Alek Skarlatos Joins the Cast of Dancing with the Stars Season 21

By Lisa Weseman | Sep 2nd, 2015

Army National Guard Specialist Alek Skarlatos has joined the Dancing with the Stars Season 21 cast! Alek became a worldwide hero in August when he helped avert a massacre aboard a Belgian train. While on vacation after a deployment in Afghanistan, the 22 year-old sprang into action when an armed attacker began shooting on the train. Alek and two of his friends, Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone and student Anthony Sadler, disarmed and subdued the attacker, who was armed with guns and a box cutter. The California native is an avid painter and military history buff. In between National Guard deployments, Alek studies at a local community college and plans to enter the police force. See Alek hit the dance floor on the  Season 21 Premiere of Dancing with the Stars, MONDAY SEPT 14 8|7c on ABC.  

WATCH: Alek Skarlatos Do the Nae Nae 

CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS: Tamar Braxton | Gary Busey |  Nick Carter | Paula Deen |  Victor Espinoza | Andy Grammer | Hayes Grier |  Bindi Irwin | Chaka Khan | Alexa PenaVega | Carlos PenaVega Alek Skarlatos | Kim Zolciak Biermann 

 

 

WATCH:  Dancing with the Stars pros Artem Chigvintsev, Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold and more perform an Almay #SimplyAmerican routine to 'Summer of '69' and 'In the USA' in support of the brave women serving in America‚Äôs armed forces. 

 

MORE: First Look at Dancing with the Stars Season 21 Pros 

 

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