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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ reveals top 20 dancers

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The June 26 episode of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ covered the callback week in Las Vegas. We got to see the nearly 200 dancers whittled down to just 20 after days of challenging routines across several different styles. This year, they included hip-hop, jazz and contemporary. The remaining dancers then each performed a group routine (not much to see there, sadly). After another cut, the dancers still in the competition performed their solos. In addition to regular judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, Stephen “Twitch” Boss (a former contestant), ballerina Irina Dvorvenko, ice skater Tara Lipinsky and Broadway producer Adam Shankman judged this week.
These are the dancers they chose for the top 20:
Contemporary remains a strong style on the show. Contemporary girls in the top 20 are Emily James, Carly Blaney and Bridget Whitman. The boys are well represented in the style too—Stanley Glover, Rudy Abreu, Casey Askew and Ricky Ubeda all made it through. It’s a good season for ballroom, too. Malene Ostergaard, Serge Onik, Tanisha Belknap, Marcquet Hill and Brooklyn Fullmer also made the top 20. Hip hop must be having an off season. Teddey Coffey is the only hip-hop dancers in the group. Ballet dancers Jourdan Epstein and Jacque LeWarne are joined by tappers Valerie Rockey and Zack Everhart. Popper Emilio Dosal and jazz dancer Jessica Richens round out the group. I can't wait to see what this talented bunch of dancers brings to the show this season. Past seasons have seen progressively stronger contestants across styles. This season could really push the show to the next level in a search for America's favorite dancers.


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