Former Strictly pro dancer Aliona has some very good news to share

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Former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Aliona Vilani has revealed she is pregnant with her first child.

The dancer, who won the show last year with The Wanted's Jay McGuiness, shared her happy news on Twitter.

Strictly champions Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani
Strictly champions Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani (Guy Levy/BBC)

She posted a picture of her husband, sales director Vincent Kavanagh, kissing her stomach and wrote: "Just want to share our amazing news! Vin & I are pregnant and we are sooo excited to have our little miracle!!!"

The Russian pro dancer hinted earlier this year she may take a break from dancing.

She revealed in December last year that she would not be returning to the hit BBC dancing show.

Talking to ITV's Loose Women panel in January, she said of her decision to leave Strictly: "I've had an amazing seven years, and from a professional point of view you always want to leave on a high. I don't think it can get any better."

Aliona Vilani and husband Vincent Kavanagh
(Steve Parsons/PA)

She is the only professional dancer to have won the show twice - she and McFly's Harry Judd lifted the glitterball trophy in 2011 - and Aliona was named the runner-up with Matt Baker in 2010.

"I'm not sure, I actually don't know, I might," she said when asked by the panel if she would be giving up dancing completely.

She explained: "It's (dancing) been my life, I think when you do something so intensely, I cannot do it half way, so either you do it full-out or I just have to kind of leave it, and it's been 25 years of my life."