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Katya Jones: Strictly pro hints at ‘more challenging’ role in move away from BBC show

Katya Jones, 30, is best known for her flawless choreography on the BBC series of Strictly Come Dancing 2019. The Russian-born beauty was partnered with BBC Breakfast star Mike Bushell, 54, but the pair were booted out in week eight of the competition.

The ballroom professional joined Strictly in 2016 and was crowned champion of the dance floor in 2017 with Holby City star Joe McFadden.

The brunette beauty has recently embarked in a pantomime role as Glinda The Good Witch for the stage play The Wizard of Oz.

Earlier this year, she toured alongside her husband Neil Jones before their split, for their show Somnium: A Dancer’s Dream which focused on their journey together.

When quizzed on whether she too will follow in Neil’s footsteps and headline a solo tour, Katya admitted there was a possibility it will happen in the near future.

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Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, she said: “You never know. I’ve got the Strictly tour first with Mike and the professionals. So there isn’t much time but you never know. That could be something interesting.”

Katya will be heading on the Strictly professional tour next year alongside Neil, Graziano Di Prima and Gorka Marquez to name just a few.

The ballroom champion even teased there maybe some more acting roles which she will undertake away from Strictly.

She continued: “Maybe we’ll have some shows and gigs. Then maybe we’ll have some more challenging things. Once I’ve done the panto I’ll get an idea – it’s so different.

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“AJ Pritchard has been in panto and Dianne Buswell has YouTube and some of the judges as well do panto. Oti Mabuse is a judge on The Greatest Dancer, so doing things like that it’s great. We always talk about it with each other. It’s great.”

Meanwhile, Katya is starring in The Wizard of Oz over the festive period and had previously made the announcement in a Twitter post back in June.

In view of her 68,600 followers, she wrote: “I’m doing my first ever Panto! This is really exciting for many reasons, there will be wings, there will be dancing (I guess) and there will be a DOG!”

Speaking about her role, she gushed: “It’s perfect. It’s so exciting and I’ve never done anything like this before so it keeps me going during Christmas time.


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