Dancer to Dancer
Photo by Joe Toreno

Food: Ramen

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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Dance News

SYTYCD Trip Winner Our winner, Kathryn Thies (left), and her friend Samantha Simmons on the red carpet before the "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 10 finale. (courtesy Kathryn Thies)

Thousands of you entered our sweepstakes to win an all-expenses paid trip to the "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 10 finale. And while we wish we could've sent you all, we had to choose just one winner and randomly selected Kathryn Thies. (Lucky girl!)

We caught up with Kathryn to hear all about her trip of a lifetime.

Dance Spirit: What was your reaction when you learned you'd won a trip to the finale?

Kathryn Thies: Disbelief. And then super excitement. It still didn't feel real a week later. I don't think it actually really hit me until the day before the trip.

DS: Who did you bring as your guest?

KT: I brought my friend Samantha, who I've been friends with since high school. Her place used to be the midway point on a long drive I made on a regular basis. I always used to stop for the night and we usually ended up watching "SYTYCD." I was super excited to share the trip with her!

DS: What was your favorite part of the trip?

KT: I felt so lucky and spoiled this trip! I tried a lot of awesome new food, learned a lot and laughed a lot.

 

DS: What was the most unexpected part of the trip?

KT: We got to sit front row at the finale!

Reserved parking for Nappytabs!

DS: Do you have a favorite memory from the night?

KT: There was such a talented group of dancers this season. Seeing them perform in person was even cooler than watching them on TV.  At the end, seeing Allison and tWitch together made my heart melt! And seeing the choreographers pride in the dancers after the taping stopped was awesome, too.

DS: What was it like watching the show live vs. on TV?

KT: We were front row, so you could see every little detail and every movement. Somehow, it's just all more exciting in person! I also got a thumbs up from my favorite dancer (I went a little fan-girl and shouted his name as he left stage, so he turned and gave me a thumbs up).

Kathryn visiting Ginger Rogers star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

 

 

DS: After watching the live performances, which dancer is your favorite?

KT: Aaron and Jasmine have been my favorites from the very beginning. I think all four finalists were awesome in different ways, but Jasmine's grace blows me away and Aaron's ability to master all of the genres made them my favorites.

Dance News

Amy and Fik-Shun!

Your winners! (Adam Rose/FOX)

Congratulations to Amy Yakima and Du-Shaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall, winners of "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 10. Not only will they each take home $100,000, but they'll spend today with Dance Spirit editor in chief Alison Feller and art director Josephine Daño at a photo shoot for our December cover.

The finale was packed with the best performances of the season. Here are some of the winners' standout routines from last night:

Amy and Travis

Fik-Shun and tWitch

And finally, Amy and Fik-Shun!

We couldn't be happier for these two outstanding dancers. And we can't sign off without mentioning Jasmine and Aaron—they, too, were phenomenal and we can't wait to see them (and the rest of the Top 10!) on tour this fall.

Now it's your turn! What did you think of the finale? Did the right dancers win? Tell us in the comments below!

Dance News

We want to wish a big congratulations to The Joffrey Ballet!

Remember when we told you about the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award? Well, America has spoken, and the Joffrey's production has been named the best Nutcracker in the nation—for second straight year! Take a look at the photos below—it's obvious why.

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Which Nut was your favorite this year? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Dance News

Have you ever been handed a dance costume for a competition or recital and thought, “I could've designed something better than this!” Revolution Dancewear’s “Design Your Dream” competition asked dancers to do just that. And, out of 47 submissions, 13-year-old Rachael Bonato's fiery, Hunger Games-inspired creation won the grand prize!

Rachael and two other finalists, Morgan and Jamal, were treated to an all-expense paid trip to Chicago where they collaborated with the Revolution Dancewear design team to create sketches of their dream costumes. Then, Revolution Dancewear’s Facebook fans voted—and Rachael’s lyrical design came out on top.

Her red and yellow costume will be featured in the company’s 2014 Costume Collection. Plus, Revolution Dancewear will outfit Rachael’s entire dance class at Oregon Coast Dance Center in Tillamook, OR, in her winning design. Wouldn’t you love to see the Hunger Games-themed dance they come up with to go with the costume? Congrats Rachael!

Check out this video of the three finalists’ trip to Chicago:

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