SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Kathryn McCormick

Full Name: Kathryn Renée McCormick

Nickname: Kassie (in G.A.), Kat/Kath (in L.A.)

Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Augusta, GA

Currently Resides: Burbank, CA

Age: 19

Audition City: Los Angeles, CA

Favorite professional dancer: Katy Spreadbury, Mark Meismer

Professional work: “Fame” Remake 2009.

Other talents/hobbies: Love quotes & verses, spending time with friends/family, being outdoors, love being around little kids!

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance alumni: Jaimie Goodwin – incredible story, phenomenal technique. Chelsea Traille – so humble, down to earth, hard worker.

Kathryn McCormick has been dancing for 15 years, and competed in dance team competitions during middle school and high school. With her parents’ support, she recently moved to California to pursue a career in dance. McCormick admits that before she performs she gets extremely nervous, but can’t stop dancing once the music starts.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “Ready, set, go!” (FOX)

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Moved from Georgia to L.A. last Halloween, so she could start auditioning: “I was scared out of my mind. Who knew that, in a year, this is where I would be My family is just jumping for joy. They’re so excited and proud.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox Dance Profile:

I started dance when I was 3 years old at The Dance Connection, which was a studio owned by my mom. Not too long after she closed her studio to attend college for nursing, I began dancing at Augusta West Dance Studio which was the studio my mom also grew up at. I quit when I was 10, after a year with no dance I decided I couldn’t live without it. I resumed my training at the same studio. My sophomore year of high school I began to take my dancing more seriously, on top of performing/competing with my “home” studio, I began attending a separate school for ballet training.

After high school, at the age of 18, I moved straight to Los Angeles to begin more training and auditioning. I recently worked on a small part in the remake of Fame and I’m now honored to say that I am a part of SYTYCD Season 6. This is only the beginning of my journey and I can’t wait to see what is in store for me on this show and in the future.

SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Jonathan Legacy Perez

Full Name: Jonathan Lee Perez

Nickname: Legacy

Specialty: Hip Hop/B-Boy

Hometown: Miami, FL

Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 28

Best Friend: Oren “Flea” Michaeli

Father: Dad Oscar Perez; calls Legacy his “Mini Me”

Audition City: Phoenix, AZ

Professional work: worked on Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers tour, traveling the USA

Other talents/hobbies: Writing poetry, editing videos, playing soccer, making music

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance alumni: “Twitch – He’s humble and an amazing dancer. Lauren Gottlieb – She’s a brilliant dancer and a great person.”

Although Legacy Perez has no formal dance training, he has appeared in the film “Stomp The Yard” and has performed on tour with Gwen Stefani. His interests include writing poetry, making music, video editing and playing soccer.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “I feel like I’m walking on air. With all of the cameras and makeup it makes you feel glamorous, important, and like you have a job to carry out!” (FOX)

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Jonathan’s mom and dad started crying when they found out he’d made the Top 20: “I’m a street dancer. I was raised in Miami and I used to bring cardboard home and my mom used to throw it away because it was garbage in the house. So I wasn’t really supported in that way. But for my parents to now see me [do well as a dancer] and love what I do and say, ‘Wow, you’re actually good!; it’s fun.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox Dance Profile:

I came from Miami to become someone that can inspire all. I love acting, dancing, making music, artistry of all sorts. Movement is my life. Peace and love, unity, certainty, and compassion is how I try to live life. Do what you love, love what you do. 🙂

Solo, December 1st 2009: No Air by Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown

SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Pauline Mata

Full Name: Pauline Hemady Mata

Nickname: Pauli

Specialty: Jazz

Hometown: West Covina, CA

Currently Resides: West Covina, CA

Age: 19

Audition City: Los Angeles, CA

Favorite professional dancer: Wade Robson

Other talents/hobbies: Photography, collecting shoes

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance alumni: “Jeanine because she is such a sweetheart and so real, and an amazing dancer.”

