Backstage Interview with 'So You Think You Can Dance' Contestant Kathryn McCormick


Kathryn McCormick wasn't always my favorite dancer on the show, but she was one of my favorite dancers to talk to. Her performance coaches would be proud of the way she has mastered the art of eye contact. She mirrors the person she is talking to, smiling when they smile, laughing when they laugh. She talked to each reporter individually and connected with each of them on a unique but consistent interpersonal level.


I believe that was her skill on the show, too; For every time Jakob looked bashfully at the floor or Russell looked excitedly towards the heavens, she looked piercingly into the camera like a vampire. "You will pick up the phone. You will vote for me."


I asked Kathryn about the tools of performance - character building, building a routine, and whether it's better to go first or last. She also told me about her Southern holiday plans.


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