Witney Carson On Being Diagnosed with Cancer, How Music Moves Her, What Her Family Has Taught Her, and Never Taking Life For Granted

Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What inspires you?

Witney Carson: A lot of things inspire me, but I would have to say the main thing that drives me is music. If I hear an amazing piece of music, I can’t help but think of ideas, choreography, and everything that comes along with it.

RP: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?

WC: In 2012, I was diagnosed with melanoma—skin cancer—and had to get surgery on my left foot. I was out for four weeks—no dancing, no walking, nothing! It was horrible, but it taught me patience and to never take for granted the simple things we have.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

WC: I eat healthy most of the time. Whole foods are the best for you when you are super active, so I get plenty of fruits and veggies to keep me energized. I love being outdoors, water sports, hiking—really, anything that keeps me moving!

RP: What’s the best advice you could give someone about life?

WC: I’m lucky to have so many supportive, inspirational people in my life. My family especially has always taught me to be myself and not let other people’s opinions change me. To always believe my instincts and follow my heart.

RP: What projects are you currently working on?

WC: This next season of DWTS is just around the corner, and I could not be more excited! I can’t wait to start fresh and create on a show that I’m so lucky to be a part of! The Emmy nomination is such an honor, and I couldn’t have done it without Alfonso [Ribeiro] and the support of my friends, family, and the show!

Witney Carson is a dancer on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She has also appeared on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance.

PHOTO: Brooke Mason

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