Quick Chat with Cyrus Spencer from So You Think You Can Dance on FOX


Cyrus Spencer. Photo courtesy of FOX

Atlanta’s own Cyrus Spencer has reached the final four in the FOX hit reality television show So You Think You Can Dance. With an expertise in Animation, Popping, and Robotics, Cyrus has used his natural talent to make it further in the competition than he ever thought he would. Atlanta Theater Fans was able to catch up with him with as he prepares for the season finale in our latest Quick Chat.

How does it feel to be in the final four?

I am so excited. It is so overwhelming. I still can’t believe it. It hasn’t even really registered yet.

Looking back on your experience with the show, what has been your greatest accomplishment?

The greatest accomplishment is being able to grow and pick up the choreography each week. That is the greatest accomplishment to me because I never thought in my life I would be doing it, but I am doing it. It is amazing to me.

Would learning the new choreography each week be the greatest challenge you face?

Oh, yeah, definitely. That is the greatest challenge each week.

Of what you have learned, what has been the most difficult to pick up?

Um, I mean literally it is all the same level of difficulty. I don’t have technique so I’m frustrated every time.

Is is safe to assume that you are self-taught?

I have never had any formal dance training. I taught myself everything I know. The first time that I actually did any choreography was when I auditioned in Las Vegas.

Do you want to receive formal training after the show?

Yes, I want to take ballet classes so I can be better at contemporary. I want to dance contemporary style using animation.

Do you think show will help open those doors?

The show has already given me so much experience. For a start I feel like I have the biggest “cheat sheet.” My first steps in this choreography world are with the best choreographers, so I feel like I am off to a really good start.

Would you like to dance on Broadway one day?

Definitely, I think that would be really cool.

What experience on the show has had the largest impact on you?

There’s not one experience that has had more impact than another. Everything weighs the same because every style is hard within itself. Literally being able to go from week to week, one challenge is knocked down, but a new one up because it’s a new style or a different way of executing it. So there’s not one core experience.

What has been your favorite style of dance to learn so far this season?

I really like Broadway and contemporary.

Who is rooting for you in Atlanta?

I have tons of friend, aunts, uncles, a grandmother and a sister. I appreciate them so much. Literally, they have opened up a new world for me and opened up so many doors for me. I couldn’t even dream that this would happen, even in my wildest dreams. This is a blessing.

See if Cyrus will be crowned America’s Favorite Dancer on the two-hour season finale Tuesday September 18, 2012 at 8 p.m. on FOX 5 in Atlanta. For more information about the show, please visit www.fox.com/dance/.

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