Ricky Jaime Comes Home to Miami for So You Think You Can Dance Tour
|Ricky Jaime representing the 3-0-5!|
The live show is based on Fox's hit TV show of the same name, which tracks some of the nation's best undiscovered dance talent as they duke it out for the title of "America's Favorite Dancer." They work with some of the country's top choreographers to pull off stunning performances in styles like hip hop, jazz, and Broadway. Season eight's finalists Caitlynn Lawson, Clarice Ordaz, Jess LeProtto, Jordan Casanova, Marko Germar, Mitchell Kelly, Sasha Mallory, Tadd Gadduang, season eight's winner, Melanie Moore, and Florida's own Ricky Jaime will perform the most popular routines from the hit Fox television show, as well as original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour.
|So You Think You Can Dance|
|Yo Ricky, make us proud.|
When we caught up with Jaime, a Miami native who's currently based in Tampa, the 19-year-old had just scarfed down his third slice of pizza during the dance troupe's lunch break. "We burn it off!" Jaime said, informing us that rehearsals for the tour last anywhere from 10 to 12 hours each day.
He said that he's learned an immense amount about dance, but also about growing up as a result of both the television show and the upcoming tour."I've learned little things like being independent, and also just being on my own and not having to rely on my mom to take me somewhere or make sure I get ready. My movements have just matured so much each day and I'm just so grateful for that."
As much as he loves dance, Jaime had no hesitation about what he would do if the dance floor were ripped out from under his feet."Cheerleading! I used to cheer, and I love it so much. And I miss it so much! I mean, if [things had gone a little differently,] I'd be cheering at some college or university," Jaime said. "I think it's so crazy that that's probably what I would have been doing right now."
The young man's voice took an ecstatic tone when he started talking about the tour's stop in Miami."I've been getting so many texts that people just got their tickets to the American Airlines Arena," he said. "And I'm just getting so excited, because I used to dance for the Miami Heat. Like the junior dance team. It's gonna be so amazing just to go back into the locker rooms and just see [sigh] all the old lockers, just to be in the arena again. It's gonna bring back memories. I'm so excited to come back to Miami!"
The show hits American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd.) September 18th, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost from $38.50 to $58.50. Go to aaarena.com or call 786-777-1000.
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