The “DWTS” pros who also participated in “So You Think You Can Dance”


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All professional dancers must find their star somewhere. One thing that most dancers Dancing with the stars have in common is that they started their television adventure So you think you can dance. This competition brought together professional dancers to compete for the title of America’s Best Dancer.

Dmitry Chaplin

He participated in the second season of So you think you can dance and soon began dancing professionally in Dance with the stars for three seasons. Fun fact, he was supposed to be paired with Jewel on DWTS season eight, but she had to pull out of the season due to fractured shins in both legs.

Alan Bersten

This current Dancing with the stars professional was on season 10 of So you think you can dance. He finished in the top 12. He was eliminated after the judges complained about a gap between him and partner Malece Miller. They were both eliminated because of it.

Lindsay Arnold

This DWTS mirrorball winner was behind season nine of So you think you can dance. During her time in the competition, she danced a samba, paso doble, contemporary and more. Arnold placed in the top eight of the series, then was eliminated in week six of the competition. Luckily, her dance journey wasn’t over, she was chosen to perform on Dancing with the stars the next year.

Jenna Johnson

Jenna Johnson wasn’t the first in her family to audition for So you think you can dance. Prior to her time on the show, her older sisters were cut at the Green Mile. In this episode, the judges tell the contestants whether they participated in the show or not. Jenna outlasted her sisters and placed in the top eight of season ten.

Artem Chigvintsev

This professional dancer had to be included given that he placed in the top eight in the first season of So you think you can dance! He entered the show with the main Latin ballroom dance style, but was challenged with several lyrical dances, a Cha-Cha, Paso Doble, Pop, and more.

witney carson

Witney Carson auditioned for So you think you can dance in season nine of the competition. During the competition, she performed several different types of dances including a samba, cha-cha, paso doble, and more. She reached the Women’s Top Six/Top Three in the competition before being eliminated. She joined Dancing with the stars soon after in March 2013.

Honorable mention:

It’s no surprise that DWTS coach Derek Hough is dating someone who is as talented as he is in the ballroom. Hayley Erbert was a mentor on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors in 2018, but otherwise hasn’t been seen on the dance floor without Hough. Alone, she has achieved a lot in dance after placing in the top six, the top three women in season ten of So you think you can dance.

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Colleen D. Ervin