“Dancing With The Stars” announced half of their cast on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. The show doesn’t have their stars yet, but they have their dancing pros. Fans will recognize most of the professional dancers -- Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Witney Carson are all returning. Notably absent is Maksim Chmerkovskiy who confirmed his departure last month. To replace Chmerkovskiy, Henry Byalikov and Sharna Burgess, the show is bringing in three new pros for Season 19. Meet the new cast members:
Keoikantse “Keo” Motsepe is a South African dancer who is a Latin and Ballroom Dance champion, according to Afridiziak. In 2013, Keo was showing off his skills around the world while he toured with "Burn The Floor," a show which describes itself as “the ultimate high-voltage theatrical dance experience.” It sounds like he’ll be able to get used to the fast paced style of “DWTS.”
Allison Holker is familiar to many TV fans. The dancer competed on “So You Think You Can Dance” in Season 2 and returned as an all-star for seasons 7 through 10. Holker is also starring on Vh1’s scripted dance drama "Hit The Floor." She has appeared in “High School Musical,” “High School Musical 2” and Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” music video. Allison might have one advantage on “DWTS”: She has appeared on the show for routines with five time champion Derek Hough. Watch their performance below.
Artem Chigvintsev is also familiar to “Dancing With The Stars” fans. The Russian dancer was part of the “DWTS” dance troupe for Season 18. He’ll take the lead as a pro this year in Season 19. Artem also has a background in reality television dance competitions. He was on the BBC dancing competition “Strictly Come Dancing,” but he was eliminated in the semifinals. He also was a choreographer on the UK version of “So You Think You Can Dance,” so he is familiar with teaching dance routines.
“DWTS” will announce the celebrities joining the cast on September 4 on “Good Morning America.”
“Dancing With The Stars” will premiere on ABC on Monday, Septe. 15, at 8 p.m. EDT. Are you excited to watch the new pros? Let us know in the comments section!