Cedric Gardner is a top 20 finalist on the third season of the American dance contest series So You Think You Can Dance. His full name is Cedric Pernell Gardner Jr., and is known as Ceddy or Ced to some people. Cedric began dancing with his mother at the age of seven, watching classic Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly films with her, and he began studying dance seriously at the age of 19. His first formal training took place at the Peck School of the Arts in the University of Wisconsin, lasting for two years, though he opted later on to pursue a hip hop dance career at other venues.
He then subsequently studied and practiced at the Millennium Dance Complex and the Edge Performing Arts Center. Cedric considers his dance style and techniques to be freestyle, falling under the umbrella of multiple dance styles. He calls it emotion-driven dancing, and expressing those emotions through dance. Apart from dancing, he also enjoys other hobbies such as chess, golf, playing the drums, video games, kite flying, rollerblading, and bowling. He also confidently predicts that he’ll own his own production company and dance studio within the next ten years, as well as a toy company.Exclusive Interview with Cedric Gardner
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