Dancing to light the stage at PCC

Adam Larck
mtn@timestoday.com
The Top 10 dancers of “So You Think You Can Dance” will be showing their moves Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center.

Feet will be dancing to and fro across the Peoria Civic Center stage Saturday.

The Fox show “So You Think You Can Dance” will be bringing the 10 finalists from season 11 to show off tap dance, ballet, contemporary dance and more at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Civic Center Theater.

Casey Askew, 19, and Bridget Whitman, 20, recently took time out while on tour to talk to the Morton Times-News about the tour and their dancing careers.

Askew said he started dancing at 8 years old.

“I saw a lot of my friends doing hip-hop on the playground and I thought it would be a fun thing to try,” Askew said.

While he started lessons then, he said it wasn’t until 11 that he stared taking dance more seriously.

Meanwhile, Whitman said that she started taking dance lessons at the age of 4.

“I started off on ballet and tap, but started doing more contemporary later on,” she said.

Contemporary dancing is also the type of dance that Askew now focuses on after starting with hip-hop.

Both said they auditioned for the show because of the proximity of the audition. For Whitman, the audition was “literally two blocks” away from her place in Philadelphia, and across the street from her school.

Askew, who lives in Los Angeles, was also close to the audition site, and had watched the show for years and wanted to be a part of it.

“It’s been such a great experience,” Whitman said. “Working with the choreographers has been a whole new world.”

Askew said that the experience has been great, but can sometimes get stressful because of how much they need to do and work on for routines.

His best experience on the show was dancing a duet with Jessica Richens.

“That was the first time I’ve ever given myself chills onstage,” he said.

Meanwhile, Whitman’s most memorable experience was dancing contemporary on the show for the first time, because it was darker and sharper than normal dances and felt like a “whole different world.”

At the show on Saturday, Askew said that the 10 will perform more than 50 duets from the show, along with new dances that have been choreographed for the tour.

“They can expect to see all of our favorite dances from the season,” he said.