, the most recent winner of FOX's reality television show So You Think You Can Dance
, is sharing her time and her skills to teens who aspire to make it big in the industry.
Last month, the 21-year-old famed dancer from Roy, Utah made a special trip to Nampa, Idaho to put on a workshop for teenage dancers. Johnson taught a variety of dance styles to participants who paid $5, which will be used for scholarships for children who can't afford dance classes. Last month's workshop successfully raised $2,000.
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"I like it a lot, she is very different from other choreographers, and her movement is unique and it's a good experience to be here," Micaela Castillo, 16-year-old dancer from Nampa, said of Johnson's workshop.
"She is a star to them, this show is huge to these kids and this is what they want to be," studio director Alexis Langworthy added.
Prior the distinction of being the first female and person of African-American descent to win the title on So You Think You Can Dance
, Johnson began to pursue dance training at the age of 16. With background in jazz, ballet, contemporary and gymnastics, and some experience in hip hop, modern, tap, and theater, she gradually emerged to the limelight as she auditioned for the third season of So You Think You Can Dance
. Despite the cutthroat competition, she was voted as "America's Favorite Dancer" and was hailed as the winner of $250,000.
While Johnson is pursuing her dancing career, FOX is on the looking for potential participants to become her successor for the fourth season of the show. The network has just announced the dates for the upcoming auditions, which will kick off in Dallas, Texas on January 17.
Cat Deeley will return to host the new season, with Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy once again reprising their judging duties alongside choreographers who will serve as weekly guest judges. So You Think You Can Dance is created by Lythgoe and Simon Fuller and is produced by 19 Entertainment, Ltd. and Dick Clark Productions. It is executive-produced by Fuller, Lythgoe and Allen Shapiro.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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