What You Don't Know About Stephen "tWitch" Boss

Stephen "tWitch" Boss is so much more than Ellen DeGeneres' DJ sidekick on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." The multi-talented celeb is best-known for his absolutely incredible dance skills, a talent that he's showcased on several different television shows. And, yes, that was tWitch moving like a super sexy pro in "Magic Mike XXL," holding his own alongside some of the best male dancers out there.

In addition to being a dancer with the skills to pay the bills, tWitch is also well-known for being a family man. His high-profile romance with fellow dancer Allison Holker is definitely a marriage that we've added to our #RelationshipGoals. The pair appear to be totally in love with each other, and, honestly, look so good we admit that we're a twinge jealous. But, of course, we only want the best for them. 

So what else is there to know about the man who's been DeGeneres' DJ for years? We've gone on a digging expedition, so here's what you don't know about Stephen "tWitch" Boss.

Stephen "tWitch" Boss is an Alabama native

Obviously, if you're a famous celeb who works in the entertainment industry, it makes sense that your home base would be in Los Angeles. After all, that's where most of the big movie studios are located as well as, of course, Hollywood itself. To that end, it's not surprising that Stephen "tWitch" Boss calls Los Angeles his home — it's where "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" established its headquarters, after all.

However, tWitch is not a native of Southern California — far from it. It turns out that the dancer hails from Montgomery, Alabama, and he's proud of his hometown. "Its history is very deep, and I'm so grateful to be from there," he explained in an interview with Kam Williams. "It really helps me in my day-to-day life. It helped me establish my values, my base of who I am and how I feel about things." He added that he hopes to establish a community center there someday.

Additionally, tWitch had the importance of faith instilled in him growing up. "I was raised religious, for the most part, which came with a spiritual component that has continued," he added. "So, I've always had spirituality around me."

How did Stephen "tWitch" Boss get his nickname?

While the whole world knows who Stephen "tWitch" Boss is today, not everyone knows just how he got his nickname. As it turns out, it was inspired by one of his first cars, which was a hooptie that the dancer called Twitch. "I took [the name] Twitch when I was about 20 years old because that was when I first started dancing, going places and teaching dance, and a lot of my dance knowledge and a lot of my dance thoughts took place in that car," he told AL.com. "Whether it was to Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Bessemer, Birmingham, whatever. I'd choreograph in the car."

However, that's not the only reason tWitch is called what he is today. In a chat with Kam Williams, tWitch also revealed that the moniker was first bestowed on him during childhood, thanks to his propensity for movement. Given the way that tWitch tends to dance, we can't think of a better nickname.

Stephen "tWitch" Boss started dancing because of this celeb

If you've ever seen Stephen "tWitch" Boss dance, you know that he has some insanely talented moves and is innately gifted with his body. To that end, do you wonder why tWitch ended up falling in love with dance in the first place? It turns out that the young tWitch was a huge Michael Jackson fan, and the King of Pop made quite the impression. "I had the 'Bad' tape, I used to just let that run and dance my heart out," he recalled in an interview with AL.com. "I had his VHS tape, 'Moonwalker' — that was in constant [rotation]." He added that he still has "Moonwalker" memorized, which shows just how enamored tWitch was with Michael. 

Additionally, tWitch's love of the Jackson family spreads to Michael's super incredible sister Janet Jackson. "And that fed into Janet [Jackson], and Janet used to dance as well," he continued. "There was this time in the '90s when everybody had dance in their videos." No wonder young tWitch cultivated such a joy for dance!

This is when Stephen "tWitch" Boss knew he wanted to be a pro dancer

Falling in love with dance is one thing, but making the decision to shoot for the pros is quite another. Insofar as Stephen "tWitch" Boss is concerned, that moment happened after he was cast in a high school production of the classic musical "The Wiz." That's when he was introduced to other students who studied dance at studios, which was a revelation for tWitch. "The moment I found that out, my whole [mind] was blown," he proclaimed in an interview with Vibe. "I started noticing background dancers in music videos and connecting the dots like, 'That's the same person. That means you can have a career in dancing.'" After that, a fire was lit inside of the aspiring dancer.

