Chelsie Hightower is DWTS Hottie!

February 12, 2009

Meet Chelsie Hightower, one of the professional dancers who joins the 2009 DWTS cast. See photos, video and a biography of the gorgeous and immensely talented Latin ballroom specialist here.

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Of the professional dancers in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ eighth season, all but two are returning veterans from previous seasons. Chelsie Hightower, a 10 Dance Youth National champion (recently seen on last season’s So You Think You Can Dance), along with 2006 U.S. National finalist Dmitry Chaplin are the newcomers. DWTS eighth season premieres with a two-hour episode on Monday, March 9, 2009 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.

The previously announced celebrity cast reflects the fanciful diversity that fans of the show have come to expect, with a Silicon Valley billionaire, a former NFL pro, and an Olympic Gold medalist among them.

In her DWTS debut Chelsie Hightower is paired with rodeo star Ty Murray. For the first time in the program’s history, a husband and wife are competing against each other, as Murray’s wife, the singer Jewel is paired with the other first-time dance pro, Dmitry Chaplin.

The full lineup of celebrity dancers and their professional partners is as follows.

• Former NFL star Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska
• Actor Gilles Marini and two-time DWTS champ Cheryl Burke
• Rapper Lil’ Kim and season seven champ Derek Hough
• Actress Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
• Pop star Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts
• Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and season six champ Mark Ballas
• Reality star Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer
• Rodeo star Ty Murray and first-time Dancing pro Chelsie Hightower
• Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff
• Country singer Chuck Wicks and two-time champ Julianne Hough
• Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell and Tony Dovolani
• Actor David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson
• Singer Jewel and first-time Dancing pro Dmitry Chaplin

As a biography, Chelsie Hightower was born on July 21, 1989 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her age is 19. Her birth name is Chelsie Kay Hightower. She has been dancing since age nine and has studied all styles of dance, and specializes in ballroom dancing. She was one of the four couples on Team USA in 2005 competing in Blackpool, England, where the world’s most prestigious competition is held.

Chelsie Hightower was also one of the two couples to represent the U.S. in the World competition in 2005, at Lavita. As a 17-year-old she became an international finalist in September 2006, as part of the only U.S. couple to make it that far in the competition.

Chelsie Hightower will be known to many reality TV fans for her memorable appearance on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ (SYTYCD). She danced with Mark Kanemura and the pair delivered some audience pleasing performances, most notably ‘Bleeding Love’ and ‘Beautiful’ (choreographed by Mia Michaels), and a salsa. They were eliminated one week before the finals.

Here are photos of the DWTS 2009 celebrity dancers and professional dancers. More photos and video are below.

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