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Meet 'Dancing with the Stars' Professional Alan Bersten — Quick Facts about the Dancer

Joe Akins
Sep 02, 2020
05:30 P.M.
Alan Bersten might still be young in pro dancers' ranks, but this does not diminish his exceptional ability. Here is how Bersten mastered the art of dancing.
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Alan Bersten first came into the public eye after contesting at the age of 18 in "So You Think You Can Dance." He became a finalist in season 10 and came out in the Top 6 male category.

At the time, Bersten's unique blindfold dance earned him acclaim and a nod from popular dance shows. He went on a world tour with "Burn The Floor."

Alan Bersten and Hannah Brown pose at "Dancing with the Stars" Season 28 Finale at CBS Television City on November 25, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Alan Bersten and Hannah Brown pose at "Dancing with the Stars" Season 28 Finale at CBS Television City on November 25, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

BERSTEN'S HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Alan Bersten, a Minnesota native, started dancing at the age of 7 and got the parents' unwavering support. He won youth championships and junior titles in his teenage years. Once in an interview, Bersten mentioned that his parents were quite keen on dancing.

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Although they did not know how to dance, they wanted all their kids to become pro dancers. Following Bersten's stint on "So You Think You Can Dance," he joined "DWTS" as a troupe dancer but was not paired with celebrities. On "DWTS," Bersten filled in for Mark Ballas and Maks Chmerkovskiy.

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HIS BIG BREAK

In 2017, Bersten, 26, got his first opportunity to dance with the stars. He was partnered with Broadway star Debbie Gibson in season 25. Since then, he kept on competing in subsequent seasons as a professional dancer. So far, the young dancer is proud of his achievement.

In an interview with Us Weekly, Bersten shared some facts about himself. He made it known that he is the youngest of his siblings. The star dancer shared that he auditioned for SYTYCD because his older brother had auditioned. When he is not dancing, Bersten indulges in escape art.

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MORE ABOUT BERSTEN

The 26-year-old is from a Russian household, and he is quite close to his family members. He mentioned that he had an admirable relationship with his mom.

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The star mentioned that Ballroom dancing was something he did out of fun, and as a youngster, he never envisioned building a career from it. He shared a fun fact:

"I am extremely superstitious. I knock on wood, and when I sneeze, I pull my right ear three times."

Presently, the young pro dancer is gearing for the 29th season of "DWTS." While contestants would be returning in the fall, some changes would be kept in place.

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