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The "DWTS: Juniors" Young Pros Roster Is STACKED

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The wait is (sort of) over, people: "DWTS: Juniors" has finally revealed this season's young ballroom pros and their mentors! To say that this list is star-studded is probably the biggest understatement of the year—these kids are no strangers to the competition scene. (In fact, we've already profiled four of them!). We're eagerly awaiting part two of the reveal, when the celebrities are announced. But in the meantime, get to know these mini superstars!


1. Rylee Arnold

Mentor: Lindsay Arnold (her sister!)

We're all about a sister duo. Whichever celebrity lands with them is certainly in capable hands—Lindsay's got the Season 25 Mirrorball Trophy to prove it.

2. Hailey Bills

Mentor: Jenna Johnson

Hailey's a comp-circuit regular, with a ton of titles on her resumé, and Jenna Johnson is the Season 26 Mirrorball Trophy winner. It's safe to say this is an unstoppable combo.

3. Sage Rosen

Mentor: Gleb Savchenko

Sage is a familiar face on the L.A. commercial scene, popping up in class video after class video, not to mention tons of music videos, from Sia's "The Greatest" to Leona Lewis' "Fire Under My Feet."

4. Lev Khmelev

Mentor: Keo Motsepe

This kid can WORK a ballroom. (Seriously, peep that Insta post. 🔥) Lev's a jack of all trades, having appeared in Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling" music video, an Old Navy commercial, "Little Big Shots," and "SYTYCD: The Next Generation," where he made the Top 30.

5. Brightyn Brems

Mentor: Cheryl Burke

When we profiled Brightyn for our "You Should Know" column a few months back, we knew she was destined for greatness. Looks like our predictions were correct! She's paired with "DWTS" mainstay Cheryl Burke, and we're sure this will be a dynamic duo.

6. Elliana Walmsley

Mentor: Emma Slater

Elliana is no stranger to the world of TV dance: she's been a Dance Moms regular since 2016, and just snagged the title of Mini Female Best Dancer at The Dance Awards in Las Vegas.

7. Tristan Ianiero

Mentor: Artem Chigvintsev

Tristan's got not one but two Best Dancer titles under his belt, as well as tons of mileage on the comp scene, including a place on the 2018 Beat Squad at Dancerpalooza. He's a super versatile mover, so watching him step into a ballroom role will certainly be exciting.

8. JT Church

Mentor: Alan Bersten

JT stole America's heart on "SYTYCD: The Next Generation," where he was runner-up. Since then, he's grown tremendously (both in size and style), claiming the title of Mini Best Dancer at the 2017 Dance Awards, and 2018 Core Performer at Radix. We're eagerly anticipating his return to TV!

9. Kamri Peterson

Mentor: Witney Carson

When Dance Spirit first profiled Kamri, it was back when she was in Paris competing at the World Amateur Ballroom Championships. This wunderkind can really do it all—not to mention, she's basically a mini-Witney, so this is a pairing we're doubly excited about!

10. Jake Monreal

Mentor: Sasha Farber

Jake's another "SYT" alum, having made it to the Top 7. He's got a super-strong ballroom background, and an A+ mentor to boot—Jake and his celeb partner will definitely be a pair to beat.

11. Artyon Celestine

Mentor: Brandon Armstrong

You may recognize Artyon as one half of Artyon & Paige, the dynamic duo we profiled for our May/June "You Should Know" column. This kid's got moves in all the genres, and we're so amped for his turn on the "DWTS" stage.

12. Kameron Couch

Mentor: Hayley Erbert

Kameron, better known as Kami on the comp circuit (and Katie's twin!), is a standout member of Molly Long's Project 21 and a stellar contemporary queen. She's made the Top 10 and 20 at Radix and The Dance Awards, respectively. This is Kami's first time dancing on TV, so we're extra-excited for her debut!

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