Pauline Mata teaches dance at Dellos Dance Studio in Walnut, CA. Aside from dancing, her interests include singing karaoke and eating.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “I am feeling amazingly overwhelmed.” (FOX)

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Pauline is shocked that she’s on the show: “It still hasn’t clicked. I auditioned last season, made it to Top 32 but got cut before Top 20. And I’m surprised to be here now, because I got injured the last day of Vegas. I was wearing heels, I did a jump, I landed wrong, sprained my ankle and couldn’t do the choreography. When they told me that I’d made the Top 20, I lost it on stage. I’m so lucky to be here.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it
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From Fox dance Profile:

My name is Pauline Mata. I’m 18 years old. I’m a jazz dancer fused with a little hip hop. I was born and raised in West Covina, California. Love to my family, loved ones, and friends. 🙂

SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Nathan Trasoras

Full Name: Nathaniel David Trasoras

Nickname: Nathan

Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Downey, CA

Currently Resides: Downey, CA

Age: 18

Siblings: Brothers Mikey and Tony

Audition City: Los Angeles, CA

Favorite professional dancer: Travis Wall (contemporary), Mikey Trasoras and Twitch (hip hop)

Professional work: “America’s Got Talent” backup dancer. Bollywood video.

Other talents/hobbies: Trumpet, ping-pong, video games

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance alumni: Travis Wall and Twitch Boss

Nathan Trasoras began dancing at age 10 and trained at the West Coast School of the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA. His other interests include playing the trumpet and table tennis.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “It is inspiring.”

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Nathan tried playing several different sports as a kid, but says he was never very good at any of them. Inspired by his older brother, a hip-hop and contemporary dancer, he decided to start taking classes when he was 10. He credits his parents for his success: “In middle school, kids started making fun of me, so in 7th grade, my parents moved me to Orange County High School of the Arts. I appreciate my parents so much. They paid so much money to send me there [despite] having problems with money … I’m very emotional right now … There have been so many ups and downs in my life and they’ve always supported me. I just want to make them proud.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox Dance Profile:

I am Nathan Trasoras, 18, and I teach dance to people. I love learning and I appreciate positive energy from other dancers and artists. I audition for L.A. jobs and hope to live my dream. I am from Downey, California and assist certain choreographers.

Solo, December 1st 2009

SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Noelle Marsh

Full Name: Noelle Kathryn Marsh

Nickname: Noley Bean Poley and Noley

Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Sanford, NC

Currently Resides: Sanford, NC

Age: 18

Audition City: Atlanta, GA

Favorite professional dancer: Peter Chu

Other talents/hobbies: “Creating films. Cliff diving. Painting. Spending time with family. Freestyling and playing my version of “guitar.””

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance alumni: “Travis Wall, because I think he has the whole package. Not only is he a great persona and a brilliant dancer, he is also an amazing choreographer”

Noelle Marsh is a small-town girl who grew up on a farm. She recently graduated from high school in Sanford, NC, where she now teaches contemporary dance.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “It’s kind of weird. I feel so special. I’ve never had this before. It’s all totally new and completely rewarding, and kind of a reality check.”


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She’s been taking dance classes since she was three-years-old, but is intimidated by a couple different genres: “I’m definitely nervous about Bollywood. I’m not familiar with it at all. And ballroom. I’ve had no ballroom training whatsoever, so I’m curious to see how that works out!” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox Dance Profile:

Hi! I’m Noelle Marsh and I am 18 years old from Sanford, NC. I have been dancing for fifteen years and it has been the biggest part of my life. I come from a big family with three sisters and one brother. My brother is my inspiration for dance because he has taught me to never take anything for granted! Making Top 20 is by far the most rewarding accomplishment I have made. I hope to always continue dancing and sharing with the world my love for dance!

SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Mollee Gray

Full Name: Mollee Gray

Nickname: Molls and Mollster

Specialty: Jazz

Hometown: Orem, UT

Currently Resides: Upland, CA

Age: 18

Audition City: Los Angeles, CA

Professional Work: High School Musical 1 – 3, The American Mall

Favorite professional dancer: Joey Dowling

Other talents/hobbies: Singing, acting, gymnastics.

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance Alumni: “Allison Holker – I trained at T.D.C. with her and always idolized her.”

Mollee Gray has been dancing for 15 years and has appeared in all three “High School Musical” films. She has a hearing impairment in one ear, but doesn’t let that stand in the way of her love for dancing. Gray’s interests include singing, acting and gymnastics

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “This is definitely going to be a lifetime, memorable experience.”

