January 14, 1991 |
Miami, Florida, U.S.
|Known for||Winning So You Think You Can Dance: Season 5|
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Jeanine Marie Mason (born January 14, 1991) is an American dancer specializing in contemporary dance. She is best known for her 2009 appearance as the winner of the fifth season of the Fox television show So You Think You Can Dance becoming the youngest person to win the competition. She had a small role (her acting debut) on the Nickelodeon show Big Time Rush as a vampire slayer hunting down the vampire James (James Maslow), and portrayed Cozette in the now-canceled ABC Family series Bunheads.
Mason was born in Miami, Florida, and grew up in a dance-oriented family in Pinecrest, an affluent Miami neighborhood. Mason began her dance training at the age of three in ballet and flamenco, and went on to study jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop, modern, and contemporary dance.
So You Think You Can Dance
At the age of 18, Mason competed on the fifth season of the show So You Think You Can Dance, becoming the overall winner over fellow final contestants Brandon Bryant, Kayla Radomski, and Evan Kasprzak. For the first five weeks of the competition (Top 20 to Top 12), Mason was partnered with Phillip Chbeeb. During the show's sixth week (Top 10), Mason danced a contemporary number choreographed by Travis Wall and was partnered with Jason Glover. Later, Mason was also partnered with Brandon Bryant, Ade Obayomi, Evan Kasprzak, and Kayla Radomski. Mason was consistently praised for her strong and versatile performances.
During the fall of 2009, Mason toured the United States with the top twelve dancers of the So You Think You Can Dance competition.
Soon after the SYTYCD tour ended, Mason headed home to Miami to teach a dance workshop at her dance studio, Focal Point Dance Studios.
Mason performed on November 29, 2009 at the Dizzy Feet Gala in Los Angeles, California at the Kodak Theater. She and Jason Glover performed their popular contemporary piece, "If It Kills Me", choreographed by Travis Wall, and originally performed Top 10 week on SYTYCD.
Mason's best friend is Jakob Karr, SYTYCD Season 6 runner-up. She openly supports him, as mentioned in many interviews, as well as via her Twitter page. Mason has also listed her closest friends on tour of SYTYCD: Jason Glover, Randi-Lynn Strong-Evans, and Janette Manrara. Glover has described Mason as "Unique. You just don’t find dancers like her. She has beautiful lines, is funky and charismatic, and has so much life onstage. Not only does it show in her movement but also on her face. Jeanine is a brilliant performer and one of my favorite people to watch—not just in our group, but out of any dancer I’ve seen, from Gregory Hines to Gene Kelly." 
In 2011, she appeared in an episode of The Fresh Beat Band.
Jeanine currently plays the role of Cozette, the new girl in town and a dancing threat, on ABC Family's Bunheads.
In 2013 she appeared in an episode of Major Crimes. It was the episode "Jailbait" and she played "Heather Shore."
|2||Tango||"Violento (Up Mix)"—Bailongo!||Safe|
|3||Broadway||"Moses Supposes"—from”Singin' in the Rain”||Safe|
|4||Hip-Hop||"Love Lockdown"—Kanye West||Bottom 3|
|Results show solo||"Moonlight Sonata"—Smart Sleep With Classical|
|5||Russian folk dance||"Kalinka"—Barynya||Bottom 3|
|Jive||"Stuff Like That There"—Bette Midler|
|Results show solo||"Baby's Romance"—Chris Garneau|
|6||Jason Glover||Contemporary||"If It Kills Me (The Casa Nova Sessions)"—Jason Mraz||Safe|
|Performance show solo||"Violento (Up Mix)"—Bailongo!|
|7||Brandon Bryant||Smooth Waltz||"May It Be"— Hayley Westenra||Safe|
|Pop Jazz||"Battlefield"—Jordin Sparks|
|Performance show solo||"Let the Drummer Kick"—Citizen Cope|
|8||Ade Obayomi||Samba||"LoveGame"—Lady Gaga||Safe|
|Hip-Hop||"Move (If You Wanna)"—Mims|
|Performance show solo||"Feedback"—Janet Jackson|
|9||Evan Kasprzak||Jazz||"Heartbreaker"—MSTRKRFT featuring John Legend||Winner|
|Kayla Radomski||Contemporary||"The Four Sections: IV (Full Orchestra)"—Steve Reich|
|Brandon Bryant||Paso Doble||”Tetsujin"— from The Matrix Revolutions†|
|Final solo||"Por una Cabeza"—The Tango Project|
|2013||Delirium||Hana Tate||"Pilot"; Not picked up|
- 2005, 1st Place Overall High Score Teen Solo American Dance Awards
- 2005, Teen Elite Dancer and Capezio Ballet Award West Coast Dance Explosion
- 2005, 1st Runner-up Junior Orange Bowl Creative Writing Competition
- 2006, Teen Elite Dancer West Coast Dance Explosion
- 2006, Teen High Score Solo & Teen Outstanding Dancer New York City Dance Alliance
- 2006, 1st Place Overall High Score Senior Solo & Hall of Fame Inductee Hall of Fame
- 2006, Ms. Teen Starquest Starquest
- 2007, Senior Outstanding Dancer New York City Dance Alliance
- 2007, Hall of Fame Inductee Hall of Fame
- 2007, Senior Dancer of the Year American Dance Awards
- 2008, Senior Outstanding Dancer & 1st Overall Senior Solo New York City Dance Alliance
- 2008, National Senior Jump VIP Winner Jump
- 2008, 1st Overall Senior Solo Star Systems
- 2008, Female Dancer of the Year & 1st Overall Senior Solo American Dance Awards
- 2008, 1st Overall Senior Solo Starquest
- 2008, 1st Overall Senior Solo Showbiz
- 2008, 1st Overall Senior Solo Hall of Fame
- 2009, Winner So You Think You Can Dance
- Agency Resume Retrieved 17 April 2011
- "Jeanine Mason Knows She Can Dance" People Magazine. August 7, 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2011
- No byline (2009). "So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2009" Fox.com. Retrieved August 9, 2009
- No byline (2009). "FP Thanksgiving Workshop" Facebook.com. Retrieved December 2, 2009
- No byline (2009). "Dizzy Feet Gala: Dance Gives Back" Music.yahoo.com. Retrieved December 2, 2009
- No byline (2009). "Jeanine Mason's Twitter Page" Twitter.com. Retrieved December 2, 2009
- No byline (2009). "Jeanine Mason's Dance Spirit Article" Dancespirit.com. Retrieved December 2, 2009
|Winner of So You Think You Can Dance