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