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'So You Think You Can Dance Canada' Sends Home Dwayne and Teya

by Bryan Cairns, posted Jul 27th 2011 4:00PM


It's that dreaded time again. After 'So You Think You Can Dance Canada' reassigned partners, the Top 18 strutted their stuff and dazzled the audience with some fancy footwork. Unfortunately, hip-hop dancers Dwayne "Boneless" Gulston and Teya Wild somehow failed to connect with viewers and they were eliminated. Despite the outcome, the two were in high spirits as they spoke with AOL TV Canada about krumping and the recent disturbing hip-hop trend on the series.

After developing a trust and chemistry with Carlena, was it strange having to swap partners this week?
Boneless: Yeah, it was very strange and unexpected for all the dancers. I thought I would have been with Carlena for a longer journey because they always say you switch partners when you make it to the Top 10. But when they switched it the second week, we were like, "Whoa!" The trust and relationship you built with your first partner is cut in half. It's very up and down with your emotions, feelings and attitudes, but it was good knowing you could connect with someone new.

'So You Think You Can Dance Canada's first winner, Nico Archambault, was the guest judge. Is it inspiring to witness what he's accomplished and hear what he has to say?
Teya: A hundred percent. Seeing him for the first time and meeting him was nice. It sucks that I couldn't have worked with him because maybe he's choreographing on the show. Who knows? But just hearing the comments from him was inspiring because he's a judge now and the first-season winner.

JP was in the bottom three last week, Rodrigo was sent home, and now both of you are leaving. Why isn't Canada showing some love for the hip-hop dancers?
Boneless: I don't know. You just really have to cross your fingers and hope that they vote for you. Rodrigo, for example, is a very strong and versatile hip-hop dancer. Maybe his personality or character wasn't getting across to Canada. Or even speaking for myself, it's kind of a shock to have to go home. The fact we're hip-hop dancers, we didn't get the chance to do other genres, so people could actually see "Wow! These hip-hop dancers aren't just hip-hop dancers! These guys can pull off contemporary or ballroom style." We always get shafted underneath the rug because people think hip-hop dancers don't have technique or posture.

Teya: I feel like they [do think that]. I feel like there's another agenda and we can't control that agenda. Everyone in Vancouver was there for me and voted. I don't believe Boneless and I had the least amount of votes. I don't think it was due to votes who went home. I do truly believe we had that support and there's just too much hip-hop. They now have JP and Carlena and that's what they wanted.

What makes krump such a difficult dance to master?
Boneless: What makes krump so difficult is the whole lifestyle. It's still underground and new to the public eye. Not a lot of people are interested in krump because it's still fresh. It doesn't have a whole history behind it, even though a lot of the younger kids go on YouTube and Facebook to see it. The music and dance style is not an easy thing to follow.

Ultimately, how did you feel about your krump performance?
Teya: Boneless and I did the best we could with what we were given. It was hard to even hear the beat to the music and even the judges were like "How did you hear that?" They said, "No one else in the Top 18 would ever have been able to hear that musicality like you guys did." For those comments, we really appreciated it because it was very hard. I'm not upset about our performance per se, but knowing I left doing a krump piece is not the best feeling.

Teya, every single one of your routines was outside of your comfort zone. Which was the most challenging?
Teya: The Viennese Waltz. I had no clue what that genre was. The people I worked with, Pierre and his wife, were truly amazing. They gave me and my partner Kevin a card. They were so proud. They said to me, "I've never seen a hip-hop dancer on this show have so much grace like you, or have so much training before coming here." To have comments like that truly made me feel what I was doing was right.

Boneless, after spending time with Steve Bolton and Lil' C, were there any choreographers you still wanted to work with?
Boneless: Yeah! Ever since I auditioned for the show, Jean-Marc was always "Boneless, I really really like you." Knowing Jean-Marc is ballroom, I would have loved to have him choreograph a piece for me. I wanted to show him I took all his advice, all his notes, I went to class, and did ballroom classes just to show I wasn't one of those dancers that slack off.

At the end of the day, what did you learn from this experience?
Boneless: What I learned is you never know what can happen. You can hope for the best, but it's just the way the game goes. Even though you are in a competition and millions of people are watching, it's always good to be true to yourself. That's what is going to come across to Canada.

Teya: Patience. Working with your partner. Adapting quickly to all these genres and honestly, I'm a stronger person now. I can feel it. I'm not resentful whatsoever, which is an amazing feeling too, because a lot of people who left already are resentful. "I didn't get to do this, I didn't get to do that." It's OK because whatever you did is all you could have done.

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