It’s been revealed by the BBC today that in the forthcoming new series, 15 professional dancers will partner 15 celebrities in the biggest line up ever!
The new professional dancers joining Strictly Come Dancing 2013 have been confirmed, with Anya Garnis the final new dancers to join the series. With four brand new dancers, and the return of Iveta Lukosiute who joined the 2012 series when Aliona Vilani was injured, it takes the professional dancers to 15 this year, to partner 15 celebrities.
There will be eight female celebrities and seven male celebrities taking to the floor this series in the biggest line up ever, to try and become Strictly Come Dancing champion 2013.
The new dancers join the existing cast of: Brendan Cole, Anton du Beke, James Jordan, Robin Windsor, Artem Chigvintsev, Pasha Kovalev, Ola Jordan, Kristina Rhianoff, Natalie Lowe and Karen Hauer.
Meet the new professional dancers below…
Making her debut on Strictly this year, Russian-born Latin dancer Anya Garnis started dancing at the age of 10. She began competing in 1998 with her dance partner and fellow Strictly star Pasha Kovalev.
The pair became finalists several times at the U.S. Open Ballroom Championship, before appearing in the US series So You Think You Can Dance.
Anya, 32, has also been invited to perform at the Emmys, the Oscars and made various TV appearances including hit TV series’ True Blood and Bones.
Most recently, she headlined on Broadway in Burn the Floor, before joining its World Tour of 20 countries.
A new addition to the Strictly professionals, American born Janette began performing in musical theatre at the age of 12.
She worked for the largest Hispanic TV station, Univision, until the age of 18, and then at 19 she began her formal dance training, studying a variety of styles.
Janette, aged 29, has performed with Jennifer Lopez, at the 82nd Academy Awards and she was the principle dancer in the TV series and the Live Tour of Glee. Janette was finalist in So You Think You Can Dance USA season 5, before joining the cast of Burn the Floor at the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre in 2010.
Iveta is back to join Strictly permanently this year, after stepping in last series for professional dancer Aliona Vilani when she became injured.
A dancer from age 6, Iveta, aged 33, is two times World Professional Champion in the waltz, cha cha, foxtrot, jive, quickstep, and tango to name a few.
She has appeared on several big TV networks in the US including PBS, ABC, MTV and was a top finalist in So You Think You Can Dance.
She is at the top of her field in the world of dance and has secured several international accolades including the world renowned Ten Dance championships.
23 year-old Aljaz is one of two new male professionals joining Strictly this year.
Born in Slovenia, Aljaz took to the dance floor at the age of 5, enjoying success in his home country where he won 19 Slovenian championships in ballroom and Latin.
For over a decade, Aljaz has represented Slovenia in the world Latin and ballroom championships, and has also appeared in Slovenia’s Dancing With The Stars.
In 2010, Aljaz joined the cast of Burn the Floor where he has since performed around the world, as one of its leading males.
A new addition to the Strictly line-up, Kevin, 29, is a former Youth World Number One and four time British Latin Champion, who has won International Open titles across the globe.
He trained in ballroom and Latin from an early age, taught by his parents, former World Champions Keith and Judy Clifton.
Kevin made his musical theatre debut in 2010, starring in Dirty Dancing in the West End, and he has been a principal dancer of the Burn the Floor Dance Company for several years.
Kevin has already performed in some of the group dances on last year’s series, and he is engaged to fellow Strictly professional Karen Hauer.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One this Autumn, but for now, here’s a reminder of last year’s final…