2011 So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 Top 20 revealed, Interviews (VIDEOS)

Fox Press release:

After thousands of auditions by some of the strongest dancers ever, the judges of So You Think You Can Dance tonight announced the 20 finalists who will compete to be named America’s Favorite Dancer.

This season’s Top 20 are Jordan Casanova, Alexander Fost, Tadd Gadduang, Marko Germar, Ricky Jaime, Wadi Jones, Mitchell Kelly, Chris Koehl, Caitlynn Lawson, Jess LeProtto, Iveta Lukosiute, Miranda Maleski, Sasha Mallory, Melanie Moore, Missy Morelli, Clarice Ordaz, Ryan Ramirez, Ashley Rich, Robert Taylor Jr. and Nick Young.

SYTYCD – Top 20 Contestant Photo Shoot Season 8!

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On Wednesday, June 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the Top 20 dance for the judges and America on the season’s first two-hour live performance show. The Top 20 will be paired into 10 couples who will each work with a world-renowned choreographer to compose a dance routine representing their assigned genre. After each Wednesday performance show, the phone lines and online voting window will open and the fate of these 20 finalists – one of whom will be the named America’s Favorite Dancer – will be left up to the voting fans.

Then, on Thursday, June 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), America’s vote is revealed during the first live results show. The six contestants comprising the bottom three couples will be given a chance to perform solo routines in the hopes of convincing the judges to keep them in the competition. The judges will then decide which dancers stay and which two will be eliminated. Also that evening, catch British pop star Jessie J performing her latest single, “Who You Are,” from the So You Think You Can Dance stage.

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From Hollywood junket:

Top 10 girls perform:

Top 10 guys perform:

Various Performances:

SYTYCD 8 Profile Spotlight: Clarice Ordaz

Name: Clarice Ordaz
Nickname: Reesee
Age: 19
Dance style: Jazz
School: currently attend California State University, Long Beach.

Previous job: teach at West Coast School of the Arts and help with choreographing for three years and I have also been teaching technique classes at Onstage Dance Center for three months.

other training/talents: Every November I volunteer to perform in a play in which I Aztec dance.

started dancing at age: I began taking dance classes at age 2, but began to dance around the house soon after I learned to walk.

formal dance training: began dance classes at age 2 through age 8 at Belinda’s Dance Studio. Trained at Anaheim Ballet for about five years. Trained at West Coast School of the Arts for ten years. I am trained in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop.

Wants to work with Choreographer/s: Sonya Tayeh
SYTYCD dream partner: Neil Haskell
SYTYCD dance inspiration: …Jeanine Mason… She was the complete package with the talent, technique, performance, and beauty!

Clarice Ordaz is a student at California State University, Long Beach. She has trained in many styles of dance since age two.