SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Kupono Aweau

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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, Zap2it.com

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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

Before SYTYCD
Dance group at the Miss Hawaii 2008 pageant

In a music video with Miss Hawaii

SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight Caitlin Kinney

Caitlin Kinney

Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Annapolis, Md..

Currently Resides: Annapolis, Md.

Age: 21

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Is into B Boys: “I love Hok [from season 3], because I could never in eight million years do some of the stuff that he does. I love Phillip from this season. He’s fantastic. I think because I come from such a classical world, I’m drawn to people who are more classically trained, but then the total polar opposite I really love to watch too.” Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it.com

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Kinney graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts in 2005. She danced at North Carolina Dance Theatre as an apprentice for two years and is an experienced gymnast. (FOX)

Caitlin’s signature move

Top 18 Results Night, Caitlin was in the bottom three and danced a solo to “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele.

Interview with Jonathan Platero

SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Jason Glover

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Jason Nicholas Glover

Nickname: “My friends call me J-Glove.”

Birthday: “I was born on March 16, 1988, a day before St. Patrick’s Day!”

Specialty: Lyrical/Contemporary

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Currently Resides: Fresno, Calif.

Age: 21

School: “It’s a work in progress. I want to attend a university, but I really would like to dance first.”

Other talents/hobbies: “I’ve played soccer since the age of 4, I swim, golf, play tennis, go to the gym, and do anything else that keeps me active. Call me your all-American boy. Haha.”

Favorite professional dancer: “Well, when I started taking tap at age 12, Gregory Hines was a huge influence on me and I actually got to tap with him at one of his last shows before he passed. But recently, my favorite is Nick Bass. He’s sick!”

Choreographers would like to work with: “It’s a privilege to be able to work with anyone, but I have been dying to work with Mia Michaels. She brings out and really captures the beauty in dance and in the dancers she works with. She is my idol. But also Marty Kudelka or Nick Bass. They are my idols in hip hop.”

Eliminated: Top 8, July 23rd, 100th Episode

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Was inspired by Nick from season one: “I was going through a tough time. I was not wanting to dance at the time. I was getting teased a lot. And seeing him dance, he came out and did this solo to “Storm” by Lifehouse and he danced so masculine, but he was so… I don’t know the word for it… I’m going to say, pretty. It was really cool to watch that and right then I was like, okay, I can do this. I wasn’t scared anymore.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it.com

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Glover began dancing at age 12, studying Tap and Hip Hop. He is a graduate of Bullard High School, and his favorite dancer is Michael Jackson. Tapping onstage with Gregory Hines, in one of his last shows, changed Jason’s life. (FOX)

Jason’s Top 8 Solo which he performed twice being in the bottom three: “…Slowdance On the Inside”—Taking Back Sunday

Jason’s signature move

Interview with Paris Torres

SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Melissa Sandvig

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Melissa Lynn Sandvig

Nickname: missywat

Birthday: April 30, 1980

Status: Married, “for over 4 years.”

Specialty: Ballet

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Currently Resides: Los Alamitos, Calif.

Age: 29

School: “I graduated high school in 1998.”

Other talents/hobbies: “Ariel ballet, traveling, baking”

Favorite professional dancer: “Sylvie Guillem”

Choreographers would like to work with: “I would love to work with Mia Michaels because I know I would be pushed beyond my ability and comfort zone.”

Dancer Profile:

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Judges refer to her as the naughty ballerina: “I’m the oldest and the only ballerina [to make the Top 20], so it’s a couple firsts. I’m excited about that… [I’ve been dancing for] 24 years, which is older than a lot of these people are!” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it.com

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Sandvig has been dancing for most of her life. She has danced with the Milwaukee Ballet Company, LA Opera, Long Beach Ballet and Helios Dance Theater. A highlight for Sandvig was performing “Le Coeur Illumine” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. (FOX)

Melissa’s Top 6 solo performance: “I Put A Spell On You”—Nina Simone

Melissa’s Top 8 Solo: “Heads Will Roll”—Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Melissa’s Top 10 Solo which she performed twice being in the bottom 3 that week: “Gabriel” – Lamb

Melissa’s signature move

Interview with Kupono Aweau

Before SYTYCD:

SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Brandon Bryant

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So You Think You Can Dance 5 Second Runner-Up | Brandon Joshua Bryant

Nickname: Brock, B

Birthday: July 26, 1989

Status: Single

Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Miami, Fla.

