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'Dancing With the Stars' Professional Dancers

Meet Pro Dancers on 'DWTS' Season 13


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

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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 of Dancing With the Stars

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.

3. Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Maksim Chmerkovskiy from Dancing With the Stars

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.

4. Val Chmerkovskiy

Val Chmerkovskiy from Dancing With Stars

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.

5. Tony Dovolani

Photo of Tony Dovolani of Dancing With the Stars

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

Derek Hough of Dancing With the Stars

Derek Hough came on Dancing with the Stars in the fifth season, joining his sister Julianne Hough as one of the show's professional dancers. Derek is also a world champion in Latin American dance. For the 13th season, Derek is paired with former talk show host Ricki Lake.

7. Kym Johnson

Kym Johnson from Dancing With Stars

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.

8. Tristan MacManus

Tristan MacManus of Dancing With the Stars

Award winning dancer Tristan MacManus joined Dancing With the Stars in the thirteenth season, when he is paired with TV crime commentator Nancy Grace.

9. Peta Murgatroyd

Peta Murgatroyd of Dancing With the Stars

For six years, Peta Murgatroyd toured the world with the cast of Burn The Floor before she joined Dancing With the Stars in 2011. In the thirteenth season Murgatroyd was paired with Ron Artest, until he was eliminated on the first episode.

10. Lacey Schwimmer

Image of Lacey Schwimmer from Dancing With the Stars

Lacey Schwimmer  became a professional dancer on Dancing With the Stars during the seventh season.  Before that, she was a finalist in the reality competition So You Think You Can Dance. For the thirteenth season of DWTS, Schwimmer is partnered with activits Chaz Bono.

11. Karina Smirnoff

Karina Smirnoff of Dancing With the Stars

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 of Dancing With the Stars

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.

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