Strictly Come Dancing's new pros look like they mean business as gritty new teaser pictures released | The Sun

Strictly Come Dancing's new pros look like they mean business as gritty new teaser pictures released | The Sun


STRICTLY Come Dancing's new professional dancers have strutted their stuff in their first show promo images.

We reported in July how the Strictly pros had begun training for the epic new series – with a major change of four new dancers for the programme's 20th instalment.

New professional Michelle Tsiakkas is a Latin dance champion and one of the four exciting new pros to join the squad this year.

In her image she wears a flower-print dress complete with real blooms pinned onto her shoulder and in her hair.

She lifts the skirt hem in a flirty style as she looks directly into the camera.

The Cypriot dancer is one of the twenty-strong squad brought together for Strictly Come Dancing's landmark series.


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Michelle is already known to the Strictly family after dancing alongside pros including Diane Buswell and Graziano di Prima in touring stage show Burn the Floor. 

She first started dancing at the age of six in her home country of Cyprus where she became an undefeated champion, winning national titles consecutively from 2001-2011 before moving to London to study. 

Fellow BBC newbie Lauren Oakley is a former Under 21 British National Champion.

She is also familiar to Strictly fans after starring on the same tour.

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She sports a stunning tropical-print coord, with a matching bright headscarf.

She shows her sass by flashing a pout while carrying a pair of sunglasses as well as styling with gold hoop earrings.

The dancer is joined on Strictly’s largest line-up ever by fellow newcomers European cup winner Vito Coppola and Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu.

Italian stallion Vito Coppola is set to give Giovanni Pernice a run for his money.

Last year he won Italy's version of Strictly, Dancing with the Stars, beating fellow competitor Bianca Gascogine into second place. 

In his promotional picture, he is seen posing topless alongside Strictly favourite Karen Hauer.

Carlos, who has told how he is ready to "shine" in his Strictly journey, paired an intricate white embroidered shirt with green trousers for his shot.

He is seen wrapping an arm around fellow pro Jowita Przystal as they prepare to dance.

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They join the 16 professional dancers already revealed for the upcoming series: Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Giovanni Pernice, Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington and Nancy Xu.

Not every pro is partnered with a celebrity, with a third of the cast part of the sensational group routines that make Strictly one of Britain’s most-watched TV shows.

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