'So You Think You Can Dance' Top 20: Meet the contemporary dancers

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As always, contemporary dancers are dominant in the "So You Think You Can Dance" Top 20. Seven of them made the cut -- Makenzie Dustman, Jasmine Harper, Tucker Knox, Nico Greetham, Carlos Garland, Hayley Erbert and Malece Miller.

After talking to each of the dancers right after they learned they had made the show, meet each contemporary hopeful here.


Makenzie Dustman

How do you feel, making it into the Top 20?

Makenzie Dustman: "I feel like I'm living a dream life right now. I mean, we just found out we made Top 20 yesterday, and it still does not feel real. Like, at all. I'm in shock but living the dream life!"

Can you describe what Vegas Week was like for you?

Makenzie Dustman: "Vegas Week was good. I got through the rounds pretty easily, I had amazing partners. Probably my lowest point was Group Round. That was really tough, staying up all night. We had all contemporary dancers and one ballroom dancer -- [dancing] to hip-hop music! We were having a hard time. And I think, deep down, we knew it wasn't good, but we were kind of lying to ourselves ... The judges weren't very happy with our performance. Mary said that I scraped through that round."

Other than dancing your own style, what are you looking forward the most on the show?

Makenzie Dustman: "I'm just so excited to work with all the choreographers, to work with these dancers because they're brilliant. And to experience it, because I just graduated high school and I'm like seriously so ready to go into the dance world. This is like the best way to start something!"

What is the toughest part for you?

Makenzie Dustman: "I was more nervous to make the show than to not, because now it's work mode, training ... You're on a TV show now ... Of course, doing different styles can always make you nervous. I would say ballroom is the most foreign to me, but I've taken a couple lessons and I fell in love with it."

Why will people at home vote for you on "So You Think You Can Dance"?

Makenzie Dustman: "Oh geez ... I feel like I'm pretty relatable. I feel like I'm super-normal. Well, I'm like weird too. I just graduated high school, I'm still kind of a kid. I'm goofy, silly, I mess around a lot -- the producers kind of get mad at me ... But it's fun! I like having fun and making people laugh."


Jasmine Harper

How do you feel, making it into the Top 20?

Jasmine Harper: "It is setting in that I am a part of Season 10 Top 20. I'm very excited and ready to just work. Ready to fight. And yeah, excitement. A lot of it."

Can you describe what Vegas Week was like for you?

Jasmine Harper: "Vegas was awesome! Looking back on it, it was a lot of fun. But in the moment, it was really stressful and hectic and crazy and everything. But it was just in the moment -- looking back, I'm like, it was such an amazing experience, and I learned so much from it. But when I was there, it was crazy."

Other than dancing your own style, what are you looking forward the most on the show?

Jasmine Harper: "Just everything! I'm so excited, I don't even know anything specific. Just performing with everyone, the new choreography, the new ... I'm looking forward to everything! Really, I am."

What is the toughest part for you?

Jasmine Harper: "I would say ballroom as a specific style. I don't want to go into it nervous, because sometimes you kind of psych yourself out when you go into it thinking like, 'Oh my God, this is going to be so hard! I can't do this!' I don't want to have that attitude about it. But the reality of it is, I don't know what's going to happen."

Why will people at home vote for you on "So You Think You Can Dance"?

Jasmine Harper: "My dancing and everything is there, so now I kind of have to ... 'Cause I keep to myself and am just like quiet. I've always been that way, so now that I'm on a TV show, I have to step out of my shell and just ... I don't even know where to start! Because I just keep to myself and everything, so I have to learn how to be confident in myself and go out there, fight and give the people at home a reason to pick up the phone and vote."


Tucker Knox

How do you feel, making it into the Top 20?

Tucker Knox: "Just a flood of adrenaline and emotions, I could not pinpoint one thing to tell you. It was an out-of-body experience."

Can you describe what Vegas Week was like for you?

Tucker Knox: "Vegas was incredible. There is not an experience like that anywhere in the dance world. If any kind of dancer turns their nose up to it, they need to go and experience it. It really is that incredible. It's intense. It tests all of your emotions, all of your dance skills. But the reward is the new friends and the feeling of accomplishment, because you do so many styles that aren't your own. When you make it past that, the joy that you feel, it's 'Okay! Well, maybe I can do this!'"

Other than dancing your own style, what are you looking forward the most on the show?

Tucker Knox: "I am looking forward to dancing with my Top 20 actually. The group that we have this year is incredible. We're all really close, and I feel like we're all really rooting for one another rather than trying to beat one down for the next spot ... I would love to do a hip-hop dance. I think it would push me in a way that would better me in the end."

What is the toughest part for you?

Tucker Knox: "I struggled a little bit with my ballroom, just because that is not my forte. It's my least-practiced style ... And then hip hop was my other one. I grew up doing hip hop, but for the past like five years, I've done contemporary and ballet and jazz. I really haven't done anything with hip hop."

Why will people at home vote for you on "So You Think You Can Dance"?

Tucker Knox: "I would really love for people to vote for me just because they can see my personality, and that they can see that I am a fighter and I won't give up. Hopefully, I'll bring new things every week to the show."


Nico Greetham

How do you feel, making it into the Top 20?

