Byron dancer puts her best foot forward
BYRON BAY dance teacher Cassandra House will be watching closely when the Australian version of So You Think You Can Dance hits our screens this summer. After all, she might be making an appearance. The 22-year-old was thrilled to audition for her favourite television show in Brisbane last month, joining dozens of hopefuls in the final round. Cassandra, along with her 18-year-old student Anni Thwaites, were two North Coast dancers to make it to the State auditions. Neither were chosen as finalists to appear in the show, but they are even more determined now to improve and get through to the next series. The State auditions were filmed and some of the footage may appear on the show when it goes to air, probably early in 2008. "There were so many amazing dancers and some of them didn't get through. The standard on the show will be really high," Cassandra said. "For my solo I showed two styles with a contemporary routine that turned into jazz. You only had a minute-and-a-half to cram in everything you can do leaps, floor work, everything. "The judges were so nice. They gave me really good feedback and congratulated me on being a teacher." In the middle of the auditions Cassandra jumped into a split on the floor and injured her hamstring. She kept on dancing, but had to change her whole routine onto her left leg. She can't wait to go back next year when she is injury-free to give it another shot. Cassandra, who grew up in Byron Bay, has been dancing since the age of three. At age 18, right after completing high school, she bought Byron School of Dance and became the principal of her own studio. So You Think You Can Dance is a dance reality show which eliminates contestants week-by-week leading to the discovery of the next big star.