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Dancing With The Stars

Dancing With the Stars 2013: Witney Carson Joins Season 16 Pro Troupe

Sharna Burgess was promoted from the Dancing With the Stars pro troupe to competing with Andy Dick on Season 16 (congrats?), so that left at least one new spot open. Enter Witney Carson!

Witney, like new competing Dancing With the Stars 2013 pro Lindsay Arnold, was a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Season 9. Based on Witney's Twitter, it sounds like she's been filming the dance film East Side Story, but she’s now ready to dance with the pro troupe. As she tweeted on March 8, "That's a wrap for @ESStheMovie! Excited I was able to make it in time to be apart of @DancingABC troupe!! #DWTS let's do this!!:) #grateful."

Whitney and Lindsay danced together on SYTYCD, and you can watch them perform and talk about their experience in this FOX13Now interview. They are both pretty young blondes from Utah — like Chelsie Hightower and Julianne Hough. In her SYTYCD bio, Whitney said she started dancing Jazz when she was 3 years old, then started Ballroom training at age 9. Asked "Which dancer from another season were you the most inspired by," Witney answered, "Chelsie Hightower. I relate to her, especially because she is from Utah and a Ballroom dancer. I look up to her so much in so many ways. She's my idol!"

Now Witney is one step closer to following in Chelsie's footsteps — as well as Lindsay's. Welcome to the fold, Wit!

Sources: @Dance9Witney, FOX13Now, SYTYCD