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Though she’s an actress and a singer and goes on an average of five auditions every week, she says Vegas was brutal: “I’ve never been so stressed [while] auditioning in my life! The pressure is [intense].” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it

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From Fox Dance Profile:

Hey my name is Mollee Gray and I am 18. 🙂 I am from Orem, Utah but just moved here to California!! I have been in all 3 High School Musicals and The American Mall. I am a singer and actress as well. I love to do anything that I can express myself with. I’m just a fun girl that enjoys life. 🙂

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SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Ashleigh Di Lello

Full Name: Ashleigh Ingersoll Di Lello

Nickname: “When I was young, my dance company called me “Energizer Bunny” – now they call me “Firecracker”!”

Specialty: International Latin Ballroom

Ashleigh finished in 5th place in So You Think You can Dance Season 6.

Hometown: Orem, UT

Currently Resides: Orem, UT

Age: 26

Audition City: Salt Lake City, UT

School: “I graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU). I studied political science and history.”

Professional Work: “Recently I did a show for MAC cosmetics in LA. Louis van Amstel’s “Ballroom with a Twist” Sept ’09 Jerry Lewis Telethon and in Texas, Louis van Amstel’s “Invitation to Dance” on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and Louis van Amstel’s “Latin Revolution” in Salt Lake City.”

Favorite professional dancer: Yulia Zagoryuchenko

Other talents/hobbies: “I love to sing; I play the piano. I love sports – especially football. I love politics and love to cook. I love outdoor sports; skiing, cycling, boating, 4-wheeling, etc.”

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance Alumni: “I look up to both Chelsie Hightower and Lacey Schwimmer for how well they did as ballroom dancers adapting to the other styles. I hope to follow in their footsteps, but go all the way to the end! :-)”

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Ashleigh Di Lello graduated from Brigham Young University in Utah with a degree in political science and served as a congressional intern in Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Ryan Di Lello, used to compete against each other in local ballroom dance competitions and became dance partners a week before they were married.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “Today is a dream come true and an amazing opportunity. I’m very, very grateful, and especially grateful to be here with Ryan. (FOX)

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The female half of the first married couple to ever make the show’s Top 20, she’s overcome a lot to get this far: “I became really sick when I was 13 and went through a four-and-a-half year illness. I almost lost my life, fought through it. But when I recovered from that, I injured my back because my body was so weakened. I had to rehab for over a year. For six years, I was told I wouldn’t dance again. But at age 20, I came back to it. It’s a miracle for me to be dancing at all. I’m so grateful.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zapit

UPDATE: In the Top 10 performance night personal video clip for Ashleigh, she revealed that her sickness was diagnosed as a “rare parasitic infection” that caused her pain all over her body particularly the joints. (December 1, 2009)

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From Fox Dance Profile:

Ashleigh Di Lello began dancing at the early age of 3. After 5 years of company work in ballet, jazz, and hip hop, Ashleigh fell in love with ballroom dancing when she was 12 and became a DanceSport Junior Latin Champion and a United States Junior American Latin Finalist. At the age of 13, Ashleigh became very sick with a life-threatening illness that she would battle through for the next 4.5 years. After overcoming this illness, she suffered a serious back injury when trying to return to dance and spent the following year and a half in rehab.

After an imposed six-year break, Ashleigh returned to ballroom dancing and has since become a 3-time DanceSport Amateur Latin Champion and a United States Amateur Latin Finalist. Ashleigh has performed and taught in 19 different countries and is now so excited to be in SYTYCD Season 6’s Top 20 with her husband, Ryan! Ashleigh now hopes to show America her passion, love, and appreciation for dance and go all the way to the season finale!

Solo, December 1st 2009:

SYTYCD 6 Profile Spotlight on Victor Smalley

Full Name: Victor Smalley

Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Miami, FL

Currently Resides: Miami, FL

Age: 21

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

Looks up to So You Think You Can Dance Alumni: “Danny Tidwell because of his turns and I love turns.”

Victor Smalley has been dancing for five years. Although his first passion was art, he was inspired by his mother to start dancing. He loves to eat and considers himself a fast-food junkie.

How did it feel on the recent day with the press and photo shoot? “Fierce.”

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Victor is a contemporary dancer, but with an edge: “Basically, I’m very, like, tribal and powerful and I like a lot of jumps and turns and, you know, big movements.”

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From Fox Dance Profile:

I was born in Miami and lived there my whole life. I was always into the arts and my first talent was art, but I wanted to get into the performing arts! I started dance late; I’ve been dancing for 5 years.