SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Kevin KBez Hunte

Full Name: Kevin Christof Hunte

Nickname: K’bez

Specialty: Hip Hop

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Currently Resides: Brooklyn, NY

Age: 23

Professional work: International tour of China (Broadway play AIDA), featured extra in “Step Up 3D,” “BET Rip the Runway 2009”

Favorite professional dancer: Michael Jackson

Other talents/hobbies: play basketball, swimming, acting, modeling, and video games.

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance Alumni: “Twitch because we are both Hip Hop dancers and to see a hip hop dancer adapt to so many different styles was amazing.”

Kevin Hunte has been dancing for nine years and cites Michael Jackson as his inspiration. He has performed with Lil Mama and Beyoncé. Hunte also models and has appeared in fashion shows.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “I feel like a celebrity. This feels great!” (FOX)

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Having lived the life of a dancer for some time now, Kevin really wants to make the Top 10 and is excited to see how America views him: “I’ve been teaching, auditioning, trying to book jobs. You know, that’s what most dancers do. Hopefully, you get a big break like this and hopefully it takes you somewhere. I can’t wait to see who my partner is and what happens as the weeks go by.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox Dance Profile:

Kevin “K’bez” Hunte was born in beautiful Brooklyn, NY. K’bez is a hip hop, dance ’til you drop, kinda guy. I’ve performed with artists such as Lil Mama, and I’ve had the privilege to work with Beyonce. Inspired by Michael Jackson, I hope someday I can touch people around the world and have an impact on their life through dance, the way MJ had an impact on me. 🙂

SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Russell Ferguson

Full Name: Russell Lewis Ferguson

Nickname: Gutta or Mann

Specialty: Hip Hop/Krump

Hometown: Boston, MA

Currently Resides: Boston, MA

Age: 20

Audition City: Boston, MA

Russell Ferguson is Season 6 America’s favorite Dancer and winner of $250,000.00!!

Other talents/hobbies: Drawing, acting, singing, rapping, video editing, Music Maker

Russell Ferguson started dancing when he was 3 years old and began dancing professionally at age 6. He trained at the Boston Art Academy and has worked with Boston City Lights. His interests include acting, singing, drawing, rapping and making music.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “To sum it up: side-street.”

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The first krump dancer to make the Top 20, Russell feels he was born to do this: “When I was little, my mom asked my sisters and my little brother and I what we wanted to be when we grew up and I automatically said I wanted to be a dancer and an artist. Ever since then, I never turned back. At first, it was just watching videos and picking up movements from there. And then I started going to classes at this local dance company called Boston City Lights. You know, it was free and that helped me develop in lots of areas.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox Dance profile:

My name is Russell Ferguson. I was born in Boston, M.A. and I am 20 years old. I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old and I’m still going. My drive in life is guided by God and my motivation comes from my parents. I hope the world could see me as an artist and hopefully appreciates what I’m putting out there.

SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Channing Cooke

Full Name: Channing Smith Cooke

Nickname: Chan Chan

Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Haverhill, MA

Currently Resides: Haverhill, MA

Age: 18

Audition City: Boston, MA

Other talents/hobbies: Sports (everything!)

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance alumni: Travis Wall and Jaimie Goodwin. They are both so talented and successful.

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A contemporary dancer and longtime fan of the show, Channing is really excited to work with new choreographer and show alum, Travis Wall. However, she hopes to adapt to all the different genres smoothly: “I feel very comfortable with hip hop. I’m a funky white girl. But the other styles … everything is scary.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox dance Profile:

“I’m Channing Cooke and I am from Boston, MA and I am 18 years old. Dancing means everything to me along with the friends and family in my life. I am blessed with everything I have in my life and I couldn’t ask for more!”

SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Phillip Attmore

Full Name: Phillip Alexander Attmore

Nickname: Phil

Specialty: Tap/Theatrical Dance

Hometown: Pasadena, CA

Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 25

Audition City: Los Angeles, CA

Favorite professional dancer: Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Gregory Hines

Professional work: Broadway shows – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, White Christmas. Tours – 42nd Street, Fosse. Film/TV – “Ned’s Declassified Survival Guide,” Steadfast, “Judging Amy,” “Sisters,” Silent Tongue. Regional – “Ray Charles Live,” “Stormy Weather.” Cabaret/Solo – “Moments Musicaux” (Paris).

Other talents/hobbies: Singing, spoken-word poetry, acting, traveling, writing

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance alumni: Ryan Kasprzak! Because he helped make way for other Tappers.

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From L.A., Phillip went to a performing arts high school and started working right after graduation on tours and doing Broadway shows in New York, but he says making the Top 20 eclipses all those other experiences: “‘So You Think You Can Dance’ provides an opportunity for artists to step into their own skins. I can’t think of a better way to grow and define yourself creatively.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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Phillip Attmore has performed on stage in “White Christmas,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Fosse” with Ben Vereen and “Stormy Weather” with Leslie Uggams. In addition to dancing, he enjoys singing, acting and writing poetry.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “Here we go!”

About page on Fox dance:

My name is Phillip Attmore and I am 25 years old. I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I started dancing at the age of 3. After graduating from the LA County High School for the Arts, I began working and traveling in shows around the globe. I have worked on Broadway, been featured on television/commercials, and I work in a non-profit performing arts company that serves different social causes around the world (Mosaic Urban Poets).

SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Ariana Debose

Full Name: Ariana Nicole DeBose

Nickname: Ari

Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Newbern, NC

Currently Resides: Wake Forest, NC

Age: 18

School: entering freshman at Western Carolina University

Favorite professional dancer: Elizabeth Parkinson & Charlotte d’Amboise

Other talents/hobbies: Sing, act, scrapbook, play the clarinet.

