Chelsie Hightower -So You Think You Can Dance & Dancing With The Stars
Born in Las Vegas and raised in Orem, Utah, Chelsie Hightower started dancing when she was nine years old in an after school program. She won her first national title when she was just 11 years old. In 2005, she was asked to be one of the four couples in the country to be on Team USA in the most prestigious dance competition in the world held in Blackpool, England. She represented USA in Latin Style, where Team USA took 3rd place behind Ukraine and Russia. That same year she had the opportunity to be one of the two couples to represent the United States at the Worlds for the standard style of ballroom held in Lavita.
Chelsie then spent the summer of 2006 teaching in North Carolina to pay for her training in New York on the weekends. She was an instructor at Center Stage in Utah and also taught abroad helping many students win national titles.
Chelsie’s many achievements include:
- U.S. Representative to the Worlds – 2005
- U.S. National Standard Finalist – 2005
- International Latin Finalist – 2006
- 10 Dance National Youth Champion – 2005
From there, Chelsie became a fan favorite on FOX TV’S “So You Think You Can Dance”. Then in time for Season 8, she joined the cast of ABC’s hit “Dancing with the Stars” as a professional dancer. She was partnered with Ty Murray, seven-time All Around World Rodeo Champion, finishing 4th. For season 9, she danced with Olympic snowboarder Louie Vito, finishing in 8th place, partnered with Jake Pavelka for season 10, finishing 7th and danced with world famous singer-songwriter Michael Bolton for season 11. In July of 2010, Chelsie received her first Creative EMMY nomination for Outstanding Choreography for her “Dancing with the Stars” routine Paso Doble /Malaquena. She co- choreographed the piece with fellow DWTS pro Derek Hough.
In September of 2010, Chelsie appeared on the cover of Fitness Magazine, her first solo national magazine cover. Chelsie and DWTS partner Ty Murray were also featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. “I was so flattered to be asked to be part of such an iconic magazine. What a thrill to join the list of superb athletes and supermodels that have been featured over the years,” remarked the dance star.
When not on DWTS, Chelsie performs at various dance camps and charity events. She was honored to be a part of the Latisse Wishes Challenge benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation, joining Kathy Ireland and Bobbie Thomas in raising over $400,000.00 for the charity.
At just 21 years old, Chelsie has accomplished a great deal and even has her own dance/active wear clothing line, the Chelsie Hightower Collection for Sugar and Bruno. She continues to study all styles of dance with her specialty being Ballroom. “In my chosen field there is always something to learn and I study my craft constantly…striving to improve.” She has trained with current and former world champions including: “Dancing with the Stars”: Corky Ballas, Katrina Sminoff and Louis VanAmstel.
For additional photos, media information and a link to her dancewear line, visit Chelsie’s website at www.chelsiehightowerdance.com.