Tweed dancer has the moves on So You Think You Can Dance
FORMER Tweed resident Yukino McHugh, 20, has made the top 20 contestants on Channel Ten's So you Think You Can Dance.
Ms McHugh made her TV debut on February 9, surviving the first elimination round with a live performance broadcast to 403,000 viewers.
She tried dancing for the first time at Terranora Primary, which she attended from 2004, after arriving from Japan
"I remember my childhood in Tweed as life changing. It's where my family decided to settle in Australia, so it's home."
She went to Banora Point High and her first dance school was The Ballet Factory.
"I didn't take dancing that seriously until I saw the incredible dancers at the studio and that's when I had inspiration to work hard and thought, 'I could be like them one day'.
"I tried other schools like Dance Force and Dance Technique to train in hip-hop and jazz, which was more my style."
Her hard work paid off when she was selected for Brent Street, a prestigious Sydney performing arts school, where she did her last three years of high school.
She credits her easygoing nature to her Tweed upbringing.
"I have a very laid-back personality and I just like to be myself," she said.
Other Tweed dancers doing well:
- Nobel Lakaev - Burringbar resident and Wollumbin High student was at Dance Technique before the Juilliard School, New York
- Jake Dylan Withers - Dance Force student is now a resident dancer on TV show The X-Factor
- Chantekke Van Der Hoek - Ballet Factory and Murwillumbah High student progressed into the elite Australian Ballet
- Aaron Shaw - Ballet Factory student progressed on to the national Mannheim Ballet, Germany