Friday, June 10, 2011

SYTYCD--Meet The Top 20

Here are pics and details for each of the top 20.  Article by Daemon TV.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (2011) Season 8 Top 20 Contestants

The Top 20 for Season 8 of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE has finally been revealed tonight and it’s time to get more acquainted with each and every single on of them. So take a look at some photos and information on the top 10 guys and the top 10 girls below.
Top 10 Guys

Alexander Fost
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Alhambra, CA
Currently Resides: Alhambra, CA
Age: 21
Alexander Fost was Mr. Dance USA in 2006 and also won the Mr. Dance International in 2007. A year later, he earned a spot with the Los Angeles Youth American Grand Prix, and went on to dance with the Media City Ballet, San Pedro Ballet and the Festival Ballet Theatre companies.

Tadd Gadduang
Dance Specialty: Hip Hop
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Currently Resides: Salt Lake City, UT
Age: 25
Tadd Gadduang began dancing at age 15 as a hobby, but eventually realized his passion for it after graduating from high school. He is currently in his sophomore year of college studying psychology.

Marko Germar
Dance Specialty: Jazz
Hometown: Dededo, Guam
Currently Resides: Canoga Park, CA
Age: 22
Originally from the South Pacific island of Guam, Marko Germar moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue a career in dance. He has had nine years of studio training.

Ricky Jaime
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Miami, FL
Currently Resides: Tampa, FL
Age: 19
Ricky Jaime graduated from Newsome High School in Lithia, FL, in June 2010. He would like to be a member of a professional ballet company in California, New York or Europe.

Wadi Jones
Dance Specialty: Breaking
Hometown: Ossining, NY
Currently Resides: Ossining, NY
Age: 24
Wadi Jones was born in St. Ann’s, Jamaica, and moved to the U.S. in 1988 at age three. He is passionate about art, poetry and music, and he is inspired by his older brother.

Mitchell Kelly
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Currently Resides: Atlanta, GA
Age: 20
Mitchell Kelly attended Henry W. Grady High School. He began dancing at age 14, and has been dancing professionally for six years.

Chris Koehl
Dance Specialty: Hip Hop
Hometown: Garland, TX
Currently Resides: Garland, TX
Age: 21
Chris Koehl began teaching himself Hip Hop at 14 years old. Over the past few years, he has divided his time between training at local studios, in college classes and teaching dance.

Jess LeProtto
Dance Specialty: Broadway
Hometown: Little Falls, NJ
Currently Resides: Little Falls, NJ
Age: 18
Jess LeProtto lives in his hometown of Little Falls, NJ. He is a senior at Passaic Valley High School, and has been dancing since he was three years old.

Robert Taylor Jr.
Dance Specialty: Hip Hop
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Currently Resides: New York, NY
Age: 31
Robert Taylor Jr. graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in dance. His credits include television shows, music videos and the national tour of “Hairspray.” Taylor is honored to have once performed for Michael Jackson. He has trained with numerous professionals and has performed in some of the country’s most prestigious dance shows.

Nick Young
Dance Specialty: Tap
Hometown: Franklin, WI
Currently Resides: Franklin, WI
Age: 19
Nick Young graduated from high school in 2010. He has been dancing since age four, and his favorite style of dance is Tap.
Top 10 Girls

Jordan Casanova
Dance Specialty: Jazz
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
Currently Resides: Chino Hills, CA
Age: 18
Jordan Casanova lives in her hometown of Chino Hills, CA. She graduated from Ruben S. Ayala High School in 2010, and has been dancing since she was eight years old.

Iveta Lukosiute
Dance Specialty: Ballroom
Hometown: Klaipeda, Lithuania
Currently Resides: New York, NY
Age: 30
A native of Eastern Europe, Iveta Lukosiute moved to the U.S. in 1997. She has been dancing since she was six years old.

Miranda Maleski
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Currently Resides: North Hollywood, CA
Age: 19
Miranda Maleski moved from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, to Los Angeles at just 18 years old. She has been dancing since age three, and her dance specialty has evolved over the years.

Sasha Mallory
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Currently Resides: Bakersfield, CA
Age: 23
At age five, Sasha Mallory began studying ballet technique at the Royal Academy of Dance. She trained at the Houston Ballet, the Boston Ballet and the Ailey School’s summer intensives. She recently toured with Adam Lambert.

Melanie Moore
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Currently Resides: New York, NY
Age: 19
Melanie Moore is a freshman at Fordham University in New York. She has been dancing since she was two years old.

Missy Morelli
Dance Specialty: Jazz
Hometown: Arvada, CO
Currently Resides: Studio City, CA
Age: 20
Missy Morelli has been living in Los Angeles for the past two years as a professional dancer. She has been dancing since she was three years old.

Clarice Ordaz
Dance Specialty: Jazz
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Currently Resides: Whittier, CA
Age: 19
Clarice Ordaz is a student at California State University, Long Beach. She has trained in many styles of dance since age two.

Ryan Ramirez
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA
Currently Resides: North Hollywood, CA
Age: 19
Ryan Ramirez is pursuing her dream of becoming a well-known dancer and choreographer. She has been dancing since she was four years old and choreographing since age 11. She considers dance her language, and is the happiest and most free while performing.

Ashley Rich
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Antioch, CA
Currently Resides: Emeryville, CA
Age: 22
Ashley Rich trained at a local dance studio from age three to 18. For the past two years, she has been employed as a dance teacher in her hometown. She is a talented cook who also enjoys baking.
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