I'm on vacation from Oct. 12 to 27 but I've attempted to populate this blog with at least some content while I'm gone. If you have any breaking news in the TV/radio arena, my colleague Jennifer Brett will be covering over at the AJC Buzz site and you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jasmine Harper moved to Lawrenceville last year and quickly found the dance community, which helped her nearly win Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" last month.
She credits the folks at Dance 411 and Gotta Dance studios. "It's so inspiring," she said. "Since I got there, I've grown as a dancer. A lot of the routines that I perform on 'So You Think You Can Dance' I couldn't have done without my Atlanta training."
She will be performing before many of her friends at the sold-out Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre live "So You Think You Can Dance" show on October. 25. (Since it's sold out, you'll have to fish around Stubhub and the like for tickets. If you need basic info, it's here.)
The show will feature many of the dances seen on the show, as well as some new ones. Harper said she appears in part in at least 12 different ones.
Harper managed to stay injury free during the show, which flew by, she said. "You live week by week," she said. "I focused on each style. And before you knew it, it was top 10, then I blinked and it was top 4!" She said she picked up a lot from the choreographers and fellow dancers.
Her favorite dance was jazz choreographed by Sonya Tayhe during the top 20 week. Her weakest, she felt, was ballroom. "It's something I need to work on," she said.
Harper isn't sure what she wants to do after the tour is over but she'd love to be an all-star dancer next year.
And showing this is a young person's competition, she was the oldest of the final women at the creaky age of 20 years old.
She said everyone got along well. "We were all fans of each other," she said.
Harper said she still stays in touch with her ex-boyfriend Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer, also from Atlanta, who finished in the finals last year but fell just short of victory. But they aren't buddy buddy. "He's filming something right now," she said.
She wasn't sure what the two winners (Amy Yakima and Du-Shaunt 'Fik-Shun') received in terms of prize money. I can't find information on what that was.