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So You Think You Can Dance 2 :: Top 20

So You Think You Can Dance 2 :: Top 20

ROW 1 :: Travis Wall, 18, Stanislav Savich, 21, Musa Cooper, 28, Jaymz Tuaileva, 20, Jason Williams, 19.

ROW 2 :: Ryan Rankine, 20, Dmitry Chaplin, 23, Ben Susak, 18, Ivan Koumaev, 18, Benji Schwimmer, 22.

ROW 3 :: Erin Ellis, 19, Martha Nichols, 18, Ashlee Nino, 21, Natalie Fotopoulos, 22, Jessica Fernandez, 18.

ROW 4 :: Joy Spears, 18, Heidi Groskreutz, 24, Donyelle Jones, 26, Allison Holker, 18, Aleksandra Wojda, 22.

Anyone catch So You Think You Can Dance 2 last night?  The Top 20 dancers were revealed and it’s exciting stuff! My two early favorites are Travis Wall (his comparison to last season’s Blake McGrath might really hurt or really help) and Donyelle Jones (her size might be her ultimate demise). Bigger pictures in the gallery!A detailed biography for each of the dancers can be found after the jump.  Who are your favorites so far?


So You Think You Can Dance 2‘s Top 20 Dancers

GIRLS

Erin Ellis, 19, jazz/lyrical specialist from Nashville, TN; she is currently training in Tennessee and preparing to further her dance career.

Jessica Fernandez, 18, ballet/multiple dance specialist, from Pembroke Pines, FL; she was a finalist in the New York international ballet competition.

Natalie Fotopoulos, 22, lyrical/jazz specialist from Tampa, FL; in addition to teaching dance, she is pursuing a career as an actress.

Heidi Groskreutz, 24, Latin/ballroom/swing specialist from Cliffside Park, NJ; she was a national Latin dance finalist and a six-time U.S. Open swing dance champion.

Allison Holker, 18, modern lyrical specialist from Orem, UT; she recently graduated from high school.

Martha Nichols, 18, contemporary/hip-hop specialist from Raleigh, NC.

Ashlee Nino
, 21, popping specialist from Dallas, TX; using the stage name Lady Shiva, she is currently training in Los Angeles to pursue a dance career.

Donyelle Jones, 26, jazz and hip-hop specialist from Studio City, CA; she is currently a teacher and choreographer.

Joy Spears, 18, jazz/lyrical/hip-hop specialist from Killen, AL; she recently graduated high school and plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue a dance career.

Aleksandra Wojda, 22, contemporary/lyrical/jazz specialist from Willow Springs, IL; has taught for the past two years at the Inspire School of Dance in Plainfield, IL. Wojda recently graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, with a double major.

GUYS

Dmitry Chaplin, 23, ballroom and Latin specialist from Brooklyn, NY. He has trained with some of the top dancers in England for the last four years. Originally from Russia, Chaplin is a national finalist in ballroom dancing.

Musa Cooper, 28, hip-hop/street funk specialist from Camden, NJ; he is also a fitness model and actor.

Ivan Koumaev, 18, hip-hop specialist from Aliso Viejo, CA; Koumaev recently graduated from high school.

Ryan Rankine, 20, contemporary specialist,from Brooklyn, NY; Rankine graduated from LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Art (also known as the "Fame" school).

Stanislav Savich, 21, ballroom dancer from Brooklyn, NY.

Benji Schwimmer
, 22, West Coast swing specialist from Redlands, CA. He started a charitable non-profit organization, Dancers Everywhere Making a Noticeable Difference, for orphans in southern Mexico. He hopes to pursue a professional dance career.

Ben Susak, 18, contemporary specialist from Phoenix, AZ; has trained in ballet, tap, lyrical and hip-hop. Susak recently graduated from high school.

Jaymz Tuaileva, 20, jazz/hop-hop/ballroom specialist from Orem, UT; has trained at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio since he was 11 years old.

Travis Wall, 18, lyrical/jazz specialist from Virginia Beach, VA; he designs many of his own costumes and clothing.

Jason Williams, 19, lyrical/hip-hop/jazz funk specialist from Wilmington, NC; currently living in North Hollywood, CA.

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