Currently Resides: Salt Lake City, Utah

Age: 19

Auditioned in: Denver, Colorado

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Auditioned in previous years, but sure this season will be the best: “I’m sorry, hands down. I’m like, watch out! I feel like there’s so much variety. Yeah, we have like five contemporary boys, but they’re all so different. One has movement, one has strength, one has legs. It’s crazy. Then you have these hip hop boys. One’s a popper, one’s just doing his own style. I’m like, whaa?! And then there are four ballroom people. Everyone’s so strong and so unique that this season is going to be on fire.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it.com

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Bryant began dancing ballet at age 10. He is a graduate of Coral Reef Senior High School and now attends Miami Dade College. His most memorable dance experience was performing for Madonna at her daughter’s birthday party. (FOX)

Brandon’s signature move

Top 4 Solo Performance, Final 4: “Dies Irae”—Karl Jenkins

Top 6 Solo Performance: “O Fortuna”–Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg & Kurt Pretsel (The best solo this season!)

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

Interview with Top 20 partner Janette Manrara

SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Ade Obayomi

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Ade Obayomi

Full Name: Adetokunbo Obayomi

Nickname: A-night, A-dawg

Birthday: December 6, 1988

Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Chandler, Ariz.

Currently Resides: Orange County, Calif.

Age: 20

School: “Chapman University, I’m a Freshman.”

Other talents/hobbies: “I love to DJ and digitally mixing music.”

Favorite professional dancer: “Desmond Richardson”

Choreographers would like to work with: “Mia Michaels and Wade Robson”

Dancer Profile:

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LA Times Interview

Looks up to Travis Wall from season two: “He’s an amazing dancer. I took class with him before he was on the show and have followed [his career]. He’s crazy, he’s so innovative. His moves, fresh. So, for me, he’s one of my favorites.”

Fears: “Bollywood. I don’t know what it is, so I’m just like, uh oh… I’m getting into ballroom though, so that one doesn’t scare me as much anymore.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it.com

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Obayomi has been dancing since he was 6 years old. He is a graduate of Corona Del Sol High School and currently attends Chapman University. A dance highlight for him was performing at Radio City Music Hall. (FOX)

Ade’s Top 6 Solo: “18th Floor Balcony”—Blue October

Ade’s Top 8 Solo: “Hater”—Various

Ade’s Top 10 Solo: “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers

Ade’s signature move

Interview with Asuka Kondoh

Before SYTYCD:

SYTYCD 5 Profile Spotlight on Kayla Radomski

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Kayla Jenee Radomski

Birthday: January 19, 1991

Specialty: Jazz/Contemporary

Hometown: Aurora, Colo.

Currently Resides: Aurora, Colo.

Age: 18

School: “I graduated high school.”

Other talents/hobbies: “Acting, modeling, singing, swimming”

Favorite professional dancer: “Brian Friedman”

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Inspired by her family: “They’ve given up a lot for me. My mom’s a single mom, so we live with my grandparents in order for me to continue to dance and afford all the classes. They’re extremely excited for me.” by Korbi Ghosh, Zap2it.com

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Radomski has been dancing for most of her life, and participating in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is one of her most rewarding experiences. She is grateful to her amazing mother who has supported her love of dance for so many years. Radomski also enjoys acting and singing. (FOX)

Top 4 Solo performance, Final 4: “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”—Eurythmics

Kayla’s Top 10 Solo: “Rock Your Soul” – Elisa

Kayla’s signature move

Interview with Tony Bellissimo

Before SYTYCD:
Photoshoot for “Ice Princess”

Brian Friedman’s advanced class at The Pulse

Dancing at a young age: