HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Taylor Sieve knew she was taking a huge leap of faith when she moved from her hometown of Maple Grove to Los Angeles to pursue a dancing career.
“It’s very hard, but I was willing to take a risk and try it,” Sieve said.
The risk has paid off thus far for the 19-year-old, who advanced Monday to the Top 10 on Season 14 of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Sieve is the daughter of Bryan and Lisa Sieve of Maple Grove and the granddaughter of John and Ruth Sieve of Worthington.
Sieve and nine other contestants danced their way to the live broadcast, avoiding eliminations that have sent nearly 100 dancers home since The Academy began in May.
“I am part of that 10, which is crazy,” Sieve said. “I’ve been watching this show ever since I was growing up, and it’s crazy to think that now I’m actually on it.”
Sieve auditioned for the Fox television series in March. After being admitted to The Academy in May, Sieve was chosen by Robert Roldan, an all-star mentor that was a contestant on the show during its seventh season. Sieve is the last member on Roldan’s team, and the duo will perform different dance styles together in the upcoming weeks.
The duo performed Sieve’s favorite dance style, contemporary, on Monday.
The 2016 Maple Grove Senior High graduate is not unfamiliar with dance competitions, having won Senior Female Best Dancer on The Dance Awards, a national dance convention and competition. But there’s definitely something that sets the two stages apart.
“Dancing on live television is very nerve-wracking because anything could go wrong at any time. But it was very rewarding and very special,” Sieve said of her first live TV experience Monday.
The nerves, though, are helping her grow as a dancer, which was the ultimate goal when Sieve said she made the decision not to attend college, not wanting to leave dancing behind.
“There hasn't ever been a moment where I wasn’t dancing,” she said. “I’ve trained so many hours and dedicated so much of my life to that, and I’m so passionate about it I wanted to try and pursue a career in it.”
Sieve’s upcoming weeks will continue to be consumed with dance rehearsals, wardrobe appointments and interviews as she tries to earn America’s votes.
One person will be eliminated each week at the conclusion of the two-hour show that airs at 7 p.m. CDT every Monday.
Sieve said she’s not sure what’s next for her after her time on the show expires, but she’s optimistic and grateful for the experience.
“The whole process has been very eye-opening and unlike anything I’ve ever done in my dance career,” she said. “This show is a huge stepping stone in my dance career and it’s an amazing platform for dancers, and anybody that gets an opportunity is extremely fortunate.”