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Tap dancing teen Curtis Holland gets his big break

caines | 6/27/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Miami youth among finalists on So You Think You Can Dance If youve been watching the popular television show, So You Think You Can Dance, you may have noticed a tap dancing wiz who has made it to the top 20 and whos also hauntingly familiar. Actually, your intuition would be correct because one the entertainers that has made their way to the round of 20 includes Miamis own Curtis Holland, 19. The show airs on Tuesdays 8 p.m., when viewers can chose their favorite singer or dancer. Of course Curtis is hoping that fans will give him their vote so that he can stay alive in the competition. He is one of three tap dancers that walked the Green Mile, that is being chosen for the Top 20 in season 10 of the show, after an impressive audition in Memphis. Wayne Grady, afterwards, immediately adopted Curtis as his little brother. After impressing the judges with a contemporary routine, Curtis found himself overwhelmed, shedding tears of joy and relief. While he is currently not allowed to speak to the press due to the rules of the competition, after that televised performance he said, Im impressed with myself I have never danced like this before.

Early training pays off

Curtis started his training when he was just three under the tutelage of his parents, Edwin and Gaile Holland the owners and instructors at the Edwin Holland School of Dance [now the Next Generation Dance Academy]. Since then, he has had extensive training in ballet, tap and jazz later adding hip-hop and contemporary lyrical dance to his repertoire. Now a student at Middle Tennessee State University, Curtis won the gold medal in the Miami-Dade ACT-SO dance competition in 2011 and 2012 at the local level and took the gold in the national competition in 2012. He has choreographed, taught classes and served as a youth leader at St. Agnes Episcopal Church. His mother says that he when he got a chance to audition for So You Think You Can Dance, she and the rest of the family were all behind him. Hes having the time of his life, she said. He says its like nothing he could have ever imagined. He hopes to one day make it to Broadway and has his sight on The Newsies and The Lion King. But for now hes rehearsing, learning new routines and hoping to take the title on the show. Ever since he nailed his audition, its been fast forward. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com