Allison Holker

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Allison Holker
Born Allison Renae Holker
(1988-02-06) February 6, 1988 (age 27)
Minnesota, United States
Education Timpanogos High School
Occupation Dancer
Home town Orem, Utah, United States
Television So You Think You Can Dance
Dancing with the Stars
Spouse(s) Stephen "tWitch" Boss (m. 2013)
Children 1

Allison Renae Holker (born February 6, 1988) is an American dancer. Holker is credited with a wide variety of work in film, television and concert tours. She is most famously known from her appearances on the TV Show So You Think You Can Dance, where she was a contestant in season 2 and an all-star in seasons 7 through 11. She is currently in her second season of Dancing With the Stars, as a pro.

Early life and education[edit]

Holker was born in Minnesota and grew up in Orem, Utah and graduated from Timpanogos High School in June 2006. Holker began her dance training at the age of nine when she enrolled as a student at The Dance Club in Orem, UT. While there she began to specialize in Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz and Tap, & performed in the opening & closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Since then she has won numerous dance titles including her first National competition in Co DANCE in 2004 and as the National Senior Outstanding Dancer at the New York City Dance Alliance in 2005. Holker is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Career[edit]

Holker went on to perform with Earth, Wind and Fire at the opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympic Games in 2002, and in the Disney movies High School Musical and High School Musical 2. On television, she has been seen in various commercials and advanced to the Top 8 on the second season of So You Think You Can Dance, and danced in that season's SYTYCD nationwide tour. She performed with a show called "Ballroom with a Twist," choreographed by Louis Van Amstel, and toured with American Idol's Clay Aiken. Holker was featured in the "Jar of Hearts" music video by Christina Perri. In September/October 2011 Holker was one of Demi Lovato's backup-dancers. Holker has taught at different dance conventions and workshops across the country, also branching out into choreography.[1] Holker was a backup-dancer on The X Factor USA working together with Brian Friedman. On April 30, 2013, she performed a dance routine on Dancing with the Stars with Stephen "tWitch" Boss. They danced to Crystallize, which was being performed live by Lindsey Stirling.[2]

Holker was nominated with Derek Hough for a 2013 Best Choreography Emmy® award for their work on “Dancing With The Stars.” She was also a featured dancer in two of the other nominated pieces that year. And, along with her fellow Emmy-nominated choreographers, Holker prepared a piece that was performed to rave reviews at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards with Neil Patrick Harris.

So You Think You Can Dance[edit]

Best known to television audiences for her performances as a competitor, All-Star dancer & choreographer on Fox’s hit dance competition series “So You Think You Can Dance,” Holker also showcased her impressive dancing and acting skills as part of the cast in the 1st and 2nd seasons of VH1’s television series “Hit The Floor.” “Hit The Floor” is set in the competitive and occasionally ruthless world of professional basketball dance teams. Holker played 'Charlie,' one of the Los Angeles Devil Girls, the premiere dance team in the league. “Hit The Floor” also stars Dean Cain, Kimberly Elise, and Charlotte Ross & are currently on their 3rd season.

Holker first burst onto the scene when she competed in season 2 of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Her skill & popularity led to an invitation to return as an All-Star in season 7, where she met fellow dancer Stephen “tWitch” Boss, whom she married in December 2013. She continued as an All-Star in 2011, 2012 & 2013. In 2012, Holker co-choreographed and hosted the television show “A Chance to Dance” (Ovation TV) and was featured in Oxygen’s dance series “All the Right Moves.” She also joined forces with Derek Hough to choreograph various guest performances on ABC’s popular dance competition show “Dancing with the Stars” (including their Emmy-nominated collaboration). Aside from being featured in numerous television commercials, other credits include the hit FOX drama “House” and the pilot “Grace.” Holker is on-screen now in the dance film “Make Your Move,” and can be seen in both installments of Disney’s hit movie franchise “High School Musical.” She also appeared in “Make Your Move” and co-starred in the dance documentary “Movement One.” In 2008, she starred in the tap show “Revolution” (Joyce Theatre/ New York) and has performed with various artists including Jack Black, Clay Aiken, Enrique Inglesias, Earth Wind & Fire, Christina Perri, Train, and Rihanna. Holker has also been a featured performer on “X Factor,” “America's Got Talent,” “American Idol,” and “Ellen.”

