Lindsey Stirling shines in first dance performance on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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Electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling shined in her first appearance as a competitor on Season 25 of “Dancing With the Stars” Monday night.

In her first performance, Stirling performed the cha cha with professional dancer Mark Ballas to “Don’t​ ​Worry” by Madcon​ ​featuring​ ​Ray​ ​Dalton. Her judges scores of 7, 8, 7 — totaling 22 out of 30 — tied for top of the leaderboard with “Hamilton” actor Jordan Fisher and ESPN host Victoria Arlen.

Judge Len Goodman praised Stirling’s performance: “It was crisp, it was clean, lovely leg action, nice hip action — that was, for me, the dance of the night.”

As a guest performer on multiple occasions for the show, Stirling expressed in her introduction video how she always desired to be a celebrity competitor.

“I’ve always wanted to do ‘Dancing With the Stars’ because I love dancing and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity, so I’m going to do it,” Stirling said.

Ballas, her partner, is in his 19th season with “Dancing With the Stars.”

“Lindsey has a lot of courage, a lot of heart, and that to me is half the battle,” Ballas said in the introduction video.

The 30-year-old electric violinist posted a tease to her performance a week prior to the show of her and Ballas playing the music that they danced to Monday night.

Before coming on “Dancing With the Stars,” Stirling included Derek Hough, a professional dancer on the show, in her music video, “The Arena.” Hough performed a ballroom dance with Stirling in the video that is for a song in her album, “Brave Enough.”

In 2015, Stirling received her degree in recreation management from BYU. A classically trained violinist from Gilbert, Arizona, Stirling earned her way to fame through her YouTube channel. The BYU graduate has a unique style of music that blends pop and violin — and it is all accomplished while she dances.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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