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I can't say I was surprised when Amy Yakima and Du-Shaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall were announced as the winners of "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 10. I mean...duh, right?

Amy was my favorite lady since the beginning. In fact, she's been one of my favorites since long before she made it to the "SYTYCD" stage. I remember watching her compete at New York City Dance Alliance a few years back and thinking she was so cool, so strong, so different—so Sonya Tayeh-esque.

And Fik-Shun—that boy's smile makes me melt. He was a standout at auditions and continued to shine throughout the competition, proving he has more than just charisma and charm: He has talent, too!

So yeah, I can't say I was shocked by the announcement during the show's September finale. But I can say I was thrilled!

As part of Fik-Shun and Amy's "SYTYCD" prize package, the duo appears on the December cover of Dance Spirit. DS art director Josephine Daño and I flew to L.A. on Finale Day and were on set for the cover shoot nice and early the next morning. Poor Amy and Fik-Shun had barely slept, but they showed up to the shoot. And I don't just mean they showed up—they showed up.

Fik-Shun freestyled for us while photographer Joe Toreno clicked away, and then Amy, clad in a ruby-red bedazzled bra top and shorts, showed us just how high she can leap and jump.

After four hours, we declared the day a wrap—and now, hot off the presses...

Introducing... Dance Spirit's December issue!

If you're a subscriber, go run and check the mailbox: We bet there's something shiny in there waiting for you!

In the meantime, click here to read Amy and Fik-Shun's cover story—and here to check out a gallery of some of our favorite pics from the shoot!

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