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Last Updated: Wednesday June 09 2010 15:04 GMT

Strictly dancer quits over change

Brian Fortuna and Ali Bastian

Strictly dancer Brian Fortuna has quit the show, after bosses decided to make changes to the programme.

He's one of five dancers who have been asked to only perform dances on the competition - and not compete with a celebrity partner.

Fortuna says he now wants to focus on his West End show Burn the Floor. His Strictly partner and girlfriend, actress Ali Bastian, also stars in it.

The pair finished third in last year's series, but won the Christmas special.

Four other dancers have also been asked the same - Ian Waite, Matthew Cutler, Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova.

They've not yet said if they'll go along with the changes.

The new series will have 14 instead of 16 celebrities. There'll be three new male dancers.