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Latter-day Saint Dance Community Mourns Death of Stephen “tWitch” Boss

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On December 13, 2022, famed dancer, choreographer, and producer Stephen “tWitch” Boss died by suicide. Known for his time on hit shows like So You Think You Can DanceDisney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Boss was a legendary figure in the dance world. As news of his death spread, Latter-day Saint dancers shared their tributes and feelings online.

Ballroom dancer Ryan Dilello shared the following photo with the message, “So heartbreaking to lose someone who brought so much light to this world.” Ryan competed on season six of So You Think You Can Dance alongside his wife Ashleigh.

Lindsay Arnold, who came to prominence on season nine of So You Think You Can Dance and then went on to star in Dancing with the Stars wrote multiple messages on her Instagram stories.

“I will never forget the first time I saw Stephen dance on SYTYCD. Blew me away but the thing that I loved most about him is that not only did he light up the world with his incredible dance talents but with his genuine kindness always. He was the kindest person and I always looked up to him and the fact that through all of his success he stayed humble, kind, genuine, and was truly a one of kind incredible being. He will be missed.”

Lindsay Arnold poses with her daugther in their Sunday outfits.

She continued, “My heart is hurting. Such an incredible reminder that we don’t always know what someone is truly going through. Be kind to everyone, spread love, and check in on your loved ones you may never know what may be going on in their lives. Sending love to everyone and praying for comfort for anyone in need.”

Lindsay’s sister Jensen Arnold, who also competed on So You Think You Can Dance during season fifteen, shared her thoughts. “My hear is broken. Sending so much love and prayers to his sweet family!!! Can’t believe it,” she wrote.

Witney Carson, who also starred on both So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars simply said, “RIP my friend. Sending so much love and healing to [Allison] and kids. There are no words. We love you.”

The pair performed the following number on season nine of the dance competition.

 

Charity Anderson Reid, who finished third on season two of World of Dance alongside her partner Andres Peñate, said, “This beloved man’s light and love has brightened SO many lives including my own. I’m in complete disbelief. You really never know what a person is truly going through. My heavy heart goes out to the Boss family and everyone grieving the loss of such a wonderful soul.”

Stephen “tWitch” Boss, his wife Allison Holker, and their children. Photo courtesy of Rodin Eckenroth & WireImage

Boss was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and worked throughout his career as a dancer, choreographer, actor, producer, and television personality. He married fellow So You Think You Can Dance All-Star Allison Holker in 2013. He adopted Holker’s daughter from a prior relationship, Weslie, and the couple went on to have two children, son Maddox (6) and daughter Zaia (3). Holker shared in an official statement:

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us. Stephen lit up every room he stepped into. He valued family, friends and community above all else and leading with love and light was everything to him. He was the backbone of our family, the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his fans.

To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt. I am certain there won’t be a day that goes by that we won’t honor his memory. We ask for privacy during this difficult time for myself and especially for our three children.

Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.”

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or go to 988lifeline.org.

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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