Strictly Come Dancing 2020: Anton Du Beke to Oti Mabuse - All this year’s professional dancers
The full list of Strictly Come Dancing 2020 pro dancers. Find out who will be hitting the dancefloor this year with the lucky celebrity contestants.
The Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers’ lineup changes almost as much as the celebrities on the BBC One dance show.
Old favourites depart and fresh-faced, quick-stepping new arrivals join the party. Only the ever present Anton Du Beke remains from series 1.
As we prepare for an autumn of dazzling dancefloor delights, here is the full list of pro dancers taking part in Strictly 2020.
This year's Strictly couples revealed
Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe
Clara Amfo and Aljaž Skorjanec
Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice
HRVY and Janette Manrara
Jason Bell and Luba Mushtuk
Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer
Nicola Adams and Katya Jones
Jacqui Smith and Anton Du Beke
Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez
JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden
Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse
Max George and Dianne Buswell
Meet the professionals
He represented his home country of Slovenia on the world ballroom stage for more than 10 years, and now Aljaz is enjoying a glittering career in Strictly.
Aljaz won the glitterball trophy in his first year, 2013, with Abbey Clancy, and in the more recent series partnered news reader Kate Silverton and socialite and TV personality Emma Weymouth.
He has been married to fellow Strictly pro Janette Manrara since 2017.
Anton Du Beke
The show wouldn’t be the same without Mr Strictly himself, Anton Du Beke.
He’s brought some of the show’s most memorable moments over the years, including his Titanic dance with Ann Widdecombe and emerging from Susannah Constantine’s dress in 2018.
Anton’s other partners have included Jerry Hall, Nancy Dell’Olio and Judy Murray, but despite having danced in the show every series since it started and reaching the final with Katie Derham in 2015 and Emma Baron in 2019, he has never won.
Sicilian dancer Giovanni may be the butt of some good-natured jokes from his co-stars, but there’s nothing to be laughed at when it comes to his Strictly achievements.
He has danced in five series of the show so far and has reached the final three times – with Georgia May Foote, Debbie McGee, and most recently Faye Tozer.
Gorka began dancing at the age of 12 and has represented Spain across the globe in Latin championships.
He has been in the Strictly pros crew since 2016 and reached the final in 2017 with Alexandra Burke – the same year that he started dating another contestant, Gemma Atkinson, who he welcomed baby daughter Mia Louise with in July 2019.
Graziano Di Prima
In 2018, Graziano was the show’s much-touted new signing who even got his own introductory dance when the series began.
However, despite looking like a promising pair with Vick Hope, they were a shock elimination in the early weeks so we didn’t end up seeing too much of Graziano.
He didn’t get a celebrity partner in 2019 and won’t in 2020 either. But he will be back performing in the professional group dances.
Another new signing for 2018 was Johannes Radebe, who joined the pro troupe for group dances but didn’t have a celebrity partner on the show.
Johannes got his first partner in 2019, dazzling viewers with Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley
Johannes is no stranger to Glitterball glory, having reached the Final of Strictly Come Dancing South Africa twice.
He’s been a part of the Strictly pros group since 2016 and has partnered celebrities in two Christmas specials, but it was only 2019 when he got first celebrity, footballer Alex Scott.
Jones is back on the subs bench in 2020 and won’t have a celebrity partner again.
Neil is the four-time undefeated British National Professional Champion and the three-time winner of the World Amateur Latin Championships with his now-estranged wife Katya Jones.
Welsh dancer Amy grew up watching Strictly and in 2017 achieved her dream of being cast in the show.
She has been a British National Champion in ballroom and Latin, and her partners so far on the show have included Brian Conley and Danny John-Jules.
She reached the 2019 final with Karim Zeroual – can she go one better in 2020?
Australian Open Champion Dianne has toured the world with the dance company Burn the Floor, and was one of the pros on the Australian version of Strictly before she joined the UK show in 2017.
Dianne reached the final with social media star Joe Sugg in 2018 and the pair are now in a relationship.
Strictly favourite Janette had an exciting career in dance long before she joined the BBC show in 2013 – she performed with Jennifer Lopez at the Oscars, was a principal dancer on TV series Glee, and reached the final of US contest So You Think You Can Dance.
