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Dancing With The Stars

Meet Henry Byalikov and Emma Slater, DWTS’ Newest Pro Troupe Members

Every time we turn around, the ballroom just gets more attractive!

Dancing With the Stars introduced its dynamic pro troupe on last spring’s Season 12. They were an instant hit and two of the original troupe members, Tristan MacManus and Peta Murgatroyd, are now competing pros. Last season, Daria Chesnokova, Sharna Burgess and Sasha Farber joined Teddy Volynets, Kiki Nyemchek, and Oksana Dmytrenko to replace Tristan and Peta as well as Nicole Volynets, who did not return after Season 12.

In a press release today, ABC announced Season 14’s troupe would have two new members, Henry Byalikov and Emma Slater. We should see them in action this Tuesday (March 27) during the first Results Show.

Henry Byalikov
ABC didn’t provide any details on the newcomers, but it looks like Burn the Floor veteran Henry was a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Australia and competed as a pro on Dancing With the Stars Australia. And it looks like Henry auditioned for the U.S. version of SYTYCD in 2010. Check out his audition:

Henry's website is a work in progress but you can follow him on Twitter @HenryByalikov

Emma Slater
Emma, also a Burn the Floor veteran, played one of Sophie's (Amanda Seyfried) friends in the 2007 film Mamma Mia! and sang on the soundtrack. She joined the cast of Simply Ballroom in 2005 when she was only 16, touring the U.K., United Arab Emirates and South Africa, where she appeared on SA's Strictly Come Dancing. According to her website, Emma and her partner won the 2005 British Under 21 Latin American Championship and she followed that by winning the 2006 United Kingdom Under 21 Latin American Championship. After Mamma Mia!, she joined the cast of Dirty Dancing in London’s West End and later joined Burn the Floor.

Check out more details about Emma here and follow her on Twitter @EmmaSlaterDance.

Catch the next new episode of DWTS on Monday, March 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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03.24.2012 / 12:51 AM EDT by Gina Carbone
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