Jessica Peralta was one of the top 20 finalists on the third season of the Fox reality television series So You Think You Can Dance. She goes by the nicknames “JP,” “Super J,” “Popn Jessi,” and “Ugly” (which she says is for her friend’s exclusive use only). She began dancing at the age of three, training for several years in various styles at studios in Los Angeles and New York such as the Holly Rocks Dance Factory. Jessica calls her techniques and dance style lyripop, or Gumbo, though she says that she mixes together different methods and loves to perform regardless of the style. She also says that her favorite professional dancer is Stephanie Campbell’s brother.
She’s the only one in her family who dances professionally, though her only public performance so far has been at a bar mitzvah. Her most memorable dance experience was seeing her sister’s face as she performed solo at a dance competition. Jessica hoped to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a professional performer through the show. She also said that she within the next ten years, she wanted to star in a dance movie, while still enjoying time with her family and watching the Florida Gators beat every other team. BuddyTV's exclusive interview with Jessi Peralta
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