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So You Think You Can Dance: Get To Know Your Top 20!

June 10, 2011 02:00 PM by Lisa Princ

Last night on So You Think You Can Dance on FOX our top 20 were revealed, but some of them we did not meet during the auditions. Now is your chance to learn a little bit more about each of our top 20 dancers! Keep reading for more!

So You Think You Can Dance announced our top 20 last night and while learned about some of the dancers during auditions, there were some that we did not. Luckily Fox gave us a rundown of our season eight top 20 which consist of Jordan Casanova, Alexander Fost, Tadd Gadduang, Marko Germar, Ricky Jaime, Wadi Jones, Mitchell Kelly, Chris Koehl, Caitlynn Lawson, Jess LeProtto, Iveta Lukosiute, Miranda Maleski, Sasha Mallory, Melanie Moore, Missy Morelli, Clarice Ordaz, Ryan Ramirez, Ashley Rich, Robert Taylor Jr. and Nick Young. Below is some more information about each contestant as well as their Facebook and Twitter information for those of you interested in following your favorites!

Jordan Casanova
Dance Specialty: Jazz
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
Currently Resides: Chino Hills, CA
Age: 18
Jordan Casanova lives in her hometown of Chino Hills, CA. She graduated from Ruben S. Ayala High School in 2010, and has been dancing since she was eight years old.

Alexander Fost
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Alhambra, CA
Currently Resides: Alhambra, CA
Age: 21
Alexander Fost was Mr. Dance USA in 2006 and also won the Mr. Dance International in 2007. A year later, he earned a spot with the Los Angeles Youth American Grand Prix, and went on to dance with the Media City Ballet, San Pedro Ballet and the Festival Ballet Theatre companies.

Tadd Gadduang
Dance Specialty: Hip Hop
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Currently Resides: Salt Lake City, UT
Age: 25
Tadd Gadduang began dancing at age 15 as a hobby, but eventually realized his passion for it after graduating from high school. He is currently in his sophomore year of college studying psychology.

Marko Germar
Dance Specialty: Jazz
Hometown: Dededo, Guam
Currently Resides: Canoga Park, CA
Age: 22
Originally from the South Pacific island of Guam, Marko Germar moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue a career in dance. He has had nine years of studio training.

Ricky Jaime
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Miami, FL
Currently Resides: Tampa, FL
Age: 19
Ricky Jaime graduated from Newsome High School in Lithia, FL, in June 2010. He would like to be a member of a professional ballet company in California, New York or Europe.

Wadi Jones
Dance Specialty: Breaking
Hometown: Ossining, NY
Currently Resides: Ossining, NY
Age: 24
Wadi Jones was born in St. Ann’s, Jamaica, and moved to the U.S. in 1988 at age three. He is passionate about art, poetry and music, and he is inspired by his older brother.

Mitchell Kelly
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Currently Resides: Atlanta, GA
Age: 20
Mitchell Kelly attended Henry W. Grady High School. He began dancing at age 14, and has been dancing professionally for six years.

Chris Koehl
Dance Specialty: Hip Hop
Hometown: Garland, TX
Currently Resides: Garland, TX
Age: 21
Chris Koehl began teaching himself Hip Hop at 14 years old. Over the past few years, he has divided his time between training at local studios, in college classes and teaching dance.

Caitlynn Lawson
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Moses Lake, WA
Currently Resides: Moses Lake, WA
Age: 18
Caitlynn Lawson will earn both her diploma from Moses Lake High School and her associates’ degree from Big Bend Community College this June. She has been dancing since she was three years old.

Jess LeProtto
Dance Specialty: Broadway
Hometown: Little Falls, NJ
Currently Resides: Little Falls, NJ
Age: 18
Jess LeProtto lives in his hometown of Little Falls, NJ. He is a senior at Passaic Valley High School, and has been dancing since he was three years old.

Iveta Lukosiute
Dance Specialty: Ballroom
Hometown: Klaipeda, Lithuania
Currently Resides: New York, NY
Age: 30
A native of Eastern Europe, Iveta Lukosiute moved to the U.S. in 1997. She has been dancing since she was six years old.

