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Who is Neil Jones? Strictly Come Dancing 2018 professional dancer and Katya’s husband

NEIL Jones was a new dance pro on Strictly Come Dancing 2016 and is back for a third year running.
In 2013 he married fellow dancer Katya Jones who’s partnered with Seann Walsh.
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Who is Neil Jones? What’s his background?
Neil Jones, 35, is a professional ballroom dancer working on Strictly Come Dancing for the BBC.
He’s British but was born in Munster, Germany, and started dancing at a local ballet school at the age of three.
Neil has represented Finland, Holland and the UK during the course of his competitive career.
He also holds many titles including UK, British, Dutch, European and World Latin Champion.
On signing up to BBC’s Strictly in 2016, he said: “As a British dancer I have grown up watching this amazing show, it is a massive honour…
“I am feeling pumped and excited to be part of the Strictly family.”
Neil has never been paired up with a celebrity but is a stand-by and performs in all the group numbers and the Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two.
Who is Neil Jones’ wife Katya?
Neil joined Strictly in 2016 with his dancer wife Katya Jones, who was then paired with Ed Balls.
Katya and Neil first dated in 2008 after a chance meeting in Blackpool and they have been dancing together ever since.
The pair, who married in 2013, won the 2015 World Professional Latin Showdance Championship.
They are also four times undefeated British National Professional Champions.
Neil Jones, left, with wife Katya at the National Lottery Awards 2016Getty Images – Getty
When did Neil Jones’ wife Katya kiss Seann Walsh?
Katya and Neil were hit by the “Strictly Curse” when Katya was pictured kissing her dance partner Seann Walsh in the street outside a pub.
Hours before the story broke, the married couple danced together on the show as part of a routine with other pro dancers.
An insider said: “It’s going to cause real ructions backstage not least because Katya and Neil have to work alongside each other week in, week out.
“It will be unbelievably awkward especially if Seann goes through to next week’s show.”
But Neil appeared to shrug off the controversy by posting a picture of his wife with Seann on Twitter.
He captioned it: “Wow last nights @bbcstrictly movie week was really epic and I’m really proud of @mrs_katjones and @seannwalsh Paso Doble. Great shapes and of course like always the choreography was on point.”

When is Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One?
Strictly Come Dancing 2018 kicked off with the launch show on September 8.
The new dancing couples took a two-week break to rehearse before returning for the live shows on September 22.
The show is on this Saturday (October 20, 2018) at 6.45pm on BBC One.
The results go out the following day on Sunday evening at 7.45pm.
For those that miss an episode, they will be made available on the iPlayer.
This year’s judging panel consists of Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell.