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Witney Capri Carson McAllister (born October 17, 1993) is an American professional Latin and ballroom dancer, choreographer, and actress. She first gained attention in 2012, when the 18-year-old finished ladies' second runner-up on So You Think You Can Dance: season 9. Carson continued her professional dancing career in early 2013 as a troupe dancer on Dancing with the Stars: seasons 16 and 17. Carson was promoted to being a "professional partner" in season 18.[1] She returned as a professional for season 19. She and her partner Alfonso Ribeiro were announced the winners of season 19 on November 25, 2014, making her one of five professional dancers to win the mirror ball trophy within their first two seasons. For that season, Carson received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography.[2]

Witney Carson
Born Witney Capri Carson
(1993-10-17) October 17, 1993 (age 24)
American Fork, Utah, U.S.
Occupation Dancer, actress, choreographer
Years active 2012–present
Height 5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Spouse(s) Carson McAllister (m. 2016)
Website www.witneycarson.com

Throughout her dance career, Carson has worked with dancers and choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Nappytabs, Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh, Tyce Diorio, Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, and Stacey Tookey.

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Personal lifeEdit

Carson was born in American Fork, Utah.[3] She is the oldest of four children. She has two brothers and a sister. She started her career as a dancer at the age of three, training in different dance styles including ballet, jazz, hip hop, ballroom and tap among many others. She has competed and performed around the world and has won several awards and scholarships throughout her career.[citation needed] On October 3, 2015, Carson confirmed her engagement on Instagram to her boyfriend of four years, Carson McAllister.[4] The couple married on January 1, 2016 in a private Mormon ceremony at the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City. Fellow Dancing with the Stars dancers Brittany Cherry, Jenna Johnson, and Emma Slater were among her bridesmaids, with Lindsay Arnold serving as her matron of honor.[5]

So You Think You Can DanceEdit

At the age of 18, Carson auditioned for season nine of Fox network's hit show So You Think You Can Dance. She made it through to the top twenty finalists. Her partner was ballet dancer and season winner Chehon Wespi-Tschopp. When only ten dancers remained, the contestants switched partners to a new all-star each week. As she proceeded to the top 6 dancers, Carson partnered with dancers Nick Lazzarini, Stephen "Twitch" Boss and Marko Germar before she was eliminated after the week-seven round which aired on September 2012.[6]

She returned as an all-star in season ten, partnering with top 6 dancer Paul Karmiryan and season winner, Du-shaunt "Fik-shun" Stegall.[7]

Performances and resultsEdit

Week Partner(s) / type Style Music Choreographer
Meet the Top 20
(June 27)
Lindsay Arnold, Nick Bloxsom-Carter Cha-cha-cha "Dance Again"—Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull Jason Gilkison
Meet the Top 20
(June 27)
Top 10 Girls Contemporary "Where the Light Gets In"—Sennen Travis Wall
Meet the Top 20
(June 27)
Top 20 Contemporary "Eyes" (Coachella Live 2012 version)—Kaskade Mia Michaels
Week 1
(July 11)
Group Dance Modern "Architect of the Mind"—Kerry Muzzey Christopher Scott
Week 1
(July 11)
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp Samba "Jump"—The Cube Guys & Luciana Caporaso Louis van Amstel
Week 2
(July 18)
Group Dance Jazz "The Beautiful People (District 78 remix)" — Marilyn Manson Nappytabs
Week 2
(July 18)
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp Bollywood "Tandav Music"—Aatish Kapadia Nakul Dev Mahajan
Week 3
(July 25)
Group Dance Contemporary "The Here and After"—Jun Miyake Tyce Diorio
Week 3
(July 25)
Chehon Wespi- Tschopp Contemporary "I Will Always Love You"—Whitney Houston Stacey Tookey
Week 4
(August 15)
Group Dance Contemporary "Hanging On" Active Child Mia Michaels
Week 4
(August 15)
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp Contemporary "Calling You"—Celine Dion Mia Michaels
Week 5
(August 22)
Group Dance Broadway "The Cool World Stomp"—Mark Isham Tyce Diorio
Week 5
(August 22)
Nick Lazzarini Jazz "Sing It Back"—Moloko Travis Wall
Week 5
(August 22)
Solo Samba "You’ll find a Way" (Switch & Sinden remix)—Santigold
Week 6
(August 29)
Group Dance Contemporary "Run Boy Run"—Woodkid Peter Chao
Week 6
(August 29)
Stephen "Twitch" Boss Hip-hop "My Homies Still"—Lil Wayne feat. Big Sean Luther Brown
Week 6
(August 29)
Solo Cha-cha-cha "Where Have You Been"—Rihanna
Week 7
(September 5)
Group Dance Jazz "Scream"—Kelis Sonya Tayeh
Week 7
(September 5)
Marko Germar Lyrical Jazz "No Nothing"—Curtis & Reinhard feat. Blaire Ray Leeper
Week 7
(September 5)
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp Cha-cha-cha "Where Have You Been"—Rihanna Jean-Marc Généreux
Week 7
(September 5)
Solo Paso doble "Malagueña"—Brian Setzer '68 Comeback Special Eliminated
Week 7
(August 13)
Paul Karmiryan Cha-cha-cha "Live It Up"—Jennifer Lopez Jean-Marc Généreux
Week 9
(August 27)
Du-shaunt "Fik-shun" Stegall Foxtrot "Sexy Silk"—Jessie J Jonathan Roberts

