AMY Dowden is one of three new dancers taking to the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom.
Here’s the lowdown on the 26-year-old, who will be the first Welsh professional on the popular show.
Who is Amy Dowden?
Amy grew up in Caerphilly, South Wales, and started dancing at the age of eight.
She is now based in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, with English dancing partner Ben Jones, who is from Sandwell.
Amy, whose favourite dance in the Rumba, loves to swim – and normally returns to Wales to see her family when relaxing after a competition.
When she’s not competing as a professional dancer, Amy teaches Zumba locally to community groups and school children.
She teaches at Hallfield School and two church halls, in the Birmingham and Wolverhampton area.
What has Amy Dowden achieved as a professional dancer?
Amy and dance partner Ben are the current British National Champions.
She is also one of the highest-ranking Ballroom and Latin American professional dancers in the UK.
Amy is a four-time British National Finalist and reached the semi-final of the World Championship in 2015.
She will appear in Strictly for the first time in 2017.
Of the move, Amy said: “Becoming a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing has made my wildest dreams come true, it does not feel real!
“I have always been proud of my Welsh roots and feel so honoured to be the first Welsh professional dancer on the most loved show on TV!”
Who are the other professional dancers?
Amy is joined by fellow newcomers Dianne Buswell, 28, from Australia and Nadiya Bychkova, also 28, from Ukraine.
The trio replace a number of departing professionals including Joanne Clifton, who quit the popular show after winning the last series with Ore Oduba.
They will part of the team which sees Karen Clifton, Chloe Hewitt, Katya Jones, Oti Mabuse and Janette Manrara all return for series 15 of the BBC One show.
When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on and who are the judges?
Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.
Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.
There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.
This year sees a new judging lineup after head judge Len Goodman retired.