Who is Luba Mushtuk? Strictly Come Dancing 2018 professional and Giovanni Pernice’s ex-girlfriend

But just who is she? And when did she date Giovanni Pernice? Here's the lowdown…

Who is Luba Mushtuk?

Luba is a professional dancer and choreographer, who has competed professionally and played an important role on Strictly for a number of years.

In previous series' she has helped out behind the scenes with choreography for the pros and their partners, and also filled in as a back-up dancer for the show's big opening numbers.

In May 2018 it was announced she is set to officially join the line-up as a professional dancer on the show for the 2018 series.

Luba has also taken part in the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tours, dancing with the likes of former winners Ore Oduba.

More recently she danced with Strictly Giovanni Pernice's 2018 solo tour, Born to Win.

Luba has also toured the world in the likes of Burn The Floor.

Did Luba date Giovanni Pernice?

In November 2017 it was reported that Luba was in a relationship with Giovanni.

They are said to have been friends for years before taking things to the next level.

When The Sun exclusively revealed they were dating, a source said: “She would like their romance to be out in the open. Luba is very keen to be on the show one day."

By New Year 2018, he was dating Towie's Jess Wright and the relationship was over.
The pair has reunited since, with Luba recently celebrating Giovanni's birhday with a sweet Instagram post.

The caption said: "Happy Birthday to you @pernicegiovann1, my beautiful Giovanechka.

"Have the best day full of surprises (I'll make sure about that) Love you."

When is Strictly back on?

Strictly Come Dancing's 16th series launched on September 8 on BBC One.

Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.

The winner will then be crowned the week before Christmas.

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