Backstage Interview With 'So You Think You Can Dance' Winner Russell Ferguson


Days after Russell Ferguson won So You Think You Can Dance on one leg his Cheshire Cat grin is still fresh in my mind.


Russell is from Roxbury, Massachusetts, a high crime urban area that the City of Boston's governmental web page refers to as "the heart of black culture in Boston." He was the first krumper ever to compete on So You Think You Can Dance, but he won having only danced in his natural style once on the series.


Russell was a dedicated student, who combined a natural aptitude with optimism and hard work to grow far beyond his apparent potential. His win was touching evidence to kids and adults alike that even without expensive lessons, maybe you really can be anything you want to be.


The newly minted champion limped into the press room minutes after the competition looking like a prize fighter who had just won the fight of his life. He was well protected by So You Think You Can Dance's handlers, who didn't want him to exert himself. But I did get a few moments to ask him about God, his best friend, his leg and what this ending means.


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