The All-Stars Open Up

The 12 All-Stars have partnered the Season 7 contestants all summer.

We recently caught up with So You Think You Can Dance’s first-ever all-stars. Week after week they’ve put out some of the most memorable performance in SYTYCD history alongside the talented Top 11 of Season 7. Here is what some of the all-stars had to say about being back on the show that launched their careers.

Mark Kanemura has been on tour with Lady Gaga, performed with Carrie Underwood, and more, but it’s So You Think You Can Dance that gives him butterflies. “The show itself gives me so much anxiety and so many great memories too,” Mark said. “It’s nice not to get judged in front of millions of people this time.”

Dominic Sandoval was on Season 3 of SYTYCD. Then he went on America’s Best Dance Crew with fellow SYTYCD finalists Ryan Conferido and Hok Konishi and won. Now he’s back on SYTYCD as an all-star. “Going from solo to crew back to solo has been crazy. This is more fun because we don’t have to worry about the competitive side as an all-star, but we do always make sure our partners look good.” Allison Holker agreed with Dominic and said, “Making our partners look good and easing their minds is our role.”

If Dominic could tour with anyone he’d pick Justin Bieber. “We’re friends,” the all-star said with a smile. Allison had a very different choice, “Any girl my age that’s a dancer would love to tour with Janet Jackson.”

Season 7’s only ballroom all-stars, Anya Garnis and Pasha Kovalev, have had the pressure on them to dance everything from Argentine Tango to Viennese Waltz. They have been on So You Think You Can Dance as contestants, choreographers, and all-stars. “We’ve done everything but judging. Perhaps we’ll try that in Season 8,” Pasha joked.

Courtney Galiano, Comfort Fedoke, and Lauren Gottlieb have put aside their busy schedules shooting TV shows (they were all on Glee) and commercials to partner the Season 7 contestants. Courtney summed up the craziness of life on So You Think You Can Dance by saying, “I’m blessed to be stressed!”

Neil Haskell and tWitch Boss prepared for their roles as all-stars by taking classes, watching videos, and brushing up and studying their genres of dance. tWitch shared his favorite part of dancing on SYTYCD saying, “It’s the process that I like the most. Performing is amazing, but it’s the whole process which is what really sets off the performance for me. You get to bond with your partner and really mesh. Everybody puts their egos down and you put everything into it to pull off a great piece.”

Ade Obayomi and Kathryn McCormick had performed as contestants on the So You Think You Can Dance stage during this past year. Both all-stars will hit the road this fall on tour with some of the other all-stars, the Season 7 Top 7, and Season 6 champ Russell Ferguson. Kathryn explained, “It was really crazy to me out of all the people they could have chosen, they picked me to come back. It just really meant a lot to me and so I was kind of taken back by it and really excited to come back again and perform. I had just done it…but to be on the stage again and to meet new people that I grew up watching has been amazing. Being on the show is the hardest that you’ll ever be pushed. You’re always exceeding the limits that you think you have and being pushed past that.”

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