BBC’s Dan Walker leaves rehearsals with Strictly professional sparking partnership rumour

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Ahead of Strictly Come Dancing's launch show at the weekend, Dan Walker has been seen leaving the same dance rehearsal studio as one of the show's professional dancers, sparking rumours about his pairing.

The 44-year-old BBC Breakfast host has been getting some hours of dance tuition under his belt before his first appearance on the Strictly dance floor.

Dan was spotted at the dance studio just hours after waving goodbye to his BBC Breakfast co-host Louise Minchin who has quit her early morning TV job.

The presenter stepped out around 6.15pm from the rehearsal studio, with no shoes on, to make collection of a massage bed, which has sparked speculation about a potential injury ahead of the new series.

Dan Walker is spotted at a dance studio in Manchester

Strictly Come Dancing Pro Nadiya Bychkova is seen at the same dance studio as Dan Walker

Just over 30 minutes later, Strictly pro dancer Nadiya Bychkova was seen leaving the same studio, prompting rumours that she could be partnering Dan on his dance journey.

The 32-year-old Ukrainian-Slovenian ballroom and Latin American dancer and former world champion has been a pro on the show since 2017, previously dancing with EastEnders star Davood Ghadami, Blue singer Lee Ryan and former England goalkeeper, David James.

Last year Nadiya was one of the support dancers but she has been promoted back to the main line-up, meaning that she will be having a chance to go further that the sixth place she enjoyed with Davood.

Nadiya Bychkova is full of smiles ahead of the new series of Strictly

Dan Walker is hitting the rehearsal room ahead of the Strictly launch

She looked chic in a cropped t-shirt, leggings and leather jacket as she left the studio, with the Strictly pairings being officially unveiled when the launch show airs on Saturday.

Dan might need all the time he can get in the studio as Craig Revel Horwood has predicted that he might find the going hard when it comes to the competition.

The Strictly judge appeared on ITV's Lorraine on Wednesday and said he fears the BBC Breakfast star will "struggle" with latin because he is so tall, and won't be able to "control" his body.

Dan Walker is seen collecting a massage table while rehearsing for Strictly

Nadiya Bychkova was seen leaving the same dance studio being used by Dan Walker

Craig said: "If you're asking who I'm worried about, yeah Dan a little bit in the latin because he's so long he's got so much to control of that body.

"I think in frame he's going to be absolutely gorgeous in the ballroom, but the latin I think he's going to struggle with."

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