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Season 7 of Fox’s runaway hit, “So You Think You Can Dance,” is close to naming “America’s Favorite Dancer” after a season of spotlighting Miami superstar dancers Jose Ruiz and Alex Wong. The judges spent the season paying major compliments: “One of the most beloved dancers in the show!” “The best routine ever danced on any ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ stage!” “The brightest light in the competition!”
Ruiz and Wong are just two of thousands of talented dancers who auditioned for the show last January on the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall stage, as well as in Chicago, Nashville, New York, and Los Angeles.
Sadly, the reality series voted Jose Ruiz off this week. With only six dancers left this season, Ruiz will not go on to compete for the title but will continue on the SYTYCD national tour. Wong, who was a top contender, unfortunately was disqualified due to a lacerated Achilles tendon, but will compete next season.
Wong, 23, was a firehouse throughout the season, and it devastated both the judges and audiences when his injury caused him to leave the show. Host Mia Michaels told audiences that the show lost, “One of the greatest dancers – if not the greatest dancer – to ever come through our stage.” Wong is a former principal soloist with the Miami City Ballet, awarded this position when he was only 17 years old, after winning the prestigious “Prix de Lausanne” competition.
Originally from Pembroke Pines, Ruiz taught himself to dance at age 14. After developing his own style and technique as a B-Boy, Ruiz began competing around the world. This competition has provided him opportunities to step outside of his comfort zone with completely different styles of dance ranging from Bollywood to the quickstep. Without professional training, Ruiz amazed the judges with how well he performed each week.
Two seasons ago, Miamian Jeanine Mason took the top title, and with all the dance talent residing right here in Miami, there’s no doubt that soon another hometown dancer will be honored with the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer.”
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