Strictly announces new dancer as the professional line-up is confirmed

Rehearsals have begun!

Following the news of Motsi Mabuse becoming the newest judge on Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC has announced the latest professional joining the Strictly family.

World-class Latin dancer Nancy Xu will be joining the group of professionals this year, with the final line-up of pro dancers also now confirmed by the BBC.

Nancy’s arrival comes as rehearsals get underway for the new series of the dance competition.

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Nancy, 28, said: “I’m thrilled and excited! I cannot wait to start this new journey with all these amazing people and share the magic together.”

Strictly has now revealed the final line-up of professional dancers for this year’s series.

The male pros taking part are: AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Anton du Beke, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe, Kevin Clifton and Neil Jones.

The female dancers will be: Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Janette Manrara, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Nadiya Bychkova, Luba Mushtuk and Oti Mabuse.

Anton Du Beke
Show favourites, including Anton du Beke, will return this year (Credit:

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Nancy will fit right in with her peers as she has an impressive dance background.

She was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance in China and a dancer on hit West End and Broadway show Burn The Floor.

Oti Mabuse
Nancy will join the likes of Oti Mabuse in the pro line-up (Credit: Brett D. Cove /

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A specialist in Latin, Nancy was a finalist in the U21 World Championships in 2010. She took third place in the 2010-2012 CBDF National Amateur Latin Championships and was a runner-up at the 2013 International Singapore Championships.

A Strictly rep said news about the Strictly 2019 celebrity line-up will be announced in due course.

So far, rumoured famous faces include TV host Anneka Rice, Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing and EastEnders star Emma Barton.

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