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Spotlight: Strictly’s new professional dancers

Get to know the new Strictly professionals with our handy guide.

Aljaz Skorjanek

With today’s surprise Strictly Come Dancing news, we almost forgot to introduce you to the new professionals joining the show this autumn.

Whilst Flavia, Vincent, Erin and Aliona may be heading to new pastures, we’re excited to see what the new professionals bring to the table. The last time we were this excited is when Robin Windsor, Artem Chigvintsev and Jared Murillo joined the show back in 2010.

We’ve got images of each of the new professionals and a bit of info so you can get to know them.

Iveta Lukosiute

Iveta really doesn’t need much introduction does she? She joined the show temporarily last year as a replacement for Aliona Vilani, who missed the live shows due to injury. Partnered with Johnny Ball, Iveta impressed with her dancing skills. The Lithuanian-born dancer has been training in Ballroom since she was 6.

Fact lovers out there will love to know she’s also trained in Latin, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop.

Iveta Lukosiute

Janette Manrara

Currently treading the West End as part of the Burn The Floor cast, Janette was a top 8 finalist from season five of So You Think You Can Dance in the US. The Florida-born dancer began her dancing career when she was 12. She’s studied Ballroom, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Hip Hop. You may also know her from being one of the dancers in hit TV show Glee.

Janette Manrara

Aljaz Skorjanec

Slovenia dancer Aljaz is also currently starring on the West End in Burn The Floor. The 19-time Slovenian Ballroom and Latin champion, has toured with Burn The Floor for the last three years. He’s sure to add some extra guy candy to the show this series.

Aljaz Skorjanec

Emma Slater

Hailing from good old Blighty, Emma has featured in the Mammia Mia! movie and performed on the West End in Dirty Dancing. She’s also been part of the Burn The Floor phenomenon and has been one of the professionals for Dancing With The Stars in the US.

Emma Slater

Are you excited to see the new professionals shake their stuff in September?


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