The reality competition Dancing With the Stars relies on a group of talented professional dancers who must train and perform with partner celebrities. Since most of the celebrities come to DWTS without previous dance experience, that task could be daunting. Yet somehow, these professional dancers transform even the most awkward stars into graceful ballroom dancers.
Every year some professional dancers come and others go, thus making each season's line up as unique as the list of celebrities performing (check out Season Thirteen's dancing stars). Here's a list of the pro dancers from Dancing With the Stars Season Thirteen:
1. Mark Ballas
Mark Ballas became a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars' fifth season. The following season he was paired with Olympic skater Kristi Yamaguchi and the two won the title. For the thirteenth season, Ballas is paired with Kristin Cavallari.
2. Cheryl Burke
Cheryl Burke; joined Dancing With the Stars in the show's second season. Since then, she has twice been part of a winning partnership. For the thirteenth season, Burke is paired with Rob Kardashian, brother of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney. The champion dancer has also received Emmy nominations for her choreography.
Maksim "Maks" Chmerkovskiy has won numerous competitions and risen to the rank of second in the U.S.. He has been with Dancing With the Stars since its second season, and has partnered with stars like Denise Richards and Kirstie Alley. For the thirteenth season, Maks is paired with soccer champ Hope Solo. Maks also won 2009's sports competition The Superstars.
Val Chmerkovskiy is the younger brother of Dancing With the Stars' pro dancer Maks Chmerkovskiy. During the fifteen years of his dancing career, Val won the U.S. Latin Championships fourteen times. Val joined DWTS for the thirteenth season and he's partnered with model Elisabetta Canalis.
Professional dancer Tony Dovolani has been on Dancing With the Stars since its second season. Dovolani holds numerous Rhythm dance championships and appeared in the film Shall we Dance. In the thirteenth season of DWTS, Dovolani is paired with singer Chynna Phillips.
6. Derek Hough
7. Kym Johnson
Dancing With the Stars' professional dancer Kym Johnson got her start on the Australian version of the show, before coming to the U.S. show in the third season. For Season Twelve, Johnson was partnered with Hines Ward and the couple won the title. Now she's paired with actor David Arquette in season 13.
Award winning dancer Tristan MacManus joined Dancing With the Stars in the thirteenth season, when he is paired with TV crime commentator Nancy Grace.
10. Lacey Schwimmer
11. Karina Smirnoff
Karina Smirnoff held the Dutch Open title for five years and acted in the movie Shall we Dance. She has been a professional dancer on Dancing With the Stars since the third season. For the thirteenth season, Smirnoff is partnered with Iraq veteran J.R. Martinez.
12. Anna Trebunskaya
Anna Trebunskaya has been winning dance titles since she was seven-years-old. In Dancing With the Stars' second season, (her first on the show) Trebunskaya made it to second place with her partner, football star Jerry Rice. In the thirteenth season, she is paired with Queer Eye stylist Carson Kressley.