Ola Jordan

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Ola Jordan
BornAleksandra Grabowska
(1982-09-30) 30 September 1982 (age 32)
Nasielsk, Poland
Spouse(s)James Jordan (2003–present)
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Ola Jordan
BornAleksandra Grabowska
(1982-09-30) 30 September 1982 (age 32)
Nasielsk, Poland
Spouse(s)James Jordan (2003–present)

Aleksandra "Ola" Jordan (née Grabowska; born 30 September 1982[1]) is a professional ballroom dancer best known for her appearances on the British TV show Strictly Come Dancing. After winning a championship event in her native Poland, Ola moved to England and began a new partnership with James Jordan. They married on 12 October 2003.[2] and live near Maidstone in Kent.[3]

Dancing career[edit]

Ola has been dancing since the age of twelve when her school advertised for a dance club. Before dancing with James Jordan, she had danced with Przemek Lowicki in Poland. She won Poland's Open Championships in 1999 and went on to take 12th place in the following year's World Championships.[2]

The first recorded dance by Ola Grabowska and James Jordan as a partnership was in the Dutch Open in 2000, [4] though they did not turn professional until 2003. The couple withdrew for a while to teach Latin American dancing in Hong Kong, though they turned professional again in 2005, after missing competing.[5][6] In May 2006, the couple came second in the Blackpool Professional Rising Stars Latin event,[7] and in November they came third in the British Championships for Professional Latin.[8]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Jordan first appeared on Strictly Come Dancing during the show's fourth series in 2006, partnering DJ Spoony. They were eliminated in the third round, a result which disappointed some of the audience. In series five she danced with Scottish rugby player Kenny Logan while her husband James danced with Kenny's wife, TV presenter Gabby Logan. Kenny was voted out of the show on the ninth week[9] while Gabby Logan was voted out earlier, in the fourth week.[10] Jordan was knocked out of series 6 in week seven of the competition, with her partner GMTV presenter Andrew Castle.

In January–February 2009 Jordan danced with Kenny Logan on the Strictly Come Dancing Tour and in series 7, she partnered reporter Chris Hollins, reaching the final and beating rivals Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe to become the 2009 champions. Their prize was a Strictly Come Dancing glitter ball. Jordan and Hollins became affectionately known as "Team Cola" by viewers and on the show, with Cola being a portmanteau of "Chris" and "Ola".[11] Jordan partnered magician Paul Daniels in the eighth season of the show; they were the second couple to be voted off. For Children in Need 2010, Jordan partnered Harry Judd from McFly for a one-off Strictly special, dancing a Paso Doble. The couple won, beating Rochelle Wiseman of The Saturdays and her partner.

In the ninth series of the show she was partnered with former Wales international footballer Robbie Savage. They were the ninth couple voted out on 4 December 2011.[12]

In September 2012, during the show's tenth series, Jordan was partnered with EastEnders actor Sid Owen. The couple were eliminated on Halloween week in October 2012.

For the eleventh series in September 2013, Jordan competed with former Hollyoaks actor and singer Ashley Taylor Dawson. They got as far as the 11th week before being voted out.

In September 2014,for the show's twelfth series, Jordan was partnered with wildlife expert, presenter of the popular children's show Deadly 60 and its spinoffs, Steve Backshall. They were eliminated in week 9 (22/23 November 2014).

DJ Spoony[edit]

Week No.Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
1Cha-Cha-Cha /"Kiss"578727Safe
2Tango /""677727Eliminated

Kenny Logan[edit]

Week No.Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
1Waltz /"Are You Lonesome Tonight"456621Bottom 2
3Tango /"Call Me"667625Safe
4Samba / "Mujer Latina"346518Safe
5Paso Doble / "Take Me Out"456621Safe
6Viennese Waltz / "Flower of Scotland"578626Safe
7Cha-Cha-Cha / "Billie Jean"457622Safe
8American Smooth / "How Sweet It Is"688830Safe
9Foxtrot / "They Can't Take That Away From Me
Rumba / "Fields of Gold"

Andrew Castle[edit]

Week No.Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "Mercy"467623Safe
3Tango / "20th Century Boy"467522Safe
5American Smooth / "You Know I'm No Good"345517Safe
6Viennese Waltz / "Annie's Song"587727Safe
7Samba / "Ain't It Funny"457521Eliminated

Chris Hollins[edit]

