So You Think You Can Dance 2008 Tour Review - A Personal Meet & Greet

Another day, another city, another hearts-pumping, adrenaline-rushing, crowd-roaring show from America’s favorite dancers as they hit the road for the ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Season Four tour.

So You Think You Can Dance is an American dance reality show competition that is broadcast worldwide. Similar to the singing rendition, American Idol, “So You Think You Can Dance” (SYTYCD) incorporates a rigorous audition process and a weekly challenge to test each contestant’s dance versatility. Created by Idol producer, Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe, SYTYCD reaches out to a pool of talented dancers of all types of dance backgrounds: salsa, tango, ballroom, hip hop, street dancing, krunk, contemporary, jazz, ballet and many others.

What is so unique about this competition is that each contestant comes in with their set of dance style, but once in the running, they are assigned a different partner and a different genre to learn and perfect, with America watching and voting. “We're not looking for necessarily the best dancer in America,” says host, Cat Deeley. “What we're actually looking for is the person who is America's favorite dancer, which is a little bit different. Obviously, they've got to be brilliant at what they do.”

Gev & Courtney

This Fall, The Top 13 finalists from the Season Four, Chelsie Hightower, Courtney Galiano, Gev Manoukian, Jessica King, Joshua Allen, Katee Shean, Kherington Payne, Mark Kanemura, Will Wingfield, Twitch Boss, Comfort Fedoke, Thayne Jasperson, and Chelsea Traille are on tour and it just so happens that they’ve landed in our city, Los Angeles.

Thayne & Chelsea T.

Just before their L.A. show at Nokia theatre, I got a chance to meet and talk with each finalist about their exciting back-story on the tour, personal advices for aspiring dancers, and how the show changed their lives.

Chelsea & Mark

What is the most exciting thing about being on tour: “The best part of touring is being on stage and performing. It is pure rush, we love it,” says Jessica. “The love we get from the crowd is amazing. It pumps us up at every show. This is the best times of our lives!” declares Will. “Meeting fans!” exclaims Mark. “It’s so nice to have so many supportive fans and it’s really weird when they come up to us and are so nice and so appreciative when really it’s the other way around. They are the ones that got us here," mark continues. “Seeing New cities, visiting new venues, it’s exciting!” says Chelsea T. “I love performing and then meeting the fans after the show. That’s always fun,” replies Joshua, who is season’s 4 winner.

Twitch & Kherington

What is the most challenging part about being on tour: “The schedule is hard; we don’t always get much sleep,” says Twitch. “Trying to stay fresh; on tour we perform these dance routines so many times that it becomes tired, so just making sure at every new venue, we keep our motivation and energy high for those who haven’t seen the performances,” Chelsea explains. “There is definitely stress when you’re on the road,” describes Thayne. “Keeping up your stamina,” says Katee. “Learning new dance routines, constantly,” says Joshua. “Everything; life on the bus, the crazy schedules, the show dates in a row, it’s all part of the challenge,” describes Kherington.

Jessica, Will, & Comfort

Any advice you would give to an aspiring dancer: “Go all out, try everything. If you want it, go for it relentlessly,” says Twitch. Gev replies, “the dance industry is one of the toughest fields, you have to be determined. Never stop learning.” Courtney answers, “You need to have strong skin because no matter where you go, there will always be rejection. Be goal-oriented. The sky’s the limit.” “Take as many dance classes as possible and stay well-rounded,” says Mark. “The less you know, the less of a product you are, so take as many classes as possible in every genre," says Chelsea T. "Having diversity in your dance style is key,” answers Thayne. “Have passion,” exclaims Chelsea. “Practice, Practice, Practice” says Will. “Be yourself and never stop learning,” replies Comfort.

Joshua & Katee

The SYTYCD crew seems to know what it takes to be successful. And quite frankly, they do. From tens of thousands of aspiring dancers at the auditions several months earlier to the final few that won America's vote and stole America’s heart, these stars are on their way to a bigger and brighter future.

Talent isn’t all you need to be a winner, that is evident. With these finalists, what they have is pure passion. Passion for music, passion for dancing, passion for going out there and doing what they do best. They genuinely love to dance. It's what drives them, what keeps them motivated, and ultimately, what makes them happy.

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