Allison Holker

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Allison Holker
Born Allison Renae Holker
(1988-02-06) February 6, 1988 (age 28)
Occupation Dancer
Television So You Think You Can Dance
Dancing with the Stars
Spouse(s) Stephen "tWitch" Boss (m. 2013)
Children 1

Allison Renae Holker Boss (born February 6, 1988)[1] is an American dancer. Holker is credited with a wide variety of work in film, television and concert tours. She is known from her appearances on the television dance competition So You Think You Can Dance, where she was a contestant in season 2 and an all-star in seasons 7 through 11.

Career[edit]

Holker performed 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 appeared with American Idol's Clay Aiken in his PBS special "Tried and True". 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.[2] 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.[3]

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]

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

In August 2014, Holker was announced as one of the 12 professional dancers on the 19th season of Dancing with the Stars.[4] She partnered with Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett.[5] 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.[6] The couple made it to the finals and finished in second place. For season 21 she was paired with singer Andy Grammer.[7] They were eliminated on Week 8 and finished in 7th place.

Season Partner Place
19 Jonathan Bennett 9th
20 Riker Lynch 2nd
21 Andy Grammer 7th

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 Safe
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

With celebrity partner: Andy Grammer; Season average: 23.88

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Hough Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Marvin Gaye" 7 7 7 No Elimination
2 Jive / "Only the Good Die Young"
Contemporary / "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
7
8
7
8
7
7
Safe
3 Quickstep / "Bandstand Boogie" 7 71/8 7 Last to be called safe
4 Cha-cha-cha / "Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)" 7 8 8 Safe
52 Argentine Tango / "Can't Feel My Face" 9 9/93 9 No Elimination
6 Jazz / "Good Morning" 10 10/104 10 Safe
7 Paso Doble / "The Beautiful People"
Team Freestyle / "This Is Halloween"
9
10
9
10
8
10
Safe
8 Viennese Waltz / "Isn't She Lovely"
Samba Dance-Off / "Lean On"
8
Awarded
7
2
7
Points
Eliminated

1 Score given by guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro.

2 This week only, for "Partner Switch-Up" week, Grammer performed with Sharna Burgess instead of Holker. Holker performed with Hayes Grier.[8]

3 Score given by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

4 Score given by guest judge Olivia Newton-John.

Personal life[edit]

Circa 2008, Holker had a daughter, Weslie Renae, with an ex-fiancé.[1]

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 2 and a half years.[9]

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

On October 5, 2015, she and Boss announced that she was four months pregnant with their first child together, which they later specified was a boy.[11][12]

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
Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tauber, Michelle (September 28, 2015). "Allison Holker Enjoys ‘Dance Jams’ with Daughter". People. Retrieved December 13, 2015. ...her 2-year-old daughter, Weslie Renae. ... says Holker, 22, a single mom since recently splitting from her ex-fiancé. 
  2. ^ Elfman, Lois (August 23, 2012). "Holker brings 'crazy ideas' to dance choreography". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on December 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn9Q5y5h6Xg
  4. ^ http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/08/13/dancing-with-the-stars-season-19-pros/
  5. ^ http://hollywoodlife.com/2014/09/04/dancing-with-the-stars-season-19-cast-dwts-celebrities/
  6. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/dancing-stars-2015-season-20-celebrity-cast-announced/story?id=29166872
  7. ^ "Dancing with the Stars Season 21 Cast Announcement". ABC. September 2, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ Gomez, Patrick (October 7, 2015). "The Dancing with the Stars Switch-Up Week Couples Revealed!". People. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Twitch Is Engaged To 'SYTYCD' Co-Star Allison Holker". Huffington Post. January 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ Takeda, Allison (December 11, 2013). "Stephen "tWitch" Boss Marries Allison Holker: See Their Wedding Photo!". Us Weekly. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  11. ^ Vulpo, Mike (October 5, 2015). "Allison Holker Is Pregnant! Dancing With the Stars Professional Dancer Expecting a Baby With tWitch". E! News. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  12. ^ Adams, Char (December 11, 2015). "It’ll Be a Boy for Allison Holker and Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss". People. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 

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