Lan­don An­der­son of Springville in Tele­vised Dance Com­pe­ti­tion

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Shirley Hop­kins and Tresa An­der­son

Wed­nes­day, June 25, Springville’s dance com­mu­nity held its breath to see if Lan­don An­der­son would make it to the Top 20 in Fox Tele­vi­sion’s So You Think You Can Dance com­pe­ti­tion (SYTYCD).

Lan­don is the son of Wylie and Tresa An­der­son (owner of Charisma Dance Stu­dio) in Springville.

Lan­don, first ap­peared on So You Think You Can Dance last year as the ball­room dance part­ner for Jenna John­son’s au­di­tion. At the time, Lan­don was too young to be on the show but Jenna went on to be a fa­vorite for the tele­vised se­ries. Lan­don and Jenna were com­pe­ti­tion ball­room dancers for four and a half years. As Na­tional Cham­pi­ons they have won nu­mer­ous events through­out the coun­try. They also rep­re­sented the United States in the World Ball­room Com­pe­ti­tion in Bei­jing, China.

This year, it was Lan­don who au­di­tioned for So You Think You Can Dance, so Jenna re­turned the fa­vor and per­formed as his part­ner. The pro­duc­ers loved the per­for­mance and gave the au­di­tion a good amount of air- time. At Lan­don’s au­di­tion Jenna was in­vited to be an All-Star for SYTYCD.

Dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, Lan­don got more than aver­age air time and was a stand-out. The An­der­sons re­port that the pro­duc­ers seemed to see him as a po­ten­tial fi­nal­ist and went out of their way to make him feel ap­pre­ci­ated. Al­though Lan­don did make it to the top forty, he was not cho­sen to be in the top twenty. This is still a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment con­sid­er­ing the num­ber of dancers who au­di­tion for the show!

There is a lit­tle story that goes be­hind all of this. The week be­fore the fi­nal au­di­tions in Pasadena, Lan­don’s grand­mother un­ex­pect­edly died. This had him trav­el­ing to North Dakota to at­tend the fu­neral from which he did not get back un­til the day be­fore his flight to go on to Pasadena. Con­se­quently, he did not have enough time to work on his sec­ond solo. Not only that, but in Pasadena the ball­room cos­tume he had planned to wear for his solo be­came torn be­fore he was to com­pete and he had to change to a non-ball­room look for his solo at the last minute. This look was not ap­pre­ci­ated by the judges who were ex­pect­ing a tra­di­tional ball­room solo from him and that was a de­ter­min­ing point that took him out of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Lan­don feels that the com­pe­ti­tion was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity and gave him some great pub­lic ex­po­sure. He ex­presses his grat­i­tude for the friend­ships gained and the at­ten­tion given him dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion. Look­ing back, he be­lieves things hap­pened the way they were in­tended to be, and that be­ing on the show at this time was not his des­tiny. In­stead, he is look­ing for­ward to serv­ing an LDS mis­sion and be­lieves this

To see Lan­don’s au­di­tion on So You Think You Can Dance, point your browser to http:// or search for Lan­don An­der­son - Au­di­tion With Janna John­son - SYTYCD.

is where he re­ally needs to be. Con­grat­u­la­tions, Lan­don, and much suc­cess in your fu­ture en­deav­ors!

To see Lan­don’s au­di­tion on So You Think You Can Dance, point your browser to or search for Lan­don An­der­son - Au­di­tion With Janna John­son - SYTYCD.

Face­book photo sub­mit­ted by Tresa An­der­son

Lan­don An­der­son and Janna John­son per­form at a ball­room dance com­pe­ti­tion.

Face­book photo sub­mit­ted by Tresa An­der­son

Lan­don and Jenna have been ball­room dance part­ners for over four years

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