Week No.Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
1Tango / "Sharp Dressed Man"677626
Rumba / "Don't Know Much"788730
3Quickstep / "Dancing Fool"566623
4Salsa / "Micaela"676625
5Jive / "Roll Over Beethoven"566522
6American Smooth / "Jimmy Mack"777728
7Cha-Cha-Cha / "Shake Your Groove Thing"787729
8Foxtrot / "I Could Have Danced All Night"899834
9Paso Doble / "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"689730
10Viennese Waltz / "A New Day Has Come"778729
11Charleston / "Fat Sam's Grandslam"889934
12Waltz / "At This Moment"8889841
Samba / "Cuba"8888739
13Rumba / "Total Eclipse of the Heart"7788838
Argentine Tango / "Bust Your Windows"8899842
14Foxtrot / "I Could Have Danced All Night"99910946
Lindy Hop / "Sing Sing Sing"8999944
Charleston / "Fat Sam's Grandslam"101010101050
Showdance / "Do You Love Me"99910946 – Winners

Paul Daniels[edit]

Week No.Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "Could It Be Magic"255416N/A
2Foxtrot / "Lady Luck"466521Safe
3Rumba / "Take a Bow"255416Eliminated

Robbie Savage[edit]

Week No.Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "Bad Boys"266519Safe
2Foxtrot / "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"787729Safe
3Tango / "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"778830Safe
4Jive / "Love Man"587727Safe
5Paso Doble / "Bad"478726Safe
6Waltz / "Love Ain't Here Anymore"688729Safe
7American Smooth / "Sway"788831Safe
8Salsa / "Let Me Entertain You"577726Safe
9Samba / "You Sexy Thing"577625Safe
10Quickstep / "Little Green Bag"778830Eliminated

Sid Owen[edit]

Week No.Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
1Waltz / "I Won't Give Up"667726Safe
2Salsa / "Hips Don't Lie"665522Safe
3Tango / "Here I Go Again"445417Safe
4Cha-Cha-Cha / "Ghostbusters"255517Eliminated

Ashley Taylor Dawson[edit]

Week No.Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "What Makes You Beautiful"567725Safe
2American Smooth / "Beyond the Sea"798832Safe
3Samba / "Love Is in the Air"887831Safe
4Viennese Waltz / "Angel"788831Safe
5Jive / "Johnny B. Goode"788831Safe
6Tango / "Beautiful Monster"898833Safe
7Quickstep / "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"899935Safe
8Paso Doble / "You Give Love a Bad Name"899935Safe
9Waltz / "I Will Always Love You"899935Safe
10Rumba / "A Whole New World"899935Bottom 2
11Salsa / "Conga"899935Eliminated


Steve Backshall[edit]

Week No.Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
1Tango / "Born to Be Wild"66-7726Safe
2Cha-Cha-Cha / "Treasure"36-6621Safe
3Quickstep / "I Wan'na Be Like You"6767834Safe
4Salsa / "Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)"67-7727Safe
5Waltz / "I Wonder Why"78-7830Safe
6Charleston / "Dem Bones"57-7726Safe
7Paso Doble / "Use Somebody"68-7728Safe
8American Smooth / "Rolling in the Deep"78-8831Safe
9Jive / "Little Bitty Pretty One"47-6623Eliminated

Other television appearances[edit]

Ola and James Jordan took part in a celebrity version of television programme Total Wipeout which was broadcast on 26 December 2009. She and Strictly Come Dancing head judge Len Goodman appeared as a team in BBC TV's Bargain Hunt in 2010 for the benefit of the Children in Need appeal. Ola and James Jordan also took part in the judging panel on the television show Dancing on Wheels. The couple have also appeared on 'all star mr and mrs', where they won the show.


  1. ^ "Ola Jordan Biography". 
  2. ^ a b The News. "Strictly Come Pole Dancing". Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing star James Jordan enters Celebrity Big Brother house". Kent Messenger. 18 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Dance Plaza. "Dutch Open". Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  5. ^ BBC. "Withdrawal from Professional Dancing". Retrieved 31 May 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ James and Ola Jordan (dance couple WS). "Partnership news". Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  7. ^ Dance Sport Info (network). "Partnership news cont'd". Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  8. ^ http://www.danceplaza.com/index.tpl?style=results&action=couple&what=6417
  9. ^ "Kenny Logan foxtrots off Strictly". BBC News. 2 December 2007. 
  10. ^ "Gabby Logan sambas off dance show". BBC News. 28 October 2007. 
  11. ^ BBC. "Team Cola – Your true fans messages". Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Robbie Savage leaves Strictly". Retrieved 5 December 2011. 

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Preceded by
Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup
Strictly Come Dancing Champion
(with partner Chris Hollins)

Series 7 (2009)
Succeeded by
Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev