Salsa dancer Cristina Santana was eliminated from Season 7 in tenth place. Soon after leaving the competition, the San Diego resident talked about the audition process, her future, and dancing with Pasha.
The night before her elimination, Cristina danced the Paso Doble with Pasha Kovalev. The two had great chemistry and the judges raved about her performance, and although Cristina said she wasn’t too shocked to be in the bottom, she got to go out on a high note. “I just saw the performance with the Paso Doble. I was kind of impressed with myself. I really liked the routine and the choreography was amazing.”
The Latin ballroom dancer called dancing with Pasha “a great experience. Having a professional dancer help you through practice and give you this confidence. It was a really great experience, and I would never change it. I’m glad I got him for my last dance.” Cristina also talked a bit about the role of the all-stars on Season 7. “They’re there for us to, to support us, and to help us through the choreography every week. They have experience from before, so they know what it’s like to be on the show. I think it’s a good balance for the show to have the All-Stars.”
Cristina auditioned for Season 6 and made it all the way to the end before she was cut. She came back with her head held high and learned a lot about herself through the process. “I auditioned for Season 6, and it was very, very hard auditioning during Vegas Week,” Cristina revealed. “This year was even harder, just being one of the five girls that they choose for the Top 11…That was the hardest thing ever that I have done, and I did it, and I made it, and I’m really happy about that.”
Moving forward, Cristina plans to keep things pretty similar to the way they were for her in San Diego. She plans on continuing to work, dance, and go back to school. From her So You Think You Can Dance journey, Cristina learned “to be determined and to keep going…and to push yourself to really work hard to just be better.”
Learn to shake your hips like Cristina by dancing along with her signature move.