Judge Len Goodman - A Tribute to His Life and Career

Early Life and Beginnings

* Born on April 25, 1944, in Bromley, England * Started dancing at the age of 19 * Competed in ballroom and Latin dance events

Dance Accomplishments

* Became a British and World Exhibition Dance champion * Retired from competitive dancing in the late 1970s * Established the Len Goodman Dance Centre in Kent, England

Transition to Television

* Joined the judging panel of BBC One's "Strictly Come Dancing" in 2004 * Became a judge on "Dancing with the Stars" in the United States in 2005 * Recognized for his insightful critiques and catchphrase "It's a ten from Len!"

Other Television Appearances

* Hosted "Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance" with historian Lucy Worsley * Presented the BBC documentary series "Len Goodman's Dance Band Days * Appeared as a guest judge on "So You Think You Can Dance"

Personal Life

* Married to Sue Barrett since 2012 * Father to James Goodman, born from his previous marriage * Passionate about golf and charity work

Judge Len Goodman's Legacy

* A respected figure in the dance community * Inspired countless dancers and fans through his judging and teaching * Left a lasting impact on the world of dance and television

Len Goodman's Dance Philosophy

* Believed in the importance of connection and storytelling through dance * Valued the balance of technique and performance * Encouraged dancers to embrace their individuality and have fun on the dance floor

Len Goodman's Impact on the Dance Community

* Served as a mentor and role model for aspiring dancers * Helped popularize ballroom and Latin dance through television * Supported numerous dance competitions and charity events2

Memorable Moments on "Strictly Come Dancing" and "Dancing with the Stars"

* Known for his constructive criticism and humorous remarks * Shared heartwarming moments with contestants and fellow judges * His catchphrase "It's a ten from Len!" became synonymous with dance excellence

The Passing of Len Goodman

* Len Goodman passed away peacefully on Saturday night at the age of 78 * He had been diagnosed with bone cancer *  Long-serving judge on "Dancing with the Stars" and "Strictly Come Dancing"  * Helped revive interest in ballroom dancing on both sides of the Atlantic * Agent Jackie Gill announced his passing on Monday

The Future of Dance: Len Goodman's Legacy

* Len Goodman's contributions to dance will continue to inspire future generations * His teachings and philosophy will live on through his dance center and the dancers he mentored * His impact on dance television shows will be remembered for years to come

The End - Celebrating the Life of Len Goodman

Thank you for joining us in remembering the life and legacy of Len Goodman. His impact on the world of dance and television will never be forgotten.