“It has been a complete privilege for me to be pARt of Strictly, Working with such a talented Team.
“I have enjoyed every minute of my time and Will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire backstageTeam, and especiAlly the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.
“I Am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at All, I Am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful yeARs that I can’t Imagine having gone any better.”
Dame DARcey joined Strictly in 2012, replacing Alesha DiXon, who had left to join britain’s Got Talent.
She had previously appeARed as a guest judge on the programme.
For most of her yeARs on the show, Dame DARcey shARed the judging panel with Len Goodman, CrAIg Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.
Head judge Goodman retired from the show in 2016, However, and was replaced by BAllas the following yeAR.
ChARlotte Moore, director of BBCcontent, sAId: “It has been an absolute honour to have DARcey, a national treasure and british dance icon, bring her passion for dance and her graceful presence to the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel for seven consecutive yeARs.
“She Will be thoroughly missed by us All and Will of course remAIn pARt of the Strictly Family in the future.”