Get to know Strictly Come Dancing stars Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara. Plus, discover a unique opportunity to enjoy a 5* star weekend break dancing alongside the BBC One Strictly professionals.
Updated 5th December 2023
In 2020, Janette dazzled us all on Strictly Come Dancing, making it to the finals. Her partner in dance and life, Aljaz Skorjanec, had his moment of glory too when he won the show in 2013.
Aljaz and Janette latest news – Janette is presenter and co-host of BBC Two’s ‘It Takes Two’ along with former Strictly finalists Fleur East.
Life got even more exciting for Janette and Aljaz when they welcomed their first child on 28th July 2023, Lyra Rose.
Who could forget Janette and Aljaz’s magical last dance on Strictly in the 2021 finals? They danced their hearts out to live music by Ed Sheeran, leaving everyone in awe.
Janette bid goodbye to the main show in 2021, and Aljaz did the same in 2022. Their departure marked the end of a remarkable 9-year journey on Strictly.
In 2021, Aljaz was paired with entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies.
Aljaz Skorjanec was of course 2013 Come Dancing Champion with celeb partner Abbey Clancy.
Learn all about Aljaz & Janette’s dancing careers, dance partners, and vibrant life both on and off the dance floor below, and don’t miss your opportunity to dance with these former Strictly favourites.
Who better to teach you to dance than professional dancers Aljaz and Janette? West End Superstars and sizzling hot Strictly Couple – you can meet the stars, learn their steps and be captivated as they perform a spectacular dance showcase up close & personal.
Spend the weekend with your favourite stars of Strictly Come Dancing at the stunning 5* Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales
Join Gorka & Karen, Kai & Nadiya, Janette & Aljaz, Katya, Leandro & Maria, Glenn & Caroly, Warren & Kristi plus The Tony Greenwood 15-piece Big Band.
‘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
33 years old (born 19th February 1990)
Aljaz stands at 1.83m tall
Do you need to ask? Aljaz proposed to his wife Janette in August 2015 and they married in July 2017.
Not content with just one celebration, the couple married in style with a total of three weddings – London, Miami and Slovenia.
Together they have a beautiful baby daughter Lyra Rose, born 28th July 2023
This cheeky chappy started 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.
His wife, Janette Manrara.
Aljaz loves both the Paso Doble and the Foxtrot.
We first got a glimpse of that oh-so-cheeky smile back in 2013 when Aljaz hit our screens and joined Strictly.
Following his announcement earlier in 2022, sadly Aljaz has quite Strictly following 9 years on the show.
Aljaz’s dance partners include; Abbey Clancy, Alison Hammond, Helen George, Daisy Lowe, Gemma Atkinson, Kate Silverton, Emma Weymouth, Ciara Amfo and Sara Davies.
Of course he has! Have you seen those snake hips?
Glitterball Winner 2013 – Aljaz won his debut series back in 2013 when he partnered Abbey Clancy and they were fondly known as the ‘A-Team’.
Find out who has won BBC Strictly Come Dancing with our full list of past Strictly winners from 2004 here – Strictly Winners
You can have dance lessons with Aljaz at Donahey’s 5* Dancing With The Stars Weekends
It’s reported Aljaz will be on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip and is filming it this Autumn.
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.
40 years old (born 16th November 1983)
Janette stands at 1.52m tall
As we mentioned in Aljaz’s bio, the couple have been married since 2017 and welcomed their first child together in July 2023.
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 the hit US series ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and danced with Jennifer Lopez in the season six finale. As we’ve already mentioned, she was also one of the lead dancers in the West End show, ‘Burn the Floor’ with hubby, Aljaz.
Where have you been? It’s Aljaz.
Janette loves both the Rumba and the Quickstep.
The highly talented Janette hit the Strictly dance floor back in 2013 for the 11th series of the show.
Janette quit Strictly Come Dancing in 2021 following 8 amazing series on the show.
Janette is presenting It Takes Two for a third year so no dance partner.
You can see Janette presenting BBC TWO It Takes Two every Wednesday & Thursday evenings, plus every other Friday.
Janette can be seen presenting BBC Good Morning Live and BBC TWO It Takes Two.
Janette presents all the backstage gossip from the world of Strictly Come Dancing, with couples stopping by with exclusives about their upcoming dances.
Janette is also the official host of the 2024 Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Arena Tour
It Takes Two’s 2023 series comprises 60 episodes and is currently airing between September and December 2023.
It Takes Two is filmed at BBC Elstree studio facilities. VT content is edited alongside material for Strictly Come Dancing at Elstree post-production village.
HRVY, Julien Macdonald, Jake Wood, Peter Andre, Melvin Odoom, Aston Merrygold and Will Bayley.
Sadly not, in 2020 Janette made it all the way to the Strictly finals with popstar HRVY (Harvey Leigh Cantwell).
Janette’s first time in the final since she became a pro dancer on the show in 2013. Together Janette & HRVY performed some dazzling routines including their Jive, American Smooth plus stunning showdance to Boogie Wonderland.
2017’s pairing with Aston Merrygold and their exceptional dancing had them tipped as finalists, but they were shown the door in week 7.
Janette Manrara began appearing in Ryan Murphy’s Glee as a principal dancer back in 2010 after she wowed producers thanks to her performance on US dance competition So You Think You Can Dance.
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.
Find out more information about the BBC TV programme Strictly Come Dancing by checking out the BBC Strictly Come Dancing website www.bbc.co.uk/strictlycomedancing
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Find out all about Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara’s 2023 Christmas Tour ‘Dancing In A Winter Wonderland’
Learn more about all your favourite Strictly Pro’s here;
– Aljaz Skorjanec
– Amy Dowden
– Dianne Buswell
– Giovanni Pernice
– Gorka Marquez
– Graziano di Prima
– Janette Manrara
– Johannes Radebe
– Jowita Przystal
– Kai Widdrington
– Karen Hauer
– Katya Jones
– Luba Mushtuk
– Nadiya Bychkova
– Nancy Xu
– Neil Jones
– Nikita Kuzmin
– Jowita Przystal
– Lauren Oakley
– Oti Mabuse