TVGuide.com: Do you think you deserved to go home?
Sara VonGillern: I was ready and prepared for the worst. I felt really good about my solo and I feel like I was ready to go, regardless.
TVGuide.com: Do you feel differently having been kicked off by the viewers instead of the judges?
Sara: Yes, because honestly you never know what the results are going to be. With the judges, you can kind of tell that if there is someone repeatedly in the bottom three, you can expect them to go home.
TVGuide.com: You're one of the most versatile dancers on the show. What other styles are you trained in?
Sara: I grew up dancing a lot of jazz styles and a little bit of everything. I did tap and a little bit of ballet, not a lot. I just tried to do everything that I could.
TVGuide.com: And how long have you been a b-girl?
Sara: I've been breaking for the last four years. I do a lot of the different styles of hip-hop like house and popping-and-locking. B-girling is primarily what I like to do, but I like to do a little bit of everything.
TVGuide.com: Has your technical training affected your breaking?
Sara: Absolutely, even the little bit of figure skating I did [affects my breaking]. All of those things really kind of blend and create my style. That's the cool thing about breaking: Everyone kind of has their own different style. There are foundations and basics, but pretty much everything you pick up along the way you can incorporate into your personal style. I've definitely done that with all of my different facets of training.
TVGuide.com: There were three breakers on the show this year: you, Dominic and Hok. Did you think one of you would win?
Sara: Dom and I talked about it and both of us didn't expect to win the competition, so maybe that had a lot to do with it. I don't think middle America knows as much about hip-hop as, say, contemporary dancing or ballet, which people embrace a little bit more. The competition's still growing and learning. We really showed that hip-hop dancers can be more versatile and there's more to it. A lot of the hip-hop choreography on the show to me isn't hip-hop, but that's just my opinion. For us, the training that goes into it you can't learn in five hours. So I think we're really stepping out of our styles and other people aren't necessarily.
TVGuide.com: You danced with a few different partners on the show. Who did you have the best chemistry with?
Sara: I think Jesús and I really had a strong connection because we had met the first night in Vegas at the beginning of those auditions and we kept tabs on each other throughout the whole process. When we both found out we were in the top 20, we had told each other, "Oh, I really hope I get you." So we definitely had a really strong connection.
TVGuide.com: What's next for you?
Sara: The tour's coming up and what we're really excited about is that on the tour Dominic, Hok and I get to do a breaking routine. We get to create and showcase what we all do, so we're really excited about that.
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