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Meet the Talented (and Young) Pros on 'Dancing With the Stars: Juniors'

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ABC's Dancing With the Stars has become a hit phenomenon that has launched the careers of many pro dancers — Derek and Julianne Hough, just to name a few. Now, it's time for the grown-ups to take a back seat, and for the next generation of dancers to perform. DWTS: Juniors showcases young pro dance talent under the age of 16, and celebrity kids as their partners.

Meet the cast of little pro dancers below, and be sure to watch DWTS Juniors on Sundays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.  

1. Pro: Kameron Couch

Kameron is an 11-year-old dancer and gymnast who has made a name for herself in the world of dance after winning several national titles. She has also made an appearance in a DJ Snake music video. Kameron and her partner, General Hospital star Hudson West, will be mentored by the Dancing With the Stars troupe cast member Hayley Erbert. 

2. Pro: Tristan Ianiero

Tristan is a Toronto-native who has excelled in the dance community. After being named "Junior Male Best Dancer" in 2017, he's taking his talents to the stage. He's currently being mentored by Artem Chigvintsev and is paired with reality star Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson. 

3. Pro: Sage Rosen

Sage is no stranger to the spotlight, and at such a young age, has already danced in the presence of Chris Brown, Sia, Justin Bieber, and Leona Lewis. With TV and commercial appearances under his belt, this three-time National Dance Champion is sure to wow the judges. Sage is paired with mentor Gleb  Savchenko and fellow dancer Mackenzie Ziegler.  

4. Pro: Rylee Arnold

Rylee gets her dance genes from her big sis, and mentor, Lindsay Arnold. This pint-size powerhouse has been trained in all dance styles, and has even placed 3rd at the World DanceSport Championships in Paris. We wouldn't be surprised if Rylee and her partner, Blackish star Miles Brown, walk away with the Mirrorball trophy. 

5. Pro: Lev Khmelev

Lev has performed in  Little Big Shots and So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, but his biggest break came when he performed in Justin Timberlake's "Cant Stop the Feeling" music video. Though his ballroom skills are amazing, we must point out that his hip-hop skills are what really impressed us! He is being mentored by Keo Motsepe and will dance with MasterChef Junior winner Addison Osta Smith. 

6. Pro: Kamri Peterson

Kamri extensive dancing training helped her to become a United States Under 10 Vice Champion. This 10-year-old has even represented the United States at the Open World Championships in Paris. She was also recently featured in the March 2018 issue of Dance Spirit magazine. Kamri has been paired up with Spelling Bee chamo Akash Vukoti and is being mentored by Witney Carson.  

7. Pro: JT Church

JT knows what it takes to be successful in a dance competition as he was the runner-up on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. He has also appeared on Nickelodeon's Lip Sync Battle Shorties and CMA Country Christmas. He is being mentored by Alan Bersten and will dance with skateboarder Sky Brown. 

8. Pro: Jake Monreal

Like his other pro competitors, Jake has appeared on  So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation and Nickelodeon's Lip Sync Battle Shorties. He is currently being mentored by Sasha Farber and will dance with Scottie Pippen's daughter, Sophia.

9. Pro: Hailey Bills

Hailey has won multiple national championships, and has made a name for herself in the world of competitive dance. One of her biggest achievements was being named the 2017 Female Mini Best Dancer at Dance Awards in Orlando, which draws talent from all over the country. On top of that, she is being mentored by her aunt, Jenna Johnson! Let's see if Hailey can win with her partner, Tripp Palin — whose mom, Bristol Palin, is a DWTS alum. 

10. Pro: Elliana Walmsley

Elliana is a young dancer you may already know after appearing on Season 6 of Dance Moms. Since then, she continues to be a tough competitor in the dance world, and even won the title of National 2018 Female Mini Best Dancer at The Dance Awards. She is being mentored by Emma Slater and will dance with Raven's Home actor, Jason Maybaum.

11. Pro: Brightyn Brems

Brightyn is used to tough competitive dance shows, as she has appeared on  NBC's World of Dance, America's Got Talent, and SYTYCD. This young dancer and his partner, Stevie Wonder's son Mandla Morris, are currently being mentored by Cheryl Burke. 

12. Pro: Artyon Celestine

Artyon is a dancer/gymnast who has made appearances on  Little Big Shots, A Christmas Story Live!America's Got Talent, and Lip Sync Battle Shorties. This energetic dancer is being mentored by Brandon Armstrong and hopes to walk away with the Mirror Ball Trophy with his partner and Disney Channel star Ariana Greenblatt.

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