Alan Bersten

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Alan Bersten
Born (1994-05-26) 26 May 1994 (age 27)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationDancer, choreographer
Years active2013 - present
Height6 ft (183 cm)

Alan Bersten (born 26 May 1994)[1] is an American professional Latin and ballroom dancer. He was a contestant on the tenth season of So You Think You Can Dance and is currently a professional dancer and choreographer on Dancing with the Stars. He is the winner of season 28 of Dancing with the Stars with his celebrity partner, The Bachelorette star Hannah Brown.

Personal life[edit]

Bersten was born and raised in Minnesota. His family heritage is Russian. He started dancing at the age of 7.[2]

In 2018, Bersten was on tour with Dancing With The Stars when he began to have severe stomach pain. A blood test showed he had symptoms of a tumor on one of his parathyroid glands called hyperparathyroidism. He got surgery the next day to remove his left parathyroid. Bersten then went right back to work after a week of recovery.[3]

Dancing With The Stars[edit]

Performances[edit]

Bersten started working on Dancing With The Stars in season 20 as a member of the troupe. He remained in that role for four more seasons until he made his debut as a professional partner in season 25.

During the second week of season 22, Bersten danced a salsa with Paige VanZant, as VanZant's regular partner, Mark Ballas, suffered a back injury during rehearsals. Bersten learned the entire dance routine on one day's notice and performed the dance for the live show the following day.[4] In season 24, Bersten danced with Heather Morris for four weeks while Morris's regular partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, was recovering from an injury.

Bersten was promoted to a professional partner in season 25, where he was partnered with 1980s singer-songwriter and Broadway actress Debbie Gibson. The couple was eliminated in the second week and took 12th place. Bersten was also featured on the official promotional poster for the show that season alongside fellow cast member Sharna Burgess.[5]

For season 26, Bersten was partnered with Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu. The couple was eliminated in the third week of competition, tying for 4th place with Chris Mazdzer and partner Witney Carson and Jennie Finch Daigle and partner Keo Motsepe.

For season 27, Bersten was partnered with model and social media personality Alexis Ren. [6] The couple reached the finals and took 4th place.[7]

For season 28, Bersten was partnered with The Bachelorette star Hannah Brown. The couple reached the finals and were crowned the season's champions on November 25, 2019.

For season 29, Bersten returned to compete again and is paired with Disney Channel star Skai Jackson.

For season 30, Bersten was partnered with The Talk co-host and dancer Amanda Kloots.

Season Partner Place
25 Debbie Gibson 12th
26 Mirai Nagasu 4th
27 Alexis Ren 4th
28 Hannah Brown 1st
29 Skai Jackson 5th
30 Amanda Kloots Competing

Season 25[edit]

With celebrity partner Debbie Gibson

Week Dance / Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Lost in Your Eyes" 6 5 6 No Elimination
2 Quickstep / "This Is My Time"
Argentine Tango / "Havana"
7
7
6
7
7
7
Eliminated

Season 26[edit]

With celebrity partner Mirai Nagasu

Week Dance / Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Salsa / "No Excuses" 7 8 8 Safe
2 Foxtrot / "It's a Small World"
Team Freestyle / "Instant Replay"
9
9
9/101
9/101
9
9
Safe
3 Quickstep / "BO$$" 9 8/92 9 Eliminated

1 Score given by guest judge Rashad Jennings

2 Score given by guest judge David Ross.

Season 27[edit]

With celebrity partner Alexis Ren

Week Dance / Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Jive/ "Good Golly, Miss Molly"

Jive/ "Shake the Room"

7

7

7

8

7

8

Bottom five

Safe

2 Argentine tango/ "Swan Lake Suite"

Salsa/ "Booty"

8

8

9

8

8

8

Safe
3 Contemporary/ "How To Save A Life" 9 8 9 Safe
4 Trio Tango/ "Move Your Body" 8 8 9 Safe
5 Foxtrot/ "Just Around the Riverbend" 10 9 10 No elimination
6 Jazz/ "Candyman" 9 9 9 Last to be called safe
7 Samba/ "Ladies in the ’90s"

Team Freestyle/ "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)"

9

9

10

8

10

9

Safe
8 Waltz/ "Water"

Jive/ "Yes"

9

10

9

10

10

10

Last to be called safe
9 Argentine tango/ "Swan Lake Suite"

Freestyle/ "Head Above Water"

9

10

9

10

9

10

Fourth place

Season 28[edit]

