Amy and Fik-shun Discuss Winning 'So You Think You Can Dance' and What's Next For Them
Amy and Fik-shun Discuss Winning 'So You Think You Can Dance' and What's Next For Them
Carla Day
Carla Day
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
So You Think You Can Dance season 10 ended this week by naming America's Favorite Dancers, contemporary dancer Amy Yakima and hip-hop dancer Du-Shaunt 'Fik-Shun' Stegall. They were partnered together at the beginning of the live competition and they stood together as winners at the end. 

Amy and Fik-shun spoke with reporters about their wins, the competition, and what is coming next for them both. Here are edited excerpts from the interview.

On why their pairing worked so well

Amy: I think we have the same work ethic.  We're kind of perfectionists when it comes down to it.  Yes, there are little things that were different and we learned how to work with each other and communicate, but at the start our chemistry just clicked right away because of how hard we worked.

Fik-shun: I would definitely have to agree with that.  ... We wanted to work hard to get the best performance we possibly could. Once we realized that that's how we think, that we think alike in that aspect, and that we had the chemistry when we went on stage, we pretty much knew that it was going to be a good partnership.  We knew that we could always connect.

On whether their partnership helped them both win

Amy: I think everything comes into play.  I think America loves to watch two people grow together and we did.  We started literally from nothing; we had no idea who each other were or what we were about. We grew every single week with whatever style we were given. 
 
It may not have been the best, but we really tried to put ourselves into it and we tried to put everything on the dance floor.  I think that that's something that people really love to watch, is someone really just going for it and letting go of everything they've thought about, all their doubts, and just putting it on the dance floor.
 
Then, I think both of us, we got to shine with some amazing dancers that brought something out in us that we never thought could be possible. So everything comes into play when it comes to the voting.

Fik-sun: Honestly, she said it pretty good. I think our partnership did play a part in it. That was probably huge just because America got to see us grow and connect. At the same time, we invited them in, which is really cool that you can connect with two people through a TV screen. That was really awesome and I feel like America did dig that.  

At the same time, like Amy said, we both got to dance with amazing dancers outside of working with each other.  he got to dance with Travis, which was awesome. I got to dance with Twitch, which is like a dream come true.  

On their training and what they each learned from the other

Fik-sun: Amy's definitely had more training than me, by far. I felt like I definitely did grow a lot because of her. Tell me what it is I should be doing and then explain it to me in a way that makes sense. I feel like she knows it so inside and out that she knows how to explain it to someone who doesn't do that or wouldn't get it if you explained it to somebody who understands more about jazz and contemporary and whatnot. So definitely a big help was from Amy, hands down.  t definitely made our rehearsals easier. I can definitely just say thank you.

Amy: Oh, I learned a lot from you, too. He has the best musical ear you could ever imagine. He hears things that I'm like where was that music. He taught me how to listen to the music and actually live through the music instead of just going by the count. That's what I learned.

On their plans after the So You Think You Can Dance Tour is over

Fik-sun: I definitely want to keep pursuing dance in any way I can and try to stay out there.  I would like to go into movies or any type of commercial work would be amazing.  Possibly, I don't know, some choreography.

Amy: Just keep pursuing dance. I want to keep training, I want to keep getting better, I want to keep growing. I don't want to close any doors; I want to open as many possibilities. I want to do movies, I want to do companies, I want to be in a music video, go on tour with someone. I want to do it all. I just want to dance. It's just the beginning. We've only done So You Think You Can Dance. We've got to get ourselves back out there, because now it's on us to dive into the dance industry

So You Think You Can Dance will be back next summer for season 11 on FOX.

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