Exclusive Interview: Anya Garnis, Top 12 Finalist on 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Exclusive Interview: Anya Garnis, Top 12 Finalist on 'So You Think You Can Dance'
No one doubts that Anya Garnis is an incredible dancer.  Throughout the entire season of So You Think You Can Dance, there were very few disparaging words spoken about Anya.  Those that there were could only be reserved for her solo routines, a style of dance completely foreign to Anya.  Having danced ballroom with fellow finalist Pasha Pkovalev for nine years, their partnership was clearly and incredibly strong one, talented and diverse.  Anya, a native of Russia, will be missed in the competition and, thankfully, took some time to speak to us earlier this morning.

Below you will find both the written transcript and full mp3 audio of the interview.

What made you want to try out for So You Think You Can Dance? Were you a fan of the show beforehand?

I watched the show the first season, I didn't really have the chance to watch the second season. I just saw the last two or four people I think. But, I had a change in my life and it just felt like I wanted to do something different I wanted to inspire people and it was a great opportunity and I honestly was just passing by New York City and I saw this huge line and I asked what was the line for and they said So You Think You Can Dance and I just decided to audition.

It's pretty incredible that both you and Pasha made it so far, did you think you both would have so much success this season?

Yeah, absolutely, of course.  One of my goals was to make it to the top ten because I really...there's always a chance that we could dance together so that would have been incredible, but it's OK. I mean, I hope...I'm not quite sure if we're gonna get back to our ballroom dancing or what's ahead of us.

What was it like working with Danny, what were your first impressions of him when you got partnered up?

It's probably, being a boy and girl and I've been dancing with Pasha for nine years, so just having a new partner is not really that unusual, but it was, I'm not gonna lie, it was very different just to have a different partner, but then you adjust yourself really quickly because you have so many different styles of dancing.  But, it was nice to have my style, jive, the first week, and then he picked it up so fast. I was very, very impressed and got really good feedback and our connection was amazing and we had great chemistry, so it's all a plus, you know what I mean?

After Wednesday's performance show  you guys got incredible reviews from the judges.  How surprised were you, then, last night when you got put in the bottom three?

I...definitely was surprised because I felt like we did the best that we could and we definitely danced...I danced my heart out when i was on stage and we got really good feedback.  But it is what it is, you never really feel comfortable on Thursdays because you know it's out of your hands.  So, you just have to be ready and I felt when I had to dance my solo I danced my heart out and I gave my all and I felt like it was so much better than my previous solos before.

I agree.  For you especially, solos aren't something that you're really used to doing.  How much time and how difficult is it for you to put those together?

It was very difficult just out of not being experienced to dance on my own and, wearing these three inch heels every time I dance by myself, I can't really create my own speed or make a lot of sense out of my movements because I don't have a partner next to me. It was just...I felt like I had to be smart when I was doing my solo last night and I felt like I chose some elements that would work for the audience and that people can relate easy to just to see them love it: a lot of changes, a lot of turns and fast movement and I had a lot of fun.  I hope people liked it.

Looking forward for the rest of the season who are you rooting for and who do you think might win this thing?

It's a very interesting question.  This season is very, very tough in a sense that the people...you can see the growth, you can see the people progressing every week and the level is getting higher and higher and you would think you could not beat the level last week, the previous week, but it's just getting... people working harder and harder and the talent, determination, the focus, everything together, the nerves at the end of the day, the show is getting better every week.  So, I'm not sure, but it really depends on America, what America will like, but I think every single performer deserves to win.  and I just think it's really up to the American audience to decide.

Alright, Anya can you tell us what you have planned for the future?

I've gotten really positive feedback from a lot of choreographers on the show and I'm looking forward to working with some of the choreographers and just truly take any opportunity where you can challenge yourself and just look at offers, find an agent and just take it further, one door is closing and a bigger door and a better door will open up always and I'm going to step right into that door.

(Interview Conducted by Oscar Dahl)

(Image Courtesy of FOX)