Jenna Johnson (dancer)

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Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy
BornApril 12, 1994
OccupationDancer, choreographer
Years active2013–present
Spouse(s)

Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy (born April 12, 1994) is an American professional Latin and ballroom dancer and choreographer. She first gained attention in 2013, as she finished ladies' third runner-up on So You Think You Can Dance season 10. Johnson continued her professional dancing career on Dancing with the Stars, winning her second season with her partner, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon.

Early life[edit]

Jenna was raised in Provo, Utah.[1] Her two older sisters, Stacy and Jill, also are dancers.[1] Johnson is a five-time U.S. National Latin Champion, U.S. National Youth 10 Dance Champion, as well as a three-time National Contemporary Winner. In 2012, she represented the United States at the World Latin Dance Champions.[2]

So You Think You Can Dance[edit]

Johnson was a contestant on season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance. She first auditioned the show in Memphis, Tennessee. Her two older sisters had auditioned prior to her, but were cut at Green Mile. She was paired with contemporary dancer Tucker Knox and made it to the top 8. Her specialty was Latin Ballroom. She was eliminated on August 20, 2013.[3] In 2016, she was one of the mentors and choreographers on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. She competed alongside Jake Monreal and made it to the Top 8 before elimination on August 1, 2016.[4] She returned to season 14 as an all-star, mentoring Kiki Nyemchek, and made it to the Top 4.[citation needed]

Dancing With The Stars[edit]

Jenna was a troupe member on Dancing with the Stars from season 18 to season 22. She became a professional dancer on season 23 and was partnered with actor Jake T. Austin.[5] They danced jive and cha-cha and were the first couple eliminated on September 20, 2016.[6] Due to Sharna Burgess sitting out the October 31 and November 7 shows for a knee injury from the October 24 dress rehearsal, Jenna filled in as James Hinchcliffe's partner in weeks 8 and 9 and was their trio partner in Week 10.[7]

After taking season 24 off, she returned in season 25 as a troupe member.[8] In April 2018, Jenna was announced to be a pro for her second time on season 26 and she was paired with Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon.[9] The couple reached the finals and won the competition on May 21, 2018.[10] She is one of few dancers to win in her second season and to win after being eliminated first in her previous season.[11]

Following her win, Jenna returned for season 27 and she was paired with reality television star Joe Amabile.[12] Despite continually receiving low scores and criticism from the judges, the pair was consistently saved by the viewers' votes. They ultimately made it to the semi-finals of the competition where they finished in fifth place, tying with Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke.

Season Partner Place Average Score
23 Jake T. Austin 13th 23.0
26 Adam Rippon 1st 27.6
27 Joe Amabile 5th 19.5

Season 23 with celebrity partner Jake Austin

Week Dance / Song Judges' score Total Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Jive / "Kiss You" 5 6 5 6 22 No Elimination
2 Cha-cha-cha / "Go, Diego, Go! Theme" 6 6 6 6 24 Eliminated

Season 26 with celebrity partner Adam Rippon

Week Dance / Song Judges' score Total Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Sissy That Walk" 8 8 8 24 Safe
2 Quickstep / "Make Way"
Team Freestyle / "Instant Replay"
9
9
9/91
9/101
10
9
37
37
Safe
3 Contemporary / "O"
Jive Dance-Off / "Johnny B. Goode"
10
Awarded
9/102
2
10
Points
39
41
Safe
4
Finals
Jazz / "Anything You Can Do"
Freestyle / "Scooby Doo Pa Pa"
10
9
10
9
10
10
30
28
Winner

1 Score given by guest judge Rashad Jennings.

2 Score given by guest judge David Ross.

Season 27 with celebrity partner Joe Amabile

Week Dance / Song Judges' score Total Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Quickstep / "Fish Out of Water" 5 4 5 14 Safe
2 Foxtrot / "New York State of Mind"
Jazz / "The Gambler"
5
6
6
6
6
6
17
18
Safe
3 Viennese Waltz / "You Are the Reason" 6 6 6 18 Safe
4 Trio Salsa / "I'm Too Sexy" 5 5 5 15 Safe
5 Jive / "Zero" 6 5 6 17 No Elimination
6 Argentine Tango / "El Tango de Roxanne" 8 7 7 22 Safe
7 Tango / "Burning Man"
Team Freestyle / "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)"
7
9
7
8
7
9
21
26
Safe
8
Semi-finals
Contemporary / "This Year's Love"
Quickstep / "Check It Out"
8
8
7
8
7
8
22
24
Eliminated

Personal life[edit]

On June 14, 2018, Johnson and fellow Dancing with the Stars ballroom-dance professional Valentin Chmerkovskiy announced their engagement.[13] They married on April 13, 2019.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mann, Court (July 14, 2013). "Provo's Jenna Johnson in top 16 of 'So Think You Can Dance'". Daily Herald. Provo, Utah. Archived from the original on June 17, 2018. Retrieved April 14, 2019. ...the 18-year-old...
  2. ^ "Jenna Johnson". ABC. Archived from the original on November 6, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "'So You Think You Can Dance' cuts Jenna Johnson and Tucker Knox". RealityTVWorld.com. August 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "'So You Think You Can Dance' eliminates Jake Monreal and Jordan Wandick, determines Top 6 dancers". RealityTVWorld.com. August 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "Dancing with the Stars Cast Revealed: Everything to Know About Season 23". People. August 20, 2016.
  6. ^ "Eliminated 'DWTS' Star Jake T. Austin Reveals Biggest Regret, Predicts Season 23 Winner". Entertainment Tonight. September 20, 2016.
  7. ^ "Dancing With the Stars' Sharna Burgess Sidelined With Knee Injury". E! News. October 31, 2016.
  8. ^ Gomez, Patrick (August 28, 2017). "Find Out Which Former Pros are Returning to the Dancing with the Stars Troupe for Season 25". People. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  9. ^ Thorbecke, Catherine (April 13, 2018). "Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding and more superstar athletes to face-off in Dancing With the Stars season 26". ABC News. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  10. ^ Natalie Stone; Karen Mizoguchi (May 21, 2018). "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes Crowns Adam Rippon as Its Season 26 Champion". People. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "Jenna Johnson is fourth 'Dancing with the Stars' pro to go from last to first place". GoldDerby.com. May 23, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Murphy, Desiree (September 12, 2018). "'Dancing With the Stars' Season 27 Cast Revealed -- Meet the Celebs and Their Pro Partners!". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "Dancing with the Stars' Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson Are Engaged!". People. June 14, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  14. ^ Dugan, Christina (April 13, 2019). "Dancing with the Stars' Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson Are Married". People. Retrieved April 14, 2019. ...Johnson, 25...

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold
Dancing with the Stars (US) Winners
Season 26 (Spring 2018 with Adam Rippon)
Succeeded by
Bobby Bones & Sharna Burgess
Preceded by
Geraldo Rivera & Edyta Śliwińska
Dancing with the Stars (US) last place
Season 23 (Fall 2016 with Jake T. Austin)
Succeeded by
Chris Kattan & Witney Carson