Arts and Culture
9:58 am
Fri January 18, 2013

'So You Think You Can Dance' Comes to Austin

Fox has a question for you Austin: Do you think you can dance?

So You Think You Can Dance,” that long-running televised dance competition that airs on Fox during the summer, is holding auditions in Austin today and Saturday at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Doors for the auditions open at 8 a.m.


“We’ve never been to Austin before. We’ve been to Texas but we’ve never been to Austin,” said Jeff Thacker, a producer on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Dancers who show up to audition will first perform a short improve for Thacker before getting approved to go before a three-judge panel. After performing for the panel, Thacker said dancers are either sent straight to Vegas, trained for choreography or sent home.

“When we say no, on the show all you see is a ‘I’m sorry, but it is a no’, but that isn't the end of the conversation,” Thacker said. “The judges and the show has always been a very constructive show, so we will say ‘this is what you need to do’.”

Thacker said the show has had several contestants from Texas in the past. In season four in 2008, Dallas resident Joshua Allen won the competition.

In order to audition, Fox requires dancers be U.S. Citizens between the ages of 18 and 30.