On Feb. 26, ABC announced the new 2013 “Dancing with the Stars” cast. In addition to 11 new celebrities, the network revealed that three new dance pros have been thrown into the mix to give the show fresh new appeal for its 16th season. So, who are Sharna Burgess, Lindsay Arnold and Gleb Sanchenko? On Tuesday, “DWTS” gave fans a peek at its professional dancers.
Sharna Burgess is partnered with comedian Andy Dick for her freshman season on “Dancing with the Stars.” Sharna grew up in Australia and has loved dance and entertainment since the tender age of 5, when she began to train in ballet, gymnastics and jazz. The dedicated child moved on to ballroom dancing when she turned 8 and she never looked back. At 15, Sharna was chosen to represent Australia at the World Championships and performed during the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics in 2000, an honor she will never forget.
After competing for years, Sharna moved to London and appeared in the theater production of “Simply Ballroom.” She was scooped up to dance on the hit dance sensation, “Burn The Floor” and traveled to over 30 countries and 160 cities worldwide. Sharna had the opportunity to fulfill her childhood dream of dancing on Broadway, and to top it off she was a lead dancer.
Burgess then made a smooth transition to film and television. She did guest appearances on “Dancing with the Stars Australia” and “So You Think You Can Dance Holland.” For the last three years, Sharna has been part of the “DWTS” Troupe and she’s excited to be one of three new professional dancers in 2013. She’s already keeping fans updated and posted on Twitter after the big “GMA” cast announcement, “Andy Dick, you were so great today. I’m so blessed and excited to be dancing with you!”
The second new professional dancer on the new season of “Dancing with the Stars” is Lindsay Arnold, who is partnered with boxer Victor Ortiz. Lindsay is an all-American girl who was born and raised in Provo, Utah. She began dancing at the age of four and has not stopped dancing since. She trained extensively in Utah with some of the country’s best teachers, including Mark Ballas. In fact, she represented Team Ballas in a Ballroom Battle a few seasons ago.
Lindsay is incredibly versatile, but her area of expertise is Latin dance. She was one of the finalists on the last season of “So You Think You Can Dance” and earned top praise from the judges about her star quality and versatility. She performed in a 30-city “SYTYCD” tour, but now calls “DWTS” home. She’s partnered with a natural athlete, so Lindsay might have an easier time than Sharna this season. On Feb. 26, Lindsay posted on Twitter that she spent the first night in her new apartment and said, “Had so much fun on GMA this morning. Also so happy about my partner Vicious Ortiz.”
The third new professional dancer this season is Gleb Savchenko, who is partnered with Lisa Vanderpump. The hunky dance pro was born in Russia and began dancing at the age of 7. The well-rounded child also received training in swimming, karate and tennis, but Latin and ballroom dancing became his focus. Gleb graduated from the Moscow Arts University with a Masters Degree in Choreography and won his first major title in 2007 at the International Rising Star Professional Latin Championship in London. He then continued to win six Professional Latin Dance Championships and was ranked #10 in the World in the Pro-Latin American division. He has toured internationally and appeared on the Australian version of “Dancing With The Stars.” Now all eyes will be on Gleb as he attempts to win his first mirror ball trophy with Lisa. On Feb. 26, he tweeted, “Thank you guys for your support. I have the best ever partner.”
The following pros competed on the all-star season, but were not asked back for season 16.
- Masksim Chmerkovsky
- Anna Trebunskaya
- Chelsie Hightower
- Louis van Amstel
Below is the new cast and their pro partners for season 16 of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2013.
- Zendaya Coleman: 16-year-old “Shake It Up” star on the Disney Channel. Pro partner:Val Chmerkovskiy.
- Andy Dick: 47-year-old actor, comedian, director and musician. Pro partner: Sharna Burgess.
- Dorothy Hammill: 56-year-old Olympic gold medalist from the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck. Pro partner: Tristan MacManus.
- D.L. Hughley: 49-year-old comedian, actor and star of “The Hughleys.” Pro partner: Cheryl Burke.
- Jacoby Jones: 28-year-old wide receiver for the Super Bowl championship team Baltimore Ravens. Pro partner: Karina Smirnoff.
- Wynonna Judd: 48-year-old country music superstar and 5-time Grammy winner. Pro partner: Tony Dovolani.
- Victor Ortiz: 26-year-old WBC welterweight champion. Pro partner: Lindsay Arnold.
- Kellie Pickler: 26-year-old country music star and “American Idol” finalist. Pro partner: Derek Hough.
- Ingo Rademacher: 41-year-old soap star from “General Hospital.” Pro partner: Kym Johnson.
- Aly Raisman: 18-year-old captain of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team that won team gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Pro partner: Mark Ballas.
- Lisa Vanderpump: 52-year-old savvy entrepreneur and star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vamderpump Rules.” Pro partner: Gleb Savchenko.
“Dancing with the Stars” premieres at 8 p.m. EST on Monday, March 18 on ABC. The first results show elimination airs at 9 p.m. on March 26. Last season, Melissa Rycroft defeated fellow all-stars Shawn Johnson and Kelly Monaco to win the mirror ball trophy.
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