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10 Quick Questions with Ruby Castro

Ruby Castro with All-Star partner Paul Karmiryan on "So You Think You Can Dance" (Adam Rose/FOX)

When Ruby Castro became a Top 10 finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 13, she was a fresh, feisty new face to most at-home viewers. But in the dance world—particularly on the ballroom circuit—Ruby was already a household name. Miami-based Ruby grew up as a belle of the ballroom: Her parents, Manny and Lory Castro, are veritable superstars of the scene. They're the owners of Dance Town, an ultra-competitive studio in Doral, FL, and raised Ruby to follow in their furiously fast footsteps. Before she graced the "SYT" stage, Ruby had already been named a U.S. Junior Champion in Latin Ballroom, and competed on "America's Got Talent"—twice!

So, we know she's talented, we know she's versatile, we know she's stunning, and we know she can dance. But here's what you may not know about Ruby.


1. What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning and the last thing you do before bed every night?

The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is go back to sleep, because I really am not a morning person! The last thing I do before I go to bed is watch a minimum of 20 YouTube videos. I'm obsessed with makeup tutorials!

2. What are three things you eat every day?

Tequeños, café con leche, and raspberries

3. What are three things you can't dance without?

My inhaler, a tennis ball to roll out my muscles, and my international dance shoes

4. In your very expert opinion, what's the best dance movie of all time?

On the Town

5. If you were given an hour to take class from ANY instructor — living or dead — who would you choose?

Ohad Naharin

6. What's the coolest place you've ever performed?

Blackpool Dance Festival

7. What songs are in heavy rotation on your playlist right now?

"Some Other Spring" by Billie Holiday, "Misty" by Johnny Mathis, and "Sweet Dreams" by The Eurythmics

8. Other than dance, what's your favorite way to work out?

I don't work out in any other way than dancing!

9. What's your favorite way to spend a Sunday?

I love spending my Sundays at dance conventions. After a long week, it's the perfect way to wrap it all up.

10. What has been the single greatest moment in your dance career so far?

One of the greatest moments in my dance career so far is making it to the Top 10 on "So You Think You Can Dance." It was such an incredible experience, and something I will remember forever.

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