SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Top 20 Revealed - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


June 6, 2008 by  

Find out who made this year’s Top 20? Did your favorites make it? Click here to find out: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Top 20 (June 4, 2009)



Next week the real competition begins. Your top ten guys and your top ten girls will be paired up and will the real dancing will begin. So I think it’s about time we got to know the Season 4 contestants of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

Here are your Top Ten Girls…

Rayven Armijo (28) is a Contemporary/Ballet dancer from La Puente, CA. Armijo is a mentor to children and assists them with their educational goals and in dance. Armijo is proud that many have gone on to attend LA County High School for the Performing Arts.

Rayven Armijo

Comfort Fedoke (20) is a Hip-Hop dancer raised in Lagos, Nigeria, now living in Dallas, TX. She is a graduate of Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School. Fedoke was a featured performer for the past few years on “Dallas Dance Club 21,” the local Dallas dance television show.

Comfort Fedoke

Courtney Galiano (19) is a Contemporary dancer from Commack, NY. Though she specializes in Contemporary, Galiano also loves to dance Hip-Hop. She appeared in the music video for Kat De Luna’s “Whine Up” and is a dancer for the New York Knicks.

Courtney Galiano

Susie Garcia (25) is a Latin/Salsa dancer born in Miami, FL. Garcia graduated with a B.F.A. from New World School of the Arts. She is a high school teacher who previously was a dancer with the Miami Heat for six years. Garcia has performed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards and Latin Grammy Awards, and danced on Shakira’s “Oral Fixation World Tour.”

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Chelsie Hightower (18) is a Latin dancer born in Las Vegas, NV, and raised in Orem, UT. Hightower has worked with many world-renowned choreographers. She was a U.S. Worlds finalist in 2005 and competed on Team USA.

Chelsie Hightower

Jessica King (23) is a Contemporary dancer from Myrtle Beach, SC, where she was born and raised. She is currently attending Coastal Carolina University studying Fine Arts with a minor in Art History. King also teaches dance and performs in local theater.

Jessica King

Kourtni Lind (18) is a Jazz/Contemporary dancer from Forest Lake, MN, currently living in Sherman Oaks, CA. Lind began training in her mother’s dance studio at 3 years old and graduated high school at age 16 so she could begin her career.

Kourtni Lind

Kherington Payne (18) is a Contemporary/Jazz dancer from Placentia, CA. Payne will graduate from El Dorado High School this summer. She is an avid soccer fan who has played for many years.

Kherington Payne

Katee Shean (20) is a Contemporary dancer from San Jose, CA. Shean is a graduate of Pioneer High School and currently attends Chapman University in Orange, CA. She is pursuing a double major in leadership and dance and is active in many volunteer organizations. Shean trained at the Team Dance Company and Atlas School of Dance.

Katee Shean

Chelsea Traille (23) is a Jazz Funk and Contemporary dancer born in Houston, TX, currently living in Flower Mound, TX. Traille graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Texas, Dallas. She was a dancer with the NBA Mavericks during the 2006-2007 season.

Chelsea Traille

And here are the Top Ten Guys…

Joshua Allen (19) is a Hip Hop/Popping dancer from Fort Worth, TX. Allen hopes to be a professional dancer and recording artist.

Joshua Allen

Jamie Bayard (22) is a West Coast Swing dancer from Palm Springs, CA, currently living in Norwalk, CA. Bayard graduated from the Orange County High School of the Arts. He was the U.S. Swing Dance champion in 2000 and 2002 and is a professor of Swing and Salsa at Loyola Marymount University.

Jamie Bayard

Twitch Boss (25) is a Freestyle dancer from Montgomery, AL. A career highlight for Boss was performing “Thriller” with Wade Robson on “The Wade Robson Project” in 2003.

Twitch Boss

Marquis Cunningham (18) is a Lyrical/Contemporary dancer born in Cumberland, NC, and raised in Cape Coral, FL. Cunningham began dancing at 14 and trained at the Robin Dawn Academy. He is a graduate of Florida’s North Fort Myers High School and currently resides in New York City.

