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The Top Twenty have been chosen, and have now danced for America. They have proven why they deserve to be America’s Favourite Dancer. Now the competition really begins. Here is a little profile of each of the dancers. This will give a little more insight into who you will be voting for tonight. This looks like another strong season for the show, and watching who goes home each week will be interesting.
Lindsay Arnold – 18 – Latin Ballroom
Lindsay Arnold currently lives in her hometown of Provo, Utah where she was born and raised. Lindsay just recently graduated from Timpview High School and plans to attend Utah Valley University. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old and her specialty is Latin Ballroom.
Cole Horibe – 26 – Martial Arts Fusion
Cole Horibe currently lives in Honolulu, HI, where he was born and raised. He graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. After dancing for three years in high school, he quit dancing, believing he had relatively little talent in dance (as opposed to martial arts) and continued to train in various martial arts and studied acting–his career aspiration. Cole began dancing again 4 1/2 years ago. Having studied martial arts for most of his life, Cole incorporates a martial arts flavor into his choreography–a dance style which he calls “Martial Arts Fusion.”
Janelle Issis – 24 – Belly Dancing
Janelle Issis has been dancing and performing since the age of 4. She is extensively trained in belly dancing, jazz, and tap and continued to study a multitude of dance styles including hip hop, jazz and modern at the University of Alabama under the direction of Professor Cornelius Carter of Alvin Ailey. For several years she has been preparing herself to step into the commercial industry by attending summer classes and events in New York and Los Angeles. She is currently living in Los Angeles, CA pursing a career in dance.
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp – 23 – Ballet
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp was born in Chicago, IL and raised in Sydney, Australia and Zurich, Switzerland where his family lives now. He began Ballet at age 13 and when he was 14 he was offered a spot to train at The Royal Ballet School, London. After graduating from the RBS, Chehon joined the Los Angeles Ballet in 2009 where he performed for two seasons. Chehon was lucky to have been seen and offered a contract with the touring company of Twyla Tharp’s Broadway Show ‘Come Fly Away’, which enabled him to remain living and working in the US. His dance specialty is Classical Ballet.
Janaya French – 20 – Lyrical Contemporary
Janaya French currently lives in Van Nuys, CA, but grew up in Aurora, CO. French graduated from high school in 2010 and has now moved to California to pursue her dance career. She began dancing at age 3 and is a technically trained dancer who specializes in Lyrical/Contemporary.
Brandon Mitchell – 27 – Stepping
Brandon Mitchell currently lives in North Hollywood, CA, but grew up in Kansas City, KS. Mitchell graduated from Sumner Academy in 2003 and from Florida A&M University in 2009. He has been dancing since he was in 6th grade and his dance specialty is Stepping. He has been Stepping for 5 years.
Witney Carson – 18 – Latin Ballroom
Witney Carson was born and raised in American Fork, UT. Witney has been dancing since the age of 3; training, performing, and competing has been her life. Her specialty dance is Ballroom. She recently graduated from American Fork High School, and is ready to start her new adult life!
George Lawrence – 19 – Contemporary
George “Geo” Lawrence II was born in San Diego, CA and raised in Atlanta, GA. George acquired his love for dance at the age of 11 and was adamant about perfecting his attraction to the art. That same year, he enrolled at Price Performing Arts Center (PPAC) in College Park, GA where he studied Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Hip-Hop and Acrobatics. In 2010, George decided to further his technique at Dancemakers of Atlanta, and in the summer of 2010 he was selected to attend the coveted Juilliard School. In 2011, George graduated from the esteemed Dekalb School of the Arts in Atlanta, GA, with honors.
Audrey Case – 18 – Jazz
Audrey Case currently lives in Edmond, OK, her hometown. Audrey attended Edmond North High School and graduated this past Spring. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old and her specialty is Jazz.
Will Thomas – 19 – Contemporary
Will Thomas currently lives in Studio City, CA but grew up in Troy, MI. Thomas was born in Rochester, MI and graduated from Avondale High School in 2011. He has been dancing since he was in the 6th grade and his specialty is Contemporary.
Eliana Girard – 21 – Ballet
Eliana Girard currently lives in New York and grew up in West Palm Beach, FL. Girard started dancing when she was 3 1/2 yrs old. She left Dreyfoos High School of the Arts to dance at Joffrey Ballet School, and went the following year to Alvin Ailey School. She started her career with Cirque Du Soleil in July 2009. Her dance specialty is Contemporary Ballet.
Amelia Lowe – 18 – Contemporary
Amelia Lowe currently lives with her parents in Butler, NJ where she grew up. She is currently a senior in high school at the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts in Denville, NJ. Amelia has been dancing since the age of 3, and had her first performance when she was 5.
Tiffany Maher – 19 – Jazz
Tiffany Paige Maher currently resides in Plantation, FL, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale. She attends school at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. She has been dancing since the age of 3, but was brought up in the dance studio since she was a baby watching her older sister, Brittany. Tiffany’s dance specialty is Jazz. Dance is her passion and she loves to perform.
Dareian Kujawa – 20 – Contemporary
Dareian Kujawa currently lives in Boulder City, NV but grew up in St. Paul, MN. Dareian graduated from the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in 2010. He has been dancing since the age of 3 at Larkin Dance Studio and his dance specialty is Contemporary. At the age of 18 he moved out on his own to Las Vegas to try and pursue a career in dance.
Amber Jackson – 21 – Contemporary
Amber Jackson was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, where she started dancing at the age of 14 at the esteemed Ballethnic Academy of Dance and simultaneously at DeKalb School of the Arts. Later, Amber enhanced her dance technique at the prestigious Dancemakers of Atlanta studying Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Pointe, Hip Hop, and Jazz. Amber continues to pursue her craft as an artist and hopes to one day share her love for dance with the world.
Nick Bloxsom-Carter – 20 – Ballroom
Nick Bloxsom-Carter currently lives in Orem, UT, but grew up his whole life in Oak Park, CA. Nick was born in Santa Monica, CA and is about to be a senior at Utah Valley University. Nick has been dancing since the 4th grade, but didn’t start to compete until 9th grade. His specialty is Ballroom and he loves to inspire.
Daniel Baker – 24 – Ballet
Daniel Baker currently lives in San Francisco, CA but is originally from Newcastle, Australia. Baker moved to the US at 15 years of age to train at the School of American Ballet in New York City. He has danced with the Miami City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Baker has been dancing since he was three years old and specializes in Ballet.
Alexa Anderson – 19 – Contemporary
Alexa Anderson was born in Little Falls, NJ, but grew up in Chandler, AZ where she started dancing at the age of 11. Alexa trained in many different styles but found Contemporary to be her specialty. At the age of 18, Alexa moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a professional dancer and has been dancing and teaching in Los Angeles for the past year.
Cyrus ‘Glitch’ Spencer – 22 – Animation, Popping and Robotics
Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer currently lives in Duluth, GA, and grew up on the Southside of Atlanta. Spencer was born in Dallas, TX and graduated from Creekside High School in 2008. He started dancing at 8 then stopped to play sports and picked it back up at 15. His style of dancing is Animation, Popping, and Robotics. He got signed to Xcel Talent Agency in December of 2011 and he is part of a dance movement to Dubstep music.
Matthew Kazmierczak – 21 – Comtemporary
Matthew Austin Kazmierczak was born and raised in Peoria, AZ, where he currently still resides. Matthew went to Sunrise Mountain High School, and it was during those years where he found his interest for dance. Now five years later his love for it has continued to grow and he has trained in multiple styles specializing in Contemporary.