Strictly Come Dancing's pros: Who are the dancers for 2023? | The Sun

OVER the years the Strictly Come Dancing professionals have become just as famous as their celebrity partners.

The 2023 line-up has been released, and fans will be pleased to see it includes all the usual Strictly favourites.

Who are the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 professional dancers?

Amy Dowden

Amy Dowden made her Strictly debut in 2017 with celeb partner Brian Conley, but the pair were eliminated in week four.

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.

In 2021 she partnered up with Tom Fletcher, and then danced alongside EastEnders actor James Bye in 2022.

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Carlos Gu

Carlos is a Chinese National Champion who joined the show in 2022.

Before Strictly 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.

He was paired up with CBBC star Molly Rainford on the 2022 series.

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Dianne Buswell

Dianne Buswell made her Strictly debut in 2017Credit: PA

Dianne Buswell made her debut on Strictly in 2017, when she was partnered with Reverend Richard Coles – the two were sent home in week three.

However, things took a turn for the better when Dianne was partnered in 2018 with Joe Sugg – not only did the pair find their feet on the show, they also found love. 

She then partnered with Max George in 2020.

In 2021, she partnered up with Robert Webb but early on in the series, the comedian had to pull out due to health reasons.

She took to this dancefloor in 2022 with radio DJ Tyler West, making it to week nine.

Dianne has also starred on So You Think You Can Dance Australia and Dancing With The Stars Australia.

Lauren Oakley

Lauren Oakley, from Birmingham first learned to dance when she was just two-years-old.

The star has won Latin and Ballroom competitions throughout her career.

She has toured across the globe and has also worked with Giovanni Pernice and Anton Du Beke.

Giovanni Pernice

Since joining the show in 2015, Giovanni Pernice has managed to get to the final three times.

He finished second with Georgia May Foote in 2015, before he repeated the feat with Debbie McGee in 2017.

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 then went on to win 2021's series with Rose Ayling-Ellis, the show's first deaf contestant.

In 2022, he was partnered up with presenter Richie Anderson, but they only made it to week three.

Gorka Marquez

Another big Strictly name is Gorka Marquez, who joined the 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, he wasn't partnered up with a celeb – but in 2020 he returned to the dancefloor alongside EastEnders actress Maisie Smith – the pair made it to the final and finished runners-up.

Gorka's celebrity partner for 2021 was Katie McGlynn but they were sent home after four weeks.

In 2022 he made it to the final with Countryfile star Helen Skelton.

Graziano Di Prima

Graziano Di Prima joined the Strictly pros line-up in 2018.

He made his debut with Vick Hope, but left the competition in the fifth week.

Graziano is an Italian Latin Champion and has represented Belgium at the World Championships.

In 2021 he teamed up with Judi Love, and the following year he was partnered with Kym Marsh.

Johannes Radebe 

Johannes Radebe got his first celebrity pairing in 2019 with Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley.

He got his second shot at the Glitterball Trophy in 2020 with Caroline Quentin but the pair made an early exit.

Johannes is a two-time Professional South African Latin Champion and three-time South African Amateur Latin Champion.

He was in a pair with comedian Ellie Taylor in 2022.

Jowita Przystal

Jowita Przysta won BBC show The Greatest Dancer in 2020 – mentored by Oti Mabuse and bagged the prize of performing on Strictly Come Dancing.

She said at the time: “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!”

Jowita then won the 2022 show with and cameraman Hamza Yassin.

Kai Widdrington

Kai Widdrington 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.

When he joined Strictly, he said it was his "childhood dream come true".

In 2022 Kai was partnered with Loose Women panellist Kaye Adams but they were voted off first.

Karen Hauer

Karen Hauer 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, and the following year she teamed up with Greg Wise.

In 2022 she was paired in a same-sex couple with comedian Jayde Adams.

Katya Jones

Katya Jones first waltzed onto the Strictly dancefloor in 2016.

The following year she claimed the Glitterball prize in 2017 along with Holby City actor Joe McFadden.

The Russian pro was previously married to Strictly professional Neil Jones.

But she became widely known after THAT kiss with 2018 dance partner Seann Walsh.

In 2019, Katya made it to week eight with Mike Bushell, but she was forced to pull out of the 2020 series after testing positive for coronavirus.

She also made history by being part of the show's first same-sex pairing with Nicola Adams.

Katya was paired with Adam Peaty in 2021, and then alongside football legend Tony Adams in 2022.

Luba Mushtuk

Luba Mushtuk waltzed onto the Strictly dancefloor 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.

Luba has remained part of the pro line-up, but hasn't had a partner since 2019.

Vito Coppola

Vito Coppola is an 11-time Italia Latin American Champion and joined Strictly in 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.

Vito was partnered up with singer Fleur East in 2022.

Michelle Tsiakkas

Michelle Tsiakkas began dancing when she was just six in her native Cyprus, and specialises in Latin dance.

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.

Nadiya Bychkova

Nadiya Bychkova made her debut in 2017 and made it to week 11 with EastEnders star Davood Ghadami.

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, and then Matt Goss the following year.

Neil Jones

Neil Jones has been a Strictly dancer since 2016.

However, Neil only got his first celeb partner in 2019 with ex-footballer Alex Scott.

After going without a celeb partner in 2020, Neil failed to find success in the 2021 series – as his dance partner Nina Wadia were eliminated in week two.

Nancy Xu

Nancy Xu joined Strictly in 2019. but 2021 was the first year she got a celebrity partner.

Away from Strictly she has been a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance in China and starred in West End and Broadway show Burn The Floor.

In 2022 Nancy took to dancefloor alongside actor Will Mellor.

Nikita Kuzmin

Ukranian-born Nikita Kuzmin, was a pro dancer on Let’s Dance, Germany’s version of Strictly Come Dancing.

Upon joining the show in 2021, he said at the time: “I’ve always been amazed by the magic Strictly Come Dancing brings.

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In 2022 Nikita was paired with gold medal-winning Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds, before being eliminated in week seven.

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