Janette, who comes from Miami, has won the Strictly Christmas special twice, been paired with celebrities including Jake Wood, Peter Andre and Dr Ranj on the main show, and is married to fellow Strictly pro Aljaz Skorjanec.
The longest-serving female pro on Strictly, Karen has been a popular dancer with the viewers and the contestants since she joined in 2012.
Her previous celebrity partners have included Jeremy Vine, Mark Wright, and most recently comedian Chris Ramsey.
Venezuelan and New York-raised Karen has titles for United Amateur American Rhythm National Champion and Professional World Mambo Champion, and was a contestant on the US series So You Think You Can Dance.
Russian dancer Katya has won a clutch of trophies with her ex-husband and Strictly pro Neil – the World Amateur Latin Championships, the World Professional Latin Showdance Championships, and the British National Professional Championships four times.
She won Strictly with Joe McFadden and is famed for her Gangnam Style routine with Ed Balls, but will be hoping that everyone has now forgotten about 2018’s controversial partnership with comedian Seann Walsh.
Luba may only have been cast as one of the pro dancers in 2018, but she has been a part of the Strictly family for years as an assistant choreographer.
Her titles include being the four-time winner of the Italian Dance Championship, and winning the Italian Open Latin Show Dance. She’s also worked extensively with Broadway and West End show Burn the Floor.
In 2019 she was paired up with her first celebrity student, hoping to take Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell OBE to dancing victory. But they didn't make it past the first public vote, bowing out in Week Two.
Nadiya has multiple titles as the Slovenian Ballroom and Latin Champion, is a two-time World Champion and a European Champion in ballroom and Latin.
Her Strictly partners have included Davood Ghadami and Lee Ryan, who was a surprise early elimination in the second public vote of the 2018 series.
Nadiya won’t be getting a celebrity partner in the cut-down 2020 series.
Popular Strictly pro Oti Mabuse joined the UK show in 2015 and quickly reached the final in 2016 with celebrity partner Danny Mac.
She is an eight-time South African Latin American Champion in her home country and has previously starred in Let’s Dance, the German version of Strictly.
Viewers got to know Oti a little better when she featured as a judge and team captain in BBC One’s new dance contest, The Greatest Dancer.
She won her first Strictly title in 2019, taking home the Glitterball trophy with Kelvin Fletcher.
Nancy, from China, is a world-class Latin dancer who has competed all over the globe. Her accolades include a bronze at the National Amateur Latin Championships and being named runner-up at the International Singapore Championships.
The 28-year-old was a finalist in China's So You Think You Can Dance, and has featured in the West End and Broadway casts of Strictly-star-studded show Burn the Floor.
Nancy won’t be getting a first celebrity partner in 2020, but will appear in the group dances.
Which pros have left the show?
The king of the ballroom who finally claimed the glitterball trophy with Stacey Dooley in 2018.
He was one of Strictly’s most popular dancers after joining in 2013 and reached the final five times.
Dancing is in Kevin’s blood – he was taught by his former World Champion parents, his sister Joanne has also won Strictly as a professional dancer with Ore Oduba.
However, Clifton decided to leave the show earlier this year, writing on Instagram: “Since first being called ‘Kevin From Grimsby’ by Sir Bruce Forsyth in 2013 I have experienced the highs of 5 finals, winning a Guinness World record on It Takes Two, the Strictly Arena tour glitterball and then the ultimate of winning the 2018 series with Stacey Dooley.
“After finishing last series with the Children In Need trophy and the Christmas Special I want to leave on a high and have therefore decided the time has come to move on and focus on other areas of my life and career.”
Babyface AJ’s celebrity partners included Saffron Barker, Claudia Fragapane, Mollie King, and Lauren Steadman.
In a statement in March, AJ announced his departure from the show.
“After four years on Strictly Come Dancing, AJ has decided the time is right to leave the show and follow his dreams to explore opportunities in the presenting world alongside his brother Curtis.”
Strictly Come Dancing starts on Saturday, October 17th on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.