Strictly Come Dancing winner Aliona Vilani quits Strictly

Last updated at 07:56
Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani
Jay and Aliona were crowned this year's champions on Saturday

Strictly Come Dancing's Aliona Vilani has announced she is leaving Strictly Come Dancing three days after winning the glitterball trophy with Jay McGuiness.

She made the announcement on social media saying she had gone into the most recent series having decided it would be her last one.

She said this year's series had been her "best Strictly experience ever".

This series win was not her first.

She also won in 2011 with McFly's Harry Judd.

Aliona's been on the show for seven years.

Her previous partners include Rav Wilding, Matt Baker, Tony Jacklin and Gregg Wallace.

Aliona Vilani with (L to R) Rav Wilding, Matt Baker and Harry Judd
Aliona's previous partners include (L to R) Rav Wilding, Matt Baker and Harry Judd

She had to pull out of the 2013 series after fracturing her ankle in training in rehearsals with dance partner Johnny Ball.

11 year old dancer

Vilani started ballroom dancing in Russia at the age of 11 and went on to study at the Broadway Dance Center in New York.

She moved to Los Angeles in 2006.

The professional dancers on the show are booked on a series by series contract, meaning no dancers are yet signed up for the 2016 series.

Ola Jordan, another Strictly dancer, has also ruled herself out of future series too.

Jay and Aliona are taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing live tour which starts on 22 January in Birmingham.