After a long five-season hiatus, Anna Trebunskaya is returning to Dancing with the Stars for Season 21 as a pro. In case you need a quick refresher, she first appeared on the show in Season 2, when she and her partner Jerry Rice placed second. The dancer was absent for Seasons 3 and 4, but she returned for 5 and competed in nearly every season until 15. Although she's never been part of a winning pair, Trebunskaya and figure skater Evan Lysacek placed second in Season 10. This time around, her partner is Academy Award nominated actor Gary Busey. Whether they win or lose, fans will undoubtedly be excited to see Anna back on the dance floor. The incredibly talented ballroom dancer has been absent since Season 15 ended in late 2012. So, what has Anna Trebunskaya been up to since then?
Between raising her young daughter and running her own dance studio, it's safe to say that Trebunskaya has kept busy both personally and professionally. She has been in a relationship with actor Nevin Millan since 2013 and the couple's insanely cute daughter was born in January 2014. And, they're not the only family members she spends a lot of time with — Trebunskaya and her mom own a ballroom dance studio together in Hermosa Beach, California. She's also stayed close to her Dancing with the Stars family, so fans aren't the only ones who are thrilled about her return.
Here's what she's been up to during her hiatus:
1. Spending Time With Her Family
She and Nevin Millan have a seriously adorable 19-month-old daughter named Amalya. The family has been spending lots of quality time together, including recent trips to Croatia and Russia.
2. She Appeared On The 10th Anniversary Special Of Dancing With The Stars
She may have been on hiatus, but the 34-year-old made an appearance on the Dancing with the Stars 10th anniversary special last April.
3. Making Her Acting Debut
The dancer is a well-established reality TV star, but she made her acting debut on HBO's The Newsroom last December.
4. Enjoying Beach Time Rather Than Ballroom Time
The Instagram caption indicates that Trebunskaya was understandably not in a rush to return to Dancing with the Stars because her new baby has been her priority.
5. Running A Dance Studio With Her Mom
Of course, dance has remained a huge part of her life. She and her mother own a ballroom and Latin dance studio called You Can Dance in Hermosa Beach, California. So if you've been wanting to learn ballroom skills and you find yourself in the area, there's probably no better teacher than Trebunskaya.
6. Being The Owner Of A Super Cute Beagle
...and I'd venture a guess that he's not supposed to be standing on the kitchen counter.
7. Practicing Her Dance Moves On The Beach
It's clear from Trebunskaya's photos that, despite being on hiatus from Dancing with the Stars, her love and dedication for dance are as strong as ever.
8. Appearing On Family Feud
The star appeared on a June episode of Family Feud along with fellow Dancing with the Stars performers Karina Smirnoff, Sasha Farber, Allison Holker, and Witney Carson.
As you can see, Anna has done many wonderful things both personally and professionally during her hiatus — but it will be great to see her back in action on Dancing with the Stars this season.