The morning after Season 9’s Amber Jackson and Brandon Mitchell were eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance, the couple hopped on a call with press to talk about their So You Think You Can Dance experiences.
How did Amber and Brandon feel about becoming partners for a week?
Amber said, “Our connection was strong from the beginning. We were friends before we were even paired up, so when we started dancing the chemistry was strong because of that previous connection.”
Brandon added, “When I found out Amber was my partner, I was very excited. I’m a huge fan of Amber’s and we were friends before we made the show. The connection was very natural, and the routine on top of that made it easier to connect with her.”
When only two guys and two girls were asked to dance solos, were they nervous?
Amber recalled, “I was just thankful for being in Top 20 period. In that moment I just wanted to leave America with the note ‘This is why I’m here’ and show them why I made Top 20.”
Brandon shared, “Every time you hit the stage, even when you’re doing your duet, I always feel like you’re dancing for your life. There’s always pressure regardless. At the same time, it’s an extra opportunity to show America what you got and to dance for America. It was cool.”
On exiting on a high note…
Amber stated, “I wish I would have done last night’s routine earlier in the season than last night, but it was a great moment and I went out with a bang.”
Brandon said, “I was just thankful for the journey and for making the Top 20, making it that far, and having a successful night. I had a lot of fun doing my solo and giving America the chance to see what I do.”
How has So You Think You Can Dance changed Amber and Brandon?
Amber explained, “I think it’s made me a stronger person, period. Not just as a dancer. This whole process pushes you and opens up so many doors, and the other dancers push you as well. You learn to enjoy every moment and attack it as well. For me, I opened up for America and I’m the shyest person you’ll ever meet. I can only go up from here.”
Brandon mentioned, “Being a stepper, just learning from all the different genres and from the other contestants – how they stretch, how they approach a turn or a step, where it comes from in your body – just all kinds of technical things I wouldn’t have known. It taught me a lot about myself and my values, worth, and identity. I have just grown all around as a dancer and an individual.”
What’s next for the dancers?
Amber told us, “I’m planning to go to New York to start my career – whether it’s Broadway, concert, or commercial – I just want to start fresh and work.”
Brandon replied, “I have a movie coming out, Step Up Revolution, so I am pretty sure I’ll be doing some promotional things for that. I think the next push for me will be acting. It’s another passion of mine and I’ve been taking classes for the last year.”