Interview: SARA VONGILLERN from “So You Think You Can Dance” Top 8

Sara VonGillern

I spoke with Sara VonGillern who was eliminated Thursday night on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

Sara VonGillern’s training include the Red Bull Beat Rider 2006, Colorado State University Dance Program, Broadway Dance Center Intern, Motion Underground, The Gruv Factory, and Academy for the Performing Arts. She categorizes her style of dancing as Hip Hop elements (Breaking, House, Locking, Popping ).

Sara has been one of my favorites from the very beginning, so it was nice to be able to talk to her. I think that she had different insights into the competition and what she wanted to achieve because of her dance style. She was the only b-girl of the competition and I feel she really proved herself. When I talked to her, it felt like she was ready to move on to the next step and was looking forward to see what opportunities might come out of all this.

Moving on to the interview:

Daemon’s TV: Hi Sara, how are you?
Sara Von Gillern: I’m doing well, how about yourself?
D: I’m good.

D: Are you gonna go to the beach today then?
S: You know, if we get the chance, we’re doing a lot of interviews and stuff, but I think Dominic and I and even Hok might take a trip to San Diego today, that would be amazing.
D: Yeah, the beach is nice.
S: Yeah, (laughs) I haven’t really had the opportunity. Honestly we’re constantly, seven days a week, rehearsing, dancing, so it’ll be nice to get out and about. I haven’t really been out here before, I haven’t had a chance to really explore so I definitely want to take a couple days here before I go home.

D: It seems like it’s harder for b-dancer to go far in the competition, how do you deal with that?
S: I just think that a lot of people assume that it’s all you can do, and we’re not very open to other styles, so they make the assumption we’re not capable of doing other styles, but I think that D and I and even Hok did a very good job of breaking out of our element, doing things we didn’t know we could do. Honestly I think it’s like, it’s funny because I don’t think the contemporary dancer or the other trained dancers could do the breaking. It’s something you can’t pick up like that.

D: Where do you get your inspirations for your solos?
S: It starts with the music, you know for my solos I really wanted to showcase some of my better moves. It’s all about musicality, just well rounded as far as breaking goes, there’s a lot of foundation to it, just being true to it.

D: How did it feel to dance a solo last night when you knew it wasn’t going to change the outcome?
S: Honestly it was awesome, I’m so glad that everyone got to do their solos last night. It was kind of like a little bit of the pressure was off, I really liked the format of it better. Everyone did it before we found out the bad news, so it wasn’t so like “oh man I have to do my solo” (laughs), you know, so I think the energy was definitely better for all of us. I felt really good about it.

D: It seems like it’s very easy for you to get chemistry with all your partners, how you do that? And who was your favorite partner?
S: You know, I think the chemistry comes along with your friendship, along this whole experience, you know. Every single one of these people I had already become close to and for me the person I probably was the closest to, as a dance partner was Jesus. Our chemistry was awesome and when he went home it was very unexpected and I don’t think he deserved to go home at this point in time. Everyone else has been awesome I’ve learned a lot from each of my partners about myself along the way too. It’s really an easy process, I don’t know, I think chemistry is easy to find.

D: What has this experience brought you?
S: I think it has given me the opportunity to dance in styles I didn’t even know really and I just did it (laughs). Like I’ve never danced with a partner, that was really fun for me. Dancing in heels too man, I never thought I’d be able to do that. Definitely, I feel more confident in different style. I’m probably gonna stick to my style cause that’s really what I love the most, but it was fun and hopefully it will bring more opportunities because people can see the versatility in my dancing, so we’ll see what happens.

D: What are you going to miss the most about the show?
S: We’re honestly going back to the show in like a week so I think it’s gonna be awesome to get a break from it you know (laughs). It’s nonstop like seven days a week; but I’m just gonna miss the whole process of it. Everyone behind the scenes is so nice, everyone is so helpful and this whole process has been so much fun you know, the people, the energy, and the studio, of course the dancers, and it’s just a once in a lifetime experience, so everything. But it’s not over, I don’t see it that way.

D: Do you have any future projects?
S: The future is pretty much the tour for me. I’m probably gonna go home and practice with my crew. And there’s a couple of b-boy events that are coming up, like tomorrow I’m probably gonna go to West Covina, and then there’s one of the biggest events of the year, a freestyle session, and it takes place in LA. There’s crews from all over the world that come out to this one competition, and so it’s definitely gonna be the highlight of my summer, as well as the competition honestly. But you know the tour is the next big thing for me and beyond that maybe moving out here to LA, but I’m just kind of gonna go with the flow and see what opportunities arise and go from there.

D: You’re in an amazing shape.
S: Really? (laughs)
D: Do you work out outside of your dancing?
S: It think it’s mostly dancing honestly. You know, I guess when I was back in school I would go and use the gym a lot more, but i don’t have a gym membership or anything like that, I teach classes and stuff like that so that also help. But breaking honestly that’s a work in itself.
D: Maybe I should try that then.
S: Yeah, yeah. (laughs)
D: I don’t know if I’d be good at it.

D: How does it feel to be famous all of a sudden?
S: Honestly it hasn’t it me. I think this whole process has been a blur, kind of surreal to me. We’re kind in our own bubble with the whole competition, we honestly don’t get out and so when we watch the show it’s kind of like we’re watching a home video of ourselves. It really hasn’t hit me yet, maybe when I go home and people notice me or something it’ll feel different but I don’t feel famous by any mean.
D: Today might feel different with all the interviews.
S: Yeah I guess so, but right now it’s just you know, I don’t know (laughs). I think it hasn’t hit me yet.

D: What would you like your fans to tell you when they see you on the street?
S: Just that, hopefully for the girls, that they’re inspired to a be little bit stronger because I think a lot of time in the hip hop world the video girls wear the revealing clothes and dance around, just sexual objects. What I do is more a strength and shows that woman can be powerful too. Hopefully, it inspires them to dance and be themselves.

D: It was very nice to talk to you and I wish you the best of luck for everything in the future.
S: Thank you so much.