Congratulations to America’s Favorite Dancers!

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It’s been a long journey to this point, but the So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 finale has finally come and America’s two favorite dancers have been crowned.  Before the winners were announced, the SYTYCD graced us with our favorite routines from the season and some new ones to add to our list of favorites (How about Sonya and Christopher Scott’s routine?  Or NappyTab’s hip-hop Lion King?  Only on SYTYCD, right?); however, the only thing we really cared about was America’s vote.  So who won it all?  For the ladies, Eliana took the title, while for the guys… drumroll please… Chehon won that spot!

I honestly couldn’t be more pleased with the final results of this season.  I was so happy and moved that watching the winners be announced literally brought tears to my eyes.  As a dancer myself, I know how difficult it is to not only master your own craft, but also attempt to master the work of others in front of an endless audience.  A lifetime of dancing, training, and hard work is what led up to that one night of becoming America’s Favorite Dancer and that is a true dream come true.  On top of knowing what a dancer endures, I know the beauty and importance of ballet.  Nowadays, contemporary and jazz steal the dance spotlight, but no dancer should ever forget their ballet roots.  I have always been a fan of ballet and I must say that it is so rewarding to see, not one, but TWO ballet dancers win the title of America’s Favorite Dancers.  It’s something that I was worried would never happen, but it truly warms my heart to see it actually unfold.

This season will definitely go down in SYTYCD history.  As usual, SYTYCD delivered memorable, emotional, and game changing performances.  The cherry on top was having Eliana and Chehon get the votes they deserved.

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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