Biographies

Neil Jones

World Latin Champion Neil Jones is a professional dancer and director & choreographer seen most recently in Strictly Come Dancing (BBC) and head of the Britain’s Got Talent (ITV) troupe King’s and Queens. He most recently partnered Konnie Huq for the Children in Need Strictly Special and Judy Murray in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.

He was born in Munster, Germany and started dancing at a local ballet school at the age of 3. He trained in tap, modern and ballet as well as Ballroom and Latin-American. He has represented Finland, Holland and the UK during the course of his competitive career and holds many titles including: UK, British, Dutch, European and World Latin Champion.

Katya Jones

World Latin Champion Katya Jones was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Katya started dancing at a the young age of 6, training in gymnastics, singing, drawing, piano as well as Ballroom and Latin-American dancing. She is an accomplished pianist and holds a degree from the Saint-Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts.

Katya is a perfectionist and always strives for more. When she is not dancing, she has a keen interest in high fashion, designing her own clothes and styling fabulous new outfits.

In her first Strictly season, she partnered politician Ed Balls, and they got to Week 10 of the competition and were nominated for a ‘Must See TV Moment’ BAFTA for their Gangnam Style routine. In 2017, she partnered actor Joe McFadden and they became the 2017 Strictly Champions.