‘DWTS’ Pros Who Also Competed on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

Corey Cesare
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All professional dancers have to get their star somewhere. One thing most dancers on Dancing With the Stars have in common is that they began their television journey out on So You Think You Can Dance. This competition brought professional dancers together to compete for the title of America’s best dancer.


Dmitry Chaplin

He competed in the second season of So You Think You Can Dance and soon went on to dance professionally in Dancing With the Stars for three seasons. Fun fact, he was supposed to be paired up with Jewel on DWTS season eight, but she had to withdraw from the season due to fractured tibias in both legs.

Alan Bersten

This current Dancing With the Stars professional was on season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance. He finished in the top 12. He was eliminated after the judges complained about a gap between him and his partner Malece Miller. They were both eliminated due to this.


Lindsay Arnold

This DWTS mirrorball winner was originally on season nine of So You Think You Can Dance. During her time in the competition she danced a Samba, Paso Doble, Contemporary, and more. Arnold made it into the top eight in the series, then faced elimination during week six of the competition. Luckily, her dancing journey was not over, she was picked perform on Dancing With the Stars in the following year.

Jenna Johnson

Jenna Johnson was not the first in her family to audition for So You Think You Can Dance. Previous to her time on the show, her older sisters were cut at the Green Mile. In this episode, judges tell the contestants whether they’ve made it onto the show or not. Jenna outlived her sisters and made it into the top eight of season ten.

Artem Chigvintsev

This professional dancer had to be included considering he placed in the top eight in the first season of So You Think You Can Dance! He came into the show with the main dance style of Latin ballroom but was put to the test with multiple Lyrical dances, a Cha-Cha, Paso Doble, Pop, and more.


Witney Carson

Witney Carson auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance in season nine of the competition. During the competition, she performed multiple different types of dances including a Samba, Cha-Cha, Paso Doble, and more. She made it to the Top six/Top three female of the competition before facing elimination. She joined Dancing With the Stars soon after in March 2013.

Honorable mention:

It’s no surprise that DWTS coach Derek Hough is dating someone who is as talented in the ballroom as he is. Hayley Erbert was a mentor on Dancing With the Stars: Juniors in 2018, but otherwise has not been seen on the dance floor without Hough. On her own, she has accomplished a lot in dance after placing in the top six, top three female on season ten of So You Think You Can Dance.

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