Dancing With the Stars 2015 Pro Dancers Announced Season 20 – No Derek Hough, Maks, Cheryl Burke

By on February 11, 2015

The 20th season of Dancing With the Stars returns with all new celebrities on March 16, 2015.

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The all-new celebrity cast– to be announced at a later date — will brave the dance floor for the first time. Each week, the chosen celebrities will  endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master technical choreography and entertaining performances. In the end, only one celebrity will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted mirror-ball trophy. Did you watch last season of Dancing With the Stars? We recap the entire season, so be sure to bookmark and follow along with us for season 20.

Until we meet the celebrities, the dance professionals have been announced. We have the complete list below:

Witney Carson

Tony Dovolani

Peta Murgatroyd

Emma Slater

Sharna Burgess

Allison Holt

Mark Ballas

Valentin Chmerkovskiy

A number of the ‘more popular’ professional dancers are noticeably missing from the list above. Missing is Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke, Karina Smirnoff and on again/off again professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Hough will not be taking part in this season’s dancing because he is currently starring in a lead role in a Radio City Music Hall show that overlaps with the start date of Dancing With the Stars. Cheryl Burke announced her exit back in December and will be moving on to her own variety show.

Karina Smirnoff made an announcement on Instagram, after 16 seasons with the hit reality dance show saying,

“After a lot of thought and prayer, I’ve decided to focus my energies on some other exciting endeavors including adding author to my resume. I have absolutely loved dancing for all of you for all these years and feel blessed to have been given a platform to put my passion for dance, choreography and creativity on display. DWTS has been a huge part of my life for the last 10 years and I will always have a special place in my heart for it.”

Will you miss Derek Hough, Karina Smirnoff or Cheryl Burke? Do you have a professional dancer you are rooting for?

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