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"So You Think You Can Dance" Top 11

By admin Published: June 10, 2010

From Fox: After thousands of auditions featuring some of the best dancers ever to try out, the judges of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE announced tonight that Season Seven will have 11 finalists instead of 10. The Top 11 finalists are Alexie Agdeppa, Billy Bell, Kent Boyd, Lauren Froderman, Ashley Galvan, Robert Roldan, Jose Ruiz, Cristina Santana, Melinda Sullivan, Adéchiké Torbert and Alex Wong.

Get to know the new finalists and their dance styles when each of the Top 11 perform on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: MEET THE TOP 11 airing Thursday, June 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The special will showcase the finalists and the All-Stars dancing together in their own styles and genres, as well as in eye-popping group numbers choreographed by Wade Robson, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall and Jason Gilkison.

The competition begins Wednesday, June 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) when the Top 11 dance for the judges and America on the season’s first two-hour performance show. The finalists will work with their randomly selected All-Star partner and a world-renowned choreographer on a dance routine in the specialty genre of their partner. After each Wednesday performance show, the phone lines will open and the fate of the finalists – one of whom will be named America’s Favorite Dancer – will be left up to the voting fans.

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On the live results shows beginning Thursday, June 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live PT/tape-delayed), the three dancers with the lowest number of votes will be announced. The finalists in the bottom three will perform solo routines with the hope of convincing the judges to keep them in the competition. The judges then decide which dancers remain and which one is eliminated.

Additionally, the live results shows will feature live performances by today’s hottest music stars and dance acts. On Thursday, June 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), R&B superstar Usher will sing his latest hit, “OMG,” and acclaimed dance duo Karine Plantadit and Keith Roberts will sizzle as they take the stage.

The Top 11 finalists are:

Alexie Agdeppa

Age: 26

Dance Specialty: Jazz

Hometown: Rowland Heights, CA

Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA

Alexie Agdeppa is a UCLA graduate and former Los Angeles Laker Girl. She has performed in music videos for Prince, The Pussycat Dolls and Nelly Furtado. Agdeppa loves to cook, act and travel, and has been to the Philippines, Mexico, Europe, Brazil, Japan and Cuba.

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Billy Bell

Age: 20

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Palm Beach, FL

Currently Resides: New York, NY

After making it to the Top 20 in Season Six of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and having to leave due to illness, Billy Bell joins this season’s Top 11 finalists. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he is trained in everything from Hip Hop to Classical Ballet. Bell owns the dance company Lunge Dance Creative, and considers working with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey on “Back to Back to Broadway” one of his greatest accomplishments.

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Kent Boyd

Age: 18

Dance Specialty: Contemporary Jazz

Hometown: Botkins, OH

Currently Resides: Wapakoneta, OH

A recent high school graduate, Kent Boyd has been dancing since he was 8 years old. Boyd appeared in several high school musical productions, including “Oklahoma!” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

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Lauren Froderman

Age: 18

Dance Specialty: Contemporary Jazz

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Currently Resides: Phoenix, AZ

Lauren Froderman has been dancing since she was 3 years old. At age 10, she performed with the Phoenix Rockettes. Her life’s ambition is to perform on Broadway and become a school teacher.

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Ashley Galvan

Age: 19

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Visalia, CA

Currently Resides: Burbank, CA

Ashley Galvan began dancing at age 3. She appeared in 2009’s “Fame” and toured with the Broadway show “Wonderland.” In addition to dancing, Galvan loves swimming, shopping, movies and fast food.

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Robert Roldan

Age: 19

Dance Specialty: Contemporary

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA

Currently Resides: North Hollywood, CA

Robert Roldan took his first Hip Hop class at age 11. After graduating from high school, he performed with the “Bad Boys of Dance” for a year and a half. In addition to dance, he enjoys singing, acting and fashion.

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Jose Ruiz

Age: 21

Dance Specialty: B-Boy

Hometown: Miami, FL

Currently Resides: Pembroke Pines, FL

Jose Ruiz is a self-taught B-Boy who has never had professional dance training. He describes his dance style as “smooth, flowing and explosive.” Ruiz has competed in international dance competitions and performed on cruise ships. He also enjoys yoga and plays several musical instruments.

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Cristina Santana

Age: 24

Dance Specialty: Salsa

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Currently Resides: San Diego, CA

Born in Mexicali, Mexico, Cristina Santana started dancing at age 7 when a friend invited her to ballet class. Santana took up Salsa dancing six years ago after moving to the U.S. Santana enjoys singing, eating and listening to music, and counts Mikhail Baryshnikov as one of her favorite dancers.

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Melinda Sullivan

Age: 22

Dance Specialty: Tap

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA

Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA

A native of Long Island, NY, Melinda Sullivan is this season’s sole tap dancer. She has been dancing since she was 2 years old, and has appeared in “Cats,” “High School Musical,” “High School Musical 2” and “Wonderland.” Sullivan is passionate about music and dance education, and is a fan of tap-dance legend Gregory Hines.

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Adéchiké Torbert

Age: 23

Dance Style: Contemporary

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Currently Resides: Queens, NY

Adéchiké Torbert was inspired to begin dancing at age 6 by his older brother, who is also a dancer. Torbert describes his style as “contemporary…with a hint of flavor.” In addition to dancing, he enjoys cooking and fashion.

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Alex Wong

Age: 23

Dance Style: Ballet

Hometown: Vancouver, Canada

Currently Resides: Miami, FL

Alex Wong is a former principal soloist with the Miami City Ballet. He was awarded his position with the ballet at age 17 after winning the prestigious “Prix de Lausanne” competition. Wong also sings and plays the piano.

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