Who is Janette Manrara’s Strictly 2020 partner and does she have kids with Aljaz Skorjanec? – The Sun

JANETTE Manrara has become a well known face on Strictly, since joining the show back in 2013.

But before that the American dancer was actually a regular on Glee.

Who is Janette Manrara?

Janette Manrara, now going by her married name Skorjanec, is a 36-year-old professional dancer.

Born in Miami, Florida, the American comes from a Cuban family and formally studied dancing from the age of 19.

She began her career performing in musical theatre at the age of 12 before studying all areas of dance, and finished her dance training while studying Finance.

Janette worked for a Hispanic TV station at this time and also danced with Jennifer Lopez on stage.

Her first taste of telly fame came when she took part in the 2009 series of American reality show So You Think You Can Dance?.

After this she joined Glee in 2010 as a principal dancer.

Janette joined the Strictly family in 2013 and the rest is history.

Who is Janette Manrara's Strictly 2020 partner?

For the 2020 series Janette's partner is pop star HRVY.

In 2019 she was paired with Will Bayley, but they were forced to pull out after he sustained a bad knee injury.

In 2018 Janette was partnered with This Morning doctor Dr Ranj Singh.

In 2017, she danced with Radio star Melvin Odoom, but they were knocked out first.

When did Janette Manrara marry Aljaz Skorjanec?

Janette is married to Aljaz Skorjanec, a Slovenian professional dancer six years her junior.

He also acts as a pro partner on Strictly Come Dancing after joining in 2013 – at the same time as Janette.

Aljaz and Janette were engaged in 2015 and then married on July, 15, 2017.

The pair had an astonishing three weddings in various locations, including Slovenia and Disneyland, when they married in the summer of 2017. 

They'd been together for six years before that.

Does Janette Manrara have kids?

Janette and Aljaz currently do not have any children.

Despite their jam-packed schedules, the pair certainly haven't ruled out starting a family in the future.

In an interview with Hello, the couple revealed they are starting to plan a family – but "taking it slowly."

Janette said: "It's never going to be the perfect time to have a baby but we do talk about it a lot and we are very much looking forward to becoming a mum and dad.

"So it's definitely going to happen. When, we don't know, we'll see. We're kind of taking it slowly.

"A dancer's career can be quite short, especially when you reach a certain level, and work is going so good for us at the moment [so] that is the priority."

What time is Strictly Come Dancing 2020 on?

The Strictly live shows return this Saturday (October 24, 2020).

You can catch it from 7.25pm on BBC One.

You can watch any episodes you miss on the BBC iPlayer.

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