Pittman continues to impress on national dance show

Collierville dance prodigy Sophie Pittman continues to shine in the spotlight of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.â€Â 

The 18-year-old Collierville High School graduate was one of the final five women on Monday night to make it through another round of the Emmy Award Winning dance show. 

In its 16thseason, the show is a competition where dancers ages 18-30 perform routines that are judged by award winning choreographers and dancers. Contestants are eliminated weekly and a winner is named on the season finale. 

Pittman has been dancing since she was three and is moving to Los Angeles this week to pursue dance full-time. 

Viewers will be able to vote on the remaining dancers beginning on Aug. 12, when the episodes go live. 

“I’ve been watching the show since I was out of the womb,†Pittman joked last month. “I’ve always wanted to be on it.â€Â 

Pittman first auditioned in Dallas before traveling to California to perform her televised routine. 

She said the experience of performing in front of “iconic†judges and on national television was “exhilarating, terrifying and intimidating.â€Â 

“I’ve never been on TV before, so the thought of performing was blowing my mind,†she said. “It made me very nervous to dance.â€Â 

While she describes herself as a “shy person,†Pittman said dance provides her an outlet to speak without using words.

This week, Pittman performed the “cha-chaâ€Â with season 14 contestant Chris "Kiki" Nyemchek.

“She has to portray confidence and not look like something she’s not used to,â€Â Nyemchek said before the performance.

Judge NigelLythgoe asked Pittman to show “more sharp hip action.â€Â 

Mary Murphy said that she “could see her thinking and that she needs more from her.â€

Pittman is on Instagram as @sophie_sparkles. 


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