The dancers

Posted: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 by Travis Cody in

OK! Now I've got pictures and some basic bio information on our Top 20 for season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance. They are listed in the order they were selected last Thursday.

Janette Manrara, 25, a Salsa dancer from Miami FL, performed in musical theatre at the age of 12

Vitolio Jeune, 26, a Contemporary dancer from Petionville Haiti, has been dancing since the age of 18

Kayla Radomski, 18, a Jazz/Contemporary dancer from Aurora CO, has been dancing most of her life and also enjoys singing and acting

Kuponohi'pou Aweau, 23, a Lyrical/Contemporary dancer from Honolulu HI, has been dancing since the age of 16

Paris Torres, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Issaquah WA, has been dancing since the age of 6 and has been a dancer with the Seattle Storm

Jeanine Mason, 18, a Contemporary dancer from Miami FL, has training in ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, modern, and contemporary dance

Ade Obayomi, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Chandler AZ, has been dancing since the age of 6

Karla Garcia, 23, a Jazz/Contemporary dancer from Oxon Hill MD, has danced on Broadway

Jonathan Platero, 21, a Salsa dancer from Sanford FL, is a trained gymnast and has been dancing since the age of 16

Brandon Bryant, 19, a Contemporary dancer from Miami FL, has been dancing since the age of 10

Tony Bellissimo, 20, a Hip Hop dancer from Buffalo NY, has been an athlete and enjoys mentoring kids

Maksim Kapitannikov, 26, a Latin Ballroom dancer from Moscow Russia, comes from a dancing family

Caitlin Kinney, 21, a Contemporary dancer from Annapolis MD, has competed as a gymnast

Melissa Sandvig, 29, a Ballet dancer from Los Alamitos CA, has danced with Milwaukee Ballet Company, LA Opera, Long Beach Ballet, and Helios Dance Theatre

Jason Glover, 21, a Lyrical/Contemporary dancer from Fresno CA, has been dancing since the age of 12

Ashley Valerio, 22, a Contemporary dancer from Mesa AZ, has been dancing since a young age

Randi Evans, 23, a Jazz dancer from Orem UT, danced in the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics

Philip Chbeeb, 20, a Popper from Houston TX, has been dancing since he was 15 and has no formal training

Asuka Kondho, 25, a Latin Ballroom dancer from San Francisco CA, is a Latin Ballroom instructor

Evan Kasprzak, 21, a Broadway dancer from West Bloomfield MI, dancing since the age of 6

There they are...our Top 20.


  1. Marsha says:

    Interesting group, can't wait!

  1. Ivanhoe says:

    Wow! That was a fast selection. It seems that AI takes forever to choose their top 32 (or insert whatever top # they do now :o)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for doing that. I appreciate it and you taking the time :)

  1. Akelamalu says:

    I bet you can't wait for it to get started! :)

  1. barb says:

    Exciting for these 20! My joints and feet hurt just thinking about it! Did I ever mention that I took dance lessons from pre-school until the 8th grade? Yup. The only reason I quit is that I did not care for the dance instructor or the studio in the new town we moved to... and I didn't really have a passion for it to continue.

  1. Let's get this show on the road!!1 I can't wait.

  1. Kanani says:

    I had hoped hoped hoped both brothers would get in. In fact, the other one deserved to be there. I think he lost out to that kid, who clearly doesn't belong there.

  1. Linda says:

    We actually watched this at work last Wednesday and may very well end up watching the whole season. If not, I'll check in here for the best updates!

  1. Anndi says:

    Oh boy Oh boy EVAN!!!!!!!

  1. Bond says:

    Going to be a great season I think.

  1. Travis says:

    Marsha: Just a few short hours to go!

    Ivanhoe: That's right. There's no fooling around here!

    Thom: I try to be as thorough as possible. And it's fun!

    Akelamalu: I can't!

    Barb: You may have said something about taking dance. I didn't when I was younger, but as an adult I've taken several ballroom classes. I'd like to do that more frequently.

    Drilleraa: I know!

    Kanani: I think we could see Ryan in the fall season. At least I hope he tries again.

    Linda: Oh I hope you watch some. You'll enjoy it.

    Ann: **wonders if there is anyone else in the competition that could turn Ann's head**

    V: I think you might be right.