Exclusive Interview: Shauna Noland, Top 14 Finalist on So You Think You Can Dance
Exclusive Interview: Shauna Noland, Top 14 Finalist on So You Think You Can Dance
Shauna Noland, an 18-year-old from Hollywood, has been dancing almost all her life and it showed during her time on So You Think You Can Dance.  Flying under the radar during the beginning of the season, Shauna began to catch the attention of America and the judges recently after some very good performances in partner routines, but most of all as a result of her awe-inspiring solo performances.  Shauna's elimination may have come partly because of her partnership with Cedric Gardner who, although supremely talented, lacked partnering experience.  In the end, though, her exit is only due to the high level of competition this season.  Shauna stopped by earlier today to talk about her time on So You Think You Can Dance.

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


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

Yes I was.  I watched both seasons and I was just waiting until I was old enough to finally audition and then third season I did.


Throughout the whole audition process and into Vegas week, did you think you had a good chance of making the top 20, what did you think of the other dancers all around you?

I don't know, I didn't really know what to expect, once we made it to Vegas everyone was so amazing, you would just see people and be like, "Wow, that was pretty neat," and stuff like that, so I honestly had no idea what to expect.


What was the hardest part of the whole audition process for you?

I mean, I don't know, it was more fun for me.  I was just enjoying myself with it, but I guess the hardest part would probably just be seeing people who I thought were absolutely amazing get cut and you're kind of like, “Oh, wow, OK...”


Over the last few weeks you really started to catch the eyes of the judges, two weeks ago you got the big compliments from all the judges and then on Wednesday night too, why, then, do you think you got eliminated last night?

Yea…I don't know.  I feel that everyone…I mean, they have to get rid of two people every week.  This week being in the bottom three with Jaimie and Anya, I don't know, I just feel like for various reasons it was just my time to go.


What was the experience for you like dancing with Cedric?

It was great, I really love Cedric and I think he's an amazing person as well as an amazing dancer.  At times it would get stressful just because of him not really having that experience, but it was fun.  I'm really glad I got to work with him.  We would stay up really late and just work on it and talk to each other, and I think we really helped each other, it was fun.


Do you think that affected you though, in the eyes of the judges, do you think you would have been able to show more in the couple's routines if you were with someone else?


Yeah, it might have.  I mean, I definitely think that if I was paired with anyone else, each guy is so different, that it would have brought out a different side in me if I was paired with anyone.  But I feel that things definitely happened for a reason so it was just meant to be that I was with Cedric.


What are you going to take away most from the whole experience for being on the top 20?

Well, first of all, I made the most amazing friendships with all the contestants, like they're forever bonds that we will never let go.  And just, I don't know, working with all of the choreographers, just getting the experience of getting to do what you love on national television, the whole thing was just awesome and amazing.


What was your favorite routine from the season?

That I did?


Yeah.

I had a lot of fun with the hip-hop routine that me and Jimmy did.  Like even in rehearsals it was stress-free, so much fun.  And I would say for the group dances Tyce's piece he did for us was one of the most amazing things ever to actually be on that stage doing it, the energy we all had was great.


Do have any predictions for the rest of the season, who do you see making it really far?

I don't know, I feel like they're throwing such crazy curve balls at us that I couldn't really even put a prediction on it right now.  I think that everyone has a fair shot as this point, everyone left is so talented, that yeah, I have no idea.


Alright Shauna, what does the future hold for you, what do you have coming up?

Well as of right now I'm not, sort of, anything, I definitely am going to continue dancing and auditioning and stuff.  I also want to start taking acting and singing more seriously and hopefully get started with that right away.


(Interview Conducted by Oscar Dahl)
(Image Courtesy of FOX)

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