- Faith & Family
Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus Brandon Mitchell is about to see his dreams come true. And his audience will be the entire country when he competes against 19 of the best dancers in the U.S. on the hit Fox reality series, “So You Think You Can Dance.” Mitchell is one of 20 dancers that fought off shin splits, cramps and sprains in a battery of grueling, nationwide auditions. He will show what he’s made of on Wednesday, July 11th [8 p.m. EST] as the show enters its ninth season.
“When I dance, I’m telling the audience what’s going on in my mind,” he said. “It feels like a rush like when you are going on a [roller coaster] ride. I’m at my happiest point when I’m on the stage.”
For the competition, Mitchell’s dance specialty is stepping.
“I love entertaining people and making them happy,” said Mitchell, a member of the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. “You never know how you can make someone’s day. I feel like this is my purpose — to be out here and to touch people’s lives.” Mitchell earned his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems in 2009.
A former member of the FAMU Strikers, he has danced with singers that include: Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Keyshia Cole and Jennifer Lopez and will appear in the upcoming movie, “Step Up Revolution.”
Following the weekly airing, viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dancers via telephone, text and online. The following week, on July 18, the three lowest vote getters, both men and women, will be revealed and the judges will decide which two dancers will be eliminated. Mitchell hopes to get make it to the end and be crowned the best male dancer for season nine.
By D. Kevin McNeir