Katya Jones caught the public’s imagination last year thanks to the wonderfully wacky routines she choreographed for celeb partner Ed Balls in her debut series.
As we wait to find out who will be her partner this year, here’s what you need to know about Katya:
Who is Katya Jones?
World Latin Champion Katya was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, and started dancing at the age of six. Polymath Katya also trained in gymnastics, singing, drawing and piano.
Since 2008 Katya has danced professionally with Neil Jones, who is also her husband and another Strictly pro. Former Strictly pro – and It Takes Two fave – Karen Hardy has trained Katya in the past.
Neil and Katya have won both amateur and professional Latin dance competitions and, by her own admission, Katya is very competitive.
“I know it is extremely intense, but so am I. I am fierce, fabulous and would love to win,” she said on joining Strictly.
In her first series of Strictly Katya was partnered with former politician Ed Balls. #TeamGlitterballs reached round 10, coming sixth.
Outside of dancing, Katya and her husband Neil have a range of apparel called The Joneses’ Apparel – a unisex clothing line which comes complete with a QR code which links to interactive content.
“I started The Joneses’ Apparel because I knew that Katya loved it all so much,” Katya’s husband Neil, another Strictly pro, explained to the Daily Mail.
“I got her started and I was like ‘you design it and I'm going to fund it and now it’s yours. We still work on it together but it's yours’.”
Best-ever finish: Katya came sixth with Ed Balls in her debut Strictly appearance.
Worst-ever finish: Having only been on the show for one year so far, sixth is also her worst performance.
Former celebrity partners: Ed Balls.
Did you know? Katya and Neil have a dog called Crumble.
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