The BBC have today revealed 3 more professional dancers to join the line up of 14 dancers previously announced
British Dancers AJ Pritchard, Chloe Hewitt and Neil Jones join Aljaz Skorjanec, Anton Du Beke, Brendan Cole, Pasha Kovalev, Kevin Clifton, Gorka Marquez, Giovanni Pernice, Karen Clifton, Joanne Clifton, Katya Jones, Janette Manrara, Natalie Lowe, Oti Mabuse and Oksana Platero who were announced last month.
AJ and Chole together won the 2015 British Open Youth Latin Dance Championships and have been competing professionally for 9 years. At 20 years old Chloe is the youngest professional ever to take part in Strictly Come Dancing.
Neil is a 4 time British champion and three times winner of the World Amateur Latin Championships along with his wife and dance partner Katya Jones who joined Strictly last month. In 2015 they won the World Professional Latin Showdance Championships.
AJ Pritchard, Chloe Hewitt and Neil Jones
The BBC have not revealed if this new lineup means there will be a huge 17 celebrities competing this year or if some of the new pros will be purely taking part in professional routines.
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The BBC have today revealed the list of 14 pros who will be participating in the 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Returning for the male pros are Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole, Kevin Clifton, Pasha Kovalev, Aljaž Škorjanec and Giovanni Pernice. They will be joined by new male pro Gorka Marquez.
Gorka has been dancing since he was 12 and represented Spain in the 2010 World Latin Championships and reached the Semi Finals in the 2012 WDSF World Cup. Since 2014 he has been dancing in the global Ballroom and Latin dance show “Burn The Floor”
Returning for the female pros are Karen Clifton, Natalie Lowe, Joanne Clifton, Janette Manrara and Oti Mabuse. They will be joined by new pros Katya Jones and Oksana Platero.
Katya’s Latin credentials are impressive having won the amateur Latin World Championships three times and since turning pro in 2013 she has also won the World Professional Latin Showdance Championships in 2015.
Oksana has been dancing competitively since she was just 6 years old and has previously danced on 5 seasons of the US version of Strictly; Dancing With The Stars.
All 3 new pros are pictured below:
Katya, Gorka and Oksana
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The BBC have today released a shot on their Facebook and Twitter feeds of the pros getting together to begin preparations for the new series expected to kick off next month. The shot includes the 3 new pros Giovanni Pernice, Gleb Savchenko and Otlile Mabuse as well as returning pros from other series.