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She burst onto Strictly Come Dancing back in 2018 and since then, Luba Mushtuk has become a regular fixture on our television screens and enchanted viewers with her incredible dance prowess.

The professional, who originally hails from St. Petersburg, Russia, has expressed her gratitude at being part of the BBC One series and revealed landing a spot on the line-up was always a dream for her.

Speaking exclusively to OK! Online, the 31-year-old gushed: "It means everything because I dreamed about this for many years and to be a part of it, it's something that I've really, really dreamed about and I'm extremely grateful to be a part of such an incredible family."

Recalling the moment she was told she would a part of the show, Luba said: "I cried from joy, I truly did. I actually cried for a few hours with a big smile on my face.


"During that time I was actually on tour with Giovanni [Pernice], we were touring in the UK and it was the happiest day of my life.

"I achieved something that I was dreaming about and I visualised myself being there, and then when you get it – I was the happiest girl on the planet," she divulged.

The BBC recently confirmed that all of the professional dancers who were a part of the 2020 series will be returning again this year.

Sharing her joy ahead of the new series, Luba said: "It's always very exciting, I always feel like a kid again when they call you and they confirm that you'll be back on the next season.

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"So I'm extremely happy and I'm really looking forward to it, I cannot wait."

The television personality began dancing at a young age and was taught by her brother.

"I started dancing when I was four years old, I was entering competitions at four years old, my brother was already a dancer so he would teach me a few steps when I would come home from school," Luba told OK! Online.

"I kind of knew all of the basics and that's how I started dancing. I was an extremely naughty kid so my mum was really happy I was dancing."

At the age of 12, Luba received a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to Italy to study dance with a "incredible" teacher, which she grabbed with both hands.

When asked how it was for her to move to another country at such a young age, the stunning beauty responded: "It was not easy, but nothing good come easy.

"If you really work hard and you really want something, you make it work. So it was definitely not easy but nothing in my life has never been easy and I'm thankful for that."

Luba’s clothing range is available now from www.merrrch.com. Follow her on Instagram @lubamushtuk.

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