Chelsie Hightower on Her Latest Project, SYTYCD Changes — Exclusive
We've always known that Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance dancer Chelsie Hightower is a creative gal, and she just proved how very true that is with her latest project, where she literally makes a couch dance.
Chelsie has teamed up with Lovesac, the company responsible for the changeable Sactional furniture system, which is basically the most flexible furniture ever. To prove that, the creative dancer choreographed a dance that used the Lovesac couch not just as a prop, but as an integral part of the performance.
Pretty cool, right? Wetpaint chatted with Chelsie about the project — plus we got her to weigh in on all the changes on the new season of So You Think You Can Dance, including what she thinks about Paula Abdul as a judge!
Wetpaint: How did this partnership with Lovesac come about?
Lovesac is originally started in Utah. The owner, Shawn Nelson, is a friend of mine and he contacted me to do something. He had his vision in his head that he wanted this couch to move and dance with the dancers. He told me about it and it sounded like a cool thing to do.
What was it like to choreograph?
Because the couch does so many different things, it became so easy. There were so many different ways we could show it, so that was very inspiring. I'd never worked with a prop that could do so many different things. It was great fun to do.
The new season of So You Think You Can Dance has started. Paula Abdul is a judge now; how do you think she's doing?
I think Paula Abdul is great. She has so much dance background. She's very raw when she's judging, which I think is a good thing. You can tell that she doesn't put on too many gimmicks, and she doesn't really do too much fluff when she's up there judging. She just is who she is, and whether or not you like that, I think that's refreshing to see.
What do you think of the Street vs. Stage theme this season?
I think it will be good. There's such a huge underground street scene — one that a lot of people don't really know much about. But there's so much talent, and so many amazing dancers in that scene. So I think it's really cool to bring it out, and show more of what that is.
We also loved you on Dancing With the Stars. Do you have a favorite memory from the show?
There were so many. But I think the moments that stand out to me the most were the moments in between rehearsal, and everybody's just hanging out, or just talking. Those moments when you're just feeling connected to the rest of the cast. You laugh and joke around. Building those friendships and those bonds was probably my favorite part.
Find out more about the Lovesac Sactional furniture system here.