"Dancing with the Stars" 2014 kicks off March 17 on ABC with an all-new cast of celebrity mirror ball trophy hopefuls. Information posted to PureDWTS on March 15 revealed the dance styles that each of the newly minted couples will perform as their debut efforts in the storied ballroom.
Five of the 12 pairs are scheduled to take on the hip shaking cha cha cha. Included in the group are Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who returns as a "DWTS" pro teacher following a two-year absence; "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes and all-star season victor Tony Dovolani; legendary actor Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater; Paralympic bronze medalist Amy Purdy, the show's first-ever double amputee, and five-time mirror ball trophy winner Derek Hough; and Aussie pop star Cody Simpson and Witney Carson.
Grace and elegance are on the menu for the four couples who are slated to perform the foxtrot. Those included in the mix are long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad and new pro Henry Byalikov; "Big Time Rush" actor James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd; comedian and game show host Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke, who won seasons two and three; and "The Wonder Years" actress Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy.
The final three couples will perform one of the show's newest styles, contemporary. Included are "Full House" alum Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas; Olympic gold medalist Charlie White and Sharna Burgess; and former NHL player Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff.
"Dancing with the Stars" 2014 airs Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on ABC.