So You Think You Can Dance just closed off its 16th season, and we're still loving every second of the brilliant choreographers, numbers, and dancers. This hit reality show is produced by the same masterminds behind American Idol, Nigel Lythgoe (who you'll know as a judge on this show) and Simon Fuller. There have been many dancers crowned as America's favorite dancer, but what happens after that?
We thought fans of the show would be interested to see where their favorite winners ended up. Sure, some of them are all-stars on the show, but what else are they doing?
10 Nick Lazzarini (Season 1)
You'll remember Nick aaaaall the way back from season 1. Sure, he was America's first favorite dancer, but what is he doing now? Well, Nick moved on to become a founding member of a dance company, Evolution Dance Co., where he works with other alumni from SYTYCD.
If you follow Travis Wall (which we know you all do), you'll know that he has a dance company in LA called Shaping Sound. Well, Nick is also one of the founders of this company, and that's what he's up to today!
9 Joshua Allen (Season 4)
After taking home the crown from the fourth season, Joshua moved on to be a featured dancer in many television shows and films. He actually danced alongside tWitch (the runner-up of his season) in Step Up 3D. He later went on to be a featured dancer in the remake of Footloose, and appeared in Community and American Horror Story. He even does some commercials! So you might find him on TV when you're looking at Honda vehicles or McDonald's burgers.
8 Jeanine Mason (Season 5)
Jeanine actually went on to become a famous actress, shockingly enough. Clearly, she's good at dance, but it was her true passion to pursue acting. She appeared in many shows, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Big Time Rush, Secret Life of the American Teenager, and even had a recurring role on Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Sam Bello. It's safe to say she's doing pretty well for herself.
7 Lauren Froderman (Season 7)
Lauren took home the crown for season 7 in 2010, and, since then, she's gone on to do some minor acting roles. She was in an episode of Glee, appeared in a couple of shorts, and was most recently apart of TV mini-series How to Get the Girl (2019). She is also a current all-star on SYTYCD! And, for some extra trivia, apparently, she dated current judge and alum, Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval for four years? We guess it's a small dance world out there.
6 Melanie Moore (Season 8)
Moore actually also appeared on the TV show All the Right Moves! So, she was also involved with Shaping Sound Dance Company. What's even cooler, is that Melanie was actually (like Lauren) in the fourth season of Glee as a background character.
Today, Melanie is doing Broadway, which is no shock at all. She was Peter Pan in "Finding Neverland", and even received a prestigious Broadway award for the role. Most recently, she's done "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Hello Dolly!". You can catch her as an all-star on SYTYCD, too.
5 Chehon Wespi-Tschopp (Season 9)
Chehon has moved on to become a creative director for many shows and celebrities. He's worked on the set of American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Dance Moms, and even Bones. As for celebrities, he's worked with John Legend and Jennifer Lopez. What's really neat is that he is even credited with being the director for many of T-Swift's videos! It's safe to say he's doing really well and is even the mastermind behind some of your favorite artists and shows.
4 Amy Yakima (Season 10)
Amy actually also appeared on Broadway and replaced Melanie Moore in "Finding Neverland" in 2015 as Peter Pan! Since then, she's been touring with more SYTYCD alumni with Shaping Sound. Clearly, Travis Wall is utilizing the excellent pool of dancers that this awesome reality show has to offer. Why wouldn't he, right?
3 Ricky Ubeda (Season 11)
We all know and remember Ricky, the sweetest (and most flexible!) dude around. In 2015, Ricky joined Broadway for "On the Town." Since then, he has been in the Broadway show "Cats the Musical," and we can't imagine anything better for this bubbly and talented man. Ricky is also set to be in the 2020 film, West Side Story, which is directed by the infamous Steven Spielberg.
2 Gaby Diaz (Season 12)
Gaby is also one of the SYTYCD alumni to have toured with Shaping Sound, and she's also been a prominent all-star back on the set of So You Think You Can Dance. Now, Gaby is a part of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, which is essentially a dance program and school. So, unfortunately for us, Gaby has moved away from the whole "commercial" dance thing. However, with that said, Gaby is also set to appear in the 2020 film West Side Story alongside Ricky, so you better look out for her.
1 Hannahlei Cabanilla (Season 15)
Hannhalei won the most recent season of SYTYCD (save this newest season which is just closing up!). She actually scored a role with Rent: Live (2019), which is a TV movie that included a whole plethora of famous stars. She worked alongside Vanessa Hudgens and Jordan Fisher, just to name a couple. Since she literally just won her season last year, she's pretty new to the professional world. So, her dancing career is most likely far from over, since it's really only just begun, and we're excited to see what she has to offer next.
As this current season of 2019 is wrapping up, we expect to have a new ambitious and talented winner to add to this list. Are you team Sophie, Bailey, Gino, or Mariah? Well, you'll have to tune it to find out who the next addition to this list will be.