Ariana Debose has been dancing since she was 3 years old and loves to express her creativity through dance. She also enjoys scrapbooking and playing the clarinet. Her goal is to attend college and study musical theatre.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “All of this is so incredibly new and exciting, but it is still surreal. It’s a blessing to be involved in this craziness.” (FOX)

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Looks up to one show alum in particular: “Martha Nichols from Season 2 is actually from my studio. I used to dance with her, so I feel like I kind of dance similarly. Or I did at one time. I’ve gotten older and changed a little bit. But she’s such a great person, so I hope that people can see me like that.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox Dance Profile:

I’m Ari from Raleigh, NC! I’m a graduate of Wake Forest Rolesville High School. I’ve been dancing since I was 3…which is a long time :).  I trained at CC & Company in Raleigh for the last seven years and loved every moment. I plan on attending college post-SYTYCD as a musical theatre major at Western Carolina University.

SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Peter Sabasino

Full Name: Peter Sabasino

Nickname: Kid Amaze…it’s my b-boy name

Specialty: Tap

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Currently Resides: Philadelphia, PA

Age: 22

Audition City: Boston, MA

Professional work: Featured dancer in Boscov’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2003-2004. Hired dancer for Rohm and Haas award ceremony.

Talents/hobbies: “I can play the drums, I can do a great impression of Kermit the frog, I beatbox, and I love to write.”

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance alumni: “Brandon (Bryant), because he was a powerhouse.”

Peter Sabasino has been dancing for 16 years and is trained in various dance styles. He has been teaching dance in Philadelphia since 2001 and was a featured dancer in the city’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. His other interests include playing the drums and doing impressions.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

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A tap dancer, Peter hopes to work closely with one of the judges: “I would really like to see Nigel choreograph a tap routine, because I know he’s a tapper. So, Nigel, if you’re [reading] this, let’s make it happen! Get those Capezios out!” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox Dance Profile:

I was born in Philadelphia, P.A., and began dancing at age 4. I went to The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, went to college for dance, and own a dance studio in Philadelphia. I’ve trained with Gregory Hines and Savion Glover.

SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Ryan Di Lello

Full Name: Ryan Anthony Di Lello

Nickname: “During Vegas week all the guys started calling me “Hercules.””

Specialty: Ballroom

Hometown: Springville, UT

Currently Resides: Orem, UT

Age: 28

Ryan Di Lello was first introduced to dancing by his mother, who is a dancer and dance-studio owner. When he is not dancing with his wife, Ashleigh Di Lello, he enjoys snowboarding, skiing and wakeboarding, and would love to be an action-film star.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “This is fun, fun, fun. I’m having a lot of fun. I’m just enjoying it.”

Audition City: Salt Lake City, UT

School: Graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Communications (Public Relations) in April 2007.

Favorite professional dancer: Riccardo Cocchi

Professional work: “Ballroom with a Twist” by Louis van Amstel – Jerry Lewis Telethon and shows in Austin & Tyler, Texas. “Invitation to Dance” by Louis van Amstel – Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, traveled all over the world.

Other talents/hobbies: Extreme sports: skiing, mountain biking, wakeboarding, snowmobiling, rock climbing, etc.

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance alumni: “… Pasha because he did a great job at adapting to the other styles and went really far in the competition. I want to follow that same path, but go all the way for the win! I admire all the ballroom boys.”

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Ryan met his wife Ashleigh (who is also in the Top 20) while dancing: “We competed against each other while we were dating, so I guess we’ll be doing that again now. I’m really going to have to step up my game, because she always tended to beat me and my [previous dance] partner. I need to redeem myself now.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox dance Profile:

Ryan Di Lello began dancing at age four and began ballroom at age nine. He has since become a two-time amateur Latin runner-up and the Youth American Champion. In college, Ryan was invited to join the Brigham Young University ballroom tour team. He competed and performed with the tream throughout North America and Europe, winning the World Latin Formation Championships in Blackpool, England.

Recently, Ryan has enjoyed teaching and dancing in professional shows throughout the world with his wife and dance partner Ashleigh. They auditioned together for So You Think You Can Dance and are now the first married couple to make the show. Having made the top twenty, Ryan hopes to go all the way to the finale and become America’s favorite dancer.

SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Brandon Dumlao

*Brandon Dumlao was brought into the competition at the last minute replacing Billy Bell who had to leave the competition due to an illness.

Full Name: Brandon James Dumlao

Nickname: Beej

Specialty: Hip hop

Hometown: Concord, CA

Currently Resides: Concord, CA

Age: 21

Audition City: Los Angeles, CA

School: “Currently going to Diablo Valley College for 3 years studying accounting, and planning to transfer to CSU Northridge next Fall. I haven’t graduated yet.”

Favorite professional dancer: “Jillian Meyers. Her concepts in her dances are always fresh and she has such an interesting, unique, intricate hip hop style that I love.”

Other talents/hobbies: “I’ve been bowling since I was 8 years old and I’ve bowled a 297 game, 3 short of a perfect 300 game. I’ve also been playing violin for 10 years and piano for 6.”

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From Fox Dance profile:

Brandon Dumlao, 21 years old, was born and raised in Concord, California. He got his first taste of dancing at the age of 8 but was forced to quit to go out for sports. At the age of 17, he attended Kyle Hanagami’s hip hop class in San Francisco and fell in love with hip hop dance. He currently trains with NeverLand, a dance company under the direction of Kyle Hanagami & Ellen Kim from The Lost Kids. He is very thankful for all of the opportunities he has been given in the short amount of time he has been dancing. He strives to create his own style of hip hop which combines hard-hitting movements with contemporary-esque fluidity. Brandon hopes to be dancing for years to come.