'SYTYCD' Season 9 premiere: Shafeek Westbrook wows the judgesAdd to Favorites | So You Think You Can Dance
Fans of the show know it's true. We've seen hip-hoppers like Tadd Gadduang make it not only to Las Vegas, but to the final rounds of the competition. And it looks like 22-year-old Shafeek, a Philadelphia native, may be another contender to take his game from the streets to the highest echelons of the dance world.
His routine combined classic breakdance moves with a contemporary, interpretive flow that left the judges breathless. And not only was his dance amazing, so was his inspiration:
"A friend of mine died in 9/11," he said. "My dance was supposed to be him climbing out of the rubble of the World Trade Center."
Shafeek, you had us at hello.