'So You Think You Can Dance' Winner Remains Modest Despite Fame
Winning the third season of So You Think You Can Dance has certainly thrust multi-talented dancer Sabra Johnson into the spotlight.  However, Johnson, who is currently touring with the rest of the previous season's Top 10 finalists, has managed to stay grounded despite her newfound fame.

“It's just the kind of person I am.  I don't flaunt anything,” Johnson told the Contra Costa Times.  “I try not to get worked up about anything.  I shouldn't take it too seriously or too lightly.  It is what my life is right now.  I just remain modest and go with the flow.”

Modest, she is, as Johnson also claims that she is “not by any means the best dancer anywhere.”  Still, her dancing achievements cannot be denied, especially since her most recent one was born out of weeks of intense live performances and tough competition.

Like the second season, So You Think You Can Dance 3 featured 20 finalists, all of whom tried their best to win the $250,000 cash prize and the title of “America's Favorite Dancer.”  However, though there was a battle on the dance floor every week, Sabra Johnson said that there wasn't a strong sense of competition between her and the other finalists.

“We weren't really competitive toward each other,” she said.   “We were put on the show as equals.  Most of us were on the same level.  It's not necessarily who's better.”

Apart from the weekly performances, the So You Think You Can Dance 3 finalists also had to deal with getting feedback from the show's esteemed panel of judges.  When asked who she thought was the most critical judge, Sabra Johnson said it was choreographers Dan Caraty and Mia Michaels.

“Dan has really good things to say. I liked him the best. He kept it simple for people to understand. He kept it relevant and always gave you something,” Johnson told Contra Costa Times.  “Mia is just scary.  [laughs] I think she is just a critical person.  She has high expectations.”

The tour will be wrapping up at the end of this month, and with a So You Think You Can Dance win to her name, Sabra Johnson knows that a lot will be expected of her when she goes back to dancing with “normal” people.

“There's always going to be a lot of people better than me. It's just a title,” she said.  “To go back into the world and have people expect stuff -- that's going to be hard.”

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: Contra Costa Times
(Image Courtesy of the Associated Press)