How to Become America's Favorite Dancer

Lauren Froderman impressed "So You Think You Can Dance" audiences and judges alike with her versatility and bubbly personality, eventually winning Season 7 (and a spot on the cover of DS !). Now, Lauren has some advice for the new crop of contestants vying for the title of America's Lauren SYTYCDFavorite Dancer. Here, she reveals a few tips for success on the show: 

  • "Be yourself--being genuine is a likable trait."  

  • "Take the challenges on the show one step at a time. Don't get overwhelmed."

  •  "Turn the judges' negative critiques into positives to help you improve."

  •  "Be confident in yourself."

  • "Make friends. That way, regardless of how you do on the show, you will have won in your heart because you'll have a new family."

  • "Make sure you remember to laugh every now and then."

  • "Give every routine and dance style 110 percent!"

  • "Be vulnerable and grow."

  •  "Don't be boring in your interviews--that's the time to let America see your personality."

  • "Most important, appreciate and recognize who gets you through each week: the awesome fans!"

 

 

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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