This article includes the top 20 finalists for So You Think You Can Dance, in alphabetical order by last name.
Phillip is a tap dancer from Pasadena, California. His partner was Channing Cooke. Phillip was eliminated in the second week of competition along with fellow tap dancer Bianca Revels.
Channing is a contemporary dancer from Haverhill, Massachusetts. Her partner was Phillip Attmore, who was eliminated in the second week of competition; she was then paired up with Victor Smalley. She is Ivan Koumaev's (season 2) former assistant. She was eliminated in week 4 along with Kevin Hunte.
Ariana is a contemporary dancer from New Bern, North Carolina. Her partner was Peter Sabasino. She was eliminated in week one along with Brandon Dumlao. Ariana was in the ensemble as the original "Bullet" in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton.
Ashleigh Di Lello
Ashleigh is a ballroom dancer from Orem, Utah. She is married to top 20 finalist Ryan Di Lello. Her partner was contemporary dancer Jakob Karr. She and Jakob received 56% of the total votes on week 3. She stated that she and fellow top 20 contestant, Karen, were a part of the first season to have two ballroom girls dance together in a ballroom number.
Ryan Di Lello
Ryan is a ballroom dancer from Orem, Utah. He is married to fellow top 20 finalist Ashleigh Di Lello. His partner was Ellenore Scott. He was praised by judge Mary Murphy as one of the most gifted ballroom dancers to ever appear on the show. Nigel Lythgoe also commented on him after his contemporary performance with Ellenore on top 14 week, choreographed by Travis Wall, as being the best ballroom dancer to do contemporary.
Brandon is a hip-hop dancer from Concord, California. He was originally not a top 20 finalist; however, upon the withdrawal of original top 20 contemporary dancer Billy Bell, he was recalled to be a part of the show. He was eliminated in the first week. SYTYCD rules state that once a contestant is announced as a Top 20 finalist they cannot audition/compete in future seasons. However, after discussions with producers and FOX Television, it was announced on November 3 that Brandon would be allowed to audition again in the next season due to his very brief time in the Top 20.
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Mollee is a jazz dancer from Upland, California. Her partner was Nathan Trasoras. She was a principal dancer for High School Musical 1, 2 and 3, and also danced in the MTV movie The American Mall. She was featured in the Big Time Rush episode "Big Time Guru." She had been dancing for 13 years as of her appearance on SYTYCD. Her main training was at the Dance Club in Orem, Utah. She graduated high school in 2009. She was eliminated in week 7 along with Jonathan "Legacy" Perez.
Karen is a ballroom dancer from Valencia, Venezuela. She originally auditioned with her husband, but he was eliminated during Vegas week. Her partner was Kevin Hunte. After Kevin's elimination in week 4, she was partnered with contemporary dancer Victor Smalley. She was then eliminated in week 5 with Victor. Karen was easily a judge favorite, having good looks and good dancing, but America didn't agree, and she landed in the bottom three several times in a row. She quickly moved on to "Burn The Floor" with other contestants like Ashleigh, Ryan and Janette from season 5, and with some special appearances from Mary Murphy.
Kevin is a hip-hop dancer from Brooklyn, New York, who specializes in popping and locking. His partner was Karen Hauer. He was eliminated in week 4 along with Channing Cooke.
Jakob is a contemporary dancer from Windermere, Florida. His partner was Latin ballroom dancer Ashleigh Di Lello. He is friends with season 5 winner Jeanine Mason. He was exalted by the judges as one of the most technically gifted dancers to ever appear on the show. He and Ashleigh received 56% of the total votes on week 3.
Noelleis a contemporary dancer from Sanford, North Carolina. Her partner was Russell Ferguson. She sustained an injury during week one, and could not perform. She was automatically safe that week. She was eliminated on week 6 along with Nathan Trasoras. She was also a dancer on The X Factor.
Pauline is a Filipino American jazz dancer from West Covina, California. Her first partner was Billy Bell, but upon his medical withdrawal, he was replaced by Brandon Dumlao. Upon Dumlao's elimination, she was partnered with Peter Sabasino. In week 3, they were both eliminated.
Kathryn Renée McCormick (born c. 1990) is a contemporary dancer from Augusta, Georgia. Her partner was Jonathan "Legacy" Perez. She placed third on So You Think You Can Dance, and received the most votes of any woman in the finale. She was also an All-Star in Season 7 of SYTYCD.
Kathryn started at age three at her mother's dance studio, Dance Connection, then moved to Augusta West Studio, where her mother, Sandra Schmieden, had also studied. She moved to Los Angeles at 18 and landed a non-leading role in the remake of Fame. Kathryn appeared in the "Jar of Hearts: music video by Christina Perri. She played the protagonist in the fourth Step Up film, Step Up: Revolution (2012).
Although Kathryn spent most of the season partnered with Jonathan "Legacy" Perez, her best-received performances were two dances with Nathan Trasoras, a sizzling cha-cha with Ryan Di Lello, and a Michael Bublé adagio duet with Jakob Karr.
Jonathan "Legacy" Perez
"Legacy", whose full name is Jonathan Lee Perez, is a 28-year-old b-boy (breakdancer) from Miami, Florida. He began dancing at age 15 after being influenced by dancers at a local skate park. He appeared in the movies B-Girl and Step Up 3D. His partner was Kathryn McCormick. He was eliminated in Week 7 along with Mollee Gray.
Bianca is a tap dancer from Detroit, Michigan. She auditioned for seasons 4 and 5, but did not make the show. Her partner was Victor Smalley. She was eliminated in Week 2 along with fellow tapper Phillip Attmore.
Peter is a tap dancer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His first partner was Ariana DeBose, but upon DeBose's elimination, he was partnered with Pauline Mata. On week 3 both were eliminated.
Ellenore is a jazz dancer from Santa Cruz, California. Her partner was Ryan Di Lello.
Victor is a contemporary dancer from Miami, Florida. He was first partnered with Bianca Revels, but upon her elimination in week 2, he was partnered with Channing Cooke. When Channing was eliminated in week 4, he was partnered with Latin ballroom dancer, Karen Hauer. Victor then was eliminated in week 5 with Karen. He is now featured as a coach on Dance Moms: Miami where his studio "stars" are featured.
Nathan is a contemporary dancer from Downey, California. He had an impressive audition in Season 5, but since he was only 17 at the time, he did not go through to Season 5's Vegas Week. His partner was jazz dancer Mollee Gray.
Trasoras performed in an episode of Glee ("The Power of Madonna") as a dancer in the Sue Sylvester music video "Vogue".