Interview: DOMINIC SANDOVAL from “So You Think You Can Dance” Top 8

Dominic Sandoval

I got to speak with Dominic Sandoval today who was eliminated Thursday night on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

Dominic is also known by his nickname D-Trix. He categorizes his style of dancing as B-boy/Freestyle urban dancer.

It was really nice to speak to Dominic, especially since he has impressed me so much throughout the competition. Every week he grew more and more on me. The impression I got from talking to him is that he is a very smart and down-to-earth person. He doesn’t seem to have any illusions about what being on “So You Think You Can Dance” means, and I think he has the right attitude to move forward with his career. I wish him the best of luck.

Moving on to the interview:

Daemon’s TV: Hi Dominic. How are you?
Dominic Sandoval: I’m doing good, how are you?

D: The first question I want to ask you is, what’s up with you and Cat Deeley?
D: (Laughs) It’s funny you bring that up. Me and Cat, we have a professional relationship, but behind the scenes though I can’t really say too much she wouldn’t want me to tell.
D: Oh really?
D: Let’s just say the feelings are mutual between me and Cat. That’s all I can really say.

D: It seems like it’s harder to get far into the competition as a b-dancer, how do you deal with that?
D: I mean honestly all of this hasn’t hit me yet because I never thought I was gonna make it this far. I never thought I was gonna make it that far during the first audition in LA. It’s definitely been challenging but my partners have been amazing, and people on the show have been more that helpful, and just getting a lot on the internet, and kind of studying how your characters are, I feel that if I play a character they’ll kind of see that more than my actual technical difficulties.

D: Where do you get your inspiration from your solos?
D: I mean pretty much all the b-boys around the world, especially my crew, my crew inspires me a lot. Pretty much b-boys around the world.
D: The chair move was great.
D: Yeah, that was actually inspired by a b-boy in Korea.

D: How does it feel to dance a solo when you know it’s not going to change the outcome?
D: Honestly it was just like, I just love to dance for people in general so, I mean I know it doesn’t have any effects on the votes or whatever, but I just want the people at home and the people there at the show just to be entertained and just enjoy the show that’s all it’s really about.

D: What has this experience brought you?
D: Actually it’s definitely has been me changing more than my dance changing. I don’t feel that as a dancer I’ve grown so much and learned so much, but I learned a lot about life and people, and different types of people and I think my mind has been totally open.
D: Did that come from a lot of the people you hung out with?
D: Yeah, I think that getting to know the contestants and you know week after week we get closer and closer and suddenly it turns into this whole family because no one else has really been through these same experiences but us. It’s like my new family and just getting to know them and everybody, it really changes your life.

D: You guys are a little cut off from the world…
D: A little?! (laughs)
D: How does that affect you?
D: It’s weird because we watch the show but it’s like we’re not really, it’s hard because we don’t see it from the third person’s view, it’s like our own world. We feel like we’re just filming what looks like the same routine everyday. We really don’t understand who watches the show I think, we don’t really understand our position I think until we actually get out into the world and see it for ourselves. It’s definitely weird.
D: Do you have a different perspective now or is it still too early to tell?
D: I think it’s still too early, because I still haven’t really been out in public. I’m still doing, you know, interviews.

D: How does it feel to be famous all of a sudden?
D: (Laughs) I wouldn’t say famous. I mean, to get the attention that we get now is definitely different ’cause three months ago or four months ago sitting at home in my undies just sitting there watching TV and doing kind of like nothing, thinking about what I was going to do the rest of that day, and now we’re here, things are given to us and people look at us differently now, which I understand why, but you know that that’s gonna come to an end pretty soon, I understand that. Because this is a show that changes every year, this time next year it’s gonna be a whole new twenty and stuff. So I’m enjoying it while it lasts.

D: Do you have any plans for the future?
D: There’s a bunch of offers coming my way right now so I’m just trying to sit down and think. I’m talking to some of the contestants to think of what’s the best way to go to help our future. We just have to make sure we make the right decisions.

D: What are you going to miss the most about the competition?
D: Definitely the contestants, especially after the tour, when the tour ends I’m probably gonna miss that family the most. Especially the people at he show that we see everyday, people that work on the show like PAs, people that help us with our food, the backstage crew, everybody that’s taken care of us, I’m gonna miss them as well.

D: You’re in an amazing shape. Do you work out outside of dancing?
D: Oh no that’s all breaking, that’s all practicing everyday.
D: How many hours do you practice?
D: Before I came to the show, practicing my breaking everyday was between 4-6 hours everyday. Yeah I didn’t have too much of a job, it was just more practicing and teaching.
D: Wow, I wish I could practice 4-6 hours a day.
D: Oh you can, you can.
D: I don’t know (laughs).

D: If you could go back 5 years in the past and learn another dance which one would it be?
D: I’d probably get ballet training to be honest. Just because I see how quickly Danny picks up and I think when it comes down to it, ballet is almost the center of all these other genres and I think that would have helped out the most.
D: You seemed to adapt very fast, it was really amazing.
D: No, you see I wouldn’t really say that too much, I think it’s just the choreographers knowing how to work with our abilities and make it look like we kind of know what we are doing but really we don’t, cause I really don’t. I still don’t know what I’m doing, I just do what the choreographers tell me.
D: Not, everybody can do that.
D: Oh okay. Thank you.

D: What advice would you give to someone who would like to try out for “So You Think You Can Dance”?
D: Think about it. Think about it as much as you can, because I feel like the way you’re mind is set, the way you think about things, and the way you look at your future, I think if you think about things enough and you believe it inside, then it’s just gonna happen. You just believe it and then do it.

D: What made you want to try out for “So You Think You Can Dance”?
D: Honestly I just wanted to see myself on TV once, I just wanted them to put my solo on TV because I didn’t think I was going to make it past the audition, because I’m not really used to learning choreography that much.
D: Look at you know.
D: I know right. I got way more than I ever asked for.

D: Who do think is going to win?
D: All of them. I don’t know, they’re all amazing. I got asked that question when the top 20 was here and I still couldn’t make a decision. Literally everybody is amazing.
D: Is there someone you’re rooting for more than the others?
D: No, I can’t think of anybody right now, it’s just too hard.

D: What would you like your fans to tell you when they see you on the street?
D: The most appreciative thing I’ve heard so far, things that inspire me is when people say they get inspired from watching the show, and it makes them want to go back into dancing or something that they want to learn. Just to have that feeling of knowing that us on the show we can inspire people to do what they love, I think that’s worth more than the $250,000 cash price.

D: Well, thank you so much for talking with us and good luck with everything.
D: Thank you so much.