By Alexia Meyer
Trying to narrow down five things I’ve learned while being on “So You Think You Can Dance” is nearly impossible. There was so much to take in, and I truly tried to be a sponge every second I was there. But these are the five lessons that became most important to me.
1. Don’t be afraid to try something new.
Being completely honest, I had never really considered auditioning for “SYTYCD.” I loved the show, but wasn’t sure if it was the right fit for me. As New York auditions approached last January, Joey Dowling encouraged me to audition and told me that I didn’t have anything to lose. Since I value her opinion pretty much more than anybody else’s, I decided to give it a shot. That encouragement and my willingness to finally try something new has made a world of a difference.
2. You can do more than you realize.
Every single contestant on the show will tell you that while we are having the time of our lives working with incredible choreographers and performing alongside inspiring dancers, the expectations of the show are brutal. You are tired, your legs ache, and your body is bruised from head to toe. But in spite of it all, you can’t wait to get up the next morning and do it all over again. The push through the pain makes the reward that much better. Every dancer knows exactly what I mean by that.
3. There is always more to learn.
Being on “SYTYCD” taught me that there is always more to learn. I was asked to portray numerous characters, from a single mother to an insane person to a sexy fish. Each dance taught me something new about myself. I loved working with every single choreographer. They each taught me something different and helped me grow. I am so grateful for that.
4. Your successes aren’t accomplished alone.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of the amazing teachers, family, friends, and supporters I’ve had along the way. I have felt nothing but love and gratitude for this incredible experience. I know there is a plan for me. This is just the beginning, and this experience has reinforced my knowledge and gratitude for all of the amazing people who are in my life.
5. This experience has been so much more than a dance competition.
No matter what job you do or which competition you compete at, it is about so much more than that. The connections and friendships you make along the way are priceless. I know that I will stay in touch with all those contestants from the show. They have and will continue to inspire me every day. Whoever wins this competition completely deserves it—they all do!