So You Think You Can Dance Alums Allison Holker And Courtney Galiano Bring Fire To Hit The Floor



[Members of the Los Angeles Devil Girls, from L to R: Allison Holker, Courtney Galiano]

As principal dancers on our new series, Hit The Floor, Allison Holker and Courtney Galiano already have experience performing in front of rowdy sports fans and emotional TV audiences, thanks to time spent on FOX’s longstanding series, So You Think You Can Dance. VH1 chatted with the dancers — who have recurring roles on the series as Charlie and Desiree, respectively — about performing for Nigel Lythgoe (who can be “brutal” yet honest) and what it’s like be a member of a real dance team, particularly when there are attractive basketball players just a few feet away.

What drew you to Hit The Floor?
Allison Holker: It was very different than my typical job. I’m really known for my different styles–I do a lot of ballroom and I do a lot of contemporary–and I was drawn to this project because I was going to be able to dance with a group of girls and be hot and sexy, which is so different for me but something I always wanted to explore. And besides all the dancing I was going to have the opportunity to work on a TV show and act.

How important is dance to the show?
AH: In this series dance is everything. It’s in every single episode; it’s super important. The dancing had to be so strong and those actors really danced their butts off.

How is Dean Cain as a dancer?
AH: I’ve never seen Dean Cain dance, but he is one of the most fun people on set. He’s a riot. Whenever you’re taking a picture, he’s photo-bombing in the background. He’s still a little boy at heart and that’s what I love about him.

How has So You Think You Can Dance shaped you as a performer?
AH: Being an All-Star on So You Think You Can Dance has truly been one of the greatest experiences of my life. It has challenged me in dance, but it has also challenged me as a person. As one of the All-Stars, I tend to find myself in the category with some of the more emotional characters, so a lot of times my character is the mother of someone or the girlfriend of someone and something traumatic has happened. I have to really dig into my life to find how I can relate to these characters. So You Think You Can Dance has also challenged me with being a great actress, which is great for Hit The Floor.
Courtney Galiano: I was definitely really green when I went on the show. I was a Knicks City Dancer for the basketball team, and I would watch the show and I can remember saying, “Okay I need to do this.” It opened a lot of doors and it definitely changed my life. It brought me into this amazing world and I got to meet so many amazing people.

Allison, as an All-Star, how do you feel before each performance now, compared to your first season on the show (Season Two)?
AH: [At that point] it was such a fresh new show, I didn’t know what to expect. Now, being a mother, it’s changed everything. I dance with a purpose–I’m dancing to show my daughter that she can really reach for her dreams, and if she puts her mind to anything she’ll be able to accomplish that. Any time I step on the stage I’m dancing for my daughter.

Who has been your favorite judge over the years?
CG: I like when Lil’ C judged. I always felt like he was on our side and I think he knew a lot about dance and was updated on the dance world itself. He saw the good in everything, which in dance is a really good thing.
AH: I actually have a counter for that. Obviously all of the judges bring something different to the table, and I know sometimes he pushes the limit and some people get really offended, but I really love what Nigel [Lythgoe] has to say.
CG: He’s honest.
AH: I always feel he’s going to give his honest opinion. Of course Mary [Murphy] is great–her laugh’s fun–but Nigel’s just going to be brutal sometimes. But he’s honest! I think people really respect his opinion because of that.

What is So You Think You Can Dance‘s place in pop culture?
CG: I think dance was always on the back burner in Hollywood — maybe not in the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers days — and So You Think You Can Dance really brought it to the forefront. I love it for that reason; dancers are finally getting the credit that they deserve.

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