Interview: SABRA JOHNSON, Winner of “So You Think You Can Dance”

Sabra Johnson

This morning I got to speak with Sabra Johnson WINNER of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

Sabra has been trained in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, modern, tap, some hip hop, gymnastics, and theater. She classifies her dance style as Contemporary. Sabra started dancing only four years ago, when she was 16.

It was such an honor to speak with Sabra because I have admired her so much during this season. She was a very sweet person to talk to and very humble. There is nothing negative I can say about her, Sabra is an Angel.

Moving on to the interview:

Daemon’s TV: Hi Sabra.
Sabra Johnson: Hi Sandie. How are you?
D: I’m good. Congratulations on winning.
S: Thank you so much.

D: How are you feeling?
S: Just ecstatic. It’s more and more every second. I keep replaying that moment.

D: Did you believe you could win the competition when you first auditioned?
S: I don’t know. I really didn’t have any expectations, and so I just thought I’d take it as it came, but it just worked out really well for me.

D: What inspired you to start dancing, because I know you started four years ago?
S: Yeah I did and wow I love it. It’s so amazing you know, and just to get this opportunity and dance with all those people and all the choreographers was so amazing. I’ll probably never have this opportunity again, just to be with all those people, so I feel very lucky.

D: What made you want to start dancing?
S: I had a friend that you know, she just danced and I had seen her and she’s just so great, she’s amazing, and I just knew it was something that I wanted to do you know, every time I saw somebody dance it’s something that I wanted to do.

D: How did you train to get to the level you are today, it’s just amazing to me?
S: Oh jeez, I danced every day. I was living in Las Vegas and I was at a studio there. I moved down there and I was teaching at first, and then she offered me a spot on the team so I took it. I taught them and I danced with them so it was kind of awkward at first but it was fun. They’re like my family and I just danced everyday and I would take all sorts of different classes outside of the studio all the time in every single thing I possibly could. You know you can learn something from everything you do so, I mean it’s really just dedication you know.

D: What made you want to audition for “So You Think You Can Dance”?
S: Mostly because I haven’t been dancing that long and so unlike everybody else I haven’t gotten the chance to work with so many choreographers, and you know a lot of people knew each other when they came on to the show and I didn’t know anybody. I figured it’d be such a great way to open up my career because I’m out of a studio and no one’s there to baby me anymore. It’s such a great way for everybody to see you and see what you can do and just to see what as a dancer I can do.

D: What are you going to do with all the money you won?
S: (Laughs) I’m gonna save it all. And hopefully when I’m done with the tour, take my family on vacation.

D: Do you have any future plans at this point?
S: Oh I really don’t. I really have no idea what’s gonna happen. Get a really good agent, that can help me business-wise because I don’t know anything about it. I would like to travel and teach at studios and conventions and start to choreograph more. And shows, shows obviously where I can be dancing, because if I’m teaching I don’t think I would be able to dance that much. Just anything really, anything, I’ll take it as it comes.

D: Is that was you eventually want to do? Teach or choreograph?
S: No, eventually I want to be in a contemporary ballet company. That’s my goal, that has been my goal for about a year now. I can use this to its full advantage you know, but obviously I have so much more training to do to be able to be in a company.
D: I think you’re on your way right now.
S: Oh I’m in the right directions (laughs).

D: What are you going to miss the most about the competition?
S: The people. You know it’s hard doing something new but it’s also fun because it keeps it new and it’s not boring at all. So just working with all these brilliant people in one spot, I mean you never get that.
D: You looked like you were having fun.
S: Yeah, definitely. The whole thing, it was so fun you know and really nobody gets that opportunity, so I’m so glad I got to go through that one and with all those people. I mean they’re all so great.
D: And you guys are going on tour, so that’s going to be fun.
S: Which is even better. Yeah the tour is going to be crazy (laughs).

D: Are you going to take a break before the tour?
S: Yeah, I’m really tired (laughs). We get a week break so I’ll probably go home and sleep, forever. And then, you know you have to come back out here, and I’ll be okay. Then we will go into rehearsal and then we’ll go on tour. It’s gonna be a lot of fun you know what I mean. A week’s gonna be good it’s enough time, and all you need is a couple of days to sleep and everything, but it’ll be nice. I’ll go home and see friends and family.

D: What would you like to tell your fans?
S: Thank you. Thank you for everything. Thank you for giving this to me, that’s so great, I feel so grateful and so lucky. In such a short period of time you know, it was really short-lived, but it was just so amazing, and so amazing to be there and do that and to know that people who don’t even know what dance is really, you know they’ve never taken a dance class, watch and enjoy it that much.

D: I think you inspired a lot a people, you inspired me. You’re just so beautiful, there are no words.
S: Thank you so much, that means so much. Thank you.
D: Good luck with everything in your life and I hope we’ll see you soon on TV or something.
S: Maybe, that would be awesome. Thank you.