‘Dancing with the Stars’: Heather Morris’s dance experience could give her competitive edge in season 24

When actress Heather Morris begins as a contestant on the upcoming 24th season of “Dancing with the Stars,” she’ll be the second “Glee” alumna to have competed on the show. The previous was Amber Riley, who was able to win season 17 paired with Derek Hough up against other celebrities such as Corbin Bleu, Bill Engvall, Valerie Harper, Bill Nye, Jack Osbourne, and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. Can Morris pull off a similar victory?

The new season starts on March 20, so before she and her competitors hit the dance floor let’s consider the pros and cons.

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Heather Morris has been dancing since she was nine-years-old. She competed in a variety of styles including jazz, tap, and contemporary. Her first major TV appearance was on the second season of “So You Think You Can Dance” back in 2006, where she made it to Vegas Week, but failed to make the final 20.

Morris then got her big break as a backup dancer for Beyonce on her 2007 world tour, followed by television appearances on the American Music Awards, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the Grammys, “Saturday Night Live” and more. While filming the 2009 film “Fired Up!” she met choreographer Zach Woodlee, who asked her to teach the “Glee” actors Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” choreography. The show was also looking for a third cheerleader, which led to Morris landing the role of Brittany S. Pierce. So her career dance experience has already helped make her a star.

Her partner on “Dancing with the Stars” will be Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who will be competing as a professional dancer for the 16th time, so he has plenty of experience and an established fan base of his own.

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What may stand in Morris’s way is the competition she’ll be up against. There are a pair of Olympians competing for the Mirror Ball Trophy this year: Simone Biles and Nancy Kerrigan. Olympians have done well on the ballroom before, with past winners including Apolo Anton Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi and Meryl Davis. In addition, NFL star Rashad Jennings could join the ranks of football players who’ve won before: Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward, and Donald Driver.

While Morris’s partner Chmerkovskiy has competed on the show 15 times before, he’s only been able to win once: in the 18th season back in 2014, when he was actually paired with Olympic champion Meryl Davis.

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