SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Top 11 Contestants Season 7 Photos

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - Top 11

This year, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE changes things a bit by pairing new contestants with former contestants, and they have once again changed the rules by picking 11 finalists instead of the previously announced 10. And so the top 11 finalists are Alexie Agdeppa, Billy Bell, Kent Boyd, Lauren Froderman, Ashley Galvan, Robert Roldan, Jose Ruiz, Cristina Santana, Melinda Sullivan, Adéchiké Torbert and Alex Wong.
And so it’s time to take a closer look at each one of them.

The Top 11 finalists are:

Top 5 Girls

Alexie Agdeppa
Age: 26
Dance Specialty: Jazz
Hometown: Rowland Heights, CA
Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA
Alexie Agdeppa is a UCLA graduate and former Los Angeles Laker Girl. She has performed in music videos for Prince, The Pussycat Dolls and Nelly Furtado. Agdeppa loves to cook, act and travel, and has been to the Philippines, Mexico, Europe, Brazil, Japan and Cuba.

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Cristina Santana
Age: 24
Dance Specialty: Salsa
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Currently Resides: San Diego, CA
Born in Mexicali, Mexico, Cristina Santana started dancing at age 7 when a friend invited her to ballet class. Santana took up Salsa dancing six years ago after moving to the U.S. Santana enjoys singing, eating and listening to music, and counts Mikhail Baryshnikov as one of her favorite dancers.

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Melinda Sullivan
Age: 22
Dance Specialty: Tap
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA
A native of Long Island, NY, Melinda Sullivan is this season’s sole tap dancer. She has been dancing since she was 2 years old, and has appeared in “Cats,” “High School Musical,” “High School Musical 2” and “Wonderland.” Sullivan is passionate about music and dance education, and is a fan of tap-dance legend Gregory Hines.

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Ashley Galvan
Age: 19
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Visalia, CA
Currently Resides: Burbank, CA
Ashley Galvan began dancing at age 3. She appeared in 2009’s “Fame” and toured with the Broadway show “Wonderland.” In addition to dancing, Galvan loves swimming, shopping, movies and fast food.

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Lauren Froderman
Age: 18
Dance Specialty: Contemporary Jazz
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Currently Resides: Phoenix, AZ
Lauren Froderman has been dancing since she was 3 years old. At age 10, she performed with the Phoenix Rockettes. Her life’s ambition is to perform on Broadway and become a school teacher.

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Top 6 Guys

Billy Bell
Age: 20
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Palm Beach, FL
Currently Resides: New York, NY
After making it to the Top 20 in Season Six of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and having to leave due to illness, Billy Bell joins this season’s Top 11 finalists. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he is trained in everything from Hip Hop to Classical Ballet. Bell owns the dance company Lunge Dance Creative, and considers working with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey on “Back to Back to Broadway” one of his greatest accomplishments.

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Kent Boyd
Age: 18
Dance Specialty: Contemporary Jazz
Hometown: Botkins, OH
Currently Resides: Wapakoneta, OH
A recent high school graduate, Kent Boyd has been dancing since he was 8 years old. Boyd appeared in several high school musical productions, including “Oklahoma!” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

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Robert Roldan
Age: 19
Dance Specialty: Contemporary
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Currently Resides: North Hollywood, CA
Robert Roldan took his first Hip Hop class at age 11. After graduating from high school, he performed with the “Bad Boys of Dance” for a year and a half. In addition to dance, he enjoys singing, acting and fashion.

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Jose Ruiz
Age: 21
Dance Specialty: B-Boy
Hometown: Miami, FL
Currently Resides: Pembroke Pines, FL
Jose Ruiz is a self-taught B-Boy who has never had professional dance training. He describes his dance style as “smooth, flowing and explosive.” Ruiz has competed in international dance competitions and performed on cruise ships. He also enjoys yoga and plays several musical instruments.

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Adéchiké Torbert
Age: 23
Dance Style: Contemporary
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Currently Resides: Queens, NY
Adéchiké Torbert was inspired to begin dancing at age 6 by his older brother, who is also a dancer. Torbert describes his style as “contemporary…with a hint of flavor.” In addition to dancing, he enjoys cooking and fashion.

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Alex Wong
Age: 23
Dance Style: Ballet
Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
Currently Resides: Miami, FL
Alex Wong is a former principal soloist with the Miami City Ballet. He was awarded his position with the ballet at age 17 after winning the prestigious “Prix de Lausanne” competition. Wong also sings and plays the piano.

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