Stephen “tWitch” Boss is a “So You Think You Can Dance” All-Star and fan favorite who continues to make a splash with his multitude of talents. He was also the first dancer endorsed by Gatorade, officially recognizing dance as a sport.

Boss is a recurring guest DJ on “Ellen,” serving as Ellen DeGeneres’ sidekick on the show multiple times per week. In that role, he leads the audience in dance competitions and entertains them with comedic skits throughout the show. He also competes against guests in on-air games.

A featured dancer in the films Blades of Glory and Hairspray, Boss teamed up with Paramount and to film several viral videos for the dance spoof film Dance Flick (2009). And he co-starred in Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming and guest-starred on such television series as “Drop Dead Diva,” “Bones” and “Touch,” too.

Boss originally found fame when he won over critics and fans alike with his amazing performances on Season 4 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” earning the runner-up title.

In addition, his memorable performance in “Mercy” alongside Katee Shean was nominated for a 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography.

In 2010, Boss was invited back for a special All-Star Season 7. This would prove to be a very important year in his life, as he met fellow All-Star dancer Allison Holker and they would ultimately marry.

Boss’ passion for dancing goes back to childhood. He was born and raised in Montgomery, Ala., where, he mastered “popping and ticking,” a popular hip-hop style that resembles a twitch, earning him the nickname “tWitch.”

Boss and his wife currently reside in Los Boss and his wife currently reside in Los Angeles where, in his free time, he serves on the board of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a charity which affords access to dance flick franchise.

Kam Williams: Hi tWitch, thanks for the interview.
Stephen “tWitch” Boss: Thanks for having me.

KW: Congratulations on the fifth installment in the franchise. How do you explain the Step Up series’ enduring popularity?
StB: Dancing is one of the purest forms of expression! So when you bring top-of-the line dancers, top-of-the-line choreography, amazing music, and incredible cameras you can’t help but get an awesome and infectious product.

KW: How do you keep your character, Jason, fresh?
StB: My character, Jason, is an ever evolving individual. We have seen Jason evolve since the third installation of Step Up.
He lived in New York where he struggled to make ends meet, then went back home to Miami to help out his family. Since then he has moved to Los Angeles to yet again pursue a dream. I tap into Jason and keep him fresh by paralleling his real-life with mine because my dreams are still evolving as well.

KW: Which do you enjoy more, acting or dancing?
StB: That’s actually a very hard question to answer. They are both avenues and mediums of performance, and it is performance that I am most passionate about. There is nothing like the feeling I get when I step out on the dance floor and dance to my favorite song. And at the same time there’s nothing like the feeling of doing homework on a character and stepping onto the stage or camera and being another person.

KW: What message do you think people will take away from the film?
StB: I think people will take away the message of family and perseverance. Perseverance in the face of perceived defeat is absolutely essential. And while everyone’s journey is different, completely alienating yourself in the pursuit of your dreams could be somewhat harmful. Therefore, having family or loved ones around you to keep you grounded could be a very good look. Oh yeah… and when in doubt, dance it out!

KW: What’s more fun, making a movie about a dance competition or participating in a dance contest on a reality show?
StB: Definitely making a movie, because no one is in fear of being voted off and going home early.

KW: Do you ever worry about being typecast as just a dancer?
StB: All the time. But with that I recognize that I work so hard to establish myself in the field of dance. It just takes that one time, that one person that will give you a chance to deliver on something that is unknown, and that will be my launching point.

KW: When you look in the mirror what do you see?
StB: I see me. That is the culmination of all the decisions and paths I have decided to take thus far. There are times I see power, struggle, uncertainty, and art; souvenirs from my life journey that remind me where I’ve been.

KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?
StB: An unwavering agreement of peace and love all over the globe.

KW: Thanks again for the time, tWitch, and best of luck with the film.
StB: Thank you so much, Kam.


Kam Williams

Special to the AFRO