Joshua Allen

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Joshua Allen (born March 13, 1989)[1] is the winner of the fourth season of So You Think You Can Dance. He had originally auditioned in Dallas, Texas with his friend and fellow contestant, Comfort Fedoke. Allen was announced winner of the show on August 7, 2008, winning $250,000.[2]

Early life[edit]

Allen was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He first started to dance in third grade, at the age of 8. One of his early influences was Michael Jackson, whom Allen emulated by doing the Moonwalk.[3] He also excelled at sports and played football and track.[3] After changing high schools, however, Allen decided to focus on his first love: dance.[3]

So You Think You Can Dance Season 4[edit]

On So You Think You Can Dance, he was paired up with Katee Shean, Courtney Galiano, Chelsie Hightower, and Stephen "tWitch" Boss. Along with Katee, he made the final four without an appearance in the Bottom 3 couples or Bottom 4 contestants.[2] While on the show, Allen did performances in hip-hop, broadway, samba, contemporary, west coast swing, Viennese Waltz, rumba, Argentine tango, disco, lyrical jazz, and jive. Allen performed the first Bollywood dance and trepak of America's So You Think You Can Dance, with Katee and tWitch, respectively.[citation needed]

Allen had some training in different dance styles, including modern, ballet, and jazz.[4] On July 30, 2009, Allen returned, along with fellow Season 4 contestant Chelsie Hightower, to perform their Emmy nominated Argentine Tango, choreographed by Season 2 contestant Dmitry Chaplin.


As part of his prize for winning SYTYCD Season 4, Allen appeared as a featured dancer in Step Up 3D, along with fellow finalists Katee Shean and Stephen 'tWitch' Boss. He also appeared in the dance comedy Freak Dance.[5] In 2010, Allen took part in Season 2 of Oxygen's Dance Your Ass Off as one of the show's pros. Allen was a featured dancer in the 2011 remake of the musical/movie Footloose. Allen has appeared in videos and commercials for Honda, McDonald's, and the US Census. Joshua has also been featured as a dancer on numerous TV shows, including Community and American Horror Story.

In July 2016, Allen was indicted for felony assault of his girlfriend and assault with a deadly weapon. Prior to this time, he had been charged with multiple misdemeanor domestic violence counts.[6] He pleaded "no contest" to the charges and was sentenced in August 2017 to one year in county jail.[7]


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  3. ^ a b c Hopkins, Pz (June 4, 2009), "He's So Much More Than Dancing: An Interview with Joshua Allen", Natural Muscle Magazine, archived from the original on May 28, 2010
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  5. ^ "Talking with Matt Besser About 'Freak Dance,' improv4humans, and the Upcoming UCB Book". UCB Comedy. Upright Citizens Brigade. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  6. ^ Patten, Dominic (14 July 2016). "'So You Think You Can Dance' Winner Faces Decade Behind Bars For Domestic Violence". Deadline. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  7. ^ Gazzar, Brenda (August 3, 2017). "So You Think You Can Dance winner gets jail time in domestic violence case". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
Preceded by
Sabra Johnson
Winner of So You Think You Can Dance
Succeeded by
Jeanine Mason