If there's one thing I learned from watching So You Think You Can Dance, it's this: the dance world is a small one. There's always a chance that the dancer you're watching knows, or has worked with, either a former contestant, a fellow hopeful, or one of the show's judges or choreographers. Or maybe we've seen them in previous seasons of the show.
Say, Ryan Ramirez, who auditioned in San Francisco. She almost made it to the Top 11 last year, but was cut from the Top 24. (I couldn't find a clip of that moment, though.) And then there's the fact that she also worked with former SYTYCD judge Mia Michaels, which might explain as to why she didn't make it last year -- and why she might make it this year.