Tuaileva, 20, and Holker, 18, have won numerous awards at dancing competitions around the country, have both survived the first week of the Fox television network's reality show "So You Think You Can Dance," the dancing equivalent to "American Idol." They might seem like small-potato performers compared to their competition most of whom are from places like California, New York or Florida were it not for Orem's long-standing tradition of successful dancers. Absolutely," said Leah Brandon, managing director of the New York Dance Alliance, a prestigious dancing convention and competition.
"There seems to be a disproportionate percentage of fabulous dancers coming from Orem, Utah.
Performers from The Dance Club and Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem received numerous awards at this year's New York Dance Alliance Convention, including Holker, who was named female senior National Outstanding Dancer.
"We had a woman call us heartbroken because they had been relocated to Utah and she was afraid she wouldn't be able to get the same dance training for her daughter," she said.
Brigham Young University's Cougarettes are four-time National Collegiate Dance Team winners, and the BYU Ballroom Dance Company is undefeated as U. "There are a large number of really fabulous schools with great dance teachers in that area," she said. Young people from Utah tend to be more focused and certainly more disciplined and hard working." It's that focus and training that Holker and Tuaileva will be counting on during the next few weeks while they try to dance their way into America's heart on "So You Think You Can Dance." Every week they will be paired with one of the other contestants to dance everything from paso doble and salsa to hip-hop and krump.
Each Wednesday night, phone lines will open up and viewers will vote for their favorites.