STRICTLY Come Dancing fans are thrilled the show is back for another series.
Four new expert dancers have joined the pro line-up, which includes Michelle Tsiakkas.
Who is Michelle Tsiakkas and what competitions has she won?
Born in September 1995 in Cyprus, 27-year-old Michelle Tsiakkas began dancing when she was just six.
The new Strictly star specialises in Latin dance.
Michelle was the undefeated dance champion Cyprus between 2001-2011. winning national titles before moving to London to study.
After moving to the UK, Michelle represented England at international championships and then joined the world touring dance show Burn The Floor.
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When did she join Strictly Come Dancing?
Michelle is one of the new professional dancers for Strictly's 2022 series.
It was revealed she had joined the pro line-up, along with Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu, former Under 21 British National Champion Lauren Oakley, and Italia Latin American Champion Vito Coppola.
Announcing the news on Twitter, the BBC said: "Welcome Carlos, Lauren, Michelle and Vito who join the show and become part of the biggest pro line-up in #Strictly history!"
“Being a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing has been my dream ever since I was a little girl. I cannot believe my dream has come true!”, Michelle told Parikiaki newspaper. “I’m so grateful to be joining this incredible family and I can’t wait to step on that magical dance floor and give it my all!”
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Is Michelle married and does she have children?
Michelle isn't married and doesn't have kids, but she is in a relationship with boyfriend Simone Arena.
He is also a professional dancer, and choreographer, and appeared alongside Michelle in Burn The Floor.
In early 2022 Simone won the Belgian version of Dancing with the Stars along with gymnast Nina Derwael.
Can I follow Michelle on Instagram?
Michelle is on Instagram, and has 9K followers (as of September 2022), which is bound to be boosted once she is on Strictly.
She uses the platform to show off her dance moves, and also post loved-up pictures of her and boyfriend Simone.
You can follow Michelle on Instagram @michelle_tsiak.
Speaking about signing up to Strictly, on her birthday Michelle told her followers: "These past few weeks have been so crazy busy but I’ve never felt as happy and fulfilled doing what I love!
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"Here’s to 27 and the best birthday gift I could ever ask for- to be given the chance to share my passion for dancing with the entire nation🥰."
She added: "Thank you for all your lovely wishes🙏🏽❤️ Now let’s start the countdown to the launch show of the best show on telly!🤩 Who else is feeling excited?! @bbcstrictly."
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