SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Karla Garcia

Karla Garcia

Specialty: Jazz/Contemporary

Hometown: Oxon Hill, Md.

Currently Resides: Brooklyn, NY

Age: 23

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Karla auditioned in Denver, Colorado and this is how little they showed Karla during that time- among the montage of dancers where Contemporary choreographer Sonya Tayeh couldn’t contain her excitement and delight towards auditioning dancers including Karla. She is shown around 0:40-0:29. That’s right! That’s about 12 seconds of exposure while some of the contestants received up to 5 minute video clips with background story just in the audition alone!
Sonya says:

“Oh my gad…. I’m shivering. That was so beautiful….”

Identifies with Melody (Lacayanga) from season 1: “I think it’s just because she’s Filipino-American also! Artistically, I think we’re a little bit different, but it was so nice to see another Filipino-American dancer… Hopefully the show will air in the Philippines because I have a lot of cousins there.” by Korbi Ghosh,



Garcia is a graduate of New York University. Her early dance experience included learning traditional Filipino folk dancing. Garcia performed on Broadway in “Hot Feet,” danced in the ensemble of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” and went on to tour with “Wicked.” She is a member of “Boogie Bots Crew.” (FOX)

Karla and Vitolio’s Exit Interview

Karla’s signature move: the “whack and kiss” move

7/2 Last Solo performance and her journey on SYTYCD 5.

Interview with Max Kapitannikov

Before SYTYCD: Song: “Blackbird” by Dionne Faris
@ Breaking Grounds Studio where she teaches in Pleasantyille, NY.

Interview on her Broadway debut “Hot Feet”

SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Kupono Aweau


Kupono Aweau

Specialty: Lyrical/Contemporary

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

Currently Resides: Kailua, Hawaii

Age: 23

Eliminated: Top 10, July 16
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Best pals with Mark from last season: “We train at the same studio. He was my instructor and then I became a part of the inner circle there, so he’s like one of my greatest friends ever. He’s phenomenal.” by Korbi Ghosh,



Aweau graduated from the Kamehameha Schools and has been dancing since he was 16 years old. He loves his home state of Hawaii, and is an avid collector of home furnishings. (FOX)

Exit Interview with Randi Evans:

Pono’s Top 10 Solo which he performed twice, being in the bottom three and the same week he was eliminated: “Marina Gasolina” – Bonde do Rolê

Kupono’s signature move:

Interview with Melissa Sandvig

Dance group at the Miss Hawaii 2008 pageant

In a music video with Miss Hawaii

SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Randi Evans


Randi Evans

Specialty: Jazz/Contemporary

Hometown: Orem, Utah

Currently Resides: Springville, Utah

Age: 23

Eliminated: Top 10, July 16


Third time’s a charm: “I tried out three years in a row. The first year, I didn’t make it to Vegas. Second year, I got cut in Vegas. And then third year, I made the show… My family is like jumping off the walls right now, especially my mom. They’re super excited, super supportive. My husband is loving that I’m doing what I love to do. He’s just like, go for it.” by Korbi Ghosh,



Evans began dancing at an early age and performed in the closing ceremonies at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. She currently attends Utah Valley University where she is majoring in elementary education. (FOX)

Exit Interview with Kupono Aweau:

Randi’s signature move

Fox 13 News: Utah Dancers: Randi and Brandon Make Another Round of Cuts on SYTYCD

Interview with Philip Chbeeb

SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Asuka Kondoh

Asuka Kondoh

Specialty: Latin Ballroom

Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.

Currently Resides: Irvine, Calif.

Age: 25


LA Times Interview

Looks up to Lacey from season 3: “I was a big fan (when she was on the show). Especially because I’d seen her already in the ballroom world, competing. So, I was like, Oh, it’s that chick!”

Fears:“Krumping! All my friends are like, if you get krumping, Asuka, it’s over!” by Korbi Ghosh,



Kondoh loves swimming, golf and tennis and has played piano for 13 years. She is a graduate of University of California, Irvine, and has worked as a Latin Ballroom instructor for the last two years. (FOX)

Asuka’s signature move

Asuka’s journey on So You Think You can Dance Season 5. Dance Solo: “Don’t Trust Me” by 3OH!3

Exit Interview with Jonathan Platero

Interview with Ade Obayomi

SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Jonathan Platero

Jonathan Platero

Specialty: Salsa

Hometown: Sanford, Fla..

Currently Resides: New York, NY

Age: 21


Started dancing at 16 because of ‘SYTYCD’: “I started watching the show and, you know, you see everybody do all those pirouettes and it’s just cool. I was really interested in it, so I started taking classes.” by Korbi Ghosh,



Platero was a gymnast before he began dancing at age 16. He is a graduate of Seminole High School, was a World Salsa finalist in 2006-2007 and performed as a dancer and acrobat in “High School Musical.” (FOX)

Jonathan’s signature move

Exit Interview with Asuka Kondoh

Interview with Caitlyn Kinney


SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Vitolio Jeune

Vitolio Jeune

Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Pétion-ville, Haiti

Currently Resides: Miami, Fla.

Age: 26


Has a personal story that will make you cry: “My mom died giving birth to my sister. I was an in an orphanage from the age of 9 to 15 and then I went to live with my grandmother, but she died one year later. Since then I’ve been on my own, trying to work, trying to hustle, make some money, make my way through school. I had a full scholarship in college, so I was able to get a bachelor of arts in fine arts.” by Korbi Ghosh,


SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Top 20: Vitolio Jeune. Hometown: Petionville, Haiti. Currently Resides: Miami, FL. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Mike Ruiz/FOX

Jeune began dancing at age 18, and is a graduate of Florida’s New World School of the Arts. He loves motorcycles, and his favorite dancer is Desmond Richardson. (FOX)

Karla and Vitolio’s Exit Interview

Vitolio’s signature move

Vitolio was eliminated on July 2 Results show. This was his last solo and his journey on SYTYCD 5
Music: “Here Comes Goodbye”—Rascal Flatts

Interview with Ashley Valerio