Strictly’s professional dancers confirmed

Strictly Come Dancing will be waltzing back onto BBC One for its 17th series this autumn as the award-winning show returns with more sparkle, glitz and glamour than ever. The professional dancer line up is now confirmed, with the following dancers returning to the Strictly ballroom.

AJ Pritchard has been part of Strictly for three series and has made the semi-final every year, with celebrities Claudia Fragapane, Mollie King and most recently Paralympic athlete Lauren Steadman.

Aljaž Škorjanec joined Strictly in 2013 and during his first year, he lifted the Glitter Ball Trophy with Abbey Clancy. Last year, he was partnered with BBC journalist Kate Silverton.

Amy Dowden grew up watching Strictly from her home in Caerphilly, and in 2017 her dream of dancing on the show came true, when she joined the series as a professional dancer.

‘King of the Ballroom’ Anton Du Beke has appeared in every series of Strictly to date, and made it to the final with Katie Derham in 2015. Anton’s partnerships have included Ann Widdecombe, Jerry Hall, Nancy Dell’Olio, Judy Murray and Ruth Langsford.

Dianne Buswell was a professional dancer on the Australian version of Strictly before joining the UK series in 2017. Most recently she was partnered with social media star Joe Sugg and they reached the final in 2018.

Giovanni Pernice has been a professional dancer on Strictly for four series, and has made the final three times, with Georgia May Foote, Debbie McGee and most recently with Faye Tozer from Steps.

Gorka Marquez has been a professional dancer on Strictly since 2016 and in his second year he made it to the final with Alexandra Burke. Most recently he was partnered with Katie Piper.

Graziano Di Prima joined Strictly in 2018. He was partnered with Capital FM’s Vicki Hope for his first year and together they made it to week five of the competition.

Janette Manrara joined the Strictly family in 2013. Her partners have included Jake Wood, Peter Andre and most recently This Morning’s Dr Ranj. Janette has won the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special twice with partners Melvin Odoom and Aston Merrygold.

Johannes Radebe joined Strictly as a professional dancer in 2018 and has also competed on Strictly Come Dancing South Africa twice, reaching the final both times.

Karen Clifton is the longest-serving female professional on Strictly and over the years has enjoyed successful partnerships with Jeremy Vine, Mark Wright and most recently reached the quarter-final with Casualty’s Charles Venn.

Katya Jones became a champion on Strictly, with Joe McFadden in 2017. In her first year on Strictly she was partnered with Ed Balls, and their Salsa to Gangnam Style has gone down in dance history.

Kevin Clifton has successfully made it to five finals, and lifted the Strictly glitterball in 2018 with Stacey Dooley.

Luba Mushtuk was part of the Strictly family for several years as an assistant choreographer, before becoming a professional dancer on the programme in 2018.

Nadiya Bychkova has danced on two series where she has partnered Davood Ghadami and Lee Ryan.

Neil Jones has been a Strictly professional since 2016 and has partnered Judy Murray and Anita Rani in Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Specials.

Oti Mabuse became a professional dancer on Strictly in 2015 and reached the final with Danny Mac in 2016.

World-renowned choreographer Jason Gilkison will be returning to the team, with more exciting announcements to come.