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Strictly's Aliona Vilani 'may give up dancing for good'

Published 18/01/2016

Aliona Vilani and Jay McGuiness lift the Strictly glitterball trophy
Aliona Vilani and Jay McGuiness lift the Strictly glitterball trophy

Strictly Come Dancing professional Aliona Vilani has hinted she may be giving up dancing for good.

The Russian dancer, who won the last series with The Wanted's Jay McGuiness, said she has been dancing for 25 years and it may be time to call it a day.

The 31-year-old revealed in December that she would not be returning to the hit BBC dancing show.

Now it appears she may be wanting to hang up her dancing shoes forever as she told ITV's Loose Women panel that she "wasn't sure" if she would continue dancing off-screen.

Talking about her decision to leave Strictly she said: "I've had an amazing seven years, and from a professional point of view you always want to leave on a high. I don't think it can get any better."

She is the only professional dancer to have won the show twice, and was named the runner-up with Matt Baker in 2010.

"On a personal level, Strictly takes up a lot of your time, you don't see you friends or family. I just want to live my life and hopefully start a family," she said.

She married sales director Vincent Kavanagh in 2014, according to reports.

"I'm not sure, I actually don't know, I might," she said when asked by the Loose Women panel if she would be giving up dancing completely.

"It's (dancing) been my life, I think when you do something so intensely, I cannot do it half way, so either you do it full out or I just have to kind of leave it, and it's been 25 years of my life," she explained.

She and McGuiness will hit the dance floor again for the Strictly Come Dancing tour which kicks off in Birmingham on January 22.

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