Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara

Strictly Professional Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara

Who are Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara – last updated 16th September 2019

Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara are professional dancers on BBC Strictly Come Dancing and previously danced together in sensational West End show ‘Burn the Floor’.

Aljaz Skorjanec
Strictly Come Dancing Champion 2013

The 2019 series of Strictly sees Aljaz partnered with chef and model, Viscountess Emma Weymouth, who is more than happy to get her hands dirty looking after the family pile – the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire. Will her aristocratic status elevate the couple to pole position in the race for the Strictly Glitter Ball?

Janette is partnered with gold-medal-winning Paralympian, Will Bayley whose natural talent for table tennis means he’s no stranger to flicks, flips and twirls. Could this pair steal the show with their amazing footwork?

Learn all about Aljaz & Janette’s amazing dancing career, view photos & videos plus read all their latest news below

Janette & Aljaz chat about Donahey’s 5* Weekend Breaks…

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Aljaz & Janette

‘What an amazing weekend! Thank you so much for inviting us, we are so happy to be part of your beautiful event. A clear 10 from me!’ Aljaz Skorjanec

‘What a FAB-U-LOUS event to attend. A real feel good weekend, cannot wait to be back’ Janette Manrara

Aljaz Skorjanec – Strictly Come Dancing Champion 2013

Strictly Pro Dancer Aljaz Skorjanec

How old is Aljaz?

28 years old (born 19th February 1990)

Where is Aljaz from?

Ptuj, Slovenia

Is Aljaz single?

What do you think? Aljaz proposed to Janette in August 2015 and they married in July 2017. Not content with just one celebration, the couple had three and celebrated with family and friends in London, Miami and Slovenia.

What are Aljaz’s greatest dance achievements?

This cheeky chappy starting dancing at the age of five and is a 19-time Slovenian champion in Ballroom, Latin and Ten dance. He’s also successfully represented Slovenia in world Latin and Ballroom Dance championships, appeared in Slovenia’s version of Strictly and was one of the lead dancers in the West End show, ‘Burn the Floor’, in 2013.

Who is Aljaz’s professional dance partner?

His wife, Janette Manrara.

What’s Aljaz’s favourite dance?

Aljaz loves both the Paso Doble and the Foxtrot.

When did Aljaz join Strictly?

We first got a glimpse of that oh so cheeky smile five years ago when Aljaz hit our screens back in 2013.

Who is Aljaz’s celebrity partner?

Chef and model, Viscountess Emma Weymouth

On joining Strictly, Emma said, “I absolutely love watching Strictly every weekend and I can’t believe that I’m getting the chance to be on this series. I know it will be such an amazing experience from start to finish. I can’t wait for the dancing and the fabulous outfits!”

Who has Aljaz danced with on Strictly?

Abbey Clancy, Alison Hammond, Helen George, Daisy Lowe, Gemma Atkinson and Kate Silverton

Has Aljaz ever won Strictly?

Of course he has! Have you seen those snake hips? Aljaz won his debut series back in 2013 when he partnered Abbey Clancy and they were fondly known as the ‘A-Team’.

Has Aljaz ever had a wardrobe malfunction on Strictly?

Yes, he lost a faux ear whilst performing a Charleston with Gemma Atkinson to The Jungle Book’s Bear Necessities during Movie Week in 2017.

Find out more about Aljaz’s dancing profile on his official BBC Strictly Come Dancing profile page.

Janette Manrara – Strictly Come Dancing Pro Dancer since 2013

Janette Manrara

How old is Janette?

35 years old (born 16th November 1983)

Where is Janette from?

Miami, Florida

Is Janette single?

I’m afraid she’s already hitched. Aljaz proposed to her in August 2015 and they married in July 2017. The couple celebrated in style with three celebrations in London, Miami and Slovenia.

What are Janette’s greatest dance achievements?

Janette has studied Ballroom, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Salsa and Hip Hop and was also a principal dancer on Fox’s hit series ‘Glee’, as well as the ‘Glee Live Tour’. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also worked on the ‘82nd Annual Academy Awards’, starred in hit US series ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and danced with Jennifer Lopez in the season six finale. And as we’ve already mentioned, she was also one of the lead dancers in the West End show, ‘Burn the Floor’ with hubby, Aljaz.

Who is Janette’s professional dance partner?

Where have you been? It’s Aljaz.

What’s Janette’s favourite dance?

Janette loves both the Rumba and the Quickstep.

When did Janette join Strictly?

The highly talented Janette hit the Strictly dance floor back in 2013 for the 11th series of show.

BBC Strictly Come Dancing Janette Manrara Aljaz Skorjanec

Who is Janette’s celebrity partner?

Gold-medal-winning Paralympian table tennis champ, Will Bayley.

On joining Strictly, Will said, “I’m really most looking forward to being in a team with my dance partner and meeting new people. I’m in a single sport – you win and lose on your own, but on Strictly you have a team getting behind you. I think that’s brilliant.”

Who has Janette danced with on Strictly?

Julien Macdonald, Jake Wood, Peter Andre, Melvin Odoom and Aston Merrygold.

Has Janette ever won Strictly?

No not yet, but it’s definitely on the cards. 2017’s pairing with Aston Merrygold and their exceptional dancing had them tipped as finalists, but they were shown the door in week 7.

Has Janette ever had a wardrobe malfunction on Strictly?

As if we’d spot a wardrobe malfunction. Have you seen how quickly this pocket rocket moves?

Find out more about Janette’s dancing profile on her official BBC Strictly Come Dancing profile page.

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