SYTYCD 8 Profile Spotlight: Nick Young

Name: Nick Young
Nickname: Nick, but my baseball nickname is “Bird” because one time before a game I was dared to eat birdseed. I ate it all.
Age: 19
Dance style: Tap
School: I graduated from high school last year and decided to take a year off to work and audition for So You Think You Can Dance!

Previous job: teach and choreograph for my mom’s dance studio. I have been doing choreography since i was 16, but i started teaching just this past year.
other training/talents: played baseball, football, and soccer all the way through high school, I took gymnastics for a couple years to learn how to tumble and build up muscle, and I LOVE to sing harmonies while others are singing or the radio is playing.

started dancing at age: 4

formal dance training: trained in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz as a wee lad, and as I got older, I started getting into Lyrical and Contemporary as well as continuing my training in the former styles

Wants to work with Choreographer/s: Stacy Tookey or Tabitha and Napolean D’umo. Or Tyce Diorio. Or Travis Wall. Or Sonya Tayeh. Or Mandy Moore. Or Wade Robson…. I’m awful at this game…
SYTYCD dream partner: Definitely Allison Holker. The emotion behind her dancing is something you don’t see everyday, and would love to experience first hand. Whenever she steps on the stage, you cant help but to take your eyes off of her, from her entrance to her exit, and everything in between.

Nick Young graduated from high school in 2010. He has been dancing since age 4, and his favorite style of dance is Tap.

SYTYCD 8 Profile Spotlight: Jordan Casanova

Name: Jordan Casanova
Nickname: Jay
Age: 18
Dance style: Jazz
Previous job: was a dance teacher at Dance Precisions; worked there for about eight months.
other training/talents: Singing and acting
started dancing at age: 8
formal dance training: trained from age 8 to 16 at Dellos Dance Performing Arts and from age 16 to 18 at Dance Precisions. All the while, being mentored and trained by Donna Shepherd-Wood.
Wants to work with Choreographer/s: Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh. All!
SYTYCD dream partner: Robert Roldan
SYTYCD dance inspiration: Jeanine Mason

Jordan Casanova lives in her hometown of Chino Hills, CA, and she graduated from Ruben S. Ayala High School in 2010. She has been dancing since she was 8 years old, and her specialty is Jazz.