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Meet the 'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 8 Top 20

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 10th 2011 11:30AM
So You Think You Can Dance top 20After multiple rounds of auditions, 20 dancers have made the cut for Season 8 of 'So You Think You Can Dance.'

We know they can dance, they've already proven that, but what are these 10 guys and 10 girls all about? The finalists hail from all over the country, though many have now settled in Los Angeles to pursue professional careers. Not surprisingly, many of them have been dancing most of their lives.

After the jump, get the essential details on all of the finalists straight from Fox.

Jordan CasanovaJordan Casanova, 18
Dance Specialty: Jazz
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
Currently Resides: Chino Hills, CA
Jordan Casanova lives in her hometown of Chino Hills, CA. She graduated from Ruben S. Ayala High School in 2010, and has been dancing since she was eight years old.

Alexander FostAlexander Fost, 21
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Alhambra, CA
Currently Resides: Alhambra, CA
Alexander Fost was Mr. Dance USA in 2006 and also won the Mr. Dance International in 2007. A year later, he earned a spot with the Los Angeles Youth American Grand Prix, and went on to dance with the Media City Ballet, San Pedro Ballet and the Festival Ballet Theatre companies.

Tadd GadduangTadd Gadduang, 25
Dance Specialty: Hip Hop
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Currently Resides: Salt Lake City, UT
Tadd Gadduang began dancing at age 15 as a hobby, but eventually realized his passion for it after graduating from high school. He is currently in his sophomore year of college studying psychology.

Marko GermarMarko Germar, 22
Dance Specialty: Jazz
Hometown: Dededo, Guam
Currently Resides: Canoga Park, CA
Originally from the South Pacific island of Guam, Marko Germar moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue a career in dance. He has had nine years of studio training.

Ricky JaimeRicky Jaime, 19
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Miami, FL
Currently Resides: Tampa, FL
Ricky Jaime graduated from Newsome High School in Lithia, FL, in June 2010. He would like to be a member of a professional ballet company in California, New York or Europe.

Wadi JonesWadi Jones, 24
Dance Specialty: Breaking
Hometown: Ossining, NY
Currently Resides: Ossining, NY
Wadi Jones was born in St. Ann's, Jamaica, and moved to the U.S. in 1988 at age three. He is passionate about art, poetry and music, and he is inspired by his older brother.

Mitchell KellyMitchell Kelly, 20
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Currently Resides: Atlanta, GA
Mitchell Kelly attended Henry W. Grady High School. He began dancing at age 14, and has been dancing professionally for six years.

Chris KoehlChris Koehl, 21
Dance Specialty: Hip Hop
Hometown: Garland, TX
Currently Resides: Garland, TX
Chris Koehl began teaching himself Hip Hop at 14 years old. Over the past few years, he has divided his time between training at local studios, in college classes and teaching dance.

Caitlynn LawsonCaitlynn Lawson, 18
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Moses Lake, WA
Currently Resides: Moses Lake, WA
Caitlynn Lawson will earn both her diploma from Moses Lake High School and her associates' degree from Big Bend Community College this June. She has been dancing since she was three years old.

Jess LeProttoJess LeProtto, 18
Dance Specialty: Broadway
Hometown: Little Falls, NJ
Currently Resides: Little Falls, NJ
Jess LeProtto lives in his hometown of Little Falls, NJ. He is a senior at Passaic Valley High School, and has been dancing since he was three years old.

Iveta LukosiuteIveta Lukosiute, 30
Dance Specialty: Ballroom
Hometown: Klaipeda, Lithuania
Currently Resides: New York, NY
A native of Eastern Europe, Iveta Lukosiute moved to the U.S. in 1997. She has been dancing since she was six years old.

Miranda MaleskiMiranda Maleski, 19
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Currently Resides: North Hollywood, CA
Miranda Maleski moved from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, to Los Angeles at just 18 years old. She has been dancing since age three, and her dance specialty has evolved over the years.

Sasha MallorySasha Mallory, 23
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Currently Resides: Bakersfield, CA
At age five, 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. She recently toured with Adam Lambert.

Melanie MooreMelanie Moore, 19
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Currently Resides: New York, NY
Melanie Moore is a freshman at Fordham University in New York. She has been dancing since she was two years old.

Missy MorelliMissy Morelli, 20
Dance Specialty: Jazz
Hometown: Arvada, CO
Currently Resides: Studio City, CA
Missy Morelli has been living in Los Angeles for the past two years as a professional dancer. She has been dancing since she was three years old.

Clarice OrdazClarice Ordaz, 19
Dance Specialty: Jazz
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Currently Resides: Whittier, CA
Clarice Ordaz is a student at California State University, Long Beach. She has trained in many styles of dance since age two.

Ryan RamirezRyan Ramirez, 19
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA
Currently Resides: North Hollywood, CA
Ryan Ramirez is pursuing her dream of becoming a well-known dancer and choreographer. She has been dancing since she was four years old and choreographing since age 11. She considers dance her language, and is the happiest and most free while performing.

Ashley RichAshley Rich, 22
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Antioch, CA
Currently Resides: Emeryville, CA
Ashley Rich trained at a local dance studio from age three to 18. For the past two years, she has been employed as a dance teacher in her hometown. She is a talented cook who also enjoys baking.

Robert Taylor Jr.Robert Taylor Jr., 31
Dance Specialty: Hip Hop
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Currently Resides: New York, NY
Robert Taylor Jr. graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a bachelor's degree in dance. His credits include television shows, music videos and the national tour of 'Hairspray.' Taylor is honored to have once performed for Michael Jackson. He has trained with numerous professionals and has performed in some of the country's most prestigious dance shows.

Nick YoungNick Young, 19
Dance Specialty: Tap
Hometown: Franklin, WI
Currently Resides: Franklin, WI
Nick Young graduated from high school in 2010. He has been dancing since age four, and his favorite style of dance is Tap.

Tell us: Who are you rooting for this year?

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Sasha stood out to me and I wish her and all the dancers the best of luck! Having two dancers of my own I fully understand these people live it, love it, breathe it, bleed it. I am also wishing Ryan a good ride. She really worked hard to make the cut this year. They all have a chance and all a unique style. As in all years, your opinions can change as the dancers do. Either way best of luck in the challenge you are about to endure. Your all winners already!

June 15 2011 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have not heard anything about Alex Wong from the last season being put back on the show. Have they taken back their promise to let him jpin this season?

June 14 2011 at 9:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I'm rooting for Nick and Robert. None of the girls really stood out as being fantastic yesterday but I can't wait for that to change. Check out my recap of last nights show: http://rantsofacrazyperson.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/so-you-think-you-can-dance-top-20/

June 10 2011 at 12:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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