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Who is Janette Manrara and does she have kids with Aljaz Skorjanec?


MIAMI-born Jannette Manrara has become a much-loved face on Strictly, since joining the show back in 2013.

Married to her co-star Aljaz Skorjanec, before the American dancer joined Strictly, she was a regular on Glee.

Janette Manrara is a professional dancer known for being on Strictly

Who is Janette Manrara?

Janette Manrara, now going by her married name Skorjanec, is a 37-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.

Janette was paired with HRVY for Strictly 2020

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.

Janette with the other Strictly pros

Who is Janette Manrara’s Strictly 2021 partner?

Strictly Come Dancing’s latest celebrities will be paired with their professional partners during the launch show on tonight.

The 15 celebrities, who include Olympian Adam Peaty, rugby star Ugo Monye and TV presenter Judi Love, will make their debut on the dancefloor during a group number in tonight’s launch show at 7.45pm.

Also competing will be EastEnders actress Nina Wadia, TV presenter AJ Odudu, Dragons’ Den investor Sara Davies, McFly star Tom Fletcher, Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn, TV presenter Tilly Ramsay, comedian Robert Webb, CBBC host Rhys Stephenson and actor Greg Wise.

For the 2020 series Janette’s partner was pop star HRVY.

The pair placed as runners up in the show.

In 2019 she was paired with paralympian 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.

Professional dancers and real life couple, Janette and husband Aljaz Skorjanec
Professional dancers and real life couple, Janette and husband Aljaz Skorjanec.

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.

Janette Manrara recently revealed her and husband Aljaz Skorjanec’s surprising wedding vow that keeps the “magic” in their relationship.

Janette admitted: “One of Aljaz’s wedding vows was: ‘I swear to take you to Disney once a year!’ – I’ve definitely gone once every year of my life except for last year obviously because everything was shut.”

The pair also shared steamy snaps in a London spa as they celebrated their third wedding anniversary.

melvin and janette
In 2017, she was paired up with Radio star Melvin Odoom

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.”

Jannette and Aljaz are believed to have delayed their baby plans for a year as they signed up for Strictly 2021.

The professional couple originally planned to have a baby this year after realising there was no “perfect time”.

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