For over 10 years Ballroom dancing fans have watched as award winning professional dancers have put celebrities from all walks of life through the paces to learn Ballroom and Latin dances as they competed for the coveted Mirrorbll Trophy.
On October 7, the younger generation will take a spin on the dance floor with “Dancing with the Stars Juniors”. Pint sized Ballroom pros will be paired up with child stars and the children of stars for a new competition reality series.
DWTS season 25 winner Jordan Fisher and finalist Frankie Muniz will serve as hosts for the new series.
DWTS season 26 champion and figure skater Adam Rippon, DWTS champion Valentin Chmerkovskiy, and Emmy Award winning choreographer Mandy Moore will take over the seats at the judge’s table.
Some of the professional dancers from DWTS will also be a part of the the new series when they serve as mentors. Alan Bersten, Artem Chigvintsev, Brandon Armstrong, Jenna Johnson, Lindsay Arnold, Hayley Erbert, Keo Motsepe, Sasha Farber,Gleb Savcheno, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carso, and Emma Slater will all be lending a hand to the dancers.
The “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” cast:
Addison Osta Smith is known for winning “MasterChef Junior”. She is the youngest contestant ever to do so at age 10 when she also became the first female winner. Now 13, Addison is paired with dancer Lev Khmelev.
Akash Vukoti has been winning spelling bees since he was two years old and has gone on to become the youngest boy to ever compete in the Scrips national Spelling Bee. The nine year old spelling champ will dance with Kamri Peterson.
Known the world over as Honey Boo Boo, Alana Thompson became the star of “Toddlers and Tiaras” when she was five years old and went on to star in her own show. Now 12 years old, Alana will be dancing with Tristan Ianiero.
Disney star Ariana Greenblatt has appeared in a number of films including “Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War” in the role of a young Gamora. The 10 year old will be dancing with Artyon Celestine.
Hudson West first came to TV at the age of six in a commercial and went on to appear in several films and television programs. He currently plays the role of Jake Spencer on the daytime drama “General Hospital”. The 10 year old will be dancing with Kameron Couch.
Kisney star Jason Maybaum appears in the television series “Raven’s Home”. He has also appeared in numerous roles including commercials and will be a part of the upcoming Disney film ‘Freaky Friday”. The 10 year old will be dancing with Elliana Walmsley.
Sister of dance star Maddie Ziegler, Mackenzie Ziegler has become a star in her own right as a singer, songwriter, and actor. The 14 year old will be dancing with Sage Rosen.
Mandla Morris is an aspiring fashion designer but is known more for being the son of a very famous music legend. Mandla is one of Stevie Wonder’s children. The 13 year old will be dancing with Brightyn Brems.
Miles Brown is a cast member on the popular television hit sitcom “black-ish”. The 13 year old has also appeared in a variety of other roles. He will be dancing with Rylee Arnold.
Sky Brown is best known for her surfing and skateboarding skills. Skateboarding since she was three years old, the 10 year old Brown will be dancing with JT Church.
Sophia Pippen also has a very famous father – NBA basketball champion Scottie Pippen. Sophia has carved her own nich as a runway model. The nine year old will be dancing with ake Monreal.
Tripp Johnston is the son of DWTS alum Bristol Palin and the grandson of politician sarah Palin. An outdoors adventure kind of guy, the nine year old will dance with Hailey Bills for his first dancing experience.
feature photo was taken from DWTS: Juniors Facebook page.