Latin dancer Nancy Xu joins line-up of Strictly professionals

Strictly Come Dancing has announced Latin dancer Nancy Xu will join the line-up of professionals for this year's show.

Originally from China, Xu was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance in her home country, and performed in hit West End and Broadway show Burn The Floor.

A specialist in Latin, she was a finalist in the U21 World Championships in 2010, took third place in the 2010-2012 CBDF National Amateur Latin Championships and was a runner-up at the 2013 International Singapore Championships.

The dancer, who turns 28 today, said: "I'm thrilled and excited! I cannot wait to start this new journey with all these amazing people and share the magic together.

"Thank you so much Strictly for one of the most beautiful birthday gifts ever, thank you for making my dream come true!"

She will join returning professionals AJ Pritchard, Aljaz Skorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Janette Manrara, Johannes Radebe, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones, Kevin Clifton, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Neil Jones and Oti Mabuse.

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Janette Manrara, Amy Dowden, Nadiya Bychkova, Dianne Buswell, Oti Mabuse, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones and Luba Mushtuk arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Ranj Singh (bottom) and Gorka Marquez celebrate winning the award for best Talent Show for Strictly Come Dancing in the Press Room at the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London.
Stacey Dooley attends the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Stacey Dooley, Ashley Roberts, Lauren Steadman, Faye Tozer, Janette Manrara, Dianne Buswell, Karen Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Luba Mushtuk and Amy Dowden attend the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Strictly Come Dancing finalist Dianne Buswell leaves BBC Broadcasting House in London after appearing on the Chris Evans radio show.
Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Pritchard and Lauren Steadman (both at centre) meet members of the cast after watching Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical at the Dominion Theatre in London.
File photo dated 27/08/18 of Strictly Come Dancing contestant Vick Hope, who has said she is getting by on just three hours of sleep a night while training for the programme.
Strictly Come Dancing contestant Dr Ranj Singh and his professional dance partner Janette Manrara during rehearsals at a dance studio in London.
Giovanni Pernice arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Neil Jones and Katya Jones arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Anton Du Beke, Neil Jones, Johannes Radebe, Aljaz Skorjanec, Gorka Marquez, AJ Pritchard, Giovanni Pernice, Pasha Kovalev, Graziano Di Prima and Kevin Clifton arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Aljaz Skorjanec and Katya Jones arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Bruno Tonioli, Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
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Pasha Kovalev, who won the show with Caroline Flack in 2014, announced earlier this year he would not be returning.

It was announced last week that Mabuse's sister Motsi will join the judging panel when the show returns in the autumn.

She will replace departing judge Dame Darcey Bussell.

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