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Four dancers to leave Strictly Come Dancing

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Four of Strictly Come Dancing's professional dancers are leaving the programme.

Erin Boag, Aliona Vilani, Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone will not return.

In a statement the BBC said they were all leaving "to focus on their careers outside Strictly and for professional reasons".

Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone
Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone will not return for Series 11

The dancers will be replaced by a couple of familiar faces that fans may recognise.

Iveta Lukosiute, who stood in for Vilani on last year's series is one of the new dancers.

Aliona Vilani and Harry Judd
Aliona Vilani won in 2011 with McFly's Harry Judd

British-born Emma Slater, who appeared in musical film Mamma Mia!, is another newcomer.

Slovenian dancer Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara, a dancer in TV series Glee will be the other new faces.

Strictly Come Dancing returns for its 11th series at the end of the year.