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Born and raised in Minnesota, Alan Bersten started dancing at the young age of 7. Growing up, he became proficient in contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, Bollywood and Broadway. His diverse dances led him to win Youth Championship and Under 21 National Titles.
At the age of 18, Bersten was a finalist on season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance and finished in the Top 6 Males. He performed a memorable blindfolded contemporary piece that had never been done on the show. He toured through North America with So You Think You Can Dance, and then joined Burn the Floor for their world tour. After touring the world, he received a recurring role as part of the show choir, Vocal Adrenaline, on season six of Glee.
Bersten has been on five seasons of ABC's Dancing with the Stars as part of the professional troupe, allowing him to showcase his skills as a dancer and a choreographer. During Season 24, he was partnered with celebrity Heather Morris for four weeks due to Maksim Chmerkovskiy's injury; then made his debut as a professional dancer, partnered with singer/songwriter Debbie Gibson on Season 25. Dancing with the Stars: Athletes marks Bersten's second time as a pro on the show, and he has been on tour with Dancing with the Stars: Live! five times.