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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Various Performances:

SYTYCD 8 Profile Spotlight: Jess LeProtto

Name: Jess LeProtto
Nickname: Jessman
Age: 18
Dance: Broadway
School: a senior at Passaic Valley Regional High School.
job/s: I sing at my local church and I’ve worked there for three years.

started dancing at age: 3

formal dance training: I danced at local dance studios for fifteen years. I was taught Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Musical Theater.

Wants to work with Choreographer/s: Tyce Diorio
SYTYCD dream partner: Lauren Froderman
SYTYCD dance inspiration: Evan Kasprzak

Jess LeProtto lives in his hometown of Little Falls, NJ. He is a senior at Passaic Valley High School. He has been dancing since he was 3 years old, and his specialty is Broadway.

SYTYCD 8 Profile Spotlight: Ricky Jaime

Name: Ricky Jaime
Nickname: Ricky
Age: 19
Dance: Contemporary

job/s: I work for Centerstage Dance Academy. I am a dance instructor for all levels and I have been working there since January 2011.

started dancing at age: 10

formal dance training: I train in all areas of dance. Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, and now I am starting to focus most on Ballet since one of my new goals and dreams is to dance for a Ballet company in either California, New York, or Europe.

Wants to work with Choreographer/s: Tyce Diorio and Sonya Tayeh.
SYTYCD dream partner: Jeanine Mason
SYTYCD dance inspiration: Jeanine Mason

Ricky Jaime graduated from Newsome High School in Lithia, FL, in June 2010. After a three year reprieve, he began studying dance again at age 17. Eventually he would like to be a member of a professional ballet company in California, New York or Europe.

SYTYCD 8 Profile Spotlight: Sasha Mallory

Name: Sasha Mallory
Age: 23
Dance: Contemporary

job/s: My job is dancing and teaching whenever and wherever I can.
other training/talents: Acting and speaking Gibberish.

started dancing at age: 5

formal dance training: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop.

Wants to work with Choreographer/s: All of them.
SYTYCD dream partner: I can’t choose – I’d be honored to dance with any of them.
SYTYCD dance inspiration: Travis Wall

At age 5, Sasha Mallory began studying ballet technique at the Royal Academy of Dance. She trained at the Houston Ballet, the Boston Ballet and the Ailey School’s summer intensives. Her speciality is Contemporary, and she recently toured with pop star Adam Lambert.

SYTYCD 8 Profile Spotlight: Mitchell Kelly

Name: Mitchell Kelly
Nickname: MKelly
Age: 20
Dance: Contemporary

other training/talents: Acting and speaking Gibberish.

started dancing at age: 15

formal dance training: McClendon School of Dance, Tolbert Yilmez, Gotta Dance Atlanta.

Wants to work with Choreographer/s: Travis Wall, Tyce Diorio, tWtich Boss, Desmond Richardson.
SYTYCD dream partner: Lauren, Jamie Goodwin
SYTYCD dance inspiration: Danny Tidwell, Will

Mitchell Kelly attended Henry W. Grady High School. He began dancing at age 14, and has been dancing professionally for six years. His specialties are Contemporary and Jazz.

SYTYCD 8 Profile Spotlight on Miranda Maleski

Name: Miranda Maleski
Nickname: My brother used to call me “mana” when he was younger because he couldn’t say the “d” and my parents always call me “peanut.”
Age: 19
Dance: Contemporary
School: I graduated high school January of 2010.

other training/talents: Track/ Field, Soccer, Trampoline, Photography, and Aerial work.

started dancing at age: 3

formal dance training: I’ve been trained in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Gymnastics/ Acrobatics.

Wants to work with Choreographer/s: I’m so excited to work with all of them! Travis – Tyce – Sonya – Nappy Tabs – Tony and Meridith.
SYTYCD dream partner: Robert Roldan
SYTYCD dance inspiration: Allison Holker and Lauren Froderman.

Miranda Maleski moved from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, to Los Angeles at just 18 years old. She has been dancing since age 3, and her dance specialties have evolved over the years. She is always up for trying new things and can’t resist a challenge.

SYTYCD 8 Profile Spotlight: Tadd Gadduang

Name: Tadd Gadduang
Nickname: Taddpole
Age: 25
Dance: Hip Hop
School: I’m in my Sophomore year of college working toward my degree in Psychology.

other training/talents: I’ve been involved with the Filipino Martial Art of Kali since I was about 6 years old. Also, around the same time I started dancing, I decided to teach myself to play the piano simply because I was bored one weekend.

started dancing at age: about 15

formal dance training: trained for twelve years at Centre Stage School of Dance in Marietta, GA. Then furthered my training at Rhythm Dance Center in Marietta, GA.

Wants to work with Choreographer/s: Pretty much all of them!
SYTYCD dream partner: Again, all of them if possible! But it would be amazing to share the stage with Gev Manoukian from Season 4! He’s a good friend of mine and one person who really influenced me to start B-Boying.
SYTYCD dance inspiration: Yet again, all of them! Seeing all of these amazing dancers and people persevere and reach such heights is truly inspiring at the highest level.

Tadd Gadduang began dancing at age 15 as a hobby, but eventually realized his passion for it after graduating from high school. With no formal dance training, he considers what he does “urban dancing.” He is currently in his sophomore year of college studying psychology.

SYTYCD 8 Profile Spotlight: Missy Morelli

Name: Missy Morelli
Age: 20
Dance style: Jazz
School: Currently enrolled at Pasadena City College, but took a semester off.
other training/talents: I’m a really good cook!

started dancing at age: 3

formal dance training: danced at a dance studio from the ages of 3 to 18.
Wants to work with Choreographer/s: Wade Robson hopefully! I would die.
SYTYCD dream partner: I would love to do a sassy tango or something with Pasha.
SYTYCD dance inspiration: Lacey Schwimmer!

Missy Morelli has been living in Los Angeles for the past two years as a professional dancer. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old, and her dance specialty is Jazz.