Dancing with the StarsEdit

Witney was announced as a troupe dancer on reality television series, Dancing with the Stars in March 2013.[8] Carson (along with DWTS pro dancer, Lindsay Arnold) was a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance season nine.[8] She continued dancing and choreographing for the troupe on season 17.

On season 18, Carson was promoted to professional dancer, partnering with singer Cody Simpson.[1] They were eliminated on April 14, 2014, finishing in ninth place.

For season 19, Carson returned as a professional dancer partnering with actor Alfonso Ribeiro. On November 25, 2014, she and Ribeiro were declared the season's champions. It was Carson's first win in two seasons as a professional dancer on the show.

Carson returned for season 20 as partner for season 19 Bachelor, Chris Soules. They were the eighth couple to be eliminated, finishing in fifth place.[9]

For season 21, Carson was paired with Big Time Rush singer and actor Carlos PenaVega. They reached the Finals but were eliminated on Night 1 and finished in fourth place.

For season 22, Carson was paired with NFL player Von Miller. During a double elimination on week 7, Miller and Carson were eliminated and finished in 8th place.

For season 23, Carson was paired with rapper Vanilla Ice. During a double elimination on week 4, they were eliminated and finished in 10th place.

For season 24, Carson was partnered with comedian Chris Kattan. They were first eliminated on March 27, 2017.

For season 25, Carson is partnered with Malcolm in the Middle actor Frankie Muniz.

  • The scores below have been adjusted to be out of 30, not 40.*
Season Partner Place Average Score
18 Cody Simpson 9th 23.8
19 Alfonso Ribeiro 1st 27.7*
20 Chris Soules 5th 21.9*
21 Carlos PenaVega 4th 26.6
22 Von Miller 8th 22.9
23 Vanilla Ice 10th 19.6*
24 Chris Kattan 12th 14.7*
25 Frankie Muniz TBA TBA

Dancing with the Stars performancesEdit

With Cody SimpsonEdit

Week # Dance / Song Judges' scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Timber" 7 7 8 No Elimination
2 Tango / "Yeah 3x" 7 7 8 Last to be called safe
3 Jazz / "Surfboard" 9 8 / 91 9 Safe
42 Foxtrot / "I'm Yours" 8 7 / 83 8 No Elimination
5 Samba / "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" 9 8 / 84 9 Eliminated

1 Score given by guest judge Robin Roberts.

2 For this week only, as part of the "Partner Switch-Up" week, Simpson performed with Sharna Burgess instead of Carson. Carson performed with Drew Carey.

