Chelsie Hightower’s dance partner for season 15 of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars: All Stars” was Helio Castroneves who won the coveted mirror ball trophy in season 5 with dance partner Julianne Hough. He races on Team Penske in the Indy Car Racing League. Chelsie’s other DWTS partners were Disney star Roshon Fegan, season 14, entertainer Romeo, season 12, singer-songwriter Michael Bolton, season 11, “The Bachelor,” Jake Pavelka, season 10, Olympic snowboarder, Louie Vito season 9 and Ty Murray, 7 time All Around World Rodeo Champion, season 8.
For the past five years she has wowed audiences with her dancing skills as a professional dancer on “Dancing with the Stars.” She was a special guest star for a week this summer in the Dancing With The Stars Live show in Las Vegas. Chelsie has assisted with choreography and danced for numerous musical guests on DWTS including: Justin Bieber, Whitney Houston, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Martina McBride, The Script, Goo Goo Dolls, Heart, Rascal Flatts, Kevin Rudolf, Jewel, Susan Boyle, Melissa Etheridge, The Go Go’s, The Bee Gee’s and Train. July 2010 she 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.
Chelsie participated in her first USO tour visiting family bases in Germany, June 2011. Chelsie states, “It was an honor to meet the men and women serving our country and their families.
“I danced before such appreciative audiences, had a chance to teach a children’s class and even worked with an engaged couple on their wedding dance.” On July 4th, she and Mark Ballas performed to Jordin Sparks singing “Beauty and the Beast,” on the iconic 2011 PBS Special “A Capitol Fourth.”
She appeared on the September 2010 issue of Fitness Magazine cover. Chelsie and Ty Murray were featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. “I was so flattered to be asked to be part of such an iconic magazine.” states Chelsie.
Chelsie is the face of Reebok’s new dance shoe and apparel line, which launched March and April of 2013. “From top to bottom this Reebok line is fabulous. I can’t wait for everyone to ‘dance’ in these great shoes while looking so fashionable.” states Chelsie. She was honored to be a part of Latisse Wishes Challenge benefiting Make A Wish Foundation with Kathy Ireland and Bobbie Thomas. The campaign raised over $400,000.00 for the charity. She did two successful media tours for Old London Melba Toast products. She announced the 2012 “OPA! To a Better You” Sweepstakes and the 2011 Old London “Toast for Everyday health,” Aloha Sweepstakes.
She was a fan favorite on FOX TV’S “So You Think You Can Dance,” prior to joining the cast of “Dancing with the Stars.” Dancing is a major part of Chelsie’s life and she continues to study all styles of dance. “In my chosen field there is always something to learn and I study my craft constantly…striving to improve. When not on DWTS she performs at various dance camps and charity events.
Born in Las Vegas and raised in Orem, Utah, Chelsie has five older brothers and started dancing when she was 9 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.
She spent the summer of 2006, teaching in North Carolina to pay for her training in New York on the weekends. She has been teaching at Center Stage in Utah, and has 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
There is a link to her collection, additional photos and media information on her website: www.chelsiehightowerdance.com.