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Chelsea Traille: 'So You Think You Can Dance' not all about dancing


By Christopher Rocchio, 06/30/2008 

Chelsea Traille didn't fault her dancing ability as the reason behind her So You Think You Can Dance ouster.

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"It's disappointing because no one wants to not succeed at something.  But I mean, obviously, dancing on television it's not all about dance," Traille told reporters during a Friday conference call. 

"There's popularity involved and there is a cast involved and there is a flavor that they look for the overall cast that remains each week.  And I was up against a lot of different talent and diversity.  I don't feel like, even though a lot of us were contemporary, none of us had a similar style."

The 23-year-old jazz, funk and contemporary dancer from Flower Mound, TX and her partner Thayne Jasperson found themselves among the bottom three couples based on home viewer votes cast immediately following Wednesday night's performance episode.  She was then ousted by the show's three judges after the six dancers each performed a solo routine.

"It's unfortunate that I don't feel like America really got to see my personality, but I do know that they did get to feel me when I got to dance on that stage," Traille told reporters, adding she received some encouraging words after her ouster from a So You Think You Can Dance producer.

"I said, 'It's a humbling experience,' and he said, 'No, it's an experience.  You didn't really need to be humbled.  It was just an experience and you'll keep going on.' I heard someone say that it's not a destination; it's a journey because a destination ends and a journey keeps going so that's how I look at it."

Traille found herself among the bottom three with fellow female finalists Kourtni Lind and Comfort Fedoke, and she said the glut of fourth-season contemporary dancers may have hurt her in standing out.

"The thing is contemporary is called the same thing, but it is such an open category. Kourtni Lind is such an amazing and a beautiful dancer and Comfort is so different in her style and really stood out on the show for that," explained Traille. 

"So I knew; you come to peace with it, you get to peace with it because we were all friends on there and I felt that they were talented and, of course, I would have wanted to stay, but it's not even about them as much as it about what you draw out of the hat and how you perform what you draw."

Despite learning the show "wasn't all about dance" and personality plays a key role, Traille said she has no regrets about her So You Think You Can Dance journey.

"That's the one thing that I find peace with is that I did everything that I could possibly do with the training that I've had and the space and I think I used everything to the best of my ability," she said.  "Every time I was on that stage doing my solo I know that I felt that I shined in my own way, which a lot of people will never get to do.  So, I feel very blessed and I'm very proud of my achievements this far."

During the conference call, Traille also chimed in on So You Think You Can Dance judge Mary Murphy's recent critical comments for MTV's Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew.

"I think they're two completely different shows.  They don't explore different genres," Traille explained.  "[Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew] would never have ballroom on the show.  That show is completely different and it's about the crew and the creativity.  And [So You Think You Can Dance] doesn't really get to explore our own creativity until we're in the bottom.  So, the shows are completely different goals."

While she already has a business/marketing degree, Traille said she plans on pursuing a career in dance.

"I'm going to use that momentum from the show and I feel like I've got a lot to give to the dance world and it's nowhere near even over just because the show is over for me," she said. 

"It was spectacular and it was not all about winning to the very end, but it was about prolonging the experiences that I had along the way and I felt that I know and I appreciate the support of knowing that I did everything I could do the three weeks that I was there and this isn't the end of me.  I'm going to keep dancing.  I'm going to talk to agencies and see what's up and use the momentum from the show and I just really appreciate the people that helped me get this far."

(Photo credit Fox)


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