Miranda Maleski
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Currently Resides: North Hollywood, CA
Age: 19
Miranda Maleski moved from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, to Los Angeles at just 18 years old. She has been dancing since age three, and her dance specialty has evolved over the years.

Sasha Mallory
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Currently Resides: Bakersfield, CA
Age: 23
At age five, Sasha Mallory began studying ballet technique at the Royal Academy of Dance. She trained at the Houston Ballet, the Boston Ballet and the Ailey School’s summer intensives. She recently toured with Adam Lambert.

Melanie Moore
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Currently Resides: New York, NY
Age: 19
Melanie Moore is a freshman at Fordham University in New York. She has been dancing since she was two years old.

Missy Morelli
Dance Specialty: Jazz
Hometown: Arvada, CO
Currently Resides: Studio City, CA
Age: 20
Missy Morelli has been living in Los Angeles for the past two years as a professional dancer. She has been dancing since she was three years old.

Clarice Ordaz
Dance Specialty: Jazz
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Currently Resides: Whittier, CA
Age: 19
Clarice Ordaz is a student at California State University, Long Beach. She has trained in many styles of dance since age two.

Ryan Ramirez
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA
Currently Resides: North Hollywood, CA
Age: 19
Ryan Ramirez is pursuing her dream of becoming a well-known dancer and choreographer. She has been dancing since she was four years old and choreographing since age 11. She considers dance her language, and is the happiest and most free while performing.

Ashley Rich
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Antioch, CA
Currently Resides: Emeryville, CA
Age: 22
Ashley Rich trained at a local dance studio from age three to 18. For the past two years, she has been employed as a dance teacher in her hometown. She is a talented cook who also enjoys baking.

Robert Taylor Jr.
Dance Specialty: Hip Hop
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Currently Resides: New York, NY
Age: 31
Robert Taylor Jr. graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in dance. His credits include television shows, music videos and the national tour of “Hairspray.” Taylor is honored to have once performed for Michael Jackson. He has trained with numerous professionals and has performed in some of the country’s most prestigious dance shows.

Nick Young
Dance Specialty: Tap
Hometown: Franklin, WI
Currently Resides: Franklin, WI
Age: 19
Nick Young graduated from high school in 2010. He has been dancing since age four, and his favorite style of dance is Tap.

You can keep up with the So You Think You Can Dance Top 20 at:

Jordan Casanova – @D8Jordan and facebook.com/D8Jordan

Alexander Fost – @D8Alexander and facebook.com/D8Alexander

Tadd Gadduang – @D8Tadd and facebook.com/D8Tadd

Marko Germar – @D8Marko and facebook.com/D8Marko

Ricky Jaime – @D8Ricky and facebook.com/D8Ricky

Wadi Jones – @D8Wadi and facebook.com/D8Wadi

Mitchell Kelly – @D8Mitchell and facebook.com/D8Mitchell

Chris Koehl – @D8ChrisK and facebook.com/D8ChrisK

Caitlynn Lawson – @D8Caitlynn and facebook.com/D8Caitlynn

Jess LeProtto – @D8Jess and facebook.com/D8Jess

Iveta Lukosiute – @D8Iveta and facebook.com/D8Iveta

Miranda Maleski – @D8Miranda and facebook.com/D8Miranda

Sasha Mallory – @D8Sasha and facebook.com/D8Sasha

Melanie Moore – @D8Melanie and facebook.com/D8Melanie

Missy Morelli – @D8Missy and facebook.com/D8Missy

Clarice Ordaz – @D8Clarice and facebook.com/D8Clarice

Ryan Ramirez – @D8Ryan and facebook.com/D8Ryan

Ashley Rich – @D8Ashley and facebook.com/D8Ashley

Robert Taylor Jr. – @D8Robert and facebook.com/D8Robert

Nick Young – @D8Nick and facebook.com/D8Nick

You can also follow host Cat Deeley (@catdeeley) and judges Mary Murphy (@hottamaletrain) and Nigel Lythgoe (@dizzyfeet) on Twitter. Be sure to tune in Wednesday at 8 pm EST to see the top 20 take the stage for the first time in the competition!

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