Meet Strictly Come Dancing 2015's new pro dancers

Otlile Mabuse

There are three new pro dancers on Strictly Come Dancing 2015 - learn all about them here!

The Strictly Come Dancing 2015 professionals were confirmed earlier today with three newbies joining the line up.

Two guys and one lady will take to the Strictly dancefloor this autumn with a celebrity partner as Iveta Lukosiute and Trent Whiddon both leave the show.

Here we profile the trio of new Strictly pros...

Otlile Mabuse

Otlile was born in Pretoria in South Africa and is currently competing in the German version of Strictly Come Dancing where she is performing with Daniel Kublbock, a German pop star.

Otlile began dancing in South Africa as a young child along with her sister who is also a professional dancer and now a judge on the German show. She moved to Germany to push herself as she was the 8 times South African Latin American Champion and wanted new challenges.

Otlile studied Civil Engineering at University but ballroom dancing was always her true passion, achieving many titles in her dancing career including World European Latin semi-finalist and World Cup Championship semi-finalist.

She says: “To finally see my dreams unfold before my eyes is such an unbelievable feeling. I'm so excited to meet the team and the other dancers.”

Giovanni Pernice

Giovanni Pernice

Giovanni was born in Sicily and decided from a young age that he wanted to take up dance lessons.

At 14 years old he moved to Bologna to concentrate on dance and to be taught by some of the best teachers in the world. His greatest achievement is the day he won the Italian Championships in 2012.

Giovanni's favourite dance style is Jive as he feels it reflects his cheeky character. He is very much looking forward to moving to the UK and joining the show which has been a dream of his for many years.

He says: “I have loved watching Strictly Come Dancing and I can’t wait to be part of the show.”

Gleb Savchenko

Gleb Savchenko

Russian born Gleb has been dancing since he was eight years old when he started lessons in his home town of Moscow.

Gleb, who specialises in Latin and is passionate about joining Strictly, has travelled the world competing and performing, and now, at the age of 31, he is back in Russia partnered with Adelina Sotnikova, an Olympic Gold ice skater in the Russian version of Strictly Come Dancing.

He's also competed in Dancing With The Stars in America where he was paired with Lisa Vanderpump.

Some of Gleb’s greatest achievements include coming 10th in the World and 1st in Rising Stars.

He says: “I can’t wait to join the show. I’m really excited to join such a fabulous brand and dance like the whole world is watching”.

Be sure to tune in to Strictly when it returns to BBC One later this year.

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