Alan Bersten Says Choreographing on SYTYCD Was ‘Full Circle’

DWTS pro Alan Bersten talks about making his choreographic debut on SYTYCD, a show he competed on nine years ago, calling it a “full-circle” moment.

Dancing With the Stars pro Alan Bersten reflects on joining the list of choreographers for So You Think You Can Dancea show he competed on in 2013. Alan was a longtime member of the DWTS The troupe before being promoted to a professional dancer in the show’s 25th season. Alan’s celebrity partners include Olympian Mirai Nagasu, model Alexis Ren, actress Skai Jackson, and TV host Amanda Kloots. Alan won the 28th season of DWTS with Bachelorette star Hannah Brown.

Alan competed on the 10th season of SYTYCD, where he tried out with his brother, Gene. Alan made it the top 20 and competed in the live shows, while Gene was cut right before. Alan made it to the Top 12 before he was eliminated. The dancer was on the show at 19 years old and gained experience dancing in styles other than ballroom, including jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop. Other SYTYCD contestants turned DWTS pros have returned to choreograph on the Fox dance competition, including Jenna Johnson, also from season 10, Dmitry Chaplin, and Lacey Schwimmer.

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On the latest episode of SYTYCD, where the top 12 was revealed, Alan choreographed a fun jive routine for contemporary dancer Ralyn Johnson and ballroom dancer Carter Williams. In an interview with dance reporter Kristyn Burtt for Inside Dance MagazineAlan called choreographing on the show a “full circle moment.” Alan can understand the nerves that the dancers were going through, saying, “I know exactly how they are all feeling, it is nerve-wracking,” but said that he thought that Ralyn and Carter did a “great” job with his routine. Alan also reflects about how much he’s changed since competing on SYTYCDsaying that he’s “grown up so much.” He also praised Carter, a fellow ballroom dancer, calling him “such a good partner.”



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Although Alan is focused on choreographing for SYTYCD right now, he is still thinking about DWTS, which is returning in the fall on Disney+. The show aired for 30 seasons on ABC, but the network decided to renew the series for its 31st and 32nd series to stream exclusively on their streaming platform. While Alan doesn’t officially know if he is going to return, he’s excited about the move to Disney+, saying, “I love it so much that I am just so thankful we get another two seasons, and Disney+ is going to be great.”

If Alan’s choreography holds up to the standard of his jive, he will be a favorite on SYTYCD as a choreographer. Alan is an example of how SYTYCD creates stars in the dance industry, which is why it’s always so special when those stars return to their roots and offer their expertise to the next generation of dancers. Alan has become one of the most beloved pros on DWTSand it will be shocking if he isn’t asked back for the show’s 31st season.


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Source: Inside Dance Magazine

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