Biography: American Janette Manrara hails from Florida, but it is her Cuban heritage that has influenced her dancing career and she specialises in Salsa dancing, learning from and growing up dancing with her family. Although she performed in musical theatre from the age of 12, she didn't start any formal dance training until the age of 19, and has studied ballroom, ballet, pointe, jazz and hip-hop. Her dance teacher encouraged her to audition for the US television show So You Think You Can Dance and she made it to the top four female dancers, and took part in the shows national tour. She also performed on Glee and the Glee Live Tour, before going on to star in the hit musical stage show Burn The Floor.
Janette joined Strictly Come Dancing for the eleventh series.
Speciality: Salsa
Official Websites: Follow on twitter @JManrara

strictly come dancing history

Series Celebrity Last week Position Last dance(s)
11 Julien Macdonald 4 13th Salsa
12 Jake Wood 12 5th Cha cha cha; Viennese Waltz
13 Peter Andre 10 7th American Smooth
14 Melvin Odoom 2 15th Tango
15 Aston Merrygold 7 10th Viennese Waltz
16 Ranj Singh 7 10th Samba
17 Will Bayley 6 10th* Couple's Choice (C)

* celebrity partner retired from competition

Christmas Specials

Janette has competed in two Christmas Special, dancing with Ricky Norwood in 2013 and Melvin Odoom in 2016.