SYTYCD S6 Recap: Top 20 Announced

In case you missed last night’s show, we’re here to tell you that Season 6 of “So You Think You Can Dance” is off to a rockin’ start! After a grueling, emotional Vegas week, it was finally time to announce the top 20, and the judges definitely had a few surprises up their sleeves. The best part? One of these 20 dancers will be featured on our March 2010 cover as part of the prize!



Congratulations to “SYTYCD” Season 6 top 20!

Ariana Debose, Raleigh, NC, Contemporary
Ashleigh Di Lello, Orem, UT, Ballroom
Bianca Revels, Detroit, MI, Tap
Channing Cooke, Haver Hill, MA, Contemporary
Ellenore Scott, New York City, NY, Contemporary/Jazz
Jakob Karr, Orlando, FL, Contemporary
Jonathan “Legacy” Perez, Los Angeles, CA, Hip Hop/B-Boy
Karen Hauer, Fort Lee, NJ, Latin Ballroom
Kathryn McCormick, Burbank, CA, Contemporary
Kevin Hunte, Brooklyn, NY, Hip Hop
Mollee Gray, Upland, CA, Jazz
Nathan Trasoras, Downey, CA, Contemporary
Noelle Marsh, Sandford, NC, Contemporary
Pauline Mata, West Covina, CA, Jazz
Peter Sabasino, Philadelphia, PA, Tap
Phillip Attmore, Los Angeles, CA, Tap
Russell Ferguson, Boston, MA, Hip Hop/Krump
Ryan Di Lello, Orem, UT, Ballroom
Victor Smalley, Miami, FL, Contemporary
Willliam “Billy” Bell, Palm Beach, FL, Contemporary

Who we’re excited about:

Billy Bell. This boy is crazy phenomenal! Billy is currently a student at The Juilliard School in NYC. Lucky for us, they’ve decided to give him some time off to do the show.

Jakob Karr. Wow, is all we can say. We first met Jakob when he won New York City Dance Alliance’s 2008 Senior Outstanding Dancer.


Pauline Mata. We’re so happy they decided to put her in the top 20 even though she was injured during Vegas week (Did you see her ankle?!) and couldn’t finish the Broadway audition or solos. —Michael Ann Bailey


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