Posted by Rebecca King on 09.27.2012
Many of you will remember Mr. Alex Wong from his SYTYCD Season 5 audition and of course his abrupt departure from Season 7, because of a ruptured Achilles tendon. You probably caught him this season on SYTYCD as an All-Star. Since we were all so glad to see him back to dancing, I thought I would catch up with him about what he has been doing between SYTYCD performances and how he enjoyed being an All-Star this season.
RK: What have you been up to between appearances on our TVs?
AW: Even though I ruptured both Achilles, I actually ended up doing a lot of things in between recovery. After my departure from Season 7, I focused a lot on teaching which brought me all around the world. I did a lot of commercial work and ended up filming in the pilot for the NBC tv hit series “Smash”. Later I danced with LMFAO and appeared on Ellen. I was suppose to return as an All Star for SYTYCD Season 8, but 5 days before I was suppose to start I ruptured my other Achilles. This second time I decided to focus on acting and singing. During my recovery I auditioned for American Idol and made it to the semi final “Hollywood” rounds, I released my first single on iTunes and shot my music video and starred in a short film. I had my Broadway debut being a part of the Original Broadway Cast of Disney’s newest musical “Newsies” which has actually been one of my proudest accomplishments to date. I performed 154 shows before I left to return back as an All Star on this season (Season 9) of SYTYCD.
RK: Having to leave the show on Season 7 because of a severe injury was completely devastating, but it obviously opened many doors for you. How do you look back on that experience now?
AW: Everything happens for a reason. Had I not snapped my Achilles, I wouldn’t have met the people I met, and had the experiences I’ve had. I don’t think I would have done Newsies, and there are many people and many experiences that I have had the past couple years in my life that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
RK: Your performance with Twitch in Season 7 is now famous, so much so that Ellen Degeneres spoofed it the next season. What was that like for you?
AW: I thought it was amazing that someone so amazing was a fan of my work enough to do it. It was really honoured!
RK: How was your appearance as an All-Star on Season 9 different as a contestant in Season 7?
AW:It’s kind of strange. It was nice to be back “home” on that stage and in that environment. It’s different being an All Star than a contestant though. You can’t show any weaknesses and you really have to be a mentor for the contestants as they look up to you and ask you for advice. The pressure is also different, you don’t have the “dance for you life” pressure, but you have a different kind of pressure where you feel like you have to live up to people’s expectations and also not let your partner down.
RK: Do you have a SYTYCD behind the scenes anecdote from this season that you can share with us?
AW: The second routine I did with Eliana was pretty stressful. Eliana had gotten really sick that day and collapsed, the show and moved from a Wednesday to a Tuesday, so we already had TWO days less to practice than normal. Travis Wall called in Kathryn McCormick and he choreographed the whole thing on us with Eliana in mind. The next day we taught it to her in the evening in 40 minutes… I think when we performed on stage, it was about the 5th or 6th time we had done it!
RK: What is your favorite memory from all your experiences on the show?
AW: Definitely snapping my Achilles… Haha. No, I think my favourite experience was really the entire experience of the show itself and getting to know so many new friends that will last a lifetime. If I have to pick out one thing, then I guess I’ll say at the end of my hip hop piece with Twitch when the audience went wild. I really wasn’t expecting that. I didn’t even know people were gonna like it. Sometimes you just never know if it’s gonna be a hit or a complete miss.
RK: What’s next for you?
AW: I’m a guest dancer on Dancing With The Stars this week and then I am going to China to perform and choreograph for a Buick SUV car launch. I am taking 5 dancers with me, so that is really exciting. From there I am going to SYTYCD Vietnam to perform for their opening episode. I’m hoping to also continue with more acting and singing things so we’ll see what happens!
Last week, two ballet dancers won SYTYCD. Is America starting to appreciate ballet? Chime in.