Strictly's professional dance troupe is complete

Four new dancers have joined to complete the new Strictly Come Dancing professional dance troupe, which will perform spectacular dance routines throughout series eight.

They are: Tanya Perera, who was a featured dancer in the West End production of Dirty Dancing; Shem Jacobs and Aneta Piotrowska, who have both performed in the Polish Dancing With The Stars; and Crystal Main, who has performed on Strictly Come Dancing in South Africa.

Crystal, Tanya, Aneta and Shem will join Darren Bennett and Ian Waite to make up the six-person group and together they will make their group debut performance in this year’s Strictly launch show, due to transmit on BBC One on 11 September.

Darren Bennett will dance with Crystal Main, Ian Waite will dance with Aneta Piotrowska and Shem Jacobs will dance with Tanya Perera.

As well as the troupe debut, the launch show will feature a red carpet event at BBC Television Centre, a revamped set, pairings of celebrities and their professional dancing partners in front of the studio audience, plus a group dance featuring all this year’s competitors.

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