Lismore dancer Jarrad Cramp is a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance.
Lismore dancer Jarrad Cramp is a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance. Cathy Adams

We know Jarrad can dance - now everyone else does too

FOR those who have seen Jarrad Cramp perform, there is no question as to whether they think he can dance.

So it is little surprise the Lismore local made it to the top 30 dancers in the country, as part of Network Ten's television series So You Think You Can Dance.

The 23-year-old former English National Ballet dancer said at first he was overwhelmed, but quickly embraced the culture of dancers.

"Opportunities like that, where you're with Australia's best dancers, don't come around every day," he said.

"I got to meet some wonderful dancers who I've made really great contact with, I got to work with internationally renowned choreographers that I picked up so much from."

Before auditioning in front of judges, dancers had to submit a short film showcasing their abilities.

Making it through the round of online submissions, Mr Cramp was flown down to Sydney where he spent four days auditioning.

After choreography workshops, the dancers performed a 30-second solo, were interviewed, measured and told to wait for an email telling them whether or not they made it to the top 100.

Making the cut, Mr Cramp was flown back down to Sydney for the tasks.

For the first task, which aired on Sunday night, dancers were taught a routine in their own genre.

The second task, which aired last night, involved dancers learning choreography for a completely different genre - hip-hop in Mr Cramp's case.

"I was nervous," he said. "It's on the complete other end of the spectrum for ballet dancers - they couldn't be further away from each other.

"But by this time, all us contemporary dancers were so close knit, we said 'Let's give it everything we've got', and I actually loved it."

Mr Cramp managed to wow the judges, who said they were impressed by his versatility.

"I spoke about the ability to tell yourself that you can do whatever's thrown at you and not stereotype yourself," he said.

Mr Cramp said he hoped the show would motivate more people to dance.

MOVING AHEAD: Lismore dancer Jarrad Cramp is a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance.
MOVING AHEAD: Lismore dancer Jarrad Cramp is a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance. Cathy Adams


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