3 Score given by guest judge Julianne Hough.

4 Score given by guest judge Donny Osmond.

With Alfonso RibeiroEdit

Week # Dance / Song Judges' scores Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Jive / "3-6-9" 9 9 9 9 Safe
2 Samba / "Gettin' Jiggy wit It" 8 8 8 8 Safe
3 Quickstep / "Hey Goldmember" 8 81 8 8 Safe
4 Jazz / "It's Not Unusual" 10 102 10 10 Safe
53 Flamenco / "Angelica" 8 94 9 8 No elimination
6 Salsa / "Booty" 10 105 9 10 Safe
7 Rumba / "Ghost"
Team freestyle / "Time Warp"
9
8
9
8
9
8
9
8
Safe
8 Cha-cha-cha / "Trust"
Jive dance-off / "Rip It Up"
10
Awarded
9
3
9
extra
10
points
Safe
9 Foxtrot / "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"
Trio Paso doble / "Turn Down for What"
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
Safe
10
(Semi-finals)
Argentine Tango / "Love Runs Out"
Contemporary / "Love Runs Out" (acoustic)
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
Safe
11
(Finals)
Jive / "3-6-9"
Freestyle / "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)"
Cha-cha-cha & Argentine Tango fusion / "Shut Up and Dance"
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Winner
Footnotes:
  1. Score given by guest judge Kevin Hart in place of Goodman.
  2. The American public scored the dance in place of Goodman with the averaged score being counted alongside the three other judges.
  3. This week only, for "Partner Switch-Up" week, Ribeiro performed with Cheryl Burke instead of Carson. Carson performed with Michael Waltrip.
  4. Score given by guest judge Jessie J in place of Goodman.
  5. Score given by guest judge Pitbull in place of Goodman.

With Chris SoulesEdit

Week # Dance / Song Judges' scores Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Jive / "Footloose" 7 6 6 7 No Elimination
2 Cha-cha-cha / "Time of Our Lives" 5 6 5 5 Safe
3 Argentine Tango / "Dangerous" 7 7 7 7 Last to be called safe
4 Rumba / "The Book of Love" 7 6 7 7 Safe
5 Quickstep / "Zero to Hero" 7 6 7 7 Last to be called safe
6 Viennese Waltz / "Hopelessly Devoted to You"
Team freestyle / "Trouble"
8
10
7
9
8
10
8
10
Safe
7 Foxtrot / "Five Minutes More"
Foxtrot dance-Off / "Orange Colored Sky"
8
No
7
extra
8
points
8
awarded
Safe
8 Contemporary / "Lay Me Down"
Trio Paso doble / "Outside"
9
7
8
7
9
8
8
8
Eliminated

With Carlos PenaVegaEdit

This season returned having three judges.

Week # Dance / Song Judges' scores Result
Inaba Hough Tonioli
1 Jive / "I Got You (I Feel Good)" 8 8 7 No elimination
2 Foxtrot / "Home"
Cha-cha-cha / "Hound Dog"
8
7
8
7
8
7
Safe
3 Jazz / "Thank You for Being a Friend" 7 81/8 8 Safe
4 Waltz / "Amazing Grace" 9 8 8 Last to be called safe
52 Quickstep / "Bossa Nova Baby" 10 10/93 10 No elimination
6 Rumba / "Pony" 10 9/94 10 Safe
7 Paso doble / "O Fortuna"
Team freestyle / "Ghostbusters"
9
9
10
10
9
9
Safe
8 Salsa / "Valió la Pena"
Jive Dance-Off / "Travelin' Band"
9
Awarded
9
2
9
points
Last to be called safe
9 Argentine Tango / "What Do You Mean?"
Team-up dance Paso doble / "We Will Rock You
9
8
9
8
9
8
Last to be called safe
10
Semifinals
Contemporary / "Drag Me Down"
Cha-cha-cha dance-off / "Fun"
Trio Charleston / "Booty Swing"
9
Awarded
9
9
3
10
10
points
10
No elimination
11
Finals
Foxtrot / "The Hills"
Freestyle / "WTF (Where They From)"
10
10
10
10
10
10
Eliminated

