In case you had not noticed, 2017 has been a banner year for Minnesota dance.
The year began with Minnesota sending six college teams to the UDA College National Championships, including the University of Minnesota (first in both routines), University of St. Thomas (first in Hip Hop and second in Jazz), and in their first UDA event, the University of Minnesota Duluth dance team brought home third.
The summer brought warmer temperatures and World of Dance, which introduced the nation to young Eva Igo, an elegantly fierce dancer who brought the judges to their feet on multiple occasions. She landed second place on the nationally televised dance competition.
The 2017 season of So You Think You Can Dance (S0TYCD) sa
w a 19-year-old from Minnesota wowing the ever positive judges and causing a commotion with her smooth style and unending flexibility and strength. Taylor Sieve has made it to the top four and will compete on Monday September 18, 2017 at 7 p.m., Minnesota time, for the title on Fox…see below for more information on what you need to do to make sure she wins.
We caught up with Taylor earlier this week to see how she was doing and to find out how she got to where she is right now. As it turns out, she started out like most young dancers at the age of three in a local studio in Maple Grove. By seventh grade she had joined the legendary Larkin Dance Academy (the same studio as Eva Igo). It is at Larkin that dance became more than a fun activity. After graduating early from Maple Grove High School in 2016, Sieve moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dancing career and in July of that year, Sieve won Senior Female Best Dancer at the prestigious national event, The Dance Awards in Las Vegas.
Larkin’s coaches instilled a confident passion for hard work. A memorable lesson that was conveyed was that nothing in life will ever be handed to you…If you are not confident in yourself and willing to work hard, you will not make it. Sieve finds inspiration from the lessons in navigating the demanding schedule on SYTYCD. The amazing dance routines we enjoy on the television are, at times, learned in less than six hours, then practiced and mastered in a matter of days.
The dancers’ days usually start around 6 a.m. and extend into the evening with training, choreography, interviews and television duties, mastering the routines…somewhere in there, there is time for lunch. She laughs as she tells me about Mondays, which are the live show days and how they start earlier and, after final preparations, dress rehearsals, production meetings and makeup, don’t end until well after the show ends at 7 p.m., Los Angeles time (9 p.m. Minnesota time).
So how does a 19-year-old take her mind off the magnitude of her upcoming performance and get her game face on? “Breathe”. This simple statement was followed by a laugh as she went on to say how, at some point says she has to stop rehearsing the routine in her head and focus on the intention (mood, story and emotion) of the piece…and then, breathe some more.
Her message to fans in Minnesota, “Thank you, your support means a ton.” She loves all the notes and love you are showing her on social media and she hopes her journey will inspire young dancers to be the best they can be. Her practical advice: Do not be scared of a challenge. The moment you put up a wall of fear, you stop growing. You can do it, have confidence in yourself, work hard and believe in the process.
So now it is time for your homework…
Taylor now needs your help now. There are only four dancers remaining in the So You Think You Can Dance competition. There are no eliminations on Monday’s show, just your last opportunity to vote for Sieve. The winner will be determined by the highest votes, entirely determined by fans. So how do you vote? You can vote 20 times in each of the three methods:
- Text “Taylor” to 21523
- Online at the Fox website
- On the FOX NOW® App.
Voting starts at the end of the SYTYCD broadcast, on Monday 9/18 at 9 p.m. Minnesota time, and ends at 11 a.m. the next morning (Minnesota time).