As for what tWitch did to manifest his ambition, he knew that he had to catch up with his peers — and that meant becoming a scholar of the art form. "I was not classically trained before that," he continued. "I went to college for dance so I did take the basics of ballet, jazz, modern, a little bit of tap — I was so bad at tap." Hey, you can't be good at everything!

Stephen "tWitch" Boss is also a movie star

Stephen "tWitch" Boss is perhaps best known for his work on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," on which he's appeared as a DJ, sidekick, dancer, and occasional host or co-host. But, in addition to his work on daytime television, tWitch also has quite the body of work in film — and some of his roles (especially the earlier parts) might come as a surprise to you.

For starters, one of tWitch's earliest silver screen jobs was in the 2007 Will Ferrell and Jon Heder comedy "Blades of Glory," in which he appeared as an uncredited "Flamboyant Dancer" (via IMDb). He followed that up as "Maybelle's Store Dancer" in the John Travolta and Queen Latifah comedy "Hairspray" that same year. Then, in 2011, tWitch appeared as Dr. E in "The LXD: The Secrets of the Ra."

After those smaller movie parts, tWitch danced his heart out in "Step Up Revolution," but perhaps his biggest movie to date was "Magic Mike XXL" alongside Channing Tatum and company as a gorgeous adult dancer. All in all, that's no shabby resume!

This is how Stephen "tWitch" Boss got his big break

You'd be hard-pressed to find a television fan who doesn't know who Stephen "tWitch" Boss is, given how prominent he's become on daytime television. But before the fame, before he was at Ellen DeGeneres' side on one of the most popular shows out there, tWitch had to figure out how to get his big break. That ended up happening on "So You Think You Can Dance" all the way back in 2008, when tWitch became the runner-up for his incredible hip-hop dancing. So how did it feel to take home those honors? "It was life-changing," he proclaimed in a chat with Collider. "In my particular case, had I not made the show in Season 4, I would have gone into the Navy." The military, who knew?!

In fact, as tWitch tells it, he attributes his enduring success to his turn on the reality show, which really did change the trajectory of his career. "Literally everything that's happening right now is a blessing and a gift," he continued. "It's surreal. Every life choice and everything that I've done, from then on out, happened at that crossroads." We love to see it.

Back in the day, Stephen "tWitch" Boss competed on Star Search

Speaking of reality television competition shows, "So You Think You Can Dance" wasn't Stephen "tWitch" Boss' first rodeo. That actually happened many, many years ago on a program that you might no longer even be familiar with, which, honestly, threw us for a bit of a loop. He appeared on "Star Search," the Ed McMahon-hosted program that ran from 1983 to 1995 (with a brief revival later on), according to IMDb. Notable celebs who appeared on the show include Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Alanis Morissette, Christina Aguilera, and Destiny's Child to name just a few (via Rolling Stone).

As for Stephen "tWitch" Boss, he made it all the way to the semi-finals in 2003, which is an impressive run on "Star Search." The dancer brought the funk as he performed to James Brown's rollicking hit "I Got the Feeling." And while tWitch didn't take home the big prize, he certainly made an impression. Oh, and bonus points to Arsenio Hall for enthusiastically introducing tWitch to viewers — talk about a throwback. 

Dancing is a form of communication for Stephen "tWitch" Boss

Let's face it — dancing is a lot of fun for the majority of us, whether we're letting loose at a friend's wedding or kicking off our shoes at the club with our girlfriends. And, of course, it's obviously something that Stephen "tWitch" Boss thoroughly enjoys and does often. But dance is more than just a fun activity for tWitch, who uses movement as a form of genuine communication. "While I'm not a ridiculous wordsmith and I can't clearly verbalize the things that I'm feeling sometimes, I'd say that I can emote how I feel by dancing, 100% of the time, and fearlessly at that," he mused in an interview with Collider.

He views dancing as something that transcends words and brings people together, as it's an art form that has evolved and developed for centuries. "It removes you from this construct of the world that you have, and it's a conversation that you're having with people," he continued. What a beautiful notion.

