Each year there’s huge anticipation over which celebrities are taking part – but the line-up of professional dancers is just as exciting.
Strictly Come Dancing professionals will be hoping to raise the glitterball trophy in 2021[/caption]
Who are the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 professional dancers?
Vito is an 11-time Italia Latin American Champion and is one of the new professional dancers for Strictly Come Dancing 2022.
He began dancing at the age of six and won winning national championships when he was just 10.
The dancer is a three-time World Championship finalist and European Cup winner.
In 2021 he stopped competing to take part in and win Ballando con le Stelle, the Italian version of Strictly Come Dancing.
Carlos is a Chinese National Champion.
He placed third at the German Open Championship and became Amateur Latin Rising Star Runner Up at the UK Open in 2017.
Carlos also has experience in ballroom, ballet and contemporary dance which he will bring to the Strictly dance floor.
Michelle began dancing when she was just six in Cyprus.
She then became an undefeated champion, winning national titles between 2001-2011 before moving to London to study.
After moving to the UK, Michelle represented England at international championships and then joined the world touring dance show Burn The Floor.
Lauren, from Birmingham first learned to dance when she was two-years-old.
The star has won Latin and Ballroom competitions throughout her career.
She has toured across the globe and most recently has been touring with Giovanni Pernice and Anton Du Beke.
However, she came back for the 2018 series and achieved the first 10 of the series with her partner Danny-John Jules.
In 2019, Amy set a personal record, making it to the final with celeb partner Karim Zeroual.
Last year she partnered up with Tom Fletcher.
She partnered Max George in 2020.
Dianne has also starred on So You Think You Can Dance Australia and Dancing With The Stars Australia.
In 2021, she partnered up with Robert Webb but early on in the series, Robert had to pull out due to health reasons.
Despite only joining the show five years ago, Giovanni has managed to get to the final three times!
In 2018 he was paired with Faye Tozer and made it to the final again.
Ranvir Singh was his celeb partner in 2020 and they made it to the semi-finals.
Giovanni went on to win 2021’s series with Rose Ayling-Ellis, the show’s first deaf contestant.
Gorka joined Strictly back in 2016. A year later, the pro dancer made it to the final with partner Alexandra Burke.
In 2018, Gorka was paired with TV presenter and charity campaigner Katie Piper, but the duo were sent home in week four.
In 2019, Gorka wasn’t partnered up with a celeb – but in 2020 he was paired with EastEnders actress Maisie Smith and the pair made it to the final and finished runners-up.
Gorka’s celebrity partner for last year’s series was Katie McGlynn but they were sent home after four weeks.
Graziano Di Prima
Graziano joined the Strictly pros in 2018.
He made his debut with DJ Vick Hope, but left the competition in the fifth week.
He hasn’t been paired with a celebrity since but remains on the show as a support dancer.
Graziano is an Italian Latin Champion and has represented Belgium at the World Championships.
Graziano exited the 2021 competition after he and Judi Love lost out in the dance-off to Adam Peaty and Katya Jones.
Johannes got his first celebrity pairing in 2019 with Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley.
The pair got knocked out in the Halloween episode.
Johannes is a two-time Professional South African Latin Champion and three-time South African Amateur Latin Champion.
Karen is Strictly’s longest serving female pro dancer, first hitting the dance floor in 2012.
In her third Strictly series, Karen was paired with Essex boy Mark Wright and made it to the final.
In 2019, she made it to the semi finals with comedian Chris Ramsey.
Jamie Laing was her 2020 partner and the pair made it all the way to the final.
In 2021, Karen was paired with Greg Wise before they were voted off.
She had made history by being part of the show’s first same-sex pairing with Nicola Adams.
Katya was paired with Adam Peaty in 2021.
The two sparked controversy when they produced a sizzling Argentine Tango that had some viewers convinced the Olympic swimmer came close to smooching his pro partner.
Luba officially joined Strictly in 2018.
In 2019, she had her first celebrity pairing, with Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell.
However, the pair only made it to week two.
She remained as a pro backing dancer in 2020 despite not being paired with a celeb.
She exited the show in week three in 2018 with partner Lee Ryan.
In 2019, Nadiya and celeb partner David James made it to week five, but she failed to bag a celeb in 2020.
In 2021 Nadiya was paired with BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker.
However, Neil only got his first celeb partner in 2019 with ex-footballer Alex Scott.
Nancy joined Strictly in 2019.
However, 2021 was the first year she got a celebrity partner.
Nancy has been a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance in China and starred in West End and Broadway show Burn The Floor.
Greatest Dancer champ Jowita Przystal joined the Strictly team in 2021[/caption]
She said: “This is my biggest dream come true. No words can describe how I feel right now.
“I’m still pinching myself to check if this is real but I am beyond excited to be joining the Strictly Come Dancing family and I can’t wait to give all of my heart and soul on that dance floor!”
Kai Widdrington got to the final of Britain’s Got Talent as a child[/caption]
Kai, danced on Britain’s Got Talent when he was 16 in 2012, making it to the final.
He’s been a professional dancer on Strictly’s Irish spin-off since 2018.
He said going on the show was his “childhood dream come true”.
He added: “Watching Strictly from the very first series as a young boy from Southampton and now 18 years later, to be a professional dancer on the show is the most amazing feeling and the biggest accomplishment of my career.
“I can’t wait to step on to the Strictly floor and experience the exciting times that lie ahead.”
Nikita Kuzmin was a pro on Germany’s version of Strictly Come Dancing[/caption]
Ukranian-born Nikita, was a pro dancer on Let’s Dance, Germany’s version of Strictly Come Dancing.
He said: “I’ve always been amazed by the magic Strictly Come Dancing brings.
“No matter what country I have found myself living in, I’ve never missed a chance to watch it.”
Cameron Lombard represented his native South Africa on the dancefloor[/caption]
Cameron, a finalist on South Africa’s Got Talent, said: “Thank you Strictly Come Dancing for this life changing opportunity.
“Not only is this a dream come true but a challenge I am accepting with both hands.
“I am excited beyond imagination and looking forward to leaving my mark on the dance floor!”
Cameron was expelled from his school as a teenager but said he has “learned” from it adding: “I’m a dancer, I’m not a fighter.”