One of the prizes the winner of So You Think You Can Dance receives is their photo on the cover of Dance Spirit magazine. SYTYCD Season 6 winner Russell Ferguson graces the cover of Dance Spirit’s March 2010 issue with his krump style and signature smile. The “King of Krump” opened up about his childhood, auditioning for the FOX show, what happened once he was a contestant, and his future in the magazine’s article.
Something you may not know about Russell that he revealed to Dance Spirit is that he started out in performance arts when he was 6 years old with Boston City Lights. Next, he enrolled as a dance major at Boston Arts Academy, and he learned about ballet and technique. Although it was “boring” for him at first, he has since admitted, “I know what technique is used for now—to get better at whatever style of dance you do,” he says. “Doing ballet is for a good cause.”
When Russell stumbled upon krump, it was love at first sight. “There was no doubt in my mind: Krump was what I was meant to dance. There was something about the look of it that told me that this belongs on my body.” His decision to auditions for So You Think You Can Dance was calculated, and he said, “I wanted a show that would let me be me. I found that at SYTYCD.’
Of all the partners Russell had on So You Think You Can Dance, it was his last routine – hip hop with top girl Kathryn McCormick – when he really felt something special. “She’s unbelievable, and such a hard worker and good listener. She never lets anything discourage her. We made each other shine,” he told DS.
What’s next for Russell? He said that he learned a lot from SYTYCD, and now he wants to “bring all forms of dance together and create something huge. I have wanted to start an organization since way before the show. I see it as a group of educators and performers who tour to different cities spreading all kinds of dance. It’s going to be like a congregation.”
Read the full article on Russell in Dance Spirit magazine, or to read more online, click here.