1 Score given by guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro.

2 This week only, for "Partner Switch-Up" week, PenaVega performed with Lindsay Arnold instead of Carson. Carson performed with Nick Carter.[10]

3 Score given by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

4 Score given by guest judge Olivia Newton-John.

With Von MillerEdit

Week # Dance / Song Judges' scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "My House" 8 6 7 No elimination
2 Cha-cha-cha / "Ain't Too Cool" 7 6 7 Safe
3 Contemporary / "In the Air Tonight" 7 6 7 Safe
4 Viennese Waltz / "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" 8 8/81 8 Safe
52 Jive / "Hips" 8 7/73 7 No elimination
6 Jazz / "Bad" 8 8 8 Last to be called safe
7 Salsa / "A Little Less Conversation"
Team Freestyle / "Super Bad", "Living in America" & "I Got You (I Feel Good)"
8
9
8
9
8
10
Eliminated

1 Score given by guest judge Zendaya.
2 For this week only, as part of "America's Switch Up", Miller performed with Lindsay Arnold instead of Carson. Carson performed with Wanyá Morris.
3 Score given by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

With Vanilla IceEdit

Week # Dance / Song Judges' scores Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Ice Ice Baby" 7 5 6 7 No Elimination
2 Foxtrot / "Love and Marriage" 6 7 6 7 Safe
3[11] Paso doble / "Save Tonight" 6 6 5 6 Safe
4 Viennese Waltz / "La Nouba" 8 7 8 Eliminated

With Chris KattanEdit

Week # Dance / Song Judges' scores Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "What Is Love" 5 4 4 4 No Elimination
2 Jazz / "Hey Ya!" 6 5 6 5 Eliminated

With Frankie MunizEdit

Week # Dance / Song Judges' scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Sign of the Times" 7 6 6 No Elimination
2 Tango / "Whatever It Takes"
Cha-cha-cha / "Perm"
8
8
7
8
8
9
Safe
3 Samba / "It's Gonna Be Me" 7 7 7 No Elimination
4 Quickstep / "Adventure of a Lifetime" 8 8 8 Safe
5 Argentine Tango / "Angelica" 10 9 10 Last to be called safe
6 Jazz / "Holly Rock"

Dancin' It's On!Edit

Carson is part of the dancing cast of the 2015 movie Dancin' It's On! in the role of Jennifer. She joins former SYTYCD winners Russell Ferguson (season 6), and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp (season 9).[12]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography Dancing with the Stars Nominated [13]
2016 Industry Dance Awards Favorite Dance Idol Nominated [14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Dancing with the Stars Contestants, Pro Dancers, & host Season 20 - ABC.com". ABC. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "DWTS Pro Witney Carson Gets Emmy Nomination". Wetpaint. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "About Me - Witney Carson". 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dancing With the Stars' Witney Carson Is Engaged: 'My Heart is Full of Love and Happiness'". People. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Mullins, Jenna (January 3, 2016). "Witney Carson Is Married: Dancing With the Stars Pro Weds Carson McAllister". E! Online. NBCUniversal Cable. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  6. ^ "So You Think You Can Dance recap: Witney Carson, Cole Horibe eliminated". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Meet The All-Stars Of "SYTYCD"". thebacklot.com. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Carbone, Gina (March 11, 2013). "Dancing With the Stars 2013: Witney Carson Joins Season 16 Pro Troupe". Wetpaint. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Chris Soules Will Become 12th Contestant on Dancing with the Stars". People. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Gomez, Patrick (October 7, 2015). "The Dancing with the Stars Switch-Up Week Couples Revealed!". People.com. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  11. ^ "All-New ‘Face Off’ Night Comes to ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ September 26". disneyabcpress.com. September 22, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  12. ^ Feller, Alison (January 18, 2013). ""SYTYCD" Stars Go Hollywood". Dance Spirit Magazine. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Emmy Nominations for Witney Carson". Emmys. Retrieved 28 Jul 2015. 
  14. ^ "Industry Dance Awards for Witney Carson". Industry Dance Awards site. Retrieved 22 Jul 2016. 

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