Every year BBC's Strictly Come Dancing is on, the 'Strictly Curse' is . The news presenter and her professional dance partner were both in together in after the boxer dumped his girlfriend just one week into the show. Strictly Come Dancing - The Professionals is hitting to venues across the country from May for a 35 date UK tour. Kicking off at The Lowry. Even the Strictly Come Dancing professionals aren't immune from the curse. The dancer and the accountant have been reportedly on a string of 'dates' circa when he confessed to having an affair with fellow dancer Kristina Rihanoff.
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However as this series unfolds, many dancers have left the Strictly bubble to expand their careers. She never won the glitterball but was runnerup with hurdling champion Colin Jackson in series three and in the Christmas special she danced with newly appointed Business Secretary Vince Cable, himself a ballroom dancing enthusiast. Erin and her long-time professional partner du Beke also tour in their dance shows.
She left Strictly in as she was expecting her first baby, Ewan, who was born in April this year. Flavia, 34, has previously become romantically involved with her celebrity partners.
During series five she left Vincent after falling for her celebrity partner, EastEnders actor Matt di Angelo, who was seven years her junior. They were together for three years before they announced they had split "amicably" in She went one better with her next partner, actor Jimi Mistry.
Last December she married him. After winning Strictly in with Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, she announced that she was leaving to concentrate on developing the "Vincent and Flavia" brand.
He met air stewardess Susan Duddy in the BBC bar after she was in the Strictly audience but their relationship went through a rocky patch in when he had a fling with Kristina Rihanoff while Susan was pregnant with their first child, a son named Luca, now four. They were reconciled after the birth and have another son, Mateo. With Flavia, Vincent has launched a learn to dance app and he stars with her in their new dance show, Dance 'Til Dawn. Although she left the jungle prematurely after falling ill.
She also models and in she appeared on stage in Calendar Girls, acting alongside her husband, Hollyoaks actor Kevin Sacre. She has written a book, Strictly Inspirational, gives motivational speeches and performs at events with her ex-Strictly dancer Ian Waite. He was not asked back after series seven but stayed on to perform in group dances. With his wife and dance partner Lilia Kopylova, he promotes ballroom and Latin dance in schools.
Erin specialises in ballroom dancing and her professional partner is fellow Strictly professional Anton Du Beke. They have been dancing together since , turning professional in She has been with her current professional partner Vincent Simone, also from Strictly Come Dancing, for the past 13 years.
Turning professional in , they have an impressive list of titles between them both on an amateur and professional level. As a previous finalist with Matt Di Angelo in series five, Flavia is a true competitor and fan of the show: She went on to win the Open Polish Championship in , aged 17, and then went to the World Championships where she was placed in the top Her professional partner, and husband, is James Jordan, himself a Strictly professional dancer.
Competing against James in the show, Ola assures us: But I do want to win! Born in Moscow, Lilia moved to Denmark and then settled in London in her teens. She won the third series with cricketer Darren Gough, and last year partnered Don Warrington.
Having left the show in week five for the past two series Lilia is hoping to do better this time round: Keeping it a family affair, Natalie later decided she wanted to dance with her brother, Glenn, even though he was five years older than her. As a consequence she missed out most of her junior years to dance with him and went straight to the adult category.
In her time competing, Natalie has swept every prestigious award available to her, maintaining her title of the Australian Professional New Vogue Champion, to Having appeared in five series of the Australian Dancing With The Stars, Natalie has an impressive track record, winning the first series and coming second in two others.
Her energy, focus and experience make her the perfect competitor for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing. For me there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the progress in the celebrity from one week to the next. Making her Strictly Come Dancing debut last year Kristina was partnered with political correspondent, John Sergeant, hitting the headlines several times until their early departure.
It was the biggest surprise of my professional career to be partnered by John Sergeant. I am a skilful teacher and, if I have someone good next to me, I know we can make it. An all-rounder, Aliona specialises in Ten Dance ballroom and Latin as well as salsa, hip hop and jazz. In Aliona turned professional becoming the youngest professional dancer in that decade in America and winning the Yankee Classic Rising-Star Professional Latin championship the subsequent year.
Passionate about dance and people, she says: That's what I'm most looking forward to! Katya competed in and won numerous championships, becoming the youngest-ever British Columbian Latin Dance Champion at the age of It was also in Russia that Katya first discovered her love of teaching when she began instructing dance to children and teens. She has not just restricted herself to young learners — in she pursued acting and won a role in the dance drama Shall We Dance where she also became the trainer for the film's stars, Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez.
This will be her first Strictly Come Dancing and she says: I'm also excited to show people how original and inspiring ballroom can be.
She had an affair with fellow professional dancer Vincent Simone, then a three-year relationship with her celebrity partner boxer Joe Calzaghe who left his long-term girlfriend and now there is rumoured to be a romance with last year's partner, rugby player Ben Cohen, who announced the end of his year marriage after he was pictured with his arm around Kristina on a London Underground train. As a competitor I enjoy the hard work, the stress and pressure of competition.
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