August 04, 2009 09:00 AM by Britteny Elrick
Melissa Sanvig may have been eliminated fromSo You Think You Can Dance, but she was the first ballerina ever to make to the finals. Following her elimination, Melissa spoke with reporters about her experience on the show, her partners, and her plans for the future. Keep reading for highlights from the interview…
Let me ask you, do you think that you showed other ballerina’s that it’s okay to get down and dirty, I guess or a tutu isn’t necessary?
M. Sandvig:I tried to. You know I’ve been in this ballet world for so long and we always just kind of do what we’re told and put on a smile and make everything look easy. So it was really fun to kind of throw that away a little bit and put a little bit more personality, like you said a little sass into it all, and just not be scared of trying new things. That’s how I’ve been for a long time, and it’s pretty amazing to see what you can do when you step out of your comfort zone.
So what about this week with Evan, do you think height was really a factor or what do you think about your performance with him this week?
M. Sandvig:I had a great time with Evan, as well. Height was a factor; it was partnering and kind of having to change my posture for some of the ballroom stuff. That was a challenge, but like in the Broadway, we had a great time, he’s so much fun and yes, he was great to work with. And so was Brandon, because Brandon is about the same height too. So working with him, there’s that. Just working with different bodies is always a challenge partnering, but we figured it out.
Besides dance, obviously you’re an amazing dancer, I have so many friends that have been voting for you online, besides dance, what else do you like to do?
M. Sandvig:Oh gosh, I’m a huge people person. So if I’m not dancing, I’m usually with my family. We all live really close. My husband ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬” I just love being around people, I love doing stuff outside, going to the beach. But as far as like for my body, if I’m not dancing I do Pilates, I just love exercising and moving my body any way I can.
I was just wondering what you’re hoping to accomplish next. Do you see yourself going back mainly to ballet, or have you been inspired for other things after doing the show?
M. Sandvig:I have danced in a ballet company, already. So I can kind of check that off the list. I don’t know if I’ll go back to ballet. It is always going to be a part of me, but I would love to kind of transfer over into other styles, maybe some TV and film, Broadway, whatever doors open. I’d be happy to try anything right now.
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