Aljaz and his celebrity partner Abbey Clancy are the reigning Strictly Come Dancing champions.
Born in Slovenia, Aljaz took to the dance floor at the age of five, enjoying success in his home country where he won 19 Slovenian championships in ballroom and Latin. For over a decade, Aljaz has represented Slovenia in the World Latin and Ballroom Championships, and has also appeared in Slovenia’s Dancing with the Stars. In 2010, Aljaz joined the cast of Burn the Floor where he has since performed around the world as one of its leading males.
Anton Du Beke
Strictly favourite Anton specialises in ballroom dancing and has been performing since the age of 14. As a seasoned pro, Anton has appeared in every series of Strictly to date, but he is still yet to lift the glitter-ball trophy.
Anton was memorably matched with former MP Ann Widdecombe, making it to the quarter-finals together in 2010. Last year he partnered actress Fiona Fullerton.
Kiwi Brendan specialises in all things Latin-American and began dancing at the age of six, going on to become the New Zealand and Asian Open Professional Champion. Brendan was the first dancer to lift the glitter-ball trophy in series one with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, and has also been a judge on the New Zealand version of Strictly.
He and Anton are the longest serving professional dancers on Strictly, and last year Brendan reached the final with singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
‘Kevin from Grimsby’ returns to Strictly Come Dancing for a second year, following his success with presenter Susanna Reid in 2013.
Kevin is a former Youth World Number One and four-time British Latin Champion, who has won International Open titles across the globe. He trained in ballroom and Latin from an early age, taught by his parents, former World Champions Keith and Judy Clifton. Kevin made his musical theatre debut in 2010, starring in Dirty Dancing in the West End, and he has been a principal dancer of the Burn the Floor Dance Company for several years. Kevin is engaged to fellow Strictly professional Karen Hauer.
Siberian-born Pasha is back for his fourth series on Strictly Come Dancing. In 2012, he was a runner up in the competition with Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh and last year, he danced with Countdown presenter Rachel Riley.
Since his early dancing days Pasha has gone from strength to strength; he was a finalist on the US version of So You Think You Can Dance, performed on Broadway, and starred in the West End’s Burn The Floor. He has also been a finalist as several US Open Ballroom Championships.
Trent joins the Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers this series, bringing stiff competition to this year’s contest; he is the Australian Professional Ten Dance Champion and is a two-time British Championships Latin finalist.
Trent began dancing at the age of seven and won numerous Australian youth and junior titles. Aged 17, he joined the cast of Burn The Floor as lead dancer and has spent 12 years with the company, including six years as the dance captain and company manager of the Broadway production.
He has also appeared on Dancing With The Stars in both Australia and the USA and has spent two seasons as a choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance in Australia.
Irish born Tristan MacManus joins Strictly after three years as a professional dancer on Dancing With The Stars in America, where he most notably partnered Gladys Knight and Pamela Anderson.
Tristan began dancing his home of Bray, Co. Wicklow, before competing around Europe, winning numerous juvenile, junior and amateur competitions. He has appeared in many successful stage shows including Dirty Dancing and Burn The Floor.
Aliona Vilani lifted the glitter-ball trophy back in 2011 with contestant Harry Judd. She began ballroom dancing in Russia at the age of 11 and as an all-round contender she specialises in Ten Dance (the five International Ballroom Dances and the five International Latin Dances) as well as salsa, hip-hop and jazz.
In 2001, Aliona was selected by the National Dance Congress to compete against the World Teams for the US and in 2008, became part of the Dancing With The Stars Tour. Last year Aliona was paired with golfer Tony Jacklin.
Iveta returns to the Strictly ballroom, following her unforgettable partnership with actor Mark Benton in last year’s series.
A dancer from the age of six, Iveta is two times World Professional Champion in the waltz, cha cha, foxtrot, jive, quickstep, and tango to name a few and was a top finalist in So You Think You Can Dance. She is at the top of her field in the world of dance and has secured several international accolades including the world renowned Ten Dance Championships.
American born Janette joined the Strictly Come Dancing family in 2013, when she partnered fashion designer Julian MacDonald.
Janette began performing in musical theatre at the age of 12. She worked for the largest Hispanic TV station, Univision, until the age of 18, and then at 19 she began her formal dance training, studying a variety of styles. Janette has performed with Jennifer Lopez at the 82nd Academy Awards and she was the principal dancer in the TV series and the live tour of Glee. Janette was a finalist in So You Think You Can Dance in the USA season five, before joining the cast of Burn The Floor at the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre in 2010.
Joanne Clifton joins Strictly as a professional partner alongside her brother Kevin. They are the first siblings to participate in the show.
Joanne is World Ballroom Showdance Champion and has competed in over 20 countries around the world. Over the years, Joanne has won numerous awards and accolades and is five-time British Champion, European Professional Champion and recently, champion of the World Dancesport Games in Taiwan.
Venezuelan-born Karen is back for a third series of Strictly Come Dancing. Karen joined the show in 2012, when she partnered Westlife’s Nicky Byrne and last year she danced with Hairy Biker Dave Myers.
After graduating from ‘Fame School’, LaGuardia High in New York, it wasn’t long before she was winning accolades including United Amateur American Rhythm National Champion, Professional World Mambo Champion and United States Professional Rising Star Champion. In 2009, Karen appeared in So You Think You Can Dance, before joining West End sensation Burn the Floor as a principal dancer.
Karen is engaged to her professional partner and fellow Strictly pro dancer, Kevin Clifton.
Born in Siberia, Kristina was always passionate about Latin and Ballroom, and began dancing at a young age. She has won a multitude of competitions, and began teaching dance at the age of 16. As well as Strictly, she has been involved with Dancing With The Stars in the USA, and assisted with choreographing So You Think You Can Dance.
Outside of Strictly Kristina and professional partner Robin have been West Ends stars of phenomenal series Burn The Floor. Last year Kristina partnered former rugby star, Ben Cohen.
Australian-born Natalie returns to Strictly Come Dancing, having missed last year’s competition due to injury. Natalie first joined the show in 2009, when she danced with Hollyoaks’ Ricky Whittle.
Australian-born Natalie was encouraged by her neighbours to start ballroom dancing at three years old and was representing her country just five years later. Natalie has swept every prestigious award available to her, maintaining her title of the Australian Professional New Vogue Champion 2005-2009. Natalie has an impressive track record on the show, winning the first series and coming second in three others.
Ola began dancing at the age of 12 in her native Poland, and by the age of 17 she had won the Open Polish Championship, going on to be placed in the Top 12 of the World Championships.
Joining the show in series four, she danced her way to Strictly victory in the seventh series with partner TV & radio presenter Chris Hollins, and in 2013 she won the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special with JLS singer JB Gill. Last year, she partnered actor Ashley Taylor-Dawson.