Soon after Noelle Marsh and Nathan Trasoras were eliminated from the So You Think You Can Dance Top 10, we caught up with them on a press call. They opened up about their experience on the show and what their future plans are.
Nathan Trasoras auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance’s fifth season when he was only 17. Even though he was not old enough to be on the show, the judges gave him a ticket to Vegas for Season 6, when he would be 18. He was inspired to begin dancing by his older brothers. “It’s just really nice to have a family member able to do the same thing that you do, especially when I look up to my brother, and he is telling me, ‘Hey, dancing is a real thing you can pursue as a career.’ Of course, I’m going to be like, ‘this is going to be really cool.’” Nathan began enrolling in dance classes and became increasingly immersed in the dance world. He even became friends with Season 4’s runner-up, Twitch Boss. “I eventually went from one class to two classes a week until I was dancing every day, and then I got to meet Twitch on the way in. Twitch is my close friend, too and he is doing well and it’s just really nice to have a humble guy become successful.”
For the first five weeks of the competition, Nathan was partners with Mollee Gray. “She’s just very positive and it’s just really nice to have the energy around when you’re trying to pick up a dance style, because you can’t always be serious. You have to always enjoy life, because sometimes people do get caught up with the idea of dancing and take it too seriously and you always need that one person to remind you that this is something you love doing, so it’s just really nice to have her around.”
In his final week on the show, Nathan performed a Broadway routine that was well received. When asked if he would consider pursuing a career dancing on Broadway, Nathan said, “I love having my doors open, and if there’s a job where I get to do Broadway, I would love to do that because Broadway is just very pleasant to do. It’s always nice not to be so serious, and just to have a good time and it’s always nice to entertain people and that’s part of being a performer, so I would love to. If I got offered a Broadway job, I would take it.”
Nathan’s favorite dance he performed was the Bollywood piece he did early on in the season with Mollee. Nathan said he, “got to learn about the Indian culture, and not just dancing. I got to learn about the history of it. And I believe that was another thing for me to appreciate, because a lot of people get stuck in one genre and it’s just always nice to have that around.”
As one of the youngest dancers in the competition, does Nathan wish he waited until he was older to compete on the show? “I don’t wish that I went later because this show actually sped up my process of learning,” Nathan remarked. He also said he’ll take all of the comments and criticism and use them to better his dancing and apply them to his future auditions. “You’ll always make mistakes and you have to always be open to changes.”
Nathan is appreciates SYTYCD as a learning experience and said that the show opened up a new world of dance to him. “I learned that I have love for ballroom now, when it comes down to it. There’s such a big world out there for ballroom and I didn’t know that. I was always more into the competition for contemporary and jazz, and I didn’t know there was another world like ballroom. So, now that I was opened up to it and I got a chance to do rumba and salsa, now I want to start pursuing that.”
Noelle Marsh, a contemporary dancer from North Carolina, always kept her spirits up, even when she was injured during the first week of the competition. “That was definitely the lowest point in my journey with So You Think You Can Dance, because for that slight moment when I was almost taken out of the competition, it was like everything I had ever worked for was about to be taken away from me,” Noelle recalls. “But I think it definitely brought out a different side of me. It pushed me that much harder to come back in and just lay it all out there and show why I am in Top 20 and it definitely gave me a lot more to work for than I think the other contestants because I was a week behind everyone else.”
For the first five weeks of the competition, Noelle was paired up with krumper Russell Ferguson. “I was actually really excited that I got someone that was complete opposite of me, because I didn’t want anyone who did contemporary. Because I think it helped out as far as like getting hip-hop or stuff like the African Jazz, or even Russell’s done ballroom before. So to have someone that that was experienced in all of those areas was really nice, because it was a good balance. It was a good mixture. We were complete opposite, so together we were almost like the perfect match, because we could help each other out in so many ways.”
Although Noelle was let go during the Top 10 week, she reached a big dream of hers. “I just wanted to be able to make Top 10, because it’s so hard to leave behind all of the friends that you make. To have the comfort that I’m going to be able to spend three months with them, and I’m still going to be able to share my love for dance with America on tour, that’s what’s most important for me. It wasn’t about winning or making the finale, I just wanted to never stop dancing.”
African Jazz was a style of dance introduced this season, and Noelle got to be a part of it. “I was so confused when I pulled it out, because I was like, ‘I don’t think they’d ever had this on the show before,’ and Russell and I had no clue what to expect. So going into that was having to set the standard for African Jazz for the rest of the show, because they never had it. We debuted it. We were kind of stressed out. We didn’t know what to expect, but I think it was probably my favorite piece of the season and I’m so glad that we got to expose that genre to the show and it was so much fun working with Russell. We really clicked in that routine. I think it was a breakthrough moment for us and our partnership.”
Even though the Top 20 dancers are in competition with one another, Noelle said everyone helps each other out. “I learned a lot from everyone. I can’t really pinpoint one person, because even the people that I didn’t work with, we all share such a bond and such a relationship, where I feel like everyone has helped each other to grow. Because we’re constantly working with each other behind the scenes, and helping each other out and each person has helped me to grow, in so many ways, and they have brought out a piece of me that I never knew I had.”
Noelle leaves the competition with her head held high and as bubbly as ever. “I just think the experience was definitely the most rewarding experience I have ever had in my life. Just to think that I could have inspired or impacted maybe just one person’s life is all I could have ever asked for. All I want to do is just share my love for this art and just give back all that I can, so it was just completely amazing. I couldn’t ask for more.”
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