Eliana Girard is the female winner on season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance. Her genre is contemporary ballet. Eliana grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. She first started dancing at the age of 3 and a half. She left Dreyfoos High School of the Arts to dance at Joffrey Ballet School, and went the following year to Alvin Ailey School. She started her career with Cirque Du Soleil in July 2009.
Eliana Girard always knew she wanted to audition to be on So You Think You Can Dance. What she didn’t know was that she would one day stand on the stage as a winner and receive the title of America’s Favorite Female Dancer. Eliana and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp were crowned the season nine winners, beating out their fellow competitors, Tiffany Maher and Cyrus Spencer.
Eliana first auditioned for season 9 in Los Angeles, California. Eliana is delivered the message by Debbie that she had made it to the Top 20. She dances a ballet routine with Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Daniel Baker. The piece was danced to “Romantic Inclinations/Like A Shot/Fury” by P. Mottram, S. Everitt, G. Shadid, and T. Marberger, and choreographed by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. Eliana is praised by Nigel and calls her a wonderful dancer. Mary calls her a “ballet warrior” for her fierceness, attitude, passion, and energy.
Eliana has been designing a clothing line for Sugar and Bruno since 2013. Guest judge Adam Shankman also praises Eliana, telling her that she’s the hardest working woman in show business.
Eliana Girard Winner on season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance is in conversation with Namita Nayyar President Women Fitness
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
You started at a very young age of three and a half years by taking dancing lessons and reached the pinnacle of success by winning “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 9 – What factors do you consider were responsible that made you achieve that?
Ms. Eliana Girard:
I definitely contribute the stamina and mental will power of being able to get through the show to my experiences at Cirque du Soleil. After performing for them for 2 1/2 years, the experiences(physical and emotional) helped prepare me for the roller coaster that is So You Think You Can Dance.
I would have to say my own self. Many of times my insecurities and mind games stop me from progressing farther than I would like to. It sometimes takes me doing daily affirmation of looking in the mirror and believing that I deserve success and not being afraid of trying.
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