Nigel Lythgoe, LA’s BEST governing board member and Executive Producer of “So You Think You Can Dance” (SYTYCD), invited the dance team from Hillcrest Elementary School to a SYTYCD dress rehearsal at the CBS studio lot.
Nine students, along with their dance coach and school principal, traveled to the Hollywood studio and were escorted into the dress rehearsal. The dance team watched as SYTYCD contestants performed their routines for the night’s show in front of the judges, including Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo, and Nigel.
During one of the breaks, Paula left her desk and came over to the Hillcrest group to say hello and giving each student a hug. Not long after meeting Paula, the students were escorted from their seats to meet and take a photo with Jason Derulo.
At the end of the rehearsal, Nigel invited the team on stage for an impromptu dance party with all the current contestants and choreographers.
On other occasions this year, the Hillcrest Dance team met Usher (“The Voice”) when he shot a commercial at their school and met other SYTYCD dancers, including “tWitch,” when the kids performed at the LA’s BEST Annual Family Dinner at the Skirball Cultural Center.