Dancing with the Stars Pros: Ranked!

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Over the course of 23  seasons of Dancing with the Stars, over 40 professional dancers have lent their skills to teach celebrity partners and compete for the Mirror Ball trophy.

We've chosen the top 30 of all of those pros, and ranked them from worst (or you know, just not well-known) to the very best. See where your favorite landed on our list below! 

30. Jenna Johnson

Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson is a brand new pro, so we haven't had much time to get to know her yet -- especially since she and her partner were eliminated in the first week of the competition.

29. Ashly Costa

Ashly Costa
Also known as Ashley DelGrosso, she competed for four seasons on Dancing with the Stars. Her first year, she made it to third place with partner Joey McIntyre. In Season 10, she was paired with Buzz Aldrin.

28. Gleb Savchenko

Gleb Savchenko
Gleb isn't brand new, but we still don't know him well just yet. He competed on Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars with Lisa Vanderpump, and is back for the second time now on Season 23.

27. Keo Motsepe

Keo Motsepe
Keo has competed on four seasons of Dancing with the Stars so far, but unfortunately, was eliminated in the first round... twice. Most recently, he was paired with Jodie Sweetin in Season 22. The couple made it to 6th place.

26. Corky Ballas

Corky Ballas
Corky Ballas actually trained several of the professionals on Dancing with the Stars, then joined the show himself in Seasons 7 and 11. He was paired with Cloris Leachman and Florence Henderson.

25. Sasha Farber

Sasha Farber
Sasha Farber is not only a great dancer, but he's also a lot of fun to have on the show. He's also full of surprises... like proposing to another pro during a live show! Congrats, Sasha and Emma!

24. Tristan MacManus

Tristan MacManus
It's been several seasons since we've seen the sweet, endearing Tristan MacManus on Dancing with the Stars. He joined the show as a member of the troupe for Season 13, then become one of the pros to compete in Season 14. He later left Dancing with the Stars to compete on the British version, Strictly Come Dancing.

23. Chelsie Hightower

Chelsie Hightower
Chelsie Hightower joined Dancing with the Stars as a pro during Season 8. She competed for several seasons in a row, but we haven't seen her now since the All-Star Season. Some of her partners have included Jake Pavelka, Michael Bolton, and Romeo Miller.

22. Lindsay Arnold

Lindsay Arnold
Lindsay Arnold joined the show in Season 16. She then returned for Season 21 where she made it to second place with partner Alek Skarlatos. Lindsay's positive attitude and solid choreography have quickly made her a favorite.

21. Dmitry Chaplin

Dmitry Chaplin
Who can forget Dmitry Chaplin? Though he only competed in three seasons, he's a memorable guy. He made it to second place in Season 9 with his partner Mya.

20. Edyta Sliwinska

Edyta Sliwinska
Edyta Sliwinska has been a dedicated pro on Dancing with the Stars, competing in 11 out of 23 seasons so far. Her partners have included Joey Lawrence and Cameron Mathison.

19. Anna Trebunskaya

Anna Trebunskaya
You really can't help but love Anna Trebunskaya, who is another dedicated pro on Dancing with the Stars. She's a patient teacher and amazing dancer.

18. Alec Mazo

Alec Mazo
Alec Mazo was a pro on the first season of Dancing with the Stars, and he was also the first winner with his partner, Kelly Monaco, from General Hospital.

17. Allison Holker

Allison Holker
Allison Holker is not only a great dancer and teacher, but she also has a positive attitude. She joined Dancing with the Stars in Season 19. She made it to 2nd place in Season 20 with her partner, Riker Lynch.

16. Emma Slater

Emma Slater
Recently engaged to fellow pro, Sasha Farber, Emma Slater is a memorable pro who has competed in four seasons so far. Her partners have included Bill Engvall and Redfoo (who was eliminated way too soon, if you ask us).

15. Artem Chigvintsev

Artem Chigvintsev
Artem won us over quickly when he joined the show in Season 19. This guy has all kinds of charisma. His partners have included Lea Thompson and most recently, Maureen McCormick.

