So You Think You Can Dance Season 10 Auditions Frequently Asked Questions

1)  What time should I line up?

The show starts taping out in line by sunrise.  Everyone in line will be seen and we do not encourage anyone to arrive too early or sleep out in line.


2)  What do I need to bring with me?

Be sure to print out all the necessary registration forms off and fill them out ahead of time.  Also bring snacks and water, your individual solo music on a CD, and dance shoes you’re comfortable in.


3)  Can I bring guests?

For your initial audition, guests will NOT be allowed inside the building.  If you make it to a callback day, then guests will be allowed to attend.  The amount of guests may be limited by venue capacity.


4)  Are callbacks more than one day and is it in a different location?

If you make it past your initial audition, you will have to stay for up to an additional 2 days (3 days in Boston & Memphis) for a callback.  The initial audition can last an entire day so be prepared to stick around.  If you make it to a callback day, information regarding your callback day and venue location will be provided after you make it through your initial audition.


5)  What exactly does the audition process entail?

Come to the audition with an individual and unique solo that best shows off your dance abilities.  Every audition experience is different, but there are multiple rounds where you will either have to dance improvisation to music we choose, and/or perform to a track of your choice.


There will also be many on camera interviews, taped dancing stations, as well as form stations, music stations and producer interviews you will have to go through depending on how far you make it.


6)  What should I wear?

You should plan on wearing dance attire and come with a look that you think best represents yourself for an on camera audition.  NO LOGOS, NO SPORTS TEAMS OR ANY OTHER COPYRIGHTED BRAND.


7)  Will I have time to warm-up?

You will have plenty of warning before you dance and you will have time to stretch and warm-up.


8 )  How long will the audition days last?

The initial audition and callback will be two separate days and both auditions are an ALL DAY process.


9)  Will there be any breaks?

Aside from a lunch break, there are no breaks throughout the day.  Bring enough water and snacks for a whole day.  Only snacks that do not need refrigeration and can fit in your bag will be allowed in the venue.  No food or drinks are provided by the show.  There will be no in-and-out privileges from the venue until the designated lunch break.


10)  What if the weather is bad?

Be prepared to be outside in line for a few hours as cameras will be filming before you enter the venue.  Dress appropriately for the weather in that city.  If conditions become too extreme, we will take necessary action to get the line out of the elements quickly.


11)  How long should my solo be if I get to perform in front of the judges?

There is no time limit to your solo.  The judges will stop you when they think they have seen enough.

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“SO YOU THINK CAN DANCE” Leaps Into a 10th Season!!

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will be back for its 10th season!

Auditions for Season 10 will kick off Friday, Jan. 18 in Austin, TX (venue TBD). The show will continue its search for America’s Favorite Dancers on Monday, Feb. 11 at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, MI; Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Boston Opera House in Boston, MA; Thursday, March 14 at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN; and Friday, March 22 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the amazing work that Nigel and the entire SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE team has done over the past nine seasons,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.  “This show is truly one of the most compelling series on television and I can’t wait to bring it back for Season 10.”

In Season Ten, producers will travel across the country in search of dancers who represent the best America has to offer. Those who shine during auditions will be given a ticket to Las Vegas for call-backs, where they work with top choreographers to learn and then be judged on multiple styles of dance. The best of the best will then move on to the live competition shows this summer.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Audition Information:

Cities Dates Venues
Austin, TX Friday, Jan. 18 The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704
Detroit, MI Monday, Feb. 11 Saint Andrew’s Hall
431 E. Congress Street
Detroit, MI 48226
Boston, MA Thursday, Feb. 21 Boston Opera House
539 Washington Street
Boston MA 02111
Memphis, TN Thursday, March 14 Orpheum Theatre
203 S. Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103
Los Angeles, CA Friday, March 22 The Orpheum Theatre
842 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

** Venue information may change so keep checking back here for the latest information.

Registration will begin at 8:00 AM at each venue. Auditioners traveling to cities for the open calls should make arrangements to stay for at least two days following their initial audition in the event of a callback.

