and So You Think You Can Dance in the Netherlands and assisted in the choreography for the Australian version of So You Think You Can Dance, as well as appearing as a motivational speaker.

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