This is how Stephen "tWitch" Boss met his wife

Viewers of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" all know that Stephen "tWitch" Boss is happily married to fellow dancer Allison Holker. The pair first met during Season 2 of "So You Think You Can Dance," though they didn't connect until after Season 7. As Holker tells it, tWitch was completely oblivious to her obvious interest. "I didn't just make one move — I made, like, 10 moves and he wasn't seeing them, so I had to put myself out there even more," she revealed to Dance Spirit. "I thought he was the cutest guy ever." Still, Holker was so smitten that she could barely talk to tWitch, which understandably contributed to the confusion.

It wasn't until the Season 7 wrap party for "So You Think You Can Dance" that tWitch and Holker finally connected, after a series of false starts. "I saw him at the other end of the room, and he pointed and did this little 'come here' motion," she continued. "We went upstairs and danced for three hours straight." After that, the two finally acknowledged that there was something between them, and the rest is history. Holker and tWitch got married in 2013, as noted by her Instagram page, and have been happily together ever since.

Stephen "tWitch" Boss is a father and a stepfather

Like many couples who get together, Stephen "tWitch" Boss and his wife, Allison Holker, made the decision to have children together. But, before that, Holker had a daughter from her first marriage and was understandably cautious and protective of her when the pair started dating. Fortunately, Holker's older daughter and tWitch became fast friends when Holker eventually introduced them. "Their relationship is so beautiful, it makes me want to cry," she gushed in an interview with Dance Spirit. "She loves him so much, and he is such a good example of what a man should be."

Holker and tWitch would later go on to have two more children together, a son and a daughter, according to a post on tWitch's Instagram page. Naturally, you can see lots of adorably wholesome family photos on both tWitch's and Holker's Instagram pages, and we are 100% loving this beautiful blended little tribe.

Despite the controversy, Stephen "tWitch" Boss loved working on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

On July 16, 2020, BuzzFeed News published an explosive article, which was chock-full of allegations that the work environment of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" was toxic. Ten former employees and one current employee regaled the outlet with stories about being fired for taking sick days or attending funerals, being warned not to talk to Ellen DeGeneres, and even getting fed up with "comments about her race" and quitting. All in all, it was a damning report that framed DeGeneres' producers and managers as, well, rotten. 

While there was significant fallout from the alleged revelations, Stephen "tWitch" Boss wasn't part of the chorus of accusations. Instead, he has defended "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in his own way. "You know, there hasn't been too many gigs where you feel it every day and build a genuine love from front to back," he told E! News. "And the audience, being so happy to be there and ready to dance and ready to laugh and have a good time." He added that working on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" has made him feel "blessed ... on a daily basis."

After The Ellen DeGeneres Show controversy, Stephen "tWitch" Boss was promoted to producer

In the wake of the allegations made about "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in BuzzFeed News, Ellen DeGeneres took the time to apologize to anyone whom she's wronged. And not surprisingly, big changes were made to the talk show, which included some staff housecleaning. That included the firings of executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman, as reported by Variety.

In addition to the firings, however, was a significant hiring. Specifically, Stephen "tWitch" Boss was promoted to co-executive producer in a move that seems extremely logical. After all, tWitch had been with the program for many years and arguably brought some much-needed diversity to the upper management team. According to an inside source, "The promotion will give the emcee more influence in both programming and the working culture," and, honestly, we're 100% here for it. Congratulations, tWitch! 

Stephen "tWitch" Boss is also an activist

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, people took to the streets filled with outrage in the summer of 2020 (via The New York Times). As a Black man living in the United States, Stephen "tWitch" Boss was deeply impacted by these events and made a call for serious change. "These acts are products of a system that needs to be broken," he proclaimed in an Instagram post. "To be infiltrated. But it has to happen after the headlines calm down."

tWitch followed up this post with other social media posts, where he debunked the "all lives matter" response, shared anti-racist reading recommendations, supported Black-owned businesses, had important conversations about race, demanded justice for victims of police violence, and much more. He also joined the Black Lives Matter protests and is instilling this activism in the next generation. "What we're trying to drive in with our children is that the world should be a place of equality, love, acceptance and inclusion, and our daughter has a really great hold on that," he told Entertainment Tonight. "Hearing her speak about what's going on in the world and what she and her friends are discussing — their outlook and the way they talk makes us, as parents and even just as adults, very hopeful for the future."