Edmond has no shortage of talented people, and this year one Edmond North High School graduate has the chance to prove it. Audrey Case, a 2012 North graduate, recently wowed the judges and was named a finalist for the Fox television program, “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Case’s specialty is Jazz, but throughout the season, the contestants will need to show they can strut their stuff in any dance medium the judges want to see.
Case started dancing when she was 3 years old. “I used to dance to Barney,” she said in a telephone interview with The Edmond Sun from Los Angeles.
Now she will face off against 19 other young dancers from across the United States to see who the best dancer is. While the judges play a role in determining the best dancer, the audience at home can make or break a dancer by voting for their favorites.
Case has confidence she can do well with the support of her family rooting her on, noting that her mother and dance instructor had come with her to the competition, to help her through the challenge.
Though there is a cash prize involved, and the honor of winning, Case sees the program as a step in her future career. The show could lead to future possibilities with commercials or work as a backup dancer for musicians, she said.
Case has chosen to postpone college to work on her dancing, though she decided that college is a possible direction for her future.
“Maybe I will move to Los Angeles. All I know about my future is I want to dance,” Case said. “I never want to stop. The show gets me the exposure I need to get my career going.”
Case made the show after trying out in Atlanta in early June.
On last week’s program, Case and fellow contestant Matthew Kazmierczak performed a Contemporary routine to the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody,” choreographed by Travis Wall. The performance garnered a standing ovation from the judges, with one calling the dance his “favorite of the night.”
“It was an absolute privilege to work (with) the amazing Travis Wall, isn’t he a genius!” Case wrote on her Facebook page after the show aired. “I loved every minute of it! And of course I was so lucky to have an awesome partner!”
Case and her partner were Jack and Rose of “Titanic” fame with moves that included her leap off a Victorian loveseat into the arms of her “Jack” with the crescendo of the music.
Next week will be the first performance and results show. The 10 couples will perform again but in a new dance genre.
Viewers’ votes will also be revealed and the six finalists who make up the bottom three guys and bottom three girls will be revealed. Each may be given a chance to perform solo routines. The judges will then decide which dancers stay and which two will be eliminated.
If couples are split apart, the dancers who remain will form new couples.
The show is in its ninth season and versions of it air in more than 20 countries.
“So You Think You Can Dance” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on Fox. For more information about Audrey Case and to vote for her, visit fox.com/dance/bios/contestants/audrey-case. Follow her at Twitter.com/Dance9Audrey and Facebook.com/Dance9Audrey.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service contributed to this story.