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Stephen "tWitch" Boss, Ellen Degeneres' favorite DJ and "So You Think You Can Dance" mentor and all-star, is gathering up all his green things in preparation for the First Ever 16th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade March 17.

"tWitch" will serve as the official starter of the parade.

"I am getting all my green stuff together. I've never been to Hot Springs before, but I'm excited to get there," he told The Sentinel-Record in a telephone interview Monday. "They have told me a little bit of what I'll be doing, but I kind of want to experience it fresh when I get there."

Fans can currently find "tWitch" daily on The Ellen Show, as well as Degeneres' "Game of Games." Soon, he said he and his wife, Allison Holker, will co-host "Disney's Fairytale Weddings" on Freeform. His credits also include "Famous in Love," as himself, as well as in Judd Apatow's "Love," and in 2016, he was on screen in "Ghostbusters," directed by Paul Feig, and in 2015 he appeared alongside Channing Tatum in "Magic Mike XXL," as "Malik."

The dancer has appeared three times in the "Step Up" dance films and got his start on season four of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance." Dance, he said, is his true passion.

"Dance has always been a thing I love to do," he said. "I think growing up, kids find their different sports they really enjoy -- football, basketball, soccer -- they fall into a sport they love and for me it was dance.

"I was raised in Montgomery, Ala., and that was before dance was as widely popular as it was. My parents and grandparents could see that I really loved dance, but they never put me in any kind of dance classes -- it was kind of unheard of at the time, and I would have been the only male in the class at the time."

When in situations where he was not allowed to dance, "tWitch" would often resort to "popping and ticking" a popular style of hip-hop dancing that resembles a twitch. This earned him his nickname, according to his biography.

After dabbling in theater, "tWitch" said he auditioned for his school's dance team his senior year, and after graduation, his passion for dance carried him to California.

"After high school, I enrolled in community college and after two years transferred out to California to go to college and pursue dance," he said, adding that it was always important to his family that he get his education.

While he said he has celebrated St. Patrick's Day throughout the years, it has been inconsistent and never to the scale of the parade put on by Visit Hot Springs.

"I'm ready to do it on such a grand scale. This will be my first St. Patrick's Day parade and I'm looking forward to it," he said.

As he gears up for his first visit to Hot Springs, "tWitch" made one thing clear -- the 2019 parade would be the most fun to date.

"I want everybody to have the best time this year," he said. "I want this to be the most fun year they've ever had at the parade, even if you've been coming to the parade for several years, you're going to have the most fun this year and I'm going to make sure you do."

Local on 02/10/2019

Print Headline: 'tWitch' ready to get party started for St. Pat's

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