As a new series of Strictly draws closer, we are excited to reveal we'll be adding an extra celebrity to the line-up this year. Yep, 15 celebrities will be making their dance floor debut in the autumn!
Celebrities need dance partners, so we are very pleased to welcome Anya Garnis and Kevin Clifton to the Strictly fold, joining Aljaz, Iveta and Janette to complete our already stellar pro-dancer line-up.
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. Most recently, Anya headlined on Broadway in Burn the Floor, before joining the show’s World Tour of 20 countries.
No stranger to Strictly, Kevin performed in many of last year’s group routines. A former Youth World Number One and four-time British Latin Champion, Kevin has won International Open titles across the globe. Trained in Ballroom and Latin from an early age Kevin was taught by his parents, former World Champions Keith and Judy Clifton. Kevin is also engaged to Strictly pro Karen Hauer!
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