Meet the Dancing with the Stars Season 31 cast: get to know the celebrities and pro dancers

Meet the Dancing with the Stars Season 31 cast: get to know the celebrities and pro dancers

Season 31 of the famous ballroom dancing competition is making a big move to Disney Plus, making it the first live series featured on the streaming service. For now, there will not be any commercials, at least. There are 16 teams of celebrities and their professional partners who will usher in a new era.

Before we enter the competition, let''s get to know a bit more about celebrities and their professional partners.

Joseph Baena and Danielle Karagach

Joseph Baena, a Los Angeles native, is a fitness model and actor known for his work in, and. Looks like bodybuilding genes run in the family his father is Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Daniella Karagach is the current champion after a remarkable season 30 victory with the NBAs Iman Shumpert. She topped season 29 while dancing with Nelly. Her numerous accolades include being a three-time US National 10 Dance Champion, the UK Open champion, and a 2022 Emmy nominee for exceptional choreography.

Selma Blair and Sasha Farber

Selma Blair is a multi-hyphenate performer, writer, advocate, and businessman. She has been nominated for a Best Spoken Word Recording Grammy Award for her reading, and she has been honored at numerous film festivals, including the SXSW Festival. The documentary chronicles her journey with multiple sclerosis and her stem cell treatments.

Sasha Farber, a Russian-born artist, started dancing when she was 13 years old, eventually winning the Australian Latin Championships twice as a teenager when she was 17. He has been a recurring choreographer on Broadway and the West End. He has previously performed in the finals twice in a row.

Wayne Brady and Witney Carson

Wayne Brady is a television personality, producer, singer, musician, and television personality. He has been well known for and other television and game shows, including and. He also hosted his own daytime talk show and was the season 2 winner of.

Witney Carson started dancing at the age of three when she was in season 9 of her career and became a troupe dancer in seasons 16 and 17. It wasnt until season 18 that she had the opportunity to strap on her dancing shoes as a pro in season 18.

Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke

Sam Champion has been a contributor and weather anchor for WABC-TV in New York since 1988. He later joined Eyewitness News and The Weather Channel, where he provided a four-hour morning show and hosted it. He has also received a Peabody Award for his coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

Cheryl Burke has been dancing for over 25 years. She quickly became a standout in the early years of, winning the Mirror Ball trophy with Emmitt Smith and Drew Lachey. She created a live stage show that included professional dancers and Olympic and World Champion ice skaters. The show also went viral during the premiere in Tokyo. She has also hosted several podcasts, including a podcast with her former dance partner and Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean.

Charli DAmelio and Mark Ballas

Charli DAmelio is well-known after becoming the first person to hit 100 million followers on Hulu. She has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List and Fortunes 40 Under 40 and has teamed with several luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Prada.

Mark Ballas, a two-time Mirror Ball trophy winner, has been nominated for an Emmy for his choreography on. He has also gained an extensive theatrical background that includes and on Broadway. Mark has also become a singer-songwriter and can play several instruments. Mark and his wife BC Jean have formed the renowned international music duo Alexander Jean. Mark has returned to the game after taking several seasons off.

Heidi DAmelio and Artem Chigvintsev

Heidi DAmelio She is probably best known in her role as Mom to Charli and Dixie DAmelio on the family reality series on Hulu. She was previously a model and fitness instructor and works hard to develop awareness and raise funds for childhood cancer and natural disasters.

Artem Chigvintsev started dancing at the age of 13 after graduating from a local dance school. After years of training and effort he eventually landed a spot on in 2010, and then made it to in 2014, where he met with a number of high-profile individuals. He won season 29 with partner Kaitlyn Bristow from and has received an Emmy nomination for his choreography.

Jessie James Decker and Alan Bersten

Jessie James Decker is a singer-songwriter, television personality, and lifestyle influencer. She sells the Kittenish line through her three retail shops and hopes to expand her footprint in the future with additional locations. She made her second studio album, 2017s, the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart upon its launch.

Alan Bersten joined Hannah Brown on the show travelling tour for seven seasons in Minnesota. He has been a member of the Youth Championship and Under 21 National titles.

Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater

Trevor Donovan started skiing in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and was a part of the US teen ski team. He later became a regular on the Hallmark Channel and GAC network. He has also performed on several shows and TV shows for Habitat for Humanity and his own anti-bullying program, Team Upstanders.

Emma Slater started dancing in a medieval English town when she was a kid when she was 16, and later appeared in a music video from George Michaels "Round Here" and later appeared in an act with Meryl Streep. She is still very active in theater and has performed in all over the world.

