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Interview with Alexander Fost and Ryan Ramirez of "So You Think You
Can Dance" on FOX
FBC PUBLICITY: So You Think You Can Dance
July 15, 2011/10:00 a.m. PDT
Gina Sorial - Host
Gina Scarpa - RealityWanted.com
Lindsay Dreyer - Wet Paint
Mike Hughes - TV America
Sammi Turano - TV Grapevine
Casey Navarro - YakkityYaks.com
Moderator Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to
the So You Think You Can Dance Conference Call. At this time, all
participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we will conduct a
question and answer session. Instructions will be given at that time,
and as a reminder, this conference is being recorded. I would now like
to turn the conference over to our host, Gina Sorial. Please go ahead.
G. Sorial Hi, everyone. Welcome to the So You Think You Can Dance
conference call. On todayís call we have Alexander Fost, 21 years old,
contemporary dancer from Pasadena, California. Also Ryan Ramirez, 19
years old, contemporary dancer from Morgan Hill, California. We ask that
you keep your questions limited to one question with one follow up, and
take it away, Roxanne.
Moderator Our first question comes from the line of Gina Scarpa with
RealityWanted.com. Please go ahead.
G. Scarpa Hi, guys. So my first question was for Ryan, and last night
Nigel said that you seemed ďdown and out,Ē and I was wondering what your
response was to that and if there was any truth to it?
R. Ramirez Yes, when he said that I was actually not surprised, but I
definitely didnít feel that way at all. I guess, I donít know, when I
got the comments on Wednesday about the duets, you could say I kind of
thought that I might be in the bottom, but I never was down or out about
the competition. I was still fighting, and I still thought that I had a
chance to stay, and I was excited to do my solo so that I could dance on
the stage again. So I never felt down or out. I was still excited and
still fighting and still pushing, and itís weird that they felt that way
but I never felt that way. I was still excited to dance.
G. Scarpa Okay. And, Alexander, I donít know if was just me, but I felt
like a lot of times in this season they were comparing you and Sasha to
one another, and I was wondering if you would have preferred that they
judged you more as a couple and not always put you up against each
A. Fost I feel like as if they kind of forgot a little bit that being a
couple is being team work, and every single week I know for sure that
Sasha and I worked extremely hard. During rehearsals and the way we ran
the show, all the choreographers, nobody ever said, ďYou know, so and so
is better or is this.Ē It was just basically only when we went live and
the show actually started to air that I started to get those comments.
So it was really confusing, because you hear one thing during the
rehearsals and during the dress run, and then when the show aired itís
something completely different. But, you know, it is what it is and
sometimes you just have to make the best of it.
G. Scarpa Well I hope I see you both on the tour as alternates. Thank
you so much.
Moderator Our next question comes from the line of Lindsay Dreyer with
Wet Paint. Please go ahead.
L. Dreyer Hi, Ryan. My question is for you first. So after not making
the top 20 last year, you came back and you came back strong and really
showed the judges that you were worthy of a spot. Was your experience
everything that you thought it would be and everything that you thought
it was cracked up to be?
R. Ramirez Oh my God, yes. It was everything I thought it would be and
more. I didnít know that I would learn so much about myself through the
experience. It really pushed me to my limits physically but mostly
mentally, I think, just because with the show you go through so much
critique and then not sleep and then having to learn so much
choreography, and I think I realized that I can push myself more than I
thought I could.
Yes, it was just as amazing as I thought it would be. Relating to the
choreographers was just as great as I thought it would be. I would say
that it was better actually. Other contestants were very inspiring. It
was amazing to be on the show. I still wish that I was there, but it was
L. Dreyer And for Alexander, so you said before that even though youíre
listed as a contemporary dancer that youíre a ballet dancer through and
through. And as a classically trained ballet dancer, which was the
hardest style for you to pick up and master?
A. Fost I think for the most part the hardest style had to have been
probably contemporary. I know I was listed as a contemporary dancer, but
hip hop was hard as well because thereís a certain type of attitude and
a style of what we call ďswagĒ that you need to be able to perform it to
a certain level, but most importantly I think contemporary was a
challenge because, as a ballet dancer, we donít roll ourselves on the
floor. We donít go down on the floor. It just felt like every time I
touched the floor I got a bruise or something because Iím not used to
it. I didnít know how to really maneuver my body in that way. So every
time I got a contemporary, which was a very big of a challenge, and
because I was listed as a contemporary dancer there was high
expectation. So the choreography was hard, the critique was hard, and
that was probably one of the most challenging dances yet, for sure by
L. Dreyer Well I think you both proved yourself and you did an excellent
Moderator We have a question from the line of Mike Hughes with TV
America. Please go ahead.
M. Hughes Hey, Ryan, I got a kick out of two things. One was that you
mentioned that youíve been dancing forever, since you were born almost,
and one was that you just got around to getting your driverís license
now. And I was wondering are those kind of related in some way? In other
words, are you so obsessed on dancing you just donít get around to a lot
of other things?
R. Ramirez You know actually that is correct, for the most part. The
reason why I just kind of recently got my driverís license is because I
was traveling a lot with dancing and really focused on dancing and
moving to L.A., and so I never really got around to taking my test just
because I was always so busy. Iíve always been focused on dance. I donít
know, itís just been a priority for me and other things I just realized
that I could make them happen later in life. Yes, I guess I havenít
really thought about it that way, but yes.
M. Hughes Sure sounds cool. Also, Alexander, I just wanted to ask you
for a minute, youíve had a chance to work with guys who learned ballet
in Russia. Is that right? Old Russian ballet masters, is that right?