With celebrity partner Hannah Brown

Week Dance / Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" 7 7 6 No Elimination
2 Viennese Waltz / "Lover" 8 8 8 Safe
3 Rumba / "Hold On" 7 7 7 Safe
4 Paso Doble / "I Love It" 8 81/8 8 Safe
5 Foxtrot / "A Whole New World" 9 7 9 No Elimination
6 Samba / "Southbound" 8 8 8 Safe
7 Jazz / "Bad Girls"
Team Freestyle / "Somebody's Watching Me"
8
9
9
9
8
9
Safe
8 Quickstep / "American Girl"
Salsa Dance-Off / "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You"
10
Awarded
9
2
10
Points
Safe
9 Salsa / "No Scrubs"
Tango / "Boy with Luv"
8
10
8/82
9/102
8
10
Safe
10
(Semifinals)
Rumba / "Dancing with a Stranger"
Contemporary / "Lose You to Love Me"
9
9
9
9
9
9
Safe
11
(Finals)
Viennese Waltz / "Lover"
Freestyle / "Girl on Fire" & "Hollaback Girl"
10
10
9
10
9
10
Winners

1 Score given by guest judge Leah Remini.

2 Score given by guest judge Joey Fatone.

Season 29[edit]

With celebrity partner Skai Jackson

Week Dance / Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Hough Tonioli
1 Tango / "Super Bass" 7 7 7 No Elimination
2 Samba / "Miss Independent" 5 5 5 Safe
3 Jive / "Almost There" 6 6 6 Safe
4 Foxtrot / "Ordinary People" 10 9 9 Safe
5 Jazz / "The Power of Love" 8 8 8 Safe
6 Cha-cha-cha / "Say So" 6 6 6 Safe
7 Argentine tango / "Everything I Wanted" 9 9 9 Safe
8 Salsa / "Work It"
Samba relay / "Levitating"
8
Awarded
9
2
8
Points
Bottom two
9 Paso doble / "If"
Salsa Dance-Off / "The Cup of Life"
9
Awarded
9
2
9
Points
Safe
10
(Semifinals)
Cha-cha-cha / "Move Your Feet"
Viennese waltz / "Lonely"
9
10
9
10
9
10
Eliminated

Dancing With The Stars: Juniors[edit]

Bersten joined the first season of Dancing With The Stars spin-off series Dancing With The Stars: Juniors as a professional mentor.[8] He formed Team Alan with junior professional dancer JT Church and 10-year-old professional skateboarder Sky Brown. Team Alan ended up winning the first ever Dancing With The Stars: Juniors Mirror Star trophy on December 9, 2018.

Week Dance / Song Judges' score Results
Chmerkovskiy Moore Rippon
1 Salsa/ "Light It Up" 8 7 7 Safe
2 Cha-cha-cha/ "Just Dance" 7 7 8 Safe
3 Conrtemporary/ "How Far I'll Go" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Jive/ "Little Shop of Horrors" 9 9 8 Safe
5 Samba/ "The Greatest" 8 8 7 Safe
6 Foxtrot/ "Unconditionally" 9 10 10 Safe
7 Charleston/ "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)" 9 9 9 Safe
8 Argentine Tango/ "Thunder"

Jive-Foxtrot Fusion/ "369"

10

10

9

9

10

9

Safe
9 Salsa/ "Light It Up"

Freestyle/ "Underneath the Tree"

10

10

10

10

10

10

Winners


References[edit]

  1. ^ @Dance10Alan (11:32 PM PT May 25, 2016, 2:32 AM ET May 26, 2016). "It's my birthday! 22 and I still have that duck! (Tweet) – via Twitter. Archived from the original on November 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Get Out There: Q&A with Dancing with the Stars' Alan Bersten". Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. September 24, 2018. Archived from the original on May 16, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "'DWTS' Pro Alan Bersten Reveals He Needed Surgery for Hyperparathyroidism". Self. April 24, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Harris, Scott (March 29, 2016). "Paige VanZant Dazzles on 'Dancing with the Stars' Despite Partner Injury". Bleacher Report.
  5. ^ Tooley, Heather (September 5, 2017). "Official 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 25 Poster Released, See Which Dancers Are Featured". Inquisitr.
  6. ^ Murphy, Desiree (September 12, 2018). "'Dancing With the Stars' Season 27 Cast Revealed -- Meet the Celebs and Their Pro Partners!". Entertainment Tonight.
  7. ^ Henderson, Cydney (November 20, 2018). "'Dancing With the Stars' finals: Bobby Bones crowned the winner of Season 27". USA Today.
  8. ^ Goldstein, Micheline (August 1, 2018). "Mentors and Junior Pros Announced". ABC.