14. Lacey Schwimmer

Lacey Schwimmer
An alum from So You Think You Can Dance, Lacey Schwimmer joined Dancing with the Stars in Season 7 and was partnered with Lance Bass. They earned third place that year. Shwimmer later made it to second place in Season 11 with Kyle Massey.

13. Louis van Amstel

Louis van Amstel
Louis van Amstel is one of the most likeable pros on Dancing with the Stars. He's been a part of the show since Season 1 (though he hasn't competed in ever season). Some of his partners have included Priscilla Presley, Paula Deen, and Kelly Osbourne, with whom he made it to third place in Season 9.

12. Witney Carson

Witney Carson
Witney Carson is definitely a favorite, especially after winning the mirror ball trophy with partner Alfonso Ribeiro in Season 19. She was also nominated for an Emmy Award that season because of her choreography.

11. Tony Dovolani

Tony Dovolani
Tony Dovolani is a Dancing with the Stars staple, having competed on 21 out of 23 seasons so far. Though he's only won the Mirror Ball Trophy once, he won it during the show's All Star Season with partner Melissa Rycroft, which is a very big deal.

10. Karina Smirnoff

Karina Smirnoff
Another staple of Dancing with the Stars, Karina Smirnoff has been a favorite since she joined the show in its third season, where she was paired with Mario Lopez. They made it to second place. In Season 13, she won the Mirror Ball with partner J.R. Martinez.

9. Val Chmerkovskiy

Val Chmerkovskiy
Val has become a household name on Dancing with the Stars, and he's won the Mirror Ball trophy once with partner Rumer Willis. He's the softer one of the two Chmerkovskiy brothers, for sure.

8. Sharna Burgess

Sharna Burgess
Sharna's most memorable season of Dancing with the Stars was probably Season 20, when she was paired with former U.S. Army soldier Noah Galloway. Because Galloway was missing an arm and a leg, she was forced to put her creativity to the test. The pair made it to third place. Sharna made it to second place the following season with partner Nick Carter.

7. Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke
Cheryl Burke is another one of the most recognizable names on Dancing with the Stars, having competed in 18 of the 23 seasons so far. She won the Mirror Ball in Seasons 2 and 3, with partners Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith, respectively.

6. Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Sure, sometimes he speaks out a little too much, and sometimes he seems like he takes tough love a little too far when he's teaching, but Maks is another staple of Dancing with the Stars, and show isn't quite the same when he's not on. He won the Mirror Ball trophy in Season 18 with partner Meryl Davis.

5. Peta Murgatroyd

Peta Murgatroyd
How can you not love Peta Murgatroyd? The joined Dancing with the Stars as a pro in Season 13 and has won the Mirror Ball twice -- first with Donald Driver in Season 14, then again with Nyle DiMarco in Season 22, where she really showed off her incredible choreography skills.

4. Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough
Before she was a judge on Dancing with the Stars, she was a beloved pro, who won the Mirror Ball trophy her first two years in a row, first with Apolo Anton Ohno and then with Helio Castroneves.

3. Kym Johnson

Kym Johnson
Two-time Mirror Ball winner Kym Johnson is always a joy to watch. She won in Season 9 with partner Donny Osmand and again in Season 12 with Hines Ward. And while she may not have won the mirror ball in Season 20 with Robert Herjavek, she got something even better. The two are now happily married after meeting on the show.

2. Mark Ballas

Mark Ballas
Mark Ballas is known for pushing boundaries with inventive choreography... and costumes! He's won the Mirror Ball two times, first with Kristi Yamaguchi in Season 6, and again with Shawn Johnson in Season 8.

1. Derek Hough

Derek Hough
And last but not least is Derek Hough, the only pro to win the Mirror Ball trophy a total of SIX times thanks to his awesome choreography (for which he's won a couple of Emmy Awards for, by the way). Add to that a great attitude and an incredible ability to teach, he's definitely number one on our list!

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Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

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Cristian de la Fuente