Issaquah dancer makes top 20 on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

June 5, 2009

By Staff

UPDATED — 12:50 p.m. June 5, 2009

Issaquah’s Paris Torres has placed in the top 20 on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

The 19-year-old, whose specialty is contemporary dance, is a graduate of Skyline High School. She began dancing when she was 6 years old, and now teaches at a studio near her home.

She was also a Miss Washington Teen pageant winner, and was a Seattle Storm and Seattle SuperSonics Junior dancer from 2000-2003.

See her audition here.

The competition truly begins Wednesday as the top 20 finalists dance for the judges’ praise and America’s votes on the season’s first performance show. The 20 are paired into 10 couples who will work with a world-renowned choreographer to compose a dance routine representing their assigned genre.

After each Wednesday performance show, the phone lines will open and the fate of these 20 finalists – one of whom will be the named America’s Favorite Dancer – will be left up to the voting fans.

On the live results shows beginning Thursday, the three couples with the lowest number of votes will be announced. Each week, the six contestants in the bottom three couples will be given a chance to perform solo routines in the hopes of convincing the judges to keep them in the competition. The judges then decide which dancers stay and which two are eliminated.

If a couple is split, the two individual dancers who remain become a couple the following week.

Thursdays will also feature live performances by today’s hottest music stars and dance acts. On June 11, Sean Kingston will perform his new hit single, “Fire Burning on the Dance Floor,” from his upcoming sophomore album, “Tomorrow.”

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One Response to “Issaquah dancer makes top 20 on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’”

  1. Sunny on June 9th, 2009 11:04 am

    Congratulations Paris! We look forward to watching you advance throughout the show…..great job!

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