Dancers must be either a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident of the U.S. or possess a current legal Employment Authorization Card enabling him/her to seek employment freely in the U.S. (i.e., without restrictions as to employer) by the date specified in the eligibility rules. Dancers must be no younger than 18 or older than 30 years of age on the first day they register for auditions. Any dancer who is a minor in his/her state of residence must also have a parent or legal guardian sign all required documents. Dancers must provide legal, valid proof of age when they register for auditions.

Check back here soon for full eligibility rules.

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Allison & tWitch’s Post-Finale Vacation

Happy 30th, tWitch!

Shortly after Season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance’s finale, all-stars Allison Holker and tWitch Boss, along with Allison’s daughter, Weslie, vacationed at Villa del Palmar Cancun. They celebrated tWitch’s 30th birthday at the resort.

The three spent time playing on the resort’s beachfront building sand castles, wading into the ocean, and swimming with dolphins in Isla Mujeres. Allison and Weslie also enjoyed a day of pampering with a mani/pedi at the resort’s The Village Spa. The resort’s chef, Konstantinos Katsoulis, presented tWitch with a specially prepared birthday cake which everyone enjoyed.

Happy  30th Birthday, tWitch!

How have you passed the time since Season 9 wrapped? Tell us below!

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We Have Our Winners!

America's Favorite Dancers: Chehon & Eliana!

The ninth season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE came to a conclusion Tuesday night when Eliana Girard and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp were crowned the winners during the live two-hour season finale on FOX. Girard, 21, from West Palm Beach, FL, and Wespi-Tschopp, 23, from Zurich, Switzerland, received the most of America’s votes and danced off with the cash prize of $125,000 each. Fellow finalists Tiffany Maher and Cyrus Spencer were eliminated as host Cat Deeley revealed the voting results.

“What I have imagined winning would feel like was like winning the lottery,” said Eliana Girard. “I hoped for it every single day and when it actually happened I felt like my life was complete. Whatever happens afterwards doesn’t matter because all my dreams have come true! And I want to take the time to thank all the fans for their support, because they don’t realize how much they helped me get through this! And of course my family too! I love you guys and thank you a bazillion times over!”

“Winning SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE gives me the most unbelievable and rewarding feeling,” said Chehon Wespi-Tschopp. “It is a truly special ending to my journey, far beyond anything that I thought possible. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment that all the hard work that I’ve put in since starting ballet at 13 was completely worth it. I’d like to thank this show for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime, and to all my supporters who have made me believe in my talents, and most importantly, my parents, who have always been there for me and sacrificed so much for me to pursue my dream!”

In addition to naming America’s Favorite Dancers, the Season Nine finale of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE featured performances by this season’s Top 20 dancers. The celebration also showcased the judges’ favorite routines from the season – including a special performance by Dragon House Crew, who were introduced, along with fellow member and runner-up Cyrus Spencer, in the Atlanta audition episode. The season finale also featured a special appearance by Carly Rae Jepsen who performed her new single, “This Kiss.”

Last week, Nigel announced the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Experience, a three-day dance convention filled with classes, seminars, a mock audition and performances during which participants can learn, watch and be inspired by their favorite SYTYCD dancers and choreographers. The first clinic will take place from Sept. 21-23 at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. For details, please click here.

Also, this season’s Top 10 dancers will participate in the 30-city SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Tour 2012. Tickets are on sale now for the tour, which kicks off in San Diego, CA, on Tuesday, Oct. 23. More details can be found right here.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and comes from 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions. The series is executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe and Barry Adelman. Become a fan of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter at @DANCEonFOX and join the discussion at #sytycd.

View photos from the Season 9 finale.

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SYTYCD Lighting Team Wins an Emmy Award!

SYTYCD earns Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Lighting.

On Saturday, September 15, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded the 2011-2012 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards for programs and individual achievements at the 64th Emmy Awards presentation at the NOKIA Theatre LA LIVE in Los Angeles. Congratulations to the So You Think You Can Dance lighting team for their second win in a row!

