Age 11-12: Wins her first national dancing title, gains a bunch of self-confidence, starts experimenting with jazz, ballet, and hip-hop dancing, and joins Studio One‘s junior dance company in Utah.Age 14: Gets the chance to leave Studio One and work with world renowned choreographer Shirley Ballas, but wrestles with the decision.” Chelsie Hightower and Gev Manoukian on So You Think You Can Dance Season 4 18 Year old Chelsie Hightower Audition Video on So You think You can dance in Utah Appearing on SYTYCD gave Chelsie an opportunity to work with Mia Michaels and Tyce Diorio who are some of the top choreographers in the dance industry.She ended up taking 5th place in the season 4 of the SYTYCD show.She had such trouble learning new steps that she stayed late after class most nights so that the teacher could help her catch up.Through sheer persistence, she got past her initial awkwardness, and achieved enough competency (and interest) to start competing in child dance competitions.He hired world class coaches such as Karina Smirnoff, who would train the couple one-on-one for an hour and a half every day.
Chelsie’s natural talent for dance was shining through, which helps explain why she was approached by the audition team of a rising Latin ballroom youth star, Bradley Gregory.
Chelsie grew up with five athletic older brothers, and spent most of her childhood outside playing sports.
I don’t care what anyone says.” Born on July 21, 1989 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and raised in Orem, Utah.
Ultimately, she decides to go for it, partly because she really wants to see Europe.
Age 16: Returns to the US after training with world-class dance instructors.