Nico Greetham: "It's honestly so surreal. It's literally a dream come true. I mean to be a part of 'So You Think You Can Dance,' even auditioning -- and them showing my audition regardless of if I had made it this far -- is a dream in itself. So to be here and be in the Top 20, it's like icing on the cake. It's crazy!"

Can you describe what Vegas Week was like for you?

Nico Greetham: "Going to Vegas, I was excited -- more excited than being nervous. But after the first night, we did our solos, and they hated it and they did not like it and that was rough. That set me back. It didn't make me more nervous, but it set me back -- put it in perspective. Now, I really have to work and show them what I can do."

Other than dancing your own style, what are you looking forward the most on the show?

Nico Greetham: "I'm excited to work with all the choreographers. I'm excited to be in the same dance room with all these amazing dancers, rehearsing -- not competing against each other."

What is the toughest part for you?

Nico Greetham: "I'm very open-minded. So when it comes to being scared, I try not to think of negatives, so I'm just excited, completely. I'm not nervous or anything ... It was definitely a highlight of [Vegas] week, getting past ballroom."

Why will people at home vote for you on "So You Think You Can Dance"?

Nico Greetham: "I think the whole -- all the Justin Bieber fans. All the little 8-year-old girls who love One Direction and all of them, hopefully I'll get their votes. [laughs] Based on my looks. And maybe the Spanish vote because I'm Spanish?"


Carlos Garland

How do you feel, making it into the Top 20?

Carlos Garland: "I'm feeling very anxious, ready to get on the stage and start performing."

Can you describe what Vegas Week was like for you?

Carlos Garland: "Vegas Week was a lot of fun. It was definitely tolling, mentally and physically -- learning so many different styles in one day, learning the choreography and then having not to recite them but actually perform that."

Other than dancing your own style, what are you looking forward the most on the show?

Carlos Garland: "I love live performances! ... And that's definitely what I'm looking most forward to -- the reaction of the audience and the raw energy on-stage ... I'm definitely looking forward to hip hop."

What is the toughest part for you?

Carlos Garland: "Ballroom was definitely the hardest section for me. I almost got cut during that round and had to dance for my life ... Probably every contemporary and hip-hop person's worst nightmare is ballroom."

Why will people at home vote for you on "So You Think You Can Dance"?

Carlos Garland: "Hopefully my personality stands out -- I have good jokes. And definitely social networking. I'll be tweeting a lot, Instagram, Vine, all those."


Hayley Erbert

How do you feel, making it into the Top 20?

Hayley Erbert: "As of right now, this is all so surreal. Just being in this position, it's pretty crazy. I can't even ... I never thought that I'd be here today, getting my hair and makeup done by professionals. And I'm doing a photo shoot! It's pretty awesome."

Can you describe what Vegas Week was like for you?

Hayley Erbert: "Vegas Week was actually just really intense. The dancing was really intense mentally and physically, because you had to learn so much choreography in such a short amount of time. I'm used to that, because I've done competitive dancing at conventions and stuff. But it was just so different. I don't know. I think it was because it was such a competitive environment. You're obviously fighting for the Top 20, but it was so supportive at the same time, because everyone was fighting to be there."

Other than dancing your own style, what are you looking forward the most on the show?

Hayley Erbert: "I'm really looking forward to my first piece ... It's with Mia Michaels! ... Really, I don't know. Just any style would be great. I don't even know. Everything is just so amazing on this show ... Just being on that stage with the lights on you and the cameras everywhere."

What is the toughest part for you?

Hayley Erbert: "Really, the only stumbling block is myself. I would keep telling myself, 'You're not going to get through this! You're not going to get through this!' I don't know why I always tell myself -- I guess I always expect the worst so if something good comes out of it, I can be yay!"

Why will people at home vote for you on "So You Think You Can Dance"?

Hayley Erbert: "Probably people will vote for me because I am a small-town girl, and I kind of just am more laid-back. Not to say that the rest of them aren't! I'm just a really laid-back person, and I like to have fun, and I never expect anything out of that. I think people can sense that -- that I'm just here for the experience."


Malece Miller

How do you feel, making it into the Top 20?

Malece Miller: "Oh man! I'm pretty shocked right now. This is an awesome, awesome opportunity, and I'm just so happy to be here. That's how I'm feeling. It's crazy! Oh, it's all so crazy!"

Can you describe what Vegas Week was like for you?

Malece Miller: "Vegas went pretty well for me. It was a great experience. I had some rough times too but I pulled through, and here we are ... The high point was probably my solo round. They said that I did really good. They said that my performance went really well ... Probably when I got dropped on my head and was wheeled off to the hospital was definitely my low point."

Other than dancing your own style, what are you looking forward the most on the show?

Malece Miller: "I'm looking forward to being on set. I've made so many friends already just being around everyone. And definitely training. I'm so excited to morph into an even better dancer!"

What is the toughest part for you?

Malece Miller: "I just want to be able to feel like I'm on the same level as all the other dancers. I don't want to feel like I'm falling behind or can't keep up."

Why will people at home vote for you on "So You Think You Can Dance"?

Malece Miller: "Oh man. That's a hard question! Because you just never know if they're going to vote for you or not. I just try to be real and be myself. And I kind of put my whole life story out there. Hopefully some people can connect to that too!"

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