Chelsie Hightower (Is that her real name?) is a strikingly beautiful dancer born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her specialty is Latin Ballroom, and she has the fastest legs we have ever seen. Last year, a Russian dancer named Anya struck us because of her incredible leg speed. Chelsie is faster.
Chelsie has danced since she was just 9 years old, and there are pictures of her from competitive dances from an age where most of us were being challenged by hide and seek. But in the world of dance, to be as great as Chelsie, most have to start very young.
We were very disappointed this week because Chelsie was eliminated from the finals, despite not once being in the bottom prior to this week. We think she beat Courtney this week and, while we love Courtney and think she is another incredible talent, we believe that Chelsie was dealt a bad hand. She received Twitch as a partner and he could not dance the Mambo well enough, and it hurt their performance. To boot, while Courtney got two dances that catered to her style, Chelsie got thrown Hip Hop. She still was fantastic, but Hip Hop was about as far from Latin Ballroom as it could be.
Chelsie graduated from Timpanagos High School in 2007 and is 19 years old, born July 21, 1989. She just celebrated her 19th birthday!!! Happy Birthday Chelsie!!! She is going to college at Utah Valley University.
Chelsie was discovered in Salt Lake City and wowed the judges with her audition. They played her up right away on that show and knew even before she danced she was special. Her partner was relatively good, certainly better than Twitch was last week in the Mambo, but he paled in comparison and was little more than a prop. Nigel said, at the audition, “I have to say you are truly tremendous.” Mary followed with “You are one hot tamale, that is for sure!” Of course, she was sent straight through to Vegas. Or is that back to Vegas?
In 2005, Chelsie was a finalist in the US Worlds Dance Competition as a member of Team USA. A scant 16 years old, and she was already tearing up the floor. She started dancing at the age of 9. In just two years, at the age of 11, she won her first national title. From what we gather, she is a talented singer as well.
Chelsie currently resides in Pleasant Grove, Utah, was raised in Orem, Utah, and born in Las Vegas, but she was no gamble for this show. You could tell from the outset she was on her way to the top 20 at the very least, and the top 6 wasn’t good enough; we think she should have made the finale.
Because of her extensive background, according to TV.com, Chelsie has worked with many world-renowned choreographers such as Louis VanAmstel, Goran Nordin, Vibeka Taus, Paul Green, Karina Sminoff, Jonathon Wilkins, and Katusha Demidova. The exposure she has already received would comprise an entire career for most dancers.
We will miss Chelsie and we know that all of her fans are destroyed by her elimination. Last week just turned out incredibly unfair for her as a dancer, seemingly being targeted for elimination by lady luck and her pairing with Twitch. She was our huge favorite to win. For more on Chelsie, videos and pictures, please read our review of the show.
Chelsie Goes Home tribute
Some of Chelsie’s solos on the show