Jeanine Mason

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Jeanine Mason
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Born (1991-01-14) January 14, 1991 (age 25)
Miami, Florida, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Actress/Dancer/Student
Years active 2009-present
Known for Winning So You Think You Can Dance: Season 5; Bunheads
Height 5'4"[1]
Weight 120 lb (54 kg).

Jeanine Marie Mason (born January 14, 1991) is an American actress and dancer best known for her role as Cozzette on ABC Family’s Bunheads, and for winning the 5th season of the Fox television show So You Think You Can Dance. Other acting credits include the role of Hana Tate in the Fox Pilot Delirium based on the popular book series by Lauren Oliver, Savannah in the MTV Pilot Hot Mess, as well as appearances on "Awkward", TNT’s Major Crimes, and Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush.

Personal life[edit]

Mason was born in Miami, Florida, and grew up in a dance-oriented family in Pinecrest, an affluent Miami neighborhood. Both of her parents are of Cuban descent.[2] Mason began her dance training at the age of three[3] in ballet and flamenco, and went on to study jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop, modern, and contemporary dance. Mason began her study of theatre at age 11 with community and middle school productions. Upon moving to Los Angeles, California, Mason continues to study theater while also keeping a focus on film and Television at The Michael Woolson Studio.[4] Jeanine is slated to graduate from UCLA in the Spring of 2014 and accredits the knowledge that she has attained at the school to fueling her creative work. "It’s always interesting to me how my studies mirror my life. Any time I’m learning new academic material, I find a way to use it in my work. And the more material I have to pull from, the richer that work becomes."[5]

So You Think You Can Dance[edit]

At the age of 18, Mason competed on the fifth season of the show So You Think You Can Dance, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the competition over fellow 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.[citation needed]

During the fall of 2009, Mason toured the United States with the top twelve dancers of the So You Think You Can Dance competition.[6]

Acting career[edit]

Shortly after completing So You Think You Can Dance, Mason turned her full attention to channeling her performing skills into her other lifelong love, the craft of acting. Her on-screen career began when Mason starred in the Halloween episode of Nickelodeon's hit show, Big Time Rush., from there she guest starred in The Bling Ring, CSI, The Fresh Beat Band, and Hollywood Heights before landing the recurring role of Cozzette on ABC Family’s Bunheads and leading roles in the pilots Hot Mess, and Delirium. She has also booked roles on Major Crimes and Secret Life of the American Teenager as well as several smaller, independent projects.[7]


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.[8] 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." [9] On November 9, 2010, Mason performed a contemporary-ballroom dance with Mark Ballas to John Legend's "Ordinary People" on the hit television show, Dancing With the Stars.

Her sister, Alexis, also auditioned for the eighth season of So You Think You Can Dance, and made it all the way to final solo performances before Top 20 in Vegas.


Week Partner Dance Song Result
1 Phillip Chbeeb Hip-Hop "Mad"—Ne-Yo Safe
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


Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Bling Ring Bosso TV film
2011 Glassy Short film
2012 ¡Understudy! Clara Klein Short film
2014 Default Marcela
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Big Time Rush Muffy Episode: "Big Time Halloween"
2011 The Fresh Beat Band Amy Episode: "Step It Up"
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gween Seligson Episode: "Brain Doe"
2012 Hollywood Heights Natalie 2 episodes
2013 Bunheads Cozzette 7 episodes
2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Bebe Episode: "Money for Nothin'"
2013 Hot Mess Savannah Unaired MTV pilot
2013 Major Crimes Heather Episode: "Jailbait"
2014 Awkward Shayne Episode: "Prison Breaks"
2014 Delirium Hana Tate Unaired FOX pilot
2014 You're the Worst Dana Episode: "Equally Dead Inside"
2014 NCIS: Los Angeles Bonnie Flores Episode: "The Grey Man"
2015 E.S.L. Lucia Pilot; post-production
2016 Of Kings and Prophets Merav


  • 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


  1. ^ Agency Resume Retrieved 17 April 2011
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Jeanine Mason Knows She Can Dance" People Magazine. August 7, 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2011
  4. ^ "Our Clients | The Michael Woolson Studio". 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  5. ^ "Jeanine Mason: Why I Chose College". Dance Spirit. 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  6. ^ Archived from the original on July 12, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Jeanine Mason (I)". Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  8. ^ Archived from the original on December 6, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "America's Sweetheart". Dance Spirit. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 

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Preceded by
Joshua Allen
Winner of So You Think You Can Dance
Summer 2009
Succeeded by
Russell Ferguson