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Get a First Look at Bravo’s New Series, Dancing Queens (VIDEO)

Coming to Bravo in May, the show goes inside the competitive (and drama-filled) world of ballroom dancing. Here's everything you need to know about the series.

By Allison Crist

Get ready to hit the dance floor in honor of Bravo’s new series, Dancing Queens. Set to follow six ballroom dancers as they prepare to face off against one another in competitions across the country, the show features a winning mix of determination and drama. 

How to Watch

Watch Dancing Queens on Peacock and the Bravo app.    

As one pro puts it in the above first-look trailer, “All is fair in war and ballroom.”

Keep scrolling for details on all things Dancing Queens.

When does Dancing Queens premiere?

Tuesday, May 9, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  

Who’s in the Dancing Queens cast?

From stay-at-home moms to business owners and a finance exec, the Dancing Queens cast is made up of Colette Marotto, Donie Burch, Gaëlle Benchetrit, Leonie Biggs, Pooja Mehta, and Sabrina Strasser. These women put their lives aside and negotiate time away from their families when it comes to dance, and though they’re able to maintain their composure in the ballroom, it’s a different story behind the scenes. There, the dancers are “willing to sabotage their frenemies in the name of competition, even going as far as poaching pro partners for a chance to win,” a press release states.

What can fans expect on Dancing Queens?

Dancing Queens follows the six women as they “invest their time and money into their all-consuming passion to vie for the top spots, respect, and recognition in the world of Pro-Am dance competitions,” the release reads. Among the many investments viewers are set to witness? Tens of thousands of dollars on hair, makeup, and outfits, as well as the expenses for their professional partners to practice, travel, and compete.

More details on the Dancing Queens cast

Get to know the dancers courtesy of additional details shared in the press release.

Colette Marotto (Scottsdale, Arizona)

As a business owner and single mother to a son with special needs, Colette has a lot of stress in her life, and dancing allows her to focus on herself and forget her responsibilities. Recently, her pro dance partner left her to compete with Pooja, forcing Colette to find a new pro, Oleksiy “Alex” Pigotskyy, and start from scratch. Her ballroom breakup created tension between the women and lit a fire within Colette to become even more successful to prove to her former pro that she can win without him.

Donie Burch (New York City)

Donie has been dancing her entire life and studied dance performance in college. This top performer and her partner, Iliah Vinikovskiy, are determined to show the judges that she’s one of the best dancers in the country. While she may not have a “typical” dancer’s physique, Donie fears the judges are rating her appearance more than her ability. Currently single, Donie’s obsession with dance leaves her little room for finding a partner off the floor.

Gaëlle Benchetrit (New York City)

Gaëlle was making a name for herself in the ballroom circuit before her recent pregnancy forced her into a hiatus. Now back on the dance floor, she’s eager to prove that she’s better than ever. Sparing no expense, her partner, Nino Langella, is one of the top professional dancers in the world and the envy of the other women.

Leonie Biggs (Haworth, New Jersey)

Leonie is a perfectionist who doesn’t like to take on anything unless she can be the best at it. With a full plate, she balances her life as a wife and mother with her high-powered career in finance. This dance season, Leonie has a new pro partner, Koysta Samarskyi, which adds stress, doubt, and additional hours of practicing before she feels ready to compete. Fiercely competitive in nature, she feels the pressure to be a championship ballroom dancer and beat out the other ladies to earn the coveted first place.

Pooja Mehta (Scottsdale, Arizona)

A self-described rebel from a family of doctors, Pooja is a makeup artist with a successful beauty business. She and her husband are raising their two children with a mix of Jewish and Hindu traditions. Dancing is a family affair — Pooja, her mother, and her sister all dance with Colette’s former pro partner, Kristijan Burazer. Previously a champion in the rhythm category, she recently switched to Latin to compete alongside her family and prove that she can succeed in their category too.

Sabrina Strasser (Toronto, Canada)

Stay-at-home mom Sabrina finds herself at odds between her dancing and family life. She has a contentious on-again, off-again relationship with her pro dancer, Stanislav Kochergin, but the two are back together and Sabrina is ready to claim the top prize. Her drive to win demands her time and energy — sometimes at the expense of her children and husband, who fears that Sabrina’s hobby takes attention away from their life at home.

Dancing Queens premieres Tuesday, May 9, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.

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