Strictly Come Dancing pro Natalie Lowe has quit after seven years

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 - Professional Dancers

Natalie Lowe has quit Strictly Come Dancing after seven years as a pro dancer.

The Aussie performer has confirmed she will not be back for this year's series, declining an invitation from show bosses to return.

Natalie told the Press Association today: “This was a very difficult decision for me not to accept the invitation to appear on this season of Strictly Come Dancing.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I have arrived at this decision.”

Natalie first joined the show in 2009, which was also her most successful year when she finished as runner up with celeb partner Ricky Whittle

“I’ll be forever grateful for the amazing time, opportunities and memories that Strictly has created for me. My time on the programme has been everything that I dreamed it would be and more.

“From the friendships I developed, the amazing dances I was able to perform in and the experiences that Strictly provided, it has been an incredible and extraordinary adventure.”

As yet the BBC has not confirmed the pro line up for the new series of Strictly.

Natalie's former fellow pros Janette Manrara and Aljaž Skorjanec previously revealed things were still up in the air behind the scenes.

And Oti Mabuse said last month: "I have to wait until the summer to find out [if I'll be back]. But being part of it for the last two years has been a privilege. Everybody just loves coming to work and they always try to make everybody happy. That's very rare being on a big show."

Last year saw a big change in the pro line up with 5 dancers stepping down and six newbies joining.

Strictly returns to BBC One in the autumn.

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