Giovanni was born on the Italian island of Sicily, and at age 14 he moved to Bologna to train full time in dance. He first started competing as an adult in 2008, winning competitions all over Europe. Specialising in Latin, his greatest achievement was winning the Italian Championships in 2012.
Giovanni burst onto British TV screens in 2015 as a new professional dancer on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. After making the final with Georgia May Foote in 2015, he has partnered celebs including Laura Whitmore, Debbie McGee and Faye Tozer.
Gorka Marquez has been a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing since 2016. He has represented Spain in the World Latin Championships in 2010, and reached the semi-finals of the 2012 WDSF World Cup.