Orange County’s native son, Lex Ishimoto, was