Daniel Durant and Britt Stewart

Daniel Durant is best known for his role in the Oscar-winning film. He was born in Detroit and attended the Minnesota State School for the Deaf. Daniel moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to join the Deaf West Theater, where he appeared in several musicals such as and. He has also appeared in the hit Netflix series. In addition to his numerous roles and accolades, the city of Duluth, Minn., was declared on April 4 to be Daniel Durant Day.

Britt Stewart became a principal dancer in three films before embarking on a Perrys Prismatic tour. After touring with Perry and participating in the Perrys Super Bowl halftime show, she joined the cast of the troupe and a traveling tour. In season 29, she became the first black female pro dancer in the franchise. She is a passionate artist, educator, and dance arts advocate, and is the president of the Share the Movement movement.

Teresa Giudice and Pasha Pashkov

Teresa Giudice is also a prolific writer; she has written two memoirs as well. Her most valued role is as her four daughters.

Pasha Pashkov signed with Christine Chiu in season 30 after graduating from Russia and started dancing at the age of 10, before moving to the United States when he was 15 years old. He has also won titles in the US National Professional Latin Show Dance and British Open to the World, among others. He is married to Daniella Karagach, a fellow pro.

Vinny Guadagnino and Koko Iwasaki

Vinny Guadagnino Vinny Gaudagnino was inspired by MTVs. Since then, hes appeared in the Food Network series and MTV2s, along with the return of the crew in. Hes also completed a residency at Chippendales Las Vegas and written two of his most recent books.

Koko Iwasaki was a dancer when she was three years old in South Florida and eventually became a pro at the age of 16; she worked with a number of high-profile performers, including Rhianna, Adele, Nicki Minaj, and Camila Cabello, and she performed as a troupe dancer in season 14 and.

Cheryl Ladd and Louis Van Amstel

Cheryl Ladd has had an illustrious career since her breakout stint as a member of the trio. Over the years, she has played on various shows, including the Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, and Disney, while also appearing on a number of shows, including on Broadway. She has also been an ambassador for Childhelp.

Louis Van Amstel is a three-time World Dance Champion and has been nominated for an Emmy for his choreography. He was the first star to appear as a choreographer on season 31, opening the door to future roles. He developed a fitness program called La Blast, which helps to promote fitness and make working out enjoyable.

Jason Lewis and Peta Murgatroyd

Jason Lewis has been known for his role as Smith Jerrod from the NBC series. Over the years, Lewis has appeared in a number of films such as, and.

Peta Murgatroyd started her dancing career in ballet but moved to ballroom dancing after an injury. In 2002 she was the W. A. Amateur Latin State Champion and returned to win again in 2003. She now has a two-time Mirror Ball winner and is balancing her dancing career and beauty with motherhood with her husband, former pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Shangela and Gleb Savchenko

Shangela D.J. "Shangela" Pierce has been on the Emmy-nominated HBO series and has recently announced that she had completed a Fully Lit Tour. She has played a variety of TV shows and movies over the years, including with Lady Gaga. She has also appeared at the SMU LGBTQ Symposium to highlight the community on campus.

Gleb Savchenko, a Russian-born, started dancing at 7 and won his first international dance competition at 14, which he has been placed in the world no. 10 for Latin American dance, which is his passion. He appeared on the UK, Russian, and Australian versions of and he has also been a choreographer for.

Jordin Sparks and Brandon Armstrong

After her big win on season 6, Jordin Sparks came to fame as a multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated artist. She still holds records for top performers'' songs, including "The Way," who co-wrote "The Way," and "Focused crowds," and "The National Anthem. Today, Jordin, working on music, television, film, and charitable work, and being a mom to son DJ.

Brandon Armstrong, a California native, joined the Las Vegas production of and became a pro in season 27. Over the years his partners have included The Supremes Mary Wilson and Kenya Moore.

Gabby Windey and Val Chmerkovskiy

Gabby Windey is an ICU nurse who was a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos early in her career and an appearance on season 26 of led her to become one of the co-leaders of with Rachel Recchia.

Val Chmerkovskiy, a 14-time US National Champion and two-time World Dance Champion, joined Dance with Me Studios, which focuses on Latin and ballroom dance. He also founded Dance with Me Juniors, which is focused on helping children stay healthy and active. Val is also a classically trained violinist and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center.

This fall, Disney Plus will have the option to catch season 31.

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