'So You Think You Can Dance' Top 20: Meet the hip-hop dancers

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"So You Think You Can Dance" Season 10 has chosen two hip-hop dancers to be in the Top 20. Du-Shaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall and Mariah Spears. We talked to both of them right after they learned they had made the live show.

Meet the hip-hop dancers here!


Du-Shaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall

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

Fik-Shun Stegall: "I can't complain."

Can you describe what Vegas Week was like for you?

Fik-Shun Stegall: "Vegas Week is the craziest thing I've ever done, as far as pretending to dance. I feel like it made me stronger as a dancer, and I feel like it's an experience I'll never forget and no one can take away from me. I learned so much as far as what working is, as far as being a dancer."

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

Fik-Shun Stegall: "Oh my goodness! I really liked the ballroom one and I really liked the jazz one. Those were my two favorites ... I think they fit me more of how I think of a good piece. Or just a fun style! At the same time, you could get a little close."

What is the toughest part for you?

Fik-Shun Stegall: "What was hard for me, I believe, was the start of Vegas ... It was hard for me at first to get into the character of hip hop -- I think of hip hop in my own way, so when I perform it, it's a little different from the character that it's supposed to be."

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

Fik-Shun Stegall: "People will vote for me because of my personality, and I feel like I really am different. I mean, everyone is different in their own way, but I feel like I really stand out in my differenty. Is that a word? ... And my smile."


Mariah Spears

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

Mariah Spears: "So excited! I honestly, this is like so unreal right now. I never thought this was going to be a reality!"

Can you describe what Vegas Week was like for you?

Mariah Spears: "It was really hard! I auditioned last year, and I went to Vegas Week, and I didn't go in with any expectations, but I made it ... I got cut in contemporary. And then, coming back, I had a lot more pressure on myself, I feel like. So it was a lot more difficult."

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

Mariah Spears: "I'm really looking forward to just performing with all these amazing dancers. Just being on that stage -- I've never seen it in-person, because I've always just watched it over TV, but I can't even fathom how incredible it's going to be! I just love performing so much! Ah! I'm so excited!"

What is the toughest part for you?

Mariah Spears: "I do hip hop, so I'm a little nervous for ... everything else. Especially like, I like to think I'm great at ballroom, but that's just because I love doing it and I'm not great at all. I can't do it very well. So I'm a little nervous for ballroom -- it's a lot of technique to pick up ... Just partnering in general -- I've never partnered before."

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

Mariah Spears: "I hope they are likely to vote for me! I'm different -- I mean, I'm a girl, blonde, short krumper. You don't see many of those a lot in your life, you don't really pass them on the street very much. So I'm hoping it's something like, 'Oh my gosh! That's so different! You don't see that.' So hopefully they'll pick up the phone and vote. Hopefully, it'll inspire people to do something they didn't think they could, because they're not the right size, the right shape, the right whatever they're used to seeing."


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