Chelsie Hightower

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Chelsie Hightower
Chelsie Hightower at Disney.jpg
Hightower in 2010
BornChelsie Kay Hightower
(1989-07-21) July 21, 1989 (age 24)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
OccupationDancer/choreographer
Years active1998–present
 
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Chelsie Hightower
Chelsie Hightower at Disney.jpg
Hightower in 2010
BornChelsie Kay Hightower
(1989-07-21) July 21, 1989 (age 24)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
OccupationDancer/choreographer
Years active1998–present

Chelsie Kay Hightower (born July 21, 1989) is a ballroom dancer, who is best known for being a regular dance partner, trainer and choreographer on the ABC competition show Dancing with the Stars.

Biography[edit]

Born Chelsie Kay Hightower in Las Vegas, Nevada, and raised in Orem, Utah with five older brothers and her mother and father until they divorced in 2006. Chelsie was born with a hole in her heart. She started dancing when she was nine years old and received conventional training since the age of 14. She has been trained in ballroom, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. Hightower has performed in musical theaters across the United States and won her first national title when she was 11. She was a U.S. Worlds finalist in 2005, and competed on Team USA during the British Open in Blackpool, England. She graduated from Timpanogos High School, then attended Utah Valley University.[1]

So You Think You Can Dance[edit]

At age 18, she made her television debut on season four of So You Think You Can Dance. She is highly remembered for her Emmy nominated performances with Mark Kanemura to a revision of "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis choreographed by NappyTabs and with Joshua Allen to "A Los Amigas" choreographed by Dimitry Chaplin. She was eliminated from the U.S. reality TV show on July 31, 2008 after making it to the top six. Hightower was one of two contestants who were never in the bottom 3. After season 4, Chelsie has since returned in season 8 as an All-Star and in season 10 as a choreographer and All-Star.

Dancing With The Stars[edit]

Hightower joined the season eight cast of Dancing with the Stars as a professional dancer, and was partnered with Ty Murray, a nine-time World Champion rodeo cowboy. On May 12, 2009, she and Murray were eliminated from the competition with a 4th place finish. Her partner for season nine was professional snowboarder Louie Vito. They were eliminated in week six of the competition, and came in eighth place. For season ten she was partnered with The Bachelor star Jake Pavelka. They were voted off in week six of the competition, and came in seventh place. She was paired with Michael Bolton in season 11. The couple were eliminated in week two. For season 12 she was partnered with rapper and actor Romeo Miller. They were eliminated in week eight of the competition, and came in fifth place. She was not on season 13 (Fall 2011), but returned in season 14 (Spring 2012) partnered with Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan. The couple was eliminated on week eight, finishing in sixth place. For season 15 (the first "all-stars" season), she was partnered with season five winner Hélio Castroneves. They were voted off during a double elimination in week three and finished in 10th place.

Hightower made an appearance in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Winter 2010 edition (pages 152 and 153) along with three other couples from Dancing with the Stars.[2] On July 8, 2010, she received an Emmy nomination for the "Paso Doble/Malagueña" dance that she and Derek Hough performed and co-choreographed for season ten.[3]

Hightower has performed with singer/songwriter Jewel (Ty Murray's wife) in concert on Jewel's hit "Hands."

So You Think You Can Dance performances[edit]

WeekPartnerDanceSongResult
1Mark KanemuraContemporary"Beautiful" – Meshell NdegeocelloSafe
2Argentine tango"Mi Confesión" – Gotan ProjectSafe
3Lyrical hip-hop"Bleeding Love" – Leona LewisSafe
4Jazz"Kiss Kiss" – Holly ValanceSafe
Foxtrot"It's My Life" – Paul Anka
5Salsa"Fuego" – Joe BataanSafe
Broadway"I'm a Woman" from Smokey Joe's Cafe
6Gev ManoukianContemporary"These Arms of Mine" – Otis ReddingSafe
Jive"The House is Rockin'" – Brian Setzer Orchestra
Solo"Pon de Replay" – Rihanna
7Joshua AllenArgentine tango"A Los Amigos" from Forever TangoSafe
Disco"Everlasting Love" – Gloria Estefan
Solo"Damaged" – Danity Kane
8Stephen "Twitch" BossMambo"Ahora Me Toca A Mi" – Víctor ManuelleEliminated
Hip-hop"Control" – Vitamin String Quartet
Solo"When I Grow Up" – The Pussycat Dolls
Results show solo"The Girl's Gone Wild" – Travis Tritt

Dancing With the Stars performances[edit]

Chelsie's average score from all her partners is 21.03 points.

