"Dancing with the Stars" has revealed the professional dancers who will be competing in the upcoming 21st season of the celebrity dance competition. They are Mark Ballas, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Peta Murgatroyd and returning pro Karina Smirnoff.
The stars who will dance with them will be announced on September 2.
Of those dancers, two are nominated for Emmys this year: Derek Hough and Witney Carson both contend in the Best Choreography race for their work in the ABC competition series. Hough previously won in 2013, which was the first victory in the category for "DWTS."
Hough is also the most successful pro dancer in "DWTS" history, winning five titles. Ballas is a two-time victor. Chmerkovskiy is the returning champion, having won season 20 with Rumer Willis. Carson won with Alfonso Ribeiro in season 19.
Smirnoff won once, with J.R. Martinez in season 13. Murgatroyd also prevailed once before, with Donald Driver in season 14.
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Photo: Derek Hough performs in "Dancing with the Stars." Credit: ABC/Adam Taylor
Photo: Karina Smirnoff at "Dancing with the Stars: 10th Anniversary Special." Credit: ABC/Matt Petit