Meet The Latinos of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Season 8!

Some of the most talented contestants in So You Think You Can Dance history have been Latinos (remember Cuban salsera Janette Manrara and season 5 winner, Jeanine Mason?) — and this season is no different. Meet the five Latinos who will be competing in tonight's top 14 when SYTYCD airs at 8/7c on FOX! 


1. SYTYCD: Jordan Casanova

Jordan Casanova, 18 

Hometown: Chino Hills, CA

Latin Roots: Colombian

Experience: She's been dancing since she was 8 years old and specializes in Jazz. 

Why She Can Win: She has an endearing girl-next-door innocence about her in interviews, but when she's onstage, Jordan transforms into a saucy vixen. The mark of a great dancer is that he or she makes the audience want to dance too, and Jordan definitely achieves that! Of all the Latino contestants this season, we think Jordan has the best shot at winning! 

2. SYTYCD: Alexander Frost

Alexander Fost, 21

Hometown: Alhambra, CA

Latin Roots: Mexican

Experience: Alexander won Mr. Dance USA in 2006 and Mr. Dance International in 2007. A year later, he earned a spot with the Los Angeles Youth American Grand Prix, and went on to dance with the Media City Ballet, San Pedro Ballet and the Festival Ballet Theatre companies.

Why He Can Win: He's limber, flexible and a fast learner. He makes the dances look effortless and there's an artistry to the way he moves. It's almost like he floats when he dances. Plus, he's got plenty of charm, and abs! 


3. SYTYCD: Kristopher Koehl

Name: Chris Koehl, 21

 Hometown: Garland, TX

Latin Roots: Mexican

Experience: He began teaching himself Hip-Hop at the age of 14. Over the past few years, he has divided his time between training at local studios, in college classes and teaching dance.

Why He Can Win: A talented hip-hop dancer, Chris has plenty of rhythm and he's great at telling a story through dance. 


4. SYTYCD: Clarice Ordaz

Name: Clarice Ordaz, 19

Hometown: Whittier, CA

Latin Roots: Mexican

Experience: Clarice, who started dancing at the age of 2, trained at Anaheim Ballet for five years and at West Coast School of the Arts for another ten years. She is skilled at Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop.

Why She Can Win: Knowing a bunch of different dance styles and genres is something that gives her an advantage. 

5. SYTYCD: Ryan Ramirez

NameRyan Ramirez 

Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA

Latin Roots: Mexican

Experience: She's been dancing since she was 4 years old and choreographing since age 11. 

Why She Can Win: She's like able and sweet and her technique is something to be admired. 

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