Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Chelsie Hightower

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

Born Chelsie Kay Hightower in Las Vegas, Nevada, and raised in Orem, Utah with five brothers and her mother, Laurie Hightower, she started dancing when she was nine years old, and received conventional training since the age of 14. Hightower performed in musical theatres across the United States. She was a U.S. Worlds finalist in 2005, and competed on Team USA. She graduated from Timpanogos High School, then attended Utah Valley University.

At 18, she made her television debut on season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance. She was eliminated from the U.S. reality TV show on July 31, 2008 after making it to the top 6.

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 9 was professional snowboarder Louie Vito. They were eliminated in week six of the competition, and came in 8th place. For Season 10 she was partnered with Bachelor Jake Pavelka. They were voted off in week five of the competition, and came in 7th 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 5th place. She will not be on Season 13 (Fall 2011), but has said she hopes to be back soon after. It was announced on Good Morning America on February 28th, 2012 that Chelsie will be partnered with Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan for season 14.

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. On July 8, 2010, Chelsie received an Emmy nomination for the "Paso Doble/MalagueƱa" dance that she and Derek Hough performed and co-choreographed for Dancing with the Stars Season 10.

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

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