SeasonPartnerPlace
8Ty Murray4th
9Louie Vito8th
10Jake Pavelka7th
11Michael Bolton11th
12Romeo5th
13N/AN/A
14Roshon Fegan6th
15Hélio Castroneves10th
16N/AN/A

Season 8 : with Ty Murray (average : 22.4)[edit]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoresResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-cha-cha / "Train in Vain"545No elimination
2Quickstep / "Life is a Highway"767Safe
3Foxtrot / "Come Dance With Me"887Safe
4Lindy Hop / "You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)"988Safe
5Paso Doble / "Barracuda"777Safe
6Jive / "The Girl's Gone Wild"666Last to be called safe
7Waltz / "Strawberry Wine"
1960's Group Dance / "The Clapping Song"
8
No
8
scores
8
given
Last to be called safe
8Salsa / "Vehicle"
Team Tango / "Womanizer"
9
9
7
9
8
10
Safe
9Argentine Tango / "Amor Que Se Baila"
Rumba / "Free Fallin'"
8
7
9
7
8
7
Bottom 2
10
Semi-finals
Viennese Waltz / "Tuesday's Gone"
Samba / "Concrete and Clay"
8
8
9
7
8
8
Eliminated

Season 9 : with Louie Vito (average : 18.8)[edit]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoresResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Foxtrot / "It's My Life"676Safe
Salsa Relay / "Get Busy"—Sean PaulAwarded 8 points
2Jive / "Crash"67*6Safe
3Rumba / "Total Eclipse of the Heart"857Safe
4Two Step / "Sweet Home Alabama"556Safe
5Argentine Tango / "Sin Rumbo"
Group Hustle / "The Hustle"
7
No
8
scores
7
given
Safe
6Jitterbug / "Baby Likes To Rock It"
Mambo Marathon / "Ran Kan Kan"
7
Awarded
7
3
7
points
Eliminated

^* Due to Len Goodman's absence in week 2 the 7 was awarded by stand-in guest judge Baz Luhrmann.

Season 10 : with Jake Pavelka (average : 20.4)[edit]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoresResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Viennese Waltz / "Kiss From a Rose"767No elimination
2Jive / "Hip to be Square"677Safe
3Quickstep / "Walk Like An Egyptian"777Last to be called safe
4Tango / "A Girl Like You"6/77/66/6Safe
5Cha-cha-cha / "Old Time Rock and Roll"878Safe
6Samba / "Comanche"
Swing Marathon / "In the Mood"
7
Awarded
7
4
7
points
Eliminated

Season 11 : with Michael Bolton (average : 14.0)[edit]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoresResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Viennese Waltz / "Life After You"655Safe
2Jive / "Hound Dog"453Eliminated

Season 12 : with Romeo Miller (average : 23.6)[edit]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoresResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-cha-cha / "Romeo"766No elimination
2Quickstep / "You're the One That I Want"788Safe
3Rumba / "I'll Be There"767Safe
4Paso Doble / "Palladio, First Movement"788Safe
5Foxtrot / "New York, New York"989Safe
6Waltz / "My Heart Will Go On"1099Safe
7Samba / "Say Hey (I Love You)"
Team Cha-cha-cha / "Born This Way"
7/8
8/8
7
7
8
7
Safe
8Tango / "Hold It Against Me"
Salsa (Instant-Dance) / "Tequila"
9
8
9
9
9
8
Eliminated

Season 14 : with Roshon Fegan (average : 25.7)[edit]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoresResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-cha-cha / "Glad You Came"878No elimination
2Quickstep / "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"989Safe
3Samba / "I Want You Back"889Safe
4Viennese Waltz / "The Time of My Life"989Bottom 2
5Salsa / "Bumpy Ride"989Safe
6Rumba / "Cruisin"
Motown Marathon / "Nowhere to Run"
Dance Duel Jive / "Don't Stop Me Now"
7
Awarded
Saved
8
5
by
8
Points
judges
Bottom 2
7Argentine Tango / "Bad Romance"
Team Tango / "Toccata"
Dance Duel Rumba / "Set Fire to the Rain"
9
10
Saved
8
8
by
8
9
judges
Bottom 2
8Foxtrot / "Sweet Pea"
Paso Doble / "Turn Me On"
10
9
9
9
10
9
Eliminated

Season 15 : with Hélio Castroneves (average: 23.3)[edit]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoresResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Foxtrot / "Pride and Joy"7.07.57.0Safe
2Jive / "Everybody Talks"8.07.57.5Bottom Two
3Quickstep / "Mr. Pinstripe Suit"8.58.58.5Eliminated
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Cody Linley & Julianne Hough
Dancing with the Stars (US) semi-finalist
Season 8 (Spring 2009 with Ty Murray)
Succeeded by
Joanna Krupa & Derek Hough
Preceded by
Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya
Dancing with the Stars (US) quarter-finalist
Season 12 (Spring 2011 with Romeo)
Succeeded by
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus

Other dance achievements[edit]

References[edit]

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