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Young Hopefuls Compete for the Chance to Become America’s Best Dancer
January 28, 2010, 10:20 pm
Filed under: At the Center

Ballerinas, krumpers, tappers, jazz and contemporary dancers lined the entrance to the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall by the hundreds last week. All thought they could dance, and most hoped they had a shot at the title of America’s best dancer on the 7th season of Fox’s award-winning show, “So You Think You Can Dance!”  For the second time in the show’s history, the Knight Concert Hall was the backdrop for three days of auditions and call backs that were open to dancers ages 18 – 30.  Performances ranged from funny to fabulous and were subject to critique by judges Nigel Lythgoe, Sonya Tayeh, and Jason Gilkison, who provided feedback to each dancer individually. 

Two years ago, auditions for Season 5 were held here in Miami, which proved to be a hot spot for dance talent.    Those  auditions produced a number of South Florida-based  favorites including winner Jeanine Amson, runner up Brandon Bryant, Janette Manrara (Top 8), and Vitolio Jeune (Top 14).  Furthermore, Season 6 saw native Miamians Jonathan “Legacy” Perez and Victor Smalley place in the Top 20. “We have always been very lucky in Miami, “  noted Jeff Thacker, Executive Producer for the show.“We are starting off Season 7 [auditions] in our lucky city!”

So once again,a diverse array of dancers came to the show’s “lucky city”  from all over the state of Florida and around the country and performed on the Adrienne Arsht Center stage for a chance to advance to the choreography round of competition or get “fast tracked” directly to the Las Vegas final auditions.  Dancers that make the Top 20 go on to compete in the weekly dance television program that includes learning new routines and trying to avoid elimination from the competition that airs on Fox.  Viewers call in and vote to save their favorites from the judge’s elimination.  At the end of the series, one dancer is voted America’s favorite dancer.  We’ll have to watch to see how Miami’s best dancers do in this Season’s action packed competition.

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