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for  a Variety Series
Robert Barnhart, Lighting Designer
Matt Firestone, Lighting Director
Pete Radice, Lighting Director
Patrick Boozer, Lighting Director
The award was won for  the So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 Finale.

This Sunday, September 23, we’ll find out if wins the Outstanding Host trophy and if SYTYCD wins for Outstanding Reality Competition Program!

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Carly Rae Jepsen to Perform on SYTYCD Season Finale

Catch Carly Rae Jepsen on the SYTYCD Season 9 finale.

Canadian singer/songwriter and breakout pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen will perform her newest single, “This Kiss,” on the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE season finale Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 8/7c on FOX.

Jepsen is an international music sensation due, in part, to the many unofficial lip-synched viral videos of her hit single, “Call Me Maybe,” which spent nine weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart this past summer. Among the high-profile fans who created their own lip-synched videos were Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, Katy Perry and James Franco, not to mention the Harvard University Baseball team and the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Women’s Rowing team.

Don’t miss the season finale, when the Top Four finalists take the stage for the last time and America’s favorite male and female dancer are revealed on Tuesday, Sept. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. In addition to naming America’s Favorite Dancers, the Season Nine finale of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will feature performances by this season’s Top 20 dancers. The celebration will also showcase some of the judges’ favorite routines from the season.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and comes from 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions. The series is executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe and Barry Adelman. Become a fan of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter at @DANCEonFOX and join the discussion at #sytycd.


About Carly Rae Jepsen

Canadian singer/songwriter and breakout pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen has taken America by storm, after bursting onto the U.S. scene with her hit single, “Call Me Maybe.” The unforgettably catchy song, which she co-wrote, quickly rose to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it remained for nine consecutive weeks, claiming the longest Hot 100 No. 1 run of 2012. Certified quintuple-platinum in Jepsen’s native Canada, the track is also an international sensation, climbing to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in more than 37 countries. Jespsen’s U.S. debut album, “Kiss,” will be released on Sept. 18 and her new single, “This Kiss,” is out now. She’ll hit the road this fall as a very special guest on Justin Bieber’s 2012 headlining tour of North America.

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Voting Update

Voting didn't take place on 9/5, but it will resume on 9/11.

You may have noticed while watching Wednesday, September 5′s Top 6 performance show of So You Think You Can Dance that no voting numbers were given out. Voting did not happen because there will be no results next week. On Tuesday, September 11, your Top 4 dancers – Eliana Girard, Tiffany Maher, Cyrus Spencer, and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp – will dance for your votes one last time. Then, on September 18, America’s Favorite Dancers will be revealed in the Season 9 finale.

Who will you vote for next week?

Watch Season 9 performances.

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Press Call with Witney and Cole

Cole Horibe (pictured) and Witney Carson were eliminated from Season 9.

The morning after Witney Carson and Cole Horibe were eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance, they hopped on the phone with the press to chat about their Season 9 experience, the tour, and the future.


What was the biggest shock?

Witney – I had no idea what to expect. This experience was much harder than I thought it would be, mentally and physically.

Cole – Getting on to the show in general. I wasn’t expecting much when I tried out, so it was definitely a pleasant surprise.


What was your favorite piece from the season?

Cole – The Sonya Tayeh routine with Allison Holker was my favorite. Overall, it was such an amazing experience working with Sonya. She inspires you to give 200% into everything. She also instills confidence in you and trusts you as an artist to make your own interpretations, and Allison is also phenomenal.

Witney – The Whitney Houston dance with Stacey Tookey. She is the sweetest person ever and pushed me so hard. That was the most rewarding and trying experience for me.


What about the tour are you most looking forward to?

Cole – I’m excited to travel around the country and do what I love – dance!

Witney – I’m excited to see the fans and show them what we love to do.


What are your post-tour plans?

Witney – I just want to keep dancing.  I would love to get into acting and singing too. I am excited to see what the future holds.

Cole – I want to be in movies and on TV because acting has been my goal since I was a child.


Watch So You Think You Can Dance this Tuesday at 8/7c to watch the Top 4 perform.

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