"So You Think You Can Dance" just kicked off Season 15 with a fabulous audition episode. Unfortunately, as always, some of the gifted dancers we just met won't make it to the live shows. In fact, so many talented artists have tried out for "SYT," it can be hard to remember standout auditionees from the past who didn't reach the Top 20. But many of them have gone on to have fantastic careers. Here are five amazing dancers who you probably don't remember auditioning for "SYTYCD."
The gorgeous Mallauri Esquibel made it to Vegas Week during Season 2 but was, shockingly, cut right before the Top 20. "I was 18 and I'd just moved to L.A.," she told us. "This made me question whether I was even supposed to be a dancer." Thankfully, she stuck with it—and went on to dance for Twyla Tharp and Taylor Swift (and appear on our cover!).
Newsies fans know Chaz Wolcott from his time on the musical's national tour as Buttons. Last year, once the tour was over (R.I.P.), he auditioned for "SYTYCD," hoping to join Gaby Diaz for a tap-tastic season. Unfortunately, he was cut before the live shows. But that didn't put a damper on his dancing: These days, you can find him teaching at NYC's Broadway Dance Center.
You probably know Jeremy Hudson from his time performing with Lady Gaga, films like Hannah Montana: The Movie and Step Up 3D, or the cover of Dance Spirit. But on "SYTYCD" Season 2, he was the last guy cut before the Top 20. He still values the show as a learning experience, though—and it turned out to be a launching pad for a great career.
Ryan Kasprzak and his brother Evan both auditioned for Season 5 of "SYTYCD." While Evan placed third on the show, Ryan was cut right before the Top 20. He went on to audition for Season 6—and, once again, got the boot. But since then, Ryan's had a dream career, acting as assistant choreographer on the cult TV hit "Smash" and recently making his Broadway debut in the musical Bandstand.
Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)
Do you dream of running your student dance company or becoming captain of your dance team? Are you a triple threat eager to direct your school's next musical? If you have big ideas and the drive to make them a reality—as well as a strong rapport with your fellow performers—you might be a good fit for a leadership role. But even the most dedicated dancers can stumble during the transition from peer to peer leader. Try these tips to make the most of your tenure at the top.
In today's dance world, versatility is key. It's not enough to be a master of one style—even when they specialize in one area, dancers are frequently asked to fuse multiple genres, or step out of their comfort zone for specific projects. With their wide variety of summer programs, Joffrey Ballet School aims to prepare dancers for the demands of a professional career. We asked five faculty members to share how they do this:
Right now, it seems like the entire world is equal parts obsessed with and thoroughly creeped out by Jordan Peele's Us, the horror film about devilish doppelgängers that's currently rated 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
But while the normal human reaction to Us is to hide under the covers for approximately 17 years, "Step Up: High Water" superhero Kendra "K.O." Oyesanya's reaction was to make a totally bananas dance video.