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Tony Meredith

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Tony Meredith is a professional ballroom dancer and choreographer.


Tony Meredith, born in Hawaii, USA, discovered ballroom dancing after replying to a newspaper advertisement seeking dance teachers.

Dance career

Meredith met Melanie LaPatin in 1981. They formed a professional partnership, traveling the world representing the United States twelve times in the Professional World Latin-American Dance Championships, and eventually moved to New York to train and open a studio. They had married in 1989, but divorced amicably following the opening of their studio.

With LaPatin, Meredith won over 100 first place trophies and, in 1995, the professional Latin division of the U.S. Dancesport Championships. The couple retired from competitive dance in 1998.

Currently, Meredith is a ballroom dance competition adjudicator, coach and choreographer, with a wide range including cha-cha, swing, tango, hustle, mambo, salsa and rhythm and blues.

TV and film

Meredith has been behind the scenes as appearing in films, TV shows and Broadway, including feature film performances in Dance with Me, The Thomas Crown Affair, Let It Be Me and The Last Days of Disco. He has co-hosted seasons 1 and 2 of the PBS series America's Ballroom Challenge with Marilu Henner, and more recently, Meredith and LaPatin have appeared fairly regularly as guest choreographers on the Fox dance competition reality show So You Think You Can Dance.


  • 1995 - U.S. National Professional Latin Champion with Melanie LaPatin

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