Janette Manrara

A passionate fire-cracker!

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Janette first joined Strictly in 2013, partnering fashion designer Julien Macdonald. They left the competition in week four, after a salsa routine to ‘Spice Up Your Life.’ In 2014, she was paired with EastEnders star Jake Wood and made it all the way to the Semi-Finals, thanks in part to a body-bending Salsa in week two.

Partnering up with Peter Andre in 2015 took Janette all the way to week 10 — they earned a respectable 31 points for their American Smooth, but an early exit during the quickstep-a-thon sealed their fate. 2016 didn’t fare as well for her though, as her pairing with Melvin Odoom saw her cast out of the competition in week one.

Fellow Strictly professional Aljaž Skorjanec is Janette’s fiancé – nice to know beautiful things can blossom from rivalry on the dancefloor!

Janette’s favourite dances are the Rumba - which she loves incorporating contemporary moves into - and the more traditional Quickstep.


Janette was born in Miami, Florida and was a relative latecomer to the pro-dancing world. After attending Florida International University focusing on finance, she worked in a bank for seven years, whilst continuing her dance training in Ballroom, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Salsa.

At 24 she became a top eight finalist in the US version of So You Think You Can Dance. Since then Janette has worked on the Academy Awards, danced with Jennifer Lopez, been a principal dancer on Glee and performed in dance stage show Burn the Floor for three years.


If she could have one super power, she’d like to be invisible so that she can sneak around and see what’s really going on...

Janette loves interior design and her ideal day out is a trip to Ikea!

Her favourite film is Ace Ventura and her favourite food is Cuban.


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