Gravity-defying dancer, Michael Dameski, at the age of 18, has won the title of Australia’s favourite dancer.
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Dameski was the only one shocked by the news he’d won So You Think You Can Dance Australia 2014; the rest of us were blown away by the young star, with many taking to Twitter to provide encouragement and support.
But with his colleagues and fellow finalists calling his name, and with shiny strips of blue paper falling from above, Dameski was announced the winner and our favourite dancer in the competition.
SYTYCD judge, Paula Abdul, had no doubt Dameski would take out the title.
“I knew Michael would win,” she said.
“He’s fearless and ferocious. His commitment to excellence was evident throughout the competition. His performances were like a spotlight at a Hollywood premiere, drawing our attention like a pack of paparazzi.”
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SYTYCD creator, Nigel Lythgoe, called Dameski’s popular “dance for your life” solo one of the greatest routines he had seen in the show’s history “or anywhere, for that matter”.
Dameski, who performed in the Australian stage production of Billy Elliot, spoke of his experience and personal growth on the show.
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“This experience has changed my life. I never expected to make it this far, let alone become Australia’s favourite dancer. I have learnt and grown so much as a performer throughout this journey.”
According to Dameski, winning So You Think You Can Dance comes down to following his passion.
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“The gift of this show is that it allows you to be recognised for what you have devoted your life to.”
As well as an impressive title and his newfound fame, Dameski takes home $100,000 and a contract to work with Jason Gilkison on his dance production, Burn the Floor.