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Three Atlanta locals on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Amber Jackson, George Lawrence II, Cyrus ‘Glitch’ Spencer

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE:  Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer (22), an Animation/Robotics dancer from Atlanta, GA, is a Top 20 finalist on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, July 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer (22), an Animation/Robotics dancer from Atlanta, GA, is a Top 20 finalist on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, July 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

The first seven seasons of “So You Think You Can Dance,” the finalist landscape was barren in terms of Atlanta dancers. Zip. Zero. Quite shocking to me, personally, given the dance culture that has developed here.

But after winner Melanie Moore (from Marietta) and Mitchell Kelly (from Atlanta) made the top 20 last year, the local floodgates have opened. This year, we have three in the top 20 on the Fox reality show. Here are summaries of the descriptions, much of it provided by Fox. I’ll be interviewing each person, probably next week:

- Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer, 22: Currently lives in Duluth and part of the “Dragon House” dance crew, he grew up on the Southside of Atlanta and graduated from Creekside High School in 2008. He started dancing at 8 then stopped to play sports and picked it back up at 15. His style of dancing is animation, popping, and robotics. He currently got signed to Xcel Talent Agency in December of 2011 and he is part of a dance movement to Dubstep music. He is pure charisma, as seen in the audition below out of the Fox Theatre.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Amber Jackson (21), is a Contemporary dancer from Atlanta, GA, on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, July 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. @2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Amber Jackson (21), is a Contemporary dancer from Atlanta, GA, on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, July 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. @2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

- Amber Jackson, 21: Grew up in Atlanta, now lives in San Francisco. Specializing in contemporary movement, she acquired her zeal for dance at the age of 14 at the esteemed Ballethnic Academy of Dance and simultaneously at DeKalb School of the Arts. Later, she enhanced her dance technique at the prestigious Dancemakers of Atlanta studying Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Pointe, Hip Hop, and Jazz. While dancing with Dancemakers of Atlanta she attended various dance competitions that proved very successful. In 2008, at the age of 17 she took home the coveted National Senior Female Outstanding Dancer title at the competitive New York City Dance Alliance dance competition. Upon graduating from DeKalb School of the Arts and winning NYCDA’s title she desired to further her dance training through post-secondary education. In 2008 she enrolled at Point Park University in Philadelphia, PA as a ballet major and later with Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet B.F.A. program.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: George Lawrence II (19), is a Contemporary dancer from Atlanta, GA, on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, July 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: George Lawrence II (19), is a Contemporary dancer from Atlanta, GA, on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, July 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Mathieu Young/FOX

George “Geo” Lawrence, II (19) born in San Diego, CA and raised in Atlanta, GA, is the son of George and Christine Lawrence. Lawrence acquired his love for dance at the age of 11 and was adamant about perfecting his attraction to the art. That same year, he enrolled at Price Performing Arts Center (PPAC) in College Park, GA where he studied lyrical, tap, jazz, modern, ballet, hip-hop and acrobatics. In 2010, Lawrence decided to further his technique at Dancemakers of Atlanta, where he not only grew as a dancer, but also as an artist. In the summer of 2010, George was selected to attend the coveted Juilliard School for their summer intensive where he continued to further develop his craft. In 2011, Lawrence graduated from the esteemed Dekalb School of the Arts in Atlanta, GA, with honors. Lawrence made the decision to cultivate his gift through college and is currently a student at State University of New York Purchase, majoring in Dance. He currently holds the sought-after national title for Senior National Outstanding Dancer for New York City Dance Alliance.

According to his introduction during the Atlanta auditions, he said he excelled at track and disappointed his dad by going into dance. “When I perform, I feel free,” he said.

As he did his audition, judge Debbie Allen uttered, “This child is fierce!” Later, she said, “You were born to dance.”

“I’d be proud of you if you were my son,” Nigel Lythgoe said.

Here’s Lawrence and Jackson with two others performing last night:

And here Jackson reacting to making the top 20:

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

14 comments Add your comment

Janet

June 28th, 2012
6:19 pm

They’re all terrific but Cyrus amazed me at his adaptability to other styles. He may not have the formal training, but he has the heart of a student in the body of an artist. George blew me away as well, and Amber is a spark upon the stage. It’d be lovely if they all went far in the competition, though on the female side my heart at the moment is with Amelia, the quirky girl with the alabaster skin and dark bob. I just love this show (even though I am a great dancer only when both alone and seated).

MC

June 28th, 2012
10:08 pm

I don’t know if Cyrus has much of a chance; there are some unbelievable dancers there, but damn I like that kid. I hope he does really well, and even if he doesn’t win, someone will pick him up for something; he’s in no danger of not working with that amount of talent, perseverance, and charisma.

MC

June 28th, 2012
10:09 pm

Janet, I’m a big fan of Amelia as well. Weird, but I dig her.

Tony

June 29th, 2012
8:35 am

I’m rooting for Cyrus. He needs a lot of help with the choreography but he has such heart and passion and is obviously willing to work very hard for this. Remember, it’s specifically America’s FAVORITE dancer, not BEST, although his pop and locking is some of the craziest and most brilliant stuff I’ve ever seen.

xcel talent agency

June 29th, 2012
8:50 am

thanks for the support. we need all your votes…

Pitchy

June 29th, 2012
9:04 am

My daughter was a fan of Jessica on AI, now she personally knows George Lawrence. All his friends call him Geo. They were all made tweeting each other the night. It was quite comical watching her reaction every time he danced. She is so proud of him.

Love the show.

Ashley

June 29th, 2012
9:43 am

It’s Mitchell Kelly who was in the top 10 last year, not Michael. :)

G

June 29th, 2012
9:50 am

Good thing there’s no equivalent to Idol’s WGWG on SYTYCD.

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JJ

June 29th, 2012
12:11 pm

All are amazing!!! Simply Amazing… but by far Amber Jackson is my favorite. Her dive and determination speaks volumes!

JJ

June 29th, 2012
12:13 pm

My apologies that should be her (DRIVE) not her dive!!

GaPeachy

June 29th, 2012
1:43 pm

Don’t watch the show, but its so good to see kids doing such positive work! I wish them all much success.

Gridlockmanifesto

June 30th, 2012
2:36 pm

What an honor for Atlanta to be represented by such fine dancers, and Cyrus is the star in my esteem, as he is pitted as the underdog by Nigel, yet Cyrus keeps proving them wrong! I don’t know where he gets his talent, but it is a shame it hasn’t been developed sooner. My whole family watches with our PrimeTime Anytime recordings now ever since a friend and co-worker at Dish suggested saving time by using them for the Auto Hop feature that trims 20 minutes an hour since we can watch commercial free. That freedom has helped us enjoy more TV, which is what we want more of, not commercials.

W. Gene' Heard-Moore

June 30th, 2012
7:53 pm

All supporters of the Atlanta Dancers, please follow them on twitter at @dance9amber @dance9george @dance9cyrus. THANKS!