Strictly Professionals – The Men

Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals

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So, who are the professional men this year and what are they looking forward to ?  Unsurprisingly they all want to make it to the final and lift the glitterball, but Robin Windsor is also looking forward to a whole new set of vests !

Anton Du Beke

Ballroom specialist Anton is an English gentlemen and first started dancing at the age of 14. Financing his dancing as a baker, daily routines saw him getting up at 3am and then heading to dance studio in the evenings to practice. His professional partner is fellow Strictly dancer Erin Boag. Anton is excited about the new series, “I hope to have a great experience, have a fabulous partner and essentially, I hope to have lots of fun!” adding, “And who knows? I might make it to the finals this year!”

Artem Chigvintsev

Last year was Artem’s first series on Strictly Come Dancing and although he was a newcomer, he made a lasting impression, beating off the competition to lift the glitter-ball with partner Kara Tointon. Dancing has taken Artem all over the world and he has also worked on various dance projects, including So You Think You Can Dance. Looking forward to the new series, he’d like a partner who has a “passion for dance and wants to have the time of their life!”

Brendan Cole

Kiwi Brendan specialises in all things Latin-American and has featured on Strictly since the first series. Brendan is now a seasoned performer and has also been a judge on the New Zealand version of Strictly, Having enjoyed the sweet taste of success in series one with Natasha Kaplinsky, Brendan “hopes to lift the glitterball trophy this year and hopes his partner this year is as competitive as he is!”

James Jordan

Straight-talking James is a Latin American specialist who started dancing at the age of 11. Together with his professional partner, wife and fellow Strictly professional dancer Ola Jordan, James has competed in many competitions and they have also both taught Latin American dance in Hong Kong. After taking a break, the duo returned to competitive dancing in 2005, becoming Latin American Closed British Finalists. After reaching the final last year with Pamela Stephenson, this year James is hoping for “a real contender to help him lift the glitter-ball trophy.”

Pasha Kovalev

Siberian-born Pasha is this year’s new boy, who brings his fun-loving personality and a passion for all things Ballroom and Latin. Since his early dancing days, Pasha has gone from strength to strength; he was a finalist on the US version of So You Think You Can Dance and has also performed on Broadway and in the West End in Burn The Floor. Pasha is really excited to be part of the new line-up and asks that his celebrity partner has “a willingness to learn and be open to new experiences, and to practice hard. It’s a dance competition after all.”

Robin Windsor

Last year Robin joined the Strictly professionals and proved a huge hit. Having started dancing at the age of 3, Robin had a successful youth career until the age of 20. He followed this with a major world-wide touring dance show, performing on Broadway and the West End. He is looking forward to the challenge of the new series, saying “This year I’m up for the challenge and I can take on anyone. Bring it on! I have already purchased a brand new set of vests!”

Vincent Simone

Italian Vincent joined the dancing scene aged seven and has strong roots, as his parents are professional ballroom and Latin dance teachers. He has performed worldwide and has achieved many titles alongside his professional partner and and Strictly professional dancer Flavia Cacace, including Professional Ten Dance and World Argentine Tango Show Champions. He is excited to meet his celebrity partner as long as she has passion, “I hope my partner this year will be excited to be part of this amazing show and very keen on winning. I think this is my year to win and lift the glitter-ball trophy.”


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3 Responses to Strictly Professionals – The Men

  1. Val September 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    I wish this show aired in the US! We love our Dacing With The Stars! ~Val

  2. Ballet News October 24, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    Sorry Val!