The Story of Chelsie Hightower (From Dancing With the Stars)November 24th, 2013 by WTM.org Community
“I am a virgin, I don’t drink, and I don’t do drugs. There are always temptations, and they come in different ways, but this is really who I am. Nothing or anyone affects how I live my life. It’s not that hard… I definitely know who I am. .. I don’t care what anyone says.”
Born on July 21, 1989 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and raised in Orem, Utah.
Chelsie grew up with five athletic older brothers, and spent most of her childhood outside playing sports.
In the 3rd grade, her parents enrolled her in an after-school dance class. She hated dancing. She was a shy girl, and cried when her mother first brought her to class, but she quickly realized if she was going to sit in class for an hour anyway, so might as well learn to dance.
She started as the worst dancer in the class, and the slowest learner. She had such trouble learning new steps that she stayed late after class most nights so that the teacher could help her catch up.
Through sheer persistence, she got past her initial awkwardness, and achieved enough competency (and interest) to start competing in child dance competitions. In most competitions she was cut or disqualified in the first round. One day, something “clicked” and she started winning almost every competition she entered.
Age 11-12: Wins her first national dancing title, gains a bunch of self-confidence, starts experimenting with jazz, ballet, and hip-hop dancing, and joins Studio One‘s junior dance company in Utah.
Age 14: Gets the chance to leave Studio One and work with world renowned choreographer Shirley Ballas, but wrestles with the decision. This would mean a return to ballroom dancing (when she was enjoying jazz so much). Plus she’d have to leave all her friends at Studio One. Ultimately, she decides to go for it, partly because she really wants to see Europe.
Age 16: Returns to the US after training with world-class dance instructors. Competes with Team USA in the most prestigious dance competition in the world — the Blackpool Dance Festival. Also represents Team USA in the Latin Style competition (and wins 3rd place).
Age 17: Gets a new dance partner, and within a short four months they become international finalists. Teaches dance in North Carolina to pay for her training in New York (she travels to NY every weekend to train, then back to NC to teach). Thrust in to spotlight when she auditions for So You Think You can Dance.
Age 18: Makes her television debut on season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance and gives an Emmy-nominated performance with Mark Kanemura to a revision of “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis.
Age 19: Makes it to the top six in So You Think You Can Dance, then gets eliminated. Months later, in the airport about to board flight home from a competition, she gets a call from Dancing with the Stars with an offer be on their next spring season. She doesn’t think she can do it, because she’s still under contract with Fox (even though she’s already been kicked off Dancing with the Stars). She calls her contact at Fox, and Fox lets her out of her contract with well wishes.
She joins the season eight cast of Dancing with the Stars as a professional dancer, partnered with Ty Murray, a nine-time World Champion rodeo cowboy. They finish 4th, but they still get to go on a nationwide tour afterwards with the class.
Age 20: Makes an appearance in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition along with three other castmember-couples from Dancing with the Stars. Receives an Emmy nomination for the Paso Doble/Malagueña dance that she and Derek Hough performed and co-choreographed for season ten of DWTS.
Other interesting facts…
- Performed the song Hands with singer Jewel in a San Manuel Casin concert.
- Considers Hip Hop to be the the hardest style of dance to learn.
Quotes about waiting…
Sex is a sacred thing; giving it away so easily compromises yourself respect. I don’t believe in using sex to feel prettier or to feel better about yourself. It’s real important thing and you have to be smart about it.”
You know the old saying… sex sells, it hasn’t change. I think people really enjoy sex… I think they enjoy that. I am not really the sex type. I’m a little wholesome, still a virgin. Honestly, I am saving myself. So, you might not see a whole lot of me on that but you’ll see a lot of fun out of me… That is my one goal in life, to have fun.”
–Source: This video of a sleezey papparazi stalking her (that you’re totally going to watch anyway).
Find out more about Chelsie!
- Chelsie’s Bio on her Official Website
- Chelsie’s Professional Profile on her Official Website
- Wikipedia: Chelsie Hightower
- Podcast Interview with Chelsie Hightower
- Dance Spirit Profile: Chelsie Hightower