Castoffs Chelsie and Mark Dish on Dance
Chelsie Hightower and Mark Kanemura by Joe Viles/Fox
So You Think You Can Dance
results show brought highs, lows and even some crazy costumery (I'm talking to you,
) - plus the end of the road for Chelsie Hightower and Mark Kanemura. Despite sizzling dance moves for almost the entire competition, the pair was voted off the show. Friday, the two spoke to press about how they're faring, what advice they'd give to future dancers, and what's next (after the tour, that is). Here's what they had to say on:
How They're Faring After Being Cast Off:
I know it sounds like, 'Oh, he's covering up his emotions or whatever,' but I'm feeling really, really, really happy actually. I feel everything lined up for me to leave on an awesome, awesome note. In my own aspect, I feel like I've won.
I'm feeling great right now. I'm very grateful and so blessed to be a part of this show and make it this far. The biggest thing is, I feel like I put everything into each of my performances, and at that point it's out of your control what happens. I can't control the public, so I'm happy with myself and that's the most I could ask for.
On What They've Learned from SYTYCD:
I've learned to be more confident in who I am and the voice that I have. Because I think that's the thing that got me on the show, my uniqueness, so it helped to be more secure in it.
We had a long discussion with [choreographer] Tyce Diorio and he talked to us about camera work, and that it's so important to do your best because it lasts forever. No matter what time of day it is, no matter how beaten down you are, you have to do your best.
Advice They'd Give Future Dancers:
You have to be sure of who you are and what you want to accomplish. Because it's not just a dance show, but gives you an opportunity to show the person you are. As long as you go there knowing who you are what you want to do and accomplish and learn, it should help.
I would say, prepare your mind mentally and be positive, and take as many classes in the other styles as you can.
What's Next on Their Dance Cards:
I love dark stuff. I want to see where everything takes me on a non-dance level, too. It would be great to get into movies and acting. I love Tim Burton's work and Johnny Depp. I love how dark they can and how artistic they are. I'm open to so many different things right now.
I really just want to perform, so whatever that takes me to, whatever show. I just want to be on stage and doing what I love to be doing. -
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