So You Think You Can Dance is an American reality television dance competition. In 2015, Jeff Thacker, a television producer, went to Miami to hold auditions for dancers who wanted to join a new dance show. Jeff tried his best to promote the audition. He went to local schools and dance clubs, placed ads on the radio and TV, he even gave away fliers in nightclubs. All of his efforts had little effect. Only four people showed up for the audition. Despite all of that, people loved the show from the start. Jeff returned to Miami after two years for another audition, and there were more than 1500 people lined up for it. Since then, So You Think You Can Dance has continued going strong for 17 seasons and millions and millions of fans love it. The format of the show is pretty simple. The auditions are open and available to everyone, no matter what your style of dancing is. The best dancers move forward to the next round and get to showcase their ability to adapt to all kinds of music and dancing. At the end of the process, the best of the best are selected to be finalists. They go on live television and showcase their talents.
The show has put the spotlight on many people and has helped them build illustrious careers. You Think You Can Dance has won 17 Emmy Awards and has been an inspiration to many dance shows in America and the World, like America’s Best Dance Crew and Jennifer Lopez’s World Of Dance. Many backup dancers have had the chance to showcase their talents and have gotten bigger roles as a result of it.
9 Kent Boyd – Season 7
Kent Boyd was the season 7 runner-up of So You Think You Can Dance. He continued his career as an actor in Disney’s Teen Beach Movie, Teen Beach 2, and Freeform’s Bunheads. He also produced, written, and starred in the short film series Free Period. Kent has danced and choreographed for many superstars in the music industry, including Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Becky G, Vanessa Hudgens, and many others.
8 Ariana DeBose – Season 6
Ariana DeBose’s pathway to fame was season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance. She didn’t have huge success in the competition, but the audience loved her nonetheless. Ariana made her Broadway debut in 2012 in Bring It On, The Musical. Since then, she has performed in Motown the Musical, Pippin, Hamilton: An American Musical, A Bronx Tale: The Musical, and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. The Oscars in 2022 were the culmination of her hard work. Ariana DeBose won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
7 Travis Wall – Season 2
Travis Wall had his breakthrough in season 2 of the competition. Since then, he has built quite a name for himself in the music industry. Travis has been the choreographer for pop stars like Justin Bieber, and Demi Lovato. He also worked with Michelle Obama on her Let’s Move campaign. Travis teaches dance classes all over the World, and he’s associated with the NUVO dance convention.
6 Benji Schwimmer – Season 2
Benji Schwimmer won the 2nd season of So You Think You Can Dance and became a worldwide sensation. Everyone recognized his talents right away. Benji has won multiple dance competitions, including the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships, the USA Grand Nationals, and many others. In addition to winning dance competitions, Benji has choreographed for dance shows, music videos, movies, and Olympic competitions. He choreographed the Winter Olympic programs for the American figure skater Adam Rippon and Jeremy Abbott. Benji Schwimmer is also a co-owner of The Dance Center, an educational dance facility. An idol and an inspiration to many, he is always trying to make it easier for the new dancers to get their chance at the spotlight.
5 Melanie Moore – Season 8
Melanie Moore was the winner of So You Think You Can Dance’ s season 8. After winning the competition, she decided to take her talents to the bright lights of Broadway. She starred in Finding Neverland as Peter Pan, Fiddler on the Roof as Chava, Hello, Dolly! as Ermengarde, and off-Broadway in A Chorus Line (2018). She has also played parts in the miniseries Halston, the short movie Swept, and The Little Mermaid Live!
4 Ricky Ubeda – Season 11
Ricki Ubeda was the winner of So You Think You Can Dance’ s season 11. Ricky took full advantage of his shot. Since then, he has appeared on the TV series What’s New, Pussycat: Backstage at ‘Cats’ with Tyler Hanes, the miniseries Fosse/Verdon, and the musical West Side Story. He has also fulfilled his childhood dream to take the Broadway stage. He featured in On the Town, Cats, and the most recent revival of Carousel.
3 Gaby Diaz – Season 12
Gaby Diaz was the winner of season 12 of So You Think You Can Dance. Her hip hop routines were truly impressive, and she is the first tap dancer to ever win the show. Gaby used her success on the show to pursue a professional dancing career. She was featured in the musical West Side Story and the movie Tick, Tick… BOOM!
2 Witney Carson – Season 9
Witney Carson was featured in season 9 of the show. She finished the competition in the top 6, the fans loved her, and it was the stepping stone to an illustrious dancing career. She became a professional partner for the celebrities to partner up with on the show Dancing With The Stars. She was also featured in the musical: Dancin’: It’s On. Witney has been a found success as a model, fashion blogger, entrepreneur.
1 Stephen “tWitch” Boss – Season 4
Perhaps the most famous SYTYCD alum, Twitch was the runner-up in season four. He rose to fame many years later as a cohost and producer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
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