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Ian Waite

Ian Waite

Something different in Berkshire

Strictly Come Dancing's Ian Waite will be teaching Zumba at Bearwood College in Wokingham from Wednesday 4 May.

Ian, who has starred as a pro-dancer in seven out of eight series of the BBC hit television show, plans to teach beginner level Zumba, which he describes as "exercise and enjoyment to latin rhythms for everyone from 16 to 80".

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Michelle

Ian Waite to dance again

Destiny's Child star Michelle will dance practice with Ian Waite and perform one dance with him next weekend.

The star was told by Beeb chiefs Brendan could skip the show due to the death of his father just hours before and his dance partner Michelle Williams could be given a bye. But a source said: "Brendan was heartbroken but he's a professional and he couldn't let the BBC or Michelle down.

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Lilia

SCD professionals quit show

Ballroom professionals Matthew Cutler and Lilia Kopylova are to quit Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC has announced.

The pair were among the dancers asked to perform together in a professional troupe, rather than with celebrities, in a change of format for the show.

Cutler, who won with Alesha Dixon in 2007, is to concentrate on running his own dancing school and may choreograph some routines on the programme.

Kopylova's husband Darren Bennett will become a member of the new dance group.

'Excited'

Ian Waite, who partnered athlete Jade Johnson in the most recent series of the show, has also been confirmed as part of the professional troupe.

Four new recruits - one male and three female - will be announced as the new series approaches later this year.

Dancer Brian Fortuna announced in June that he would not return to the programme due to format changes.

At the time, other professionals said they had yet to come to a decision about their future.

Cutler said: "I've absolutely loved my time on Strictly, and now is a good time to focus on developing new areas of my career.

"I'm excited about having more time to commit to new projects and, of course, still having a hand in Strictly without all the training!"

Russian-born Kopylova, who won the 2005 series with cricketer Darren Gough, said she would miss working on the show, but was "looking forward to new opportunities ahead".

"Of course I will be there to support Darren and all of my fellow professionals," she added.

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Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova

Strictly's professional dance group takes shape

Ian Waite and Darren Bennett will return to Strictly Come Dancing as part of this series' new professional dance group, and will be joined by four new recruits – one male and three female – who will be confirmed as the series draws nearer.

Matthew Cutler won't return as a permanent member of the dance group. Instead, he's concentrating on a burgeoning choreographic and teaching career, plus managing his own dance school, which he opened last year. He will, however, return to choreograph some of the group numbers – and a few guest appearances aren't ruled out.

Matt said: "I've absolutely loved my time on Strictly, and now is a good time to focus on developing new areas of my career. I'm excited about having more time to commit to new projects and, of course, still having a hand in Strictly without all the training!"

Lilia Kopylova will also be bowing out of Strictly but, like Matt, will stay with the show on an ad hoc basis and may make a guest appearance.

Lilia said "I've had six brilliant series on the show, I will miss it, but I am looking forward to new opportunities ahead. Of course I will be there to support Darren and all of my fellow professionals."

The professional dance group will perform spectacular routines throughout the show, in a series which is bigger, better and, more than ever, all about the dance.

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One this Autumn.

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Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova

SCD announces dancer shake-up

Strictly Come Dancing has announced its line-up of professional dancers for the new series this autumn - with two fewer celebrities set to compete.

The BBC will invite 14 celebrities to compete for the Series 8 title. Five dancers who competed in the last series will not be partnering celebrities but will instead form the core of the show's new professional dance troupe.

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