Luba Mushtuk: Who is the new Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer?

17 October 2018, 17:49 | Updated: 17 October 2018, 17:51

Luba Mushtuk
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By Tom Eames

Luba Mushtuk is one of three brand new professional dancers joining this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Lineup, start date, judges, dancers and all the details

Here's your mini guide to the new star...

  1. Where is Luba Mushtuk from and how old is she?

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    Luba is 28 years old, and was born in Russia.

    She has already worked on the show as an assistant choreographer since 2016, and has contributed to a number of group routines.

    She was also part of the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour, and has performed on both Giovanni Pernice’s and Kevin and Karen Clifton’s tours.

    Luba has won the Italian Dance Championship and Italian Open Latin Show Dance four times. She was ranked second in the European 10 Dance Championships, and was a finalist in the Latin European Championship.

  2. Who is Luba Mushtuk's Strictly partner?

    We don't know yet, but all will be revealed in the coming weeks.

    She said of joining the show: “Words cannot express how thrilled I am to do what I love most on the greatest show on earth!

    "I am super excited and so thankful for this priceless opportunity. I can’t wait to get started as a professional dancer on Strictly… bring on the sparkle!”

  3. Who is Luba Mushtuk's boyfriend?

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    In November 2017, it was reported that Luba was dating fellow Strictly star Giovanni Pernice.

    They have been friends for several years, with The Sun claiming: “She would like their romance to be out in the open. Luba is very keen to be on the show one day."

    However, by 2018, Giovanni was dating TOWIE star Jess Wright, though that relationship is also now over.

  4. Are there any other new dancers?

    Yes! Johannes will be joined by Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima.

Meet all the Strictly professional dancers:

- AJ Pritchard
- Alijaz 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
- Oti Mabuse
- Pasha Kovalev