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Matt Dorame (22) is a Contemporary dancer from Glendale, AZ. He studied for two years at Odyssey Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City.

Matt Dorame

Chris Jarosz (21) is a Lyrical/Contemporary dancer from Gaithersburg, MD, currently living in Dallas, TX. Jarosz grew up training at the Dawn Crafton Dance Center in Gaithersburg and then moved to Dallas in his sophomore year to train at Top Hat Dance Center. Jarosz is now a dance major at Southern Methodist University.

Chris Jarosz

Thayne Jasperson (27) is a Contemporary dancer who grew up in Springville, UT. Jasperson was a featured dancer in “High School Musical,” and “High School Musical 2.” He danced five years with Odyssey Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City, but has only been dancing six years.

Thayne Jasperson

Mark Kanemura (24) is a Contemporary dancer born and raised in Honolulu, HI. Kanemura trained with 24-7 Dance Force in Honolulu and danced at Tokyo Disney. He also directed and choreographed performances on Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Mark Kanemura

Gev Manoukian (21) is a Hip Hop/Break dancer originally from Kazakhstan and now living in Centerville, UT. Manoukian was a featured dancer in “High School Musical 2.”

Gev Manoukian

Will Wingfield (21) is a Contemporary dancer from Nashville, TN. Wingfield started dancing at age 9 at DC Dance Factory in Nashville, and later moved to Los Angeles to train under Debbie Allen at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

Will Wingfield

Are there any dancers you are excited about already? Are you ready for the real dancing to start?

To hear what Ducky and I think of the Top 20 and last night’s big reveal check out our SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Podcast.


8 Responses to “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Top 20 Revealed”

  1. Patty on June 6th, 2008 11:25 am

    There are too many great guys to choose one yet. I love Kourtni (but she spells her name dumb!) and the teacher from Florida. We’ll see how they spill out next week.

  2. Lisa (aka lmr) on June 6th, 2008 12:09 pm

    Thanks for posting this GMMR. I am struck by how credentialed a lot of them already are. I like an underdog so will probably pull for someone who hasn’t broken out yet. I have a soft spot for Twitch, though.

    I can’t tell from the photos and couldn’t tell from watching last night. Did the new Travis-like guy make it?

  3. Matt on June 6th, 2008 12:19 pm

    I’ve performed in several musicals with Thayne, and he’s incredible. He’s tiny, but he’s an amazing dancer. And about then nicest guy in the world. I hope he does well.

    Of the limited amount I’ve seen of the dancers, I think that Courtney is my favorite. She’s just so much fun to watch. She actually reminds me a lot of one of my favorites, Allison. I’m so excited for this season.

  4. Amanda on June 6th, 2008 3:45 pm

    Someone actually likes Suzie? She was a hot tranny mess! Twitch is awesome, love him. I also liked Jessica King, she was good during group in LV. Just found out Jamie Bayard has been Lacey’s swing dance partner for years….Schwimmer protege- score! 😉 I’m just so excited to see who’s partnering together!!!! Thursday, come quick!!!!

  5. Amanda on June 6th, 2008 3:48 pm

    Where’s our hot Russian ballroom guy??? No Artem, Dmitry, or Pasha! I demand a hot accent!!! 😉

  6. Savannah on June 6th, 2008 3:56 pm

    I already don’t like Jessica, she has a snotty attitude. I also am excited to see Joshua dance more… he’s got it going on. However, I am ALL about the contestants who are proficient in Latin/ballroom who can also do contemporary… I think that’s the best combo! So, I am so excited for Suzie, Chelsie, and Jamie Bayard. He better stay in for a long time cause you can’t showcase the girl well if they guy can’t dance!

  7. Amanda on June 8th, 2008 2:33 pm

    Have you all seen the clip of Nigel performing back in the day… Check it out!

  8. Amanda on June 8th, 2008 2:35 pm