How far can Gaz go?
BILAMBIL Heights' Garrett Griffiths now has even more reason to dance.
The 26-year-old break-dancer, better known on national television as “Gaz”, this week survived the first-round elimination from the top 20 on Channel 10's So You Think You Can Dance Australia.
But Mr Griffiths now has another motive for succeeding.
On top of the $200,000 cash prize, the winner of So You Think You Can Dance Australia will also have the choice of three contracts to dance in Australian and overseas performances.
The first contract, with Adelaide-based Australian Dance Theatre and a season at the Adelaide Festival Centre, was announced by host Natalie Basingthwaite on Thursday's elimination show.
The remaining contracts will be announced in the coming weeks.
>On Wednesday's show, Mr Griffiths impressed judges with a paso doble with partner Ivy Heeney.
Next week they have chosen a hip-hop routine.
Mr Griffiths' mother, Banora Point resident Monica Griffiths, spoke with her son after the show.
“He's pretty excited about the hip-hop category. It's similar to his b-boy style but not too much,” Mrs Griffiths said.
She said her son was also intrigued by the additional prize of a choice of dance contracts.
“He is more determined than ever now with this extra incentive,” Mrs Griffiths said.
The proud mother joked that she should be entitled to some of the $200,000 prize money should her son win to pay off her phone bills from voting for her son.
“I wasn't counting, but I think I sent about 25 text messages to keep him in the show the other night,” she said.
But I'm just so happy and proud to see him on the show of course.”
Mr Griffiths will perform his hip-hop routine with partner Ms Heeney on So You Think You Can Dance on Wednesday at 8pm DST.