When she’s not filming or traveling around the country teaching dance, she is working on her new dancewear line Creative Kin. She continues to be a member of fellow “So You Think You Can Dance” alum Travis Wall’s dance company “Shaping Sound.” Holker makes her home in Los Angeles with her 5-year-old daughter & her husband, Stephen 'tWitch' Boss. She and he also collaborated as choreographers for Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars® promo directed by Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig & featuring 250 dancers.

She is represented by Nelson Diaz.

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

In August 2014, Holker was announced as one of the 13 professional dancers on the 19th season of Dancing with the Stars.[3] She partnered with Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett.[4] The couple was eliminated on Week 6, finishing in 9th place. On February 11, 2015, Holker was partnered with R5 singer and actor Riker Lynch in the show's 20th season.[5] The couple made it to the finals but finished in second place.

Season Partner Place Average
19 Jonathan Bennett 9th 28.7
20 Riker Lynch 2nd 37.3

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

With celebrity partner: Jonathan Bennett; Season average: 28.7

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Jive / "Dance with Me Tonight" 8 7 7 8 Safe
2 Cha-cha-cha / "Sing" 7 7 8 8 Safe
3 Tango / "Back to Black" 8 81 8 8 Last to be called safe
4 Samba / "Milkshake" 6 62 6 6 Safe
53 Jitterbug / "Rock This Town" 6 64 6 6 No Elimination
6 Jazz / "Back in Time" 8 85 8 8 Eliminated

1Score given by guest judge Kevin Hart in place of Goodman.

2The American public scored the dance in place of Goodman with the averaged score being counted alongside the three other judges.

3This week only, for "Partner Switch-Up" week, Bennett performed with Peta Murgatroyd instead of Holker. Holker performed with Antonio Sabàto, Jr.

4Score given by guest judge Jessie J in place of Goodman.

5Score given by guest judge Pitbull in place of Goodman.

With celebrity partner: Riker Lynch; Season average: 37.3

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Jive / "What I Like About You" 8 7 8 8 No Elimination
2 Foxtrot / "Sugar" 8 8 8 8 Safe
3 Salsa / "Limbo" 9 7 9 9 Safe
4 Tango / "Shut Up and Dance" 8 8 9 9 Last to be called safe
5 Paso Doble / "He's a Pirate" 10 9 9 10 Safe
6 Samba / "Want to Want Me"
Team Freestyle / "Trouble"
10
10
8
9
9
10
10
10
Safe
7 Quickstep / "Wiggle"
Salsa Dance-Off / "Temperature"
9
No
10
Extra
9
Points
9
Awarded
Safe
8 Viennese Waltz / "What Now"
Jazz (Trio Challenge) / "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)"
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
Last to be called safe
9
Semi-finals
Contemporary / "Work Song"
Argentine Tango / "Für Elise"
10
10
10
10
10
-
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Paso Doble / "He's a Pirate"
Freestyle / "I Won't Dance (Step Up 3D Remix)"
Salsa & Quickstep Fusion / "Classic"
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Runner-up

Personal life[edit]

In May 2008, she gave birth to a daughter, Weslie Renae Fowler.[6]

On January 20, 2013, it was announced that Holker and fellow So You Think You Can Dance all-star, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, were engaged. They had been dating for approximately 2 and a half years.[7]

On December 10, 2013 she and Stephen "tWitch" Boss were married at Villa San-Juliette Winery in Paso Robles, CA, owned by So You Think You Can Dance producer and judge, Nigel Lythgoe.[8]

Awards[edit]

  • 2004, National Senior Performer of the Year from Company Dance
  • 2005, National Senior Outstanding Dancing for New York City Dance Alliance
  • 2007, National Senior Dancer of the Year
  • 2013, Primetime Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Choreography
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas
Dancing with the Stars (US) Runner-up
Season 20 (Spring 2015 with Riker Lynch)
Succeeded by
Current

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