Meet the pros for season 19 of 'Dancing With the Stars'

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Dancing With the Stars is a little over a month away from kicking off its 19th season—and earlier today, on Good Morning America, we got our first glimpse at which 12 professional dancers will be twirling ex-actors, current actors, athletes, hosts, and more around that ballroom floor in hopes of eventually taking home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.

For devoted fans of the show, there’s good and bad news. The bad: Maksim Chmerkovskiy decided against surprising the world and returning to the show. But at least his last routine was his best?

But the good news is that fan favorites Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, and Tony Dovolani will all lace up their dancing shoes once more. Joining them are returning pros Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, and Witney Carson. As for the new pros: DWTS fans will recognize Artem Chigvintsev, who has been part of the show’s dancing crew in the past. We also have the brand new additions of Keoikantse “Keo” Motsepe and Allison Holker.

Motsepe is best known for being part of the international hit dance show Burn the Floor. He’s Motsepe toured with the show in over 30 countries.

Holker, however, is probably the more exciting addition. She competed on the second season of So You Think You Can Dance before eventually returning to the show as an all-star. During her time on the series, Holker helped create some of its most memorable numbers, including “Fix You” and “Hallelujah.” Not only is she one of the greatest dancers SYTYCD has ever seen, but her decision to join DWTS could also mean more variety in terms of choreography (read: more contemporary) on DWTS. For example: Check out this routine Holker performed with her now-husband, Stephen tWitch Boss.

As for quality: Holker has already been nominated alongside Derek Hough for an Emmy based on her past work with DWTS—so there’s no question that she has what it takes.

Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. on ABC.


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