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  • Publication date: December 20, 2009

A Fifth Season of Fancy FootworkTen of America�s Best Dancers Compete; Only One Can Win

The fifth season of �So You Think You Can Dance� continues its search for America�s future dance star. Contestants must compete both in couples and individually utilizing a multitude of styles including salsa, ballroom, hip-hop, street, jazz, and ballet.

The fifth season of �So You Think You Can Dance� continues its search for America�s future dance star. Contestants must compete both in couples and individually utilizing a multitude of styles including salsa, ballroom, hip-hop, street, jazz, and ballet. However only one contestant can be crowned �America�s Favorite Dancer,� an achievement that in the past has included generous cash awards, glamorous cars, and an opportunity to work with superstar performers such as Celine Dion. More importantly, the winner gains the respect of his or her dancing colleagues and hopefully begins a successful dance career of their own.

Like �American Idol,� �So You Think You Can Dance� has transformed into a worldwide phenomenon. Localized versions of the show have appeared in countries such as Turkey, Germany, Malaysia, and The Netherlands. Its creator is the familiar and frequently harsh �American Idol� judge Simon Fuller. Many aspects of the show are similar and often identical to its cousin program. The show has been a success and is entering its fifth season with a sixth season already in progress. Season Five includes auditions from New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Denver, Memphis, and Seattle.

After the nationwide audition, judges select approximately 200 participants who are flown to Las Vegas and narrowed down to 20 exceptional dancers. For the following nine weeks the remaining contestants form couples and are randomly assigned various dancing styles. Each week two dancers are eliminated until only one remains.

Season Five includes a number of musical guests including Sean Kingston, Kristina DeBarge, The Veronicas, Kelly Clarkson, The Black Eyed Peas, Sean Paul, and more. This season�s prizes are $250,000 cash as before and an offer to be on a cover of �Dance Spirit Magazine.�

Fans of dance, both amateur and professional will no doubt enjoy the acrobatic feats of some of the program�s amazing contestants. Perhaps you too will be inspired to become not only America�s, but also the World�s favorite dancer.

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