Top 10 Winners – Where Are They Now?

After a three-year hiatus, So you think you can dance returned for its 17th season earlier this summer. The new season brought with it a whole new panel of judges consisting of Leah Remini, JoJo Siwa and SYTYCD former Stephen Laurel (tWitch) Boss. This is the first season of the show without Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, which has been bittersweet for longtime fans who have enjoyed what the two have brought to the show. However, the new faces have helped breathe new life into this long-running competition.

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Season 17 has already hit its top six, which means it’s time for the all-stars to return. Featured dancers this season included Amy Yakima, Lex Ishimoto and Bailey Munoz. Seeing returning stars can sometimes make viewers nostalgic for past seasons, making it the perfect time to go back to the start, check out the show’s early winners, and see what they’re up to now.

Season 1 – Nick Lazzarini

Seventeen years ago, Nick Lazzarini became the very first winner of SYTYCD. Those who follow the show’s long history are likely familiar with the Shaping Sound dance company founded by Lazzarini and SYTYCD former students Travis Wall and Teddy Florance.


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Lazzarini is also a founding member of the Evolution Dance Company where he works with even more SYTYCD old students. He has spent years making a name for himself as a talented performer, teacher and choreographer, but is currently under fire for several allegations of sexual misconduct involving dancers at events he attended as a instructor (according to the Associated Press).

Season 2 – Benji Schwimmer

As part of Benji Schwimmer’s Season 2 earnings, the dancer received a one-year contract with Celine Dion’s “A New Day” show in Las Vegas. Schwimmer went on to work with celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Brad Paisley, Ellen and Kelly Clarkson. In 2019, Schwimmer choreographed for Quentin Tarantino Once upon a time in Hollywood. He now co-owns a dance space called The Dance Center, creates educational content for dance, and has his own podcast, “The Modern Swing Pod.”


Season 3 – Sabra Johnson

Sabra Johnson has taken her talents all over the world since becoming the first woman winner of SYTYCD in 2007. Two years after his victory, Johnson was in New York to perform with the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Company.

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In 2010, she was dancing in Mexico City before later being offered a place in a German ballet company. Johnson has spent more than a decade dancing from country to country, teaching classes and sharing her passion for dance with students all over the world.

Season 4 – Joshua Allen

After his victory in season 4, Joshua Allen appeared in Footloose, Step Up 3D, American Horror Story, and several other shows and movies. He was also in season 2 of Dance your ass where he participated as a pro. According to Deadline, the hip-hop dancer was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading uncontested to a domestic violence charge in 2017. While Allen has since appeared in commercials, his dancing career has been relatively quiet ever since. his release.


Season 5 – Jeanine Mason

Jeanine proved during her show that she was an extremely talented dancer, but her career after her SYTYCD winning led her to play. You may recognize her from shows like Big Time Rush, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Grace and Frankie, Where Bunheads but his most recognizable role was as Dr. Sam Bello on Grey’s Anatomy. She currently stars as Liz Ortecho in the fourth and final season of The CW’s Roswell: New Mexico.

Season 6 – Russell Ferguson

Russell Ferguson decided to share his talents after becoming the first krump dancer to win the show and founded Side Street Dancers in Boston, MA. The company specializes in krump, hip hop, contemporary and street dance styles with Ferguson acting as a teacher. Videos of his choreography with the company can be found on YouTube while his Instagram showcases more of the activities he participates in to stay active.


Season 7 – Lauren Froderman

Lauren Froderman has continued her career as a professional dancer since winning in 2010. She even returned to performing as a star and toured with So you think you can dance live! Froderman also made history as the first dance athlete for Gatorade. She and her partner, Cryus Spencer (who is a SYTYCD alum too) Both have toured with Excel in Motion, a dance event that encourages young dancers to grow as performers. The two often post TikToks together where they compete in the latest dance challenges and do all the things cute but not grumpy TikTok couples do.

Season 8 – Melanie Moore

After winning the crown in Season 8, Melanie Moore joined SYTYCD former students Travis Wall and Nick Lazzarini at Shaping Sound Dance Company and appeared in All good initiatives! She also stayed close to SYTYCD and appeared as a star of the show. It was no surprise when Moore started performing in Broadway shows like “Finding Neverland”, “Fiddler on the Roof” and Hello Dolly!” She is currently on tour with the show “To Kill A Mockingbird” off Broadway and can be seen starring as Scout Finch.

Season 9 – Chehon Wespi-Tschopp

Season 9 was the first season of SYTYCD which featured a male winner and a female winner. The male winner of the season was ballet dancer Chehon Wespi-Tschopp. After his victory, he tried his hand at acting but hasn’t returned to the camera since starring in Dance: let’s go!

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Since then, he has been the creative mind behind Seasons of american idol and Dancing with the stars while branching out to work with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Taylor Swift. He is currently working on a number of creative projects in Los Angeles with his brand I Am Force.

Season 9 – Eliana Girard

Eliana Girard won SYTYCD in 2012 alongside Wespi-Tschopp and intended to move to New York and pursue her dancing career there. She has since danced on tour for Taylor Swift, joined the Sugar and Bruno family as a celebrity designer, and recently performed at The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The dancer remains active on her social media, posting photos and videos of her dancing skills while promoting activewear.


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