Last updated 13th November 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’.
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. Unfortunately Emma & Aljaz’s Samba to ‘I Don’t Care’ by Ed Sheeran got them knocked out of the competition in week 7.
Janette was partnered with gold-medal-winning Paralympian, Will Bayley whose natural talent for table tennis means he is no stranger to flicks, flips and twirls. This pair stole the show with their amazing footwork, energy and commtiment – a truly terrific partnership. Sadly due to injury Will had to leave the competitin early. Will & Janette are missed from the competition but they have left such an inspiriational legacy behind with their amazing Couple’s Choice Contemporary to ‘7 Years’ by Lukas Graham.
In the 2019 Strictly Christmas Special Janette will partner Mark Wright.
Learn all about Aljaz & Janette’s amazing dancing career, view photos & videos plus read all their latest news below
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 fabulous Alton Towers Resort Hotel.
Join; Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara, Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag, Katya & Neil Jones, British National & World Ballroom Champions Warren & Kristi Boyce, plus Argentine Tango Instructors Filippo & Christine.
‘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
28 years old (born 19th February 1990)
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.
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.
His wife, Janette Manrara.
Aljaz loves both the Paso Doble and the Foxtrot.
We first got a glimpse of that oh so cheeky smile five years ago when Aljaz hit our screens back in 2013.
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!”
Abbey Clancy, Alison Hammond, Helen George, Daisy Lowe, Gemma Atkinson and Kate Silverton
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’.
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.
35 years old (born 16th November 1983)
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.
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.
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 show.
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.”
Julien Macdonald, Jake Wood, Peter Andre, Melvin Odoom and Aston Merrygold.
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.
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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