Here is your chance to become a star... if you think you can dance. If you are skilled in ballet, breaking, salsa, jazz or any other dance technique, come out to audition and compete for the title of America's Favorite Dancer.

There will be open-call auditions for the next season of Fox’s hit series “So You Think You Can Dance” on Feb. 23, with registration starting at 8 a.m.

The audition will be hosted by Cat Deeley and judged by famous dancers and choreographers Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Adam Shankman.

For the ninth season, SYTYCD has been traveling from Atlanta, Dallas and New York to SLC to find the most talented dancers in the country. At the audition, some selected contestants will be given tickets to Las Vegas for callbacks, where they will learn from the top choreographers and be judged on multiple styles of dance.

But what do they expect from Utah? We interviewed Jeff Thacker, the co-executive producer of SYTYCD, to find out what Utahns can expect at the auditions.

Q: Have you come to Utah for the auditions before? Why did you pick Utah for this season?

A: We have been to Utah many times for auditions and we found many dancers who successfully made it to our top 20 and our top 10 in numerous seasons: Allison Holker, Chelsie Hightower, Gev Manoukian, Thayne Jasperson, Matt Dorame, Ricky Jaime.

Q: Are there any specific characteristics that you are looking for in the contestants to make it to the next round?

A: We always ask for dancers to make an impact, be unique and be memorable. That is what stars are. They shine and stand out. The standard of dance has become higher each season. This is not done by us, but by the dancers themselves who have taken it to the next level in all forms of dance.

Q: What do you hope the contestants get out of the experience?

A: The sense of achievement. The opportunity to show just what they can do. The chance to take any experience and use it for the future. Auditions are an excellent way to take a free class and grow as a dancer by not just participating, but also observing how other dancers perform in this situation.

Q: What do you have to say to those who are interested but hesitant to come audition?

A: Come along, as you are doing yourself an injustice by not coming. It is doing something that you are passionate about and love. So grab this moment and take it. Nothing to be scared of at all. This is what you have been waiting for. Show us what you can do. 

Just as Thacker said, the past winner, Melanie Moore, did brought passion for dance and showed the judges what she can do. She ended up winning $250,000 and has modeled for magazines and TV.

Dancers must be U.S. citizens, permanent resident or a legal employee. They also have to be between 18 and 30 years of age. Make sure to check out the website for full eligibility rules.

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