It only seems like yesterday that we dusted off the glitter of last year's triumphant Grand Final, and now with the a new series in the not too distant future, we have news to announce at Strictly HQ.

This year we'll be waving goodbye to Flavia, Vincent, Erin and Aliona. After many successful series entertaining the nation with their spectacular Ballroom and Latin routines, our much loved pro-dancers will be hanging up their Strictly shoes. It won't be the last that you will see of them though, Flavia and Vincent promise to return to deck the halls with glitterballs, for the Christmas special.

So we are very pleased to reveal four new incredible professional dancers who will take to the floor in the autumn...

Aljaž Skorjanec

Our new male pro-dancer Aljaž hails from Slovenia. Stepping into his dancing shoes at aged five, Aljaž is a 19-time Slovenian champion in Ballroom and Latin. Successfully representing his country in worldwide Latin and Ballroom Dance championships for over a decade. For the last three years, Aljaž has been part of the international tour of dance show, Burn the Floor.

Janette Manrara

 

 

Also a star of Burn the Floor, Janette is currently performing London’s West End version of the show. A top eight finalist from season five of So You Think You Can Dance in the US, Florida-born Janette began performing in musical theatre at aged 12. At 19 she began her formal dance training, studying Ballroom, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Hip Hop, specializing in Salsa. Janette has worked on the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, danced with Jennifer Lopez on the So You Think You Can Dance season six finale, and is a principal dancer on Fox’s hit series Glee, as well as the Glee Live Tour.

Iveta Lukosiute

Returning to the show for a full series after stepping in to replace an injured Aliona Vilani in 2012, is Iveta Lukosiute. Born in Klaipeda, Lithuania, Iveta has been training in Ballroom dance since the age of six and is the current World Champion in ten styles of Ballroom. As well as being an accomplished Ballroom dancer, she is also trained in Latin, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She is a two-time World Professional Ten Dance Champion, a five-time US National and North American Professional Ten Dance Champion and she has also appeared on So You Think You Can Dance in the US.

Have you seen our new pro-dancers perform? Let us know and do wish Flavia, Vincent, Erin and Aliona a fond farewell below…

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  • Comment number 137. Posted by lostchachachamp

    on 15 Jun 2013 20:52

    Brendan (who has gone very quiet of late) - What do you mean gone very quiet of late? at the start of Strictly Brendan was the bad boy of Strictly but over the years he mellowed which I like.

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  • Comment number 136. Posted by Susie Q

    on 15 Jun 2013 20:27

    Sadly Strictly has probably just lost its most charismatic male dancer ever and his shoes will be hard to fill. We are now only left with Anton, James and Brendan (who has gone very quiet of late) to add any spice to the mix. Pasha, Robin and Artem can all dance brilliantly but have little or no personality. Lets hope the new guy is a rebel otherwise the next series could be a tad boring!

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  • Comment number 135. Posted by lostchachachamp

    on 13 Jun 2013 19:19

    BBC when is Strictly starting? Like to know who will be partnered with Anton? it will be weird not see Erin with him. Should have brought back Matthew Cutler or Ian Waite

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  • Comment number 134. Posted by yvonne morris

    on 13 Jun 2013 11:51

    Vincent flavia and aliona being replaced not a good idea!!!!!!!!!! totally brilliant dancers

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  • Comment number 133. Posted by yvonne morris

    on 13 Jun 2013 11:46

    not having Vincent flavia and aliona not a good idea!!!!!!!!

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  • Comment number 132. Posted by Stephalex

    on 13 Jun 2013 01:33

    HI A4E....
    The 4 yes 4 year old nephew has recovered from the shock of Erin leaving in fact he seems to have transferred his loyalties to Ola..... don't know why though??????

    Bet Gorscott will be in mourning for a while......

    I did enjoy Anton and Erin go to Hollywood.... I met the same couple as last year who took my photo for me and we heckled Anton during the question and answer session.... he wasn't best pleased but Erin thought it was funny..... as he was being rude to her....

    He was also very complementary about Wolverhampton where I live, said it was very green and that he hadn't expected it to be..... told him I was pleased he thought highly of the city.......

    Anyway did you see Ola and James on Mr and Mrs tonight????? They were brilliant.... I am surprised Ola hasn't killed James for some of his bad habits.... also loved it when she said it was lovely and quiet when he disappeared while swimming..... BRILLIANT..... like them both more now than I did they both have wicked senses of humour.

    Right off again now to try and go to sleep....insominia keeps kicking in.... oh well... OK
    here goes SCREAM for ANTON and PASHA...

    Night night

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  • Comment number 131. Posted by Nee

    on 12 Jun 2013 23:08

    Aww I cant believe it aswell flavia was awesome and I really wanted Vincent to win..aliona was lovely too...I really hope some brilliant stars come on the show this year..please please have a Bollywood star it will be awesome and something different...ive been saying it for the past 2 years hope they have a Bollywood star like preity zinta (looks bit like Cheryl cole) cant wait for the show.x

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  • Comment number 130. Posted by Angela North

    on 12 Jun 2013 15:56

    Welcome to the new dancers too! Andplease get Anton a good partner this year so he gets to compete in the final!

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  • Comment number 129. Posted by Angela North

    on 12 Jun 2013 15:53

    Well, I am sorry to see them go,but if it is their own decision, that has to be respected. Good luck to them all in their futures!

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  • Comment number 128. Posted by anton4eva

    on 11 Jun 2013 19:54

    Stephalex.........hope your nephew is recovering from the upset of Erin leaving. I have heard a rumour that she might be doing ITT instead of Zoe but don't know for sure obviously. Did you enjoy Anton & Erin go to Hollywood ?

    Glad to hear that you are doing better.....one day at a time and you will surely get there.

    Looking forward to Sept when we can have a proper catch up ....

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