Alex Wong on So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance seems to have some really good ballet dancers that end up on the show, Danny Tidwell being the most memorable in a recent season. I used to see Danny Tidwell dance with the American Ballet Theater, but sadly for us ballet fans, he left the company, and I was glad to have more chances to see him dance on TV during season three of the TV show.

So when I heard Alex Wong was in the audition footage of this season’s So You Think You Can Dance, I remember being confused. Similarly with Danny Tidwell, I had the privilege of seeing Alex dance with the American Ballet Theater, and then he moved on to Miami City Ballet, one of the U.S. premiere dance companies. About a month ago, he was also promoted to soloist, a huge achievement for Alex, and well deserved. But unlike Danny, Alex is still currently working with a professional company, so I wondered how he even came to audition for the TV show. It was oh-so-dramatic when Alex was eliminated due to his professional obligations, but what great exposure for Alex and the Miami City Ballet; I hope that viewers will realize that there are  many, many, really talented dancers in professional ballet companies all around the U.S. who do amazing things artistically and athletically, just like Alex.

Either way, I’m so glad to see Alex getting recognition and giving some credibility to ballet dancers who are extremely gifted and versatile.

Attached is one of my favorite videos of Alex: dressed as a Sancho Panza, a character in the ballet Don Quixote, you won’t have to guess how he spends his downtime backstage. (Seen here with principal soloist Jeremy Cox from Miami City Ballet.)

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About Jen

I’m a Korean-American living in the bay area, I studied public health and social work in grad school, and I have an obsession for anything theater related, especially ballet and Broadway musicals. I just spent three years in NYC so I am still adjusting to normal winter weather and having a car, and most of the time, I am busy funding my passion for theater with a full-time job in healthcare public relations. On any given day, you can find me watching Project Runway, shopping, doing yoga, skipping to the theater, or looking for the perfect cocktail.
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