When NBC aired The Sound of Music Live!, viewers fell in love with the 12-year-old triple threat playing Brigitta von Trapp: Sophia Anne Caruso. This talented young actress already has a stacked resumé of theater credits, television appearances and commercials—including a national Campbell’s soup commercial and a guest appearance on NBC’s “Smash” as a young Norma Jean. But Sophia’s success comes from a lot of hard work: She trains daily at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, in addition to her voice and acting lessons.
photo, Maria May
Birthday: July 11, 2001
Hometown: Spokane, WA
Favorite actor: Tom Hanks. “His performance in Captain Phillips really inspired me, and I’d love to work with him one day.”
Favorite dancer of all time: Savion Glover
Favorite dance classes: Justin Boccitto’s tap and theater classes at Broadway Dance Center in NYC
Favorite food: “I basically live on Jamba Juice, but I love it when my dad makes Italian food, like homemade spaghetti sauce.”
Go-to stress relievers: “Yoga and painting my nails”
Dream role on Broadway: Cassie in A Chorus Line
"I’m always glad when I push myself to take that one extra class. I’ve found that if I go in with a positive attitude, no matter how tired I am, I end up having fun and learning a lot."
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.