The world is mourning the loss of Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, dancer and DJ for the Ellen DeGeneres Show. His family released a statement saying he died suddenly from natural causes. Let’s take a look at his incredible career path and how he made an impact on the entertainment industry.
Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1980 to parents Stephen Glen Boss Sr. and Cynthia Ann Carver-Boss. He was heavily involved in music and dance from an early age, performing with his family’s dance troupe called “The Boss Family” when he was only four. Later on, he would become an accomplished hip-hop dancer, winning several competitions as part of his college team at Troy University in Alabama. He also performed with big names like Christina Aguilera, Usher, Missy Elliot and Pink during their respective tours.
In 2007, tWitch auditioned for ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and placed 4th overall during the show’s 4th season finale. After working as a choreographer for a few years, tWitch joined The Ellen DeGeneres Show as their resident DJ in 2014 after replacing Tony Okungbowa who held that role for 10 years prior. Although tWitch was best known for making regular appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show over the past six years – dancing alongside various celebrities including Michelle Obama – he also made appearances in films such as Step Up Revolution (2012) and Magic Mike XXL (2015). Beyond being a talented entertainer, tWitch was also an advocate for social justice issues through his nonprofit organization called Peaceful Streets Project which aimed to empower citizens to document police activity while demanding accountability from law enforcement officers across the United States.
The Early Years
Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, where he began dancing at age seven. As a kid, he idolized Michael Jackson and learned to dance by studying MJ’s moves from music videos. After he graduated from high school in 1999, tWitch went on to study at Florida State University for three years before deciding to pursue dance full-time. It was during this time that tWitch started competing on So You Think You Can Dance in 2009—a move which gave him national exposure for the first time.
The Big Break
In 2010, tWitch landed a part in Step Up Revolution, the fourth installment of the popular Step Up movie franchise. His performance as “Sean” caught the eye of producers who cast him in Magic Mike XXL two years later. tWitch’s big break came when he was hired as DJ/dancer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014—a role which allowed him to show off his unique style of dancing on national television every day. He performed with stars like Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, Pharrell Williams and more!
A Kind Soul
Beyond being an incredible performer, tWitch was an incredibly kind person who touched many lives with his presence. He had a special bond with Ellen DeGeneres which she spoke about fondly; “He’s so talented and so kind,” said DeGeneres after news broke about his death. In addition to mentoring young dancers across America through various programs like Dizzy Feet Foundation (which provides scholarships for aspiring dancers) , tWitch also ran various charity events throughout his career that raised money for causes such as breast cancer awareness, education reform initiatives and disaster relief funds . His spirit of generosity will live on through these causes forever .
It is safe to say that there will never be another Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss who could fill his shoes both literally with his moves or figuratively with all that he represented through advocacy work; however we can use this moment to reflect upon how much he has positively impacted our lives through artistry or even simply by being kind whenever possible – just like he did every day on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. We will truly miss him but will always remember him fondly! Rest In Peace Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss!
Boss is survived by his wife and three children: Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3.