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Ariana DeBose
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Season Season 6
Birthday January 25, 1991
Age 31
Hometown Charlotte, North Carolina
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Age during Season 18
Dance style Contemporary
Placement Top 20
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Ariana DeBose (born January 25, 1991) is a Contemporary dancer. She competed during sixth season of So You Think You Can Dance and placed in the Top 20.


Ariana trained in dance at CC & Co. Dance Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Ariana's career as a dancer in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions increased exponentially as she took on the role of Nautica in the 2011 Alliance Theatre production of Bring It On. She also appeared in the ensemble of the New York Philharmonic production of Company, which was filmed for television. At the end of 2011, Bring It On embarked on a national tour across the United States. DeBose continued her role into the 2012 Broadway production, and understudied the character Danielle.

DeBose played Mary Wilson in Motown on Broadway in 2013, understudying the role of Diana Ross. DeBose left the show soon later to play Eponine in a regional production of Les Misérables before returning to Broadway as a noble and a player in the musical Pippin, understudying the role of the Leading Player, which she ended up taking over for a short period in 2014.

DeBose left Pippin to appear as the Bullet in the ensemble of the off-Broadway show Hamilton in early 2015. The show moved to Broadway later that year, and became an overnight sensation. She was nominated for an Astaire Award for her dancing in the show.

DeBose left Hamilton in July 2016, and made a guest appearance on the TV series, Blue Bloods as Sophia Ortiz, and starred as Daphne in the thriller film, Seaside.

She returned to Broadway in November 2016 as Jane in A Bronx Tale until August 2017. She also hosted the corresponding vlog Bronx Bullet for eight weeks.

DeBose went on to play the role of Disco Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical in San Diego at La Jolla Playhouse in late 2017. She reprised this role on Broadway, which opened April 2018. She received a 2018 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. She also won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, Critics Choice Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing Anita in Steven Spielberg's remake of West Side Story in 2021, sixty years after Rita Moreno won the same award for the same role. She hosted the Tony Awards in 2022.