Chelsie Hightower

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Chelsie Kay Hightower is a professional dancer who was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance in 2008, and a guest-dancer on Dancing with the Stars in 2009. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes casually called the Mormon or LDS Church.

Chelsie was born July 21, 1989, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and raised in Orem, Utah. She graduated from Timpanogos High School in Orem and attended Utah Valley University there. Her specialty is Latin Ballroom Dancing, though she has trained in many forms of dance. She has trained with current and former world champions including: Dancing With The Stars: Corky Ballas, Karina Smirnoff and Louis VanAmstel. She is one of only four female dancers on So You Think You Can Dance never to be in the bottom three couples. On Season 8 of Dancing with the Stars, she was partnered with rodeo star Ty Murray. She has also performed with singer/songwriter Jewel, Ty Murray's wife, in concert on Jewel's hit "Hands."

"Chelsie 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 Chelsie 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 Latvia.
"She spent the summer of 2006, teaching in North Carolina and training in New York on weekends. She has been teaching at Center Stage in Utah, and has helped many students win national titles. She also teaches abroad" (Official website).

Chelsie already has her own clothing line and a line of cosmetics.