Interview with Nathan Trasoras of 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Thursday, December 03, 2009
This morning I had a chance to chat with Nathan Trasoras, the latest contestant to be eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance.
Nathan turned out to be a surprisingly controversial and contentious figure on season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance, something we never saw coming during his universally praised auditions. Nathan talked about the criticism he faced this season, what he learned from So You Think You Can Dance, and what's next for him.
You mentioned you were inspired to dance by your brother Mikey and your friend Twitch (from season 4 of SYTYCD), tell us about that:
"It's really nice to have a family member who does the same thing you
do. And I look up to my brother. So when he said dancing is a real thing you
can pursue as a career, I went from one classes to two classes a week
until I was dancing every day. Along the way I got to meet Twitch, and he's done really well for himself. It's nice to see a humble guy do so well. They've both inspired me."
Tell us about dancing with Mollee Gray:
"She's very bubbly. She's very positive and it's nice to have that
energy around. You can't always be serious you always have to enjoy
life. People can take dancing too seriously, so you always need that
one person that reminds you 'this is something you love doing.'"
Do you have any advice for Mollee, since she was also criticized for her immaturity:
"I think she should take the corrections, but not to let her bring her
down. I felt I let them bring me down a bit, but you have to keep your chin up
and keep going."
Did you think Nigel was overly harsh in his criticisms of you?
"I understood where he was coming from. I pick up corrections really well, so if he does have criticism I'll fix it right away. While I think things could
have been handled better, and it was wrong on my part to say some the stuff I said. He made me grow up and it's tough love. It's
like I'm 18 and I needed to experience this."
Since you were constantly criticized for your immaturity, do you wish you'd waited another year for So You Think You Can Dance?
"I don't wish that I'd waited. This show actually sped up my process of
learning. Now that I know I've done some stuff wrong, I can take
advantage that I was corrected and apply that to auditioning."
What did you learn from your time on So You Think You Can Dance?
"I learned that I have a love for ballroom. Because ballroom is a big
world out there for ballroom. I come from the competitive contemporary community and I didn't know there was another world
of ballroom. So to do the rumba and salsa, was completely new. I want to start pursuing ballroom after So You Think. And being able to work through criticism. I am young, but it's always good to
grow. You always make mistakes, but you should always be willing to change"
Were you surprised to be in the bottom two last night?
"Um, no. I wasn't the smoothest through the competition. I thought I
deserved to be in the bottom. And that first week I got saved, I felt I
should have been in the bottom also. I expected it, because I should
have done better."
Did you have a favorite or a breakout dance during your time on So You Think You Can Dance?
"I loved the Bollywood dance. It was something where I learned about the
Indian culture and not just dancing. I got to learn the history of it.
That was another thing for me to appreciate. That's my favorite dance,
my other favorite routine was the Broadway. I got to go on YouTube and
watch all the videos of Gene Kelly."
The judges loved your Broadway performance, would you be interested in pursuing that?
"I loved having my doors open. And if there's a job where I could do
Broadway I'd love that. Broadway is really pleasant to do and it's
always nice to entertain people. If I got offered a Broadway job, I'd
What's next for you?
"I'm going to stay in LA. It's nice weather and a lot of my friends are
from LA and I know a lot of choreographers. I think it would be the
best lifestyle for me."