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Feb 17, 2015


Press Pass LA caught up with the  Season 11 SYTYCD Top finalists during their 60+ city North American tour on their stop in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre. 

We sat down with Jessica Richens, Rudy Abreu, Tanisha Belnap, Valerie Rockey, and Teddy Coffey to discuss their journey on the show and the tour and what’s next for these dance stars!SYTYCD_Season11Tour_NokiaLive

PPLA: You have traveled to over 60 cities, did you have a favorite stop on the tour?

Jessica: I loved downtown Philly the most!

Rudy:  My favorite stop so far was St. Louis.

Tanisha: I loved Montreal, Canada

Valerie: My favorite stop was NYC because it was my first time experiencing the city! I want to go back.

Teddy: There have been so many awesome cities that we have travelled to on this tour! I can’t choose an ultimate favorite however NYC, LA, Minneapolis, and Miami are standouts.


PPLA: What did you learn from being on the tour, about yourself or about your dance?

Jessica: I’ve learned a lot about perseverance and dedication.

Rudy:  I think I learned to let things go especially when things go wrong on stage.

Tanisha: Living in such close living quarters with the other dancers made me realize how important it is to surround yourself with good people, and I’m so lucky to be surrounded with these amazing people. I will always and forever maintain close friendships with all the dancers on tour.

Valerie: I learned that there’s always room for improvement, always. I also learned how important hard work is.

Teddy: I learned a lot while on this tour. I now understand how tours work and what it’s like to travel on a tour bus. I also am impressed with the fourteen of us and how fast we learned this show that Mandy Moore constructed.


SYTYCD_Season11Tour_NokiaLivePPLA: How did it feel coming back to L.A. where it all started and performing at the Nokia Theatre?

Jessica: It felt amazing being back in my home-state and performing for all of my family and friends in a theater that so many legends have been in before.

Rudy: Performing at the Nokia Theatre was such a dream come true, and I’m so happy to be back in L.A.!

Tanisha: I have loved being back in LA. Los Angeles has always felt like home to me and I cant wait to make it my home in the near future.

Valerie: It felt so great performing in L.A. again! The Nokia Theatre was amazing and it was actually surreal performing there.

Teddy: The L.A. show was awesome! So much fun performing in front of some big and important names!
PPLA: What’s next for you once the tour concludes?

Jessica: I’m going to audition in L.A. and work as a professional dancer.

Rudy: I don’t know what’s next, but I’m hoping to join the cast of newsies on tour or maybe even Dancing with the Stars.

Tanisha: I’m planning on moving to L.A. and getting an agent, and pursuing my dance career.

Valerie:  My plan is to sign with an agency, move out to LA, and just dance and work on starting my career! I also want to get into some acting.

Teddy: After tour I am moving to L.A. and signing with an agent hopefully to then audition, get work, and train. Ready for new adventures!


PPLA: Looking back on the experience of the show and the tour, was there anything that surprised you or surpassed your expectations of what this experience might be like when you first auditioned?

Jessica: Looking back, my journey on the show was a lot more difficult than I expected, but all it taught me was to never give up and to fight for what I wanted.

Rudy: Having so many people come to the show and cheer for us is just so surreal and crazy!

Tanisha: I knew from the beginning that this was going to be very physically challenging, what i didn’t anticipate was just how mentally and emotionally I would be challenged. I have learned so much and grown as a person from this experience and for that I’m forever grateful.

Valerie: The experience as a whole was harder yet more exciting than I expected. I conquered things I never thought I could.

Teddy:  What surprised me most about this experience was how much work and how difficult the behind the scenes work was. It was mentally and physically straining but worth every second!



PPLA: Any advice to future contestants?

Jessica: My advice is to try out because it is a once in a lifetime experience and you will make friendships that will last forever.

Rudy: Never give up and always follow your dreams, that’s all.

Tanisha: My advice for any future contestants is be yourself. I know that sounds cliche but in all honesty we get caught up in trying to be what we “think” others want us to be rather than embracing who we are. The people that truly know who they are and what they stand for are the most true and the most desired people.

Valerie: Keep trying because your time will come! Don’t give up on a dream & always stay true to yourself throughout any experience.

Teddy:  Some important advice for future contestants….be as well-rounded as possible and stay true to who you are as a dancer and as a person. Know that your individuality is is crucial to who you are!


SYTYCD_Season11Tour_NokiaLiveThe tour makes it’s last stop Feb. 18th at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D. Then it looks like we will be seeing more of these contestants back in Los Angeles in their next career moves! Auditions for The Season 12 of So You Think You Can Dance started this January in NYC and the new season will air Summer 2015.