Meet the 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 19 Pros

Get ready to break out your dancing shoes!

ABC’s Dancing with the Stars‘ season nineteen premiere is only a few weeks away! In advance of the series’ season premiere, ABC announced the season nineteen professional dancers last week on Good Morning America.

Among the twelve professional dancers set to appear on season nineteen are seasoned veterans, as well as a few new faces. So which pros will be back next season and who are the new season nineteen dancers? Check out the season nineteen pros below:

Returning Pros:

Mark Ballas

 Dancing with the Stars History:

Ballas first debuted on Dancing with the Stars in season five. In his fourteen seasons on the show Ballas has taken home the Mirrorball trophy twice, winning season six with Kristi Yamaguchi and season eight with Shawn Johnson.



Cheryl Burke

Dancing with the Stars History:

Burke is one of longest running Dancing with the Stars professionals, first joining the show in season two. In her eighteen seasons on the show Burke has gone on to appear in the finals a whopping seven times, taking home the title twice in season two with Drew Lachey and in season three with Emmitt Smith.



Witney Carson

Dancing with the Stars History:

Carson first joined the Dancing with the Stars family during season 17 as a member of the show’s Pro Troupe Team. After two seasons as a member of the Troupe, Carson was finally promoted to a pro dancer in season eighteen partnering up with singer Cody Simpson.



Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Dancing with the Stars History:

Following in the footsteps of his  brother Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin (Val) joined Dancing with the Stars  as a pro dancer during season thirteen. In his six years on the show, Val has made it to the finals two times coming closest to the Mirrorball in season sixteen when he and partner Zendaya, came in second behind Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough.


Tony Dovolani

Dancing with the Stars History:

Since joining Dancing with the Stars during the series’ second season, Dovolani has become a fan favorite pro. After thirteen seasons on the series, Dovolani finally took home the Mirrorball trophy during Dancing with the Stars: All-Star season fifteen with partner Melissa Rycroft.


Derek Hough

Dancing with the Stars History:

Hough first joined the Dancing with the Stars cast during season five managing to take his partner Jennie Garth to the semi-finals, finishing fourth place. In his thirteen seasons on the show, Hough has gone on to win five championships, more than any other pro on the series.


Peta Murgatroyd

Dancing with the Stars History:

Murgatroyd first joined Dancing with the Stars during season thirteen. After being sent home first in her debut season, Murgatroyd came back with a vengeance the following season taking home the Mirrorball with partner Donald Driver in season fourteen.



Emma Slater

Dancing with the Stars History:

Slater entered the Dancing with the Stars scene during season fourteen as a member of the Pro Dance Troupe. After three seasons as a member of the Troupe, Slater was promoted to a series’ pro in season seventeen. Since becoming a pro, Slater has become a favorite among devoted fans and managing to lead her first partner, Bill Engvall, to the finals in her debut season.


Karina Smirnoff

Dancing with the Stars History:

Another long-time pro, Smirnoff first joined Dancing with the Stars in season three leading her partner, Mario Lopez, to a second place finish. After multiple seasons with the show, Smirnoff finally took her the Mirrorball championship in season thirteen with J.R. Martinez.

New Faces:

Artem Chigvintsev

Chigvintsev joined the Dancing with the Stars family in season eighteen as a member of the Pro Dance Troupe. Prior to joining Dancing with the Stars, Chigvintsev was a pro on the original UK version of the franchise, Strictly Come Dancing.

Chigvintsev, who debuted on Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, quickly became a fan favorite winning his debut season with partner Kara Tointon. In addition to his stints with the Dancing with the Stars‘ franchise, Chigvintsev also worked as a choreographer on the British version of So You Think You Can Dance as well as competing as a finalist on the US So You Think You Can Dance franchise.

Allison Holker

Holker first broke into the professional world of dance as a contestant on season two of So You Think You Can Dance. Her unique choreography and popularity among fans led Holker to return to the series for season seven’s All-Star season.

Since her time on So You Think You Can Dance, Holker has gone on to become an Emmy nominated choreographer and dancer earning a nomination for Outstanding Choreography in 2013 with Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough for their Dancing with the Stars choreography. Holker most recently worked as part of the choreography team on Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar promo.

Keo Motsepe

Motsepe broke into the world of professional dancing in 2004, when he managed to attain every national title in his home country of South Africa. After years in the professional circles, Motsepe made history when he joined the Burn the Floor World Tour (a tour dedicated to high energy dancing and extraordinary choreography) as the first South African to participate in the tour.

Motsepe quickly gained recognition for his talent, becoming the leading male performer in the cast and earning a solo routine during the tour’s shows at the Shaftebury Theatre. In 2013, Motsepe made his television debut in a special guest performance on the UK’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Season nineteen of Dancing with the Stars premieres Monday, September 15 at 8/7c on ABC.

Which new pro are you looking forward to see this season on Dancing with the Stars and which returning pro are looking forward to seeing this season? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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