A. Fost Right. Thatís correct.
M. Hughes So just tell me, what is that like to be with guys who learned
it from kind of the heart of ballet like that? Whatís that like to study
A. Fost Very, very, very intense, and with that said this show is very
intense, but that opportunity I was received was very intense only
because I feel like the European dancers are very different from the
American dancers and the way they approach it even more so. Ballet, itís
not just an art form but the passion that they have towards it, itís
With that said, I was not a ballet dancer at the age, 17 or 18, it
wasnít until almost 19. Almost two years ago is when I got strictly
heavily into ballet, and they were competing. I won competitions and I
had traveled and stuff in a matter of months only because of the
tremendous amount of training that was given to me. They just show no
mercy. But it was amazing. Not only that I feel like they also showed me
a sense of elegancy that ballet has that I normally wouldnít get from
training here in the U.S. So that was great.
Moderator Our next question comes from the line of Sammi Turano with TV
Grapevine. Please go ahead.
S. Turano Good morning to both of you. How are you? My question is is
there a dance you havenít learned yet that you would like to learn
R. Ramirez Yes. For me there are a lot of dances that I would love to
learn still. I always wanted to get krump on the show just because I
think that style is really interesting and entertaining, and I really
wanted to learn what the mechanics are with it and about it because I
love the passion with it. And also still some of the ballrooms. I would
love to learn how to waltz and tango and stuff like that, but definitely
krump and more of the ballrooms.
A. Fost As for me, I have to agree, the ballroom is something that I
really have opened my eyes to. The last dance I was able to do was the
paso doble this week. It was very similar to ballet in certain areas,
but because of the structure involved, but it was probably one of my
favorite pieces, dances, I was able to do. Also tap. I know they donít
have tap dancing on the show, but as a dancer I really have been wanting
to take tap for a while. I think thatís something that I might be doing.
So thatís exciting.
S. Turano And whoís your dream choreographer to work with?
R. Ramirez Out of like the whole world?
S. Turano Yes. Out of the whole world, not necessarily that was on the
show but anybody in the world you can work with.
R. Ramirez Oh, God.
A. Fost As for me, I think Tyce was one of them that I really enjoy
working with. Since Iíve started dancing and have heard about him, heís
one of a big inspiration. Jamie King is one of my other all time
favorite choreographers. I have actually close friends that know him
personally, and Iíve heard that heís such a great person and a brilliant
mind and heís by far one of the greatest choreographers that Iíd
probably want to get involved with for sure.
R. Ramirez For me I would love to work with Wade Robson. I think heís a
genius. And then, I donít know, for me I was always aiming to work for
Mia, and so Iíd still say that she is one of my favorite choreographers
to work with. I mean, there are so many amazing people. I would love to
work with Jaquel Knight actually too. Heís a hip-hop choreographer. He
choreographed Nicole Scherzingerís performance last night, and I think
it would be fun to work with him too.
S. Turano Wonderful. Well thank you so much, and Iím proud of the both
Moderator We have a question from the line of Casey Navarro with
YakkityYaks.com. Please go ahead.
C. Navarro Hi there, you guys. Hi, you both are stunning dancers and our
members were very sad to see you go last night. My question is for both
of you. You both had extensive dance training and experience over the
years. What about this competition, in particular, did you find most
difficult or most surprising based on what you expected it to be?
R. Ramirez Alex, you want me to go first again?
A. Fost I think the hardest part in the competition is not just working
with a group of people that youíve never danced with before, not just
learning the dance in two days and going live the day after, but I think
the hardest part is having to perform it on live television and getting
critiqued, and then from there being judged on television. Because
whether it is a dance competition, it is a popularity contest as well.
Yes itís very entertaining, but people at home will simply not vote for
you because they donít like your costume or because you said something
in the package that they found you to be odd with. So I think thatís the
And with that said, being on the show you have to just keep remembering
how much you love dance and why you keep doing it and that this was just
a chance to perform on one of the biggest stages any dancer can perform
on, and thatís So You Think You Can Dance, the TV show.
R. Ramirez Mine is similar to what Alex just said. I think the hardest
thing was just being in the public eye so much. Just because I didnít
realize how much people really analyze your every move on the show. I
just realized that you have to keep your mind focused on why youíre
there and not get caught up in what people are saying about you, good or
bad, and that you have to keep a level head and just do it because you
love dance and want to grow as a dancer.
But Iíd say that that was definitely theówhat was the biggest shock for
me was just being in front ofóI mean, I guess I knew I was going to be
on TV, but just not knowing I guess the power of the show and how many
people it reaches.
C. Navarro Yes, that sounds hard. Well thank you for your time you guys,
best of luck to both of you. Hope to see you in the future soon.
Moderator And at this time there are no other questions.
G. Sorial Thank you, everyone, for joining this morning, and we wish
everyone best of luck with Carmageddon.
Moderator Actually we do have one more question from the line of Lindsay
Dreyer with Wet Paint. Go ahead, Lindsay.
L. Dreyer This is for Ryan. I just wanted to ask if moving forward,
since youíve already worked with Mia Michaels and youíve assisted on
some other seasons, do you plan to pursue choreography rather than
performing as you move forward?
R. Ramirez Yes. Actually becoming a choreographer is one of my main
goals in life. I still want to be a performer because I love performing
and being on stage. I think right now I want to continue performing
while also developing my skills as a choreographer, and then hopefully
as I get older and not able to perform as much as I would like to, I
want to move into choreography and more the directing side of things.
Working with Mia has helped me with that and Iíve learned a lot about
behind the scenes work, which Iím very grateful for, and Iím hoping to
continue to develop that. So yes, definitely, I want to be a
L. Dreyer Okay. Great. Thank you so much for answering that last
G. Sorial All right, thanks, everyone. Have a great weekend. Thanks,
Ryan and Alexander.
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