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.

From MTV’s The Seven:

From Hollywood junket:

Top 10 girls perform:

Top 10 guys perform:

Various Performances:

SYTYCD 8 Profile Spotlight: Ryan Ramirez

Name: Ryan Ramirez
Nickname: Ry, Ry Ry, Ry-Star
Age: 19
Dance style: Contemporary

other training/talents: was really involved in musical theatre and choir as a kid and I also have always had a natural love and gift for football.

started dancing at age: 4

formal dance training: trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop! I have had the most training in, and have studied mainly Modern Dance and Ballet.

Wants to work with Choreographer/s: All! but esp Stacey Tookey and Lil C
SYTYCD dream partner: tWitch or Will Wingfield! They are both such hard workers and amazing dancers and it would be an honor to dance with either of them! I love them as performers!
SYTYCD dance inspiration: I have been the most inspired by Katee Shean. We grew up together and went to the same dance studio and so when I saw her on the show, it made me realize that it was possible and within my reach to make it on to SYTYCD and follow my dreams. She was always my role model growing up and so seeing her on my favorite show made me inspired by her that much more.

Ryan Ramirez is pursuing her dream of becoming a well-known dancer and choreographer. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old and choreographing since age 11. Dance is her language, and she is the happiest and most free when she is performing.