"So you Think You Can Dance" Season 14 finalists Lex Ishimoto and Taylor Sieve shocked fans at home (at least the ones who hadn't thoroughly scoured their respective Instagrams) during Episode 14, when choreographer Mia Michaels asked if either of them had ever experienced "the kind of love that takes your breath away." They confessed that, yup, they had—with each other. The two met at The Dance Awards in the summer of 2016, where they were each named Senior Best Dancer, and went on to tour with the convention as assistants. Before long—and long before their "SYTYCD" journey—they became a couple.
Take a look at Dance Spirit's exclusive interview where they dish on everything from their favorite dates to the dance moves that give them all the feels.
Chantel Aguirre is a member of Shaping Sound, a newlywed, and a former Dance Spirit cover girl. And if you happen to follow her on Instagram (which you obviously do, right?), you know that the ballerina-turned-contemporary-dancer seems to permanently rock the dreamy, ethereal glow of a well-rested goddess. How does she take care of herself, even while touring the country in Shaping Sound's newest show, After the Curtain? "My overall goal every day is finding balance," Aguirre says. "I try to fuel myself with all things pure—in foods, in the people I surround myself with, and in my overall mindset." Here are 11 more ways Aguirre keeps her mind and body at peace on the road.
Movies: The Magnificent Seven and Inception
TV Show: "The Office"
Sneaker brands: Nike and Adidas
Fellow Top 10 contestant: "They were all fantastic, but I bonded the most with Kiki Nyemchek. We both love shoes and the same type of music."
Season 14 performance: The Anthony Morigerato–choreographed tap number with Gaby, from the first live show. "It was the only tap number of the whole season! And it was a good way to show that I can tap, too. I wanted to prove my versatility."
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After 13 seasons, "So You Think You Can Dance" viewers probably thought they'd seen it all. From "Ramalama (Bang Bang)" to Bollywood, Travis Wall to tWitch, it seemed like there couldn't possibly be any room left on Mary Murphy's Hot Tamale Train.
Then came 19-year-old Lex Ishimoto. When Lex showed up at the show's Season 14 NYC auditions with an improv solo in lieu of a choreographed routine, the judges were shocked—and then brought to their feet by his show-stopping creativity. From there, the jaw-dropping moments kept coming. In week one of the live shows, Lex busted out a super-crisp tap (!) routine. In his Episode 12 solo, he pulled off a triple (!) tour en l'air. And in Episode 14, he and fellow finalist Taylor Sieve revealed that they'd been dating on the down-low (!!!).
To dance insiders, Lex's name isn't new: It first popped up in playbills when he joined the national tour of the musical Billy Elliot at age 11. Last year, he was featured in Sia's "The Greatest" music video, and he's toured with Travis Wall's critically acclaimed contemporary company Shaping Sound. But now, Lex is officially a household name as America's Favorite Dancer—and has a first-class ticket on that Hot Tamale Train.
Sophia Lucia burst onto the dance scene as a tiny tapper with a crazy knack for pirouettes. (She busted out a whopping 55 turns in 2013 to earn a Guinness World Record!) Thanks to her top-notch technique and unreal flexibility—not to mention a brief appearance on "Dance Moms"—Lucia became a household name practically overnight. Now, the teen turning sensation (seriously, watch this immediately) and former Dance Spirit cover girl attends school full-time in addition to dancing, and is a bona fide Instagram superstar. Here's a peek at a few of her favorite—and least favorite—things.
After months of auditioning, gutting it out at The Academy, and performing dozens of routines on the weekly live shows, you'd think Season 14's "So You Think You Can Dance" finalists would all be exhausted enough to sleep until 2018. And while that may be true, it's not quite the reality they've been living since the show wrapped last month. Instead, they got a few hours off before diving right into rehearsals for the show's 39-city tour. (NBD.)
Koine Iwasaki, the fan favorite who nabbed the runner-up spot on the show (second to winner Lex Ishimoto, who will appear on Dance Spirit's December cover!), is among the crew of city-hopping dancers. So how—especially after all those weeks of intense rehearsals and performances—does she stay properly fueled for the nightly shows? Here's a peek at a day in the life of Koine's diet.
After hundreds of routines, millions of votes, and dozens of mispronunciations of a certain contestant's name, last night the winner of "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 14 was finally crowned. But first, of course, there was a whole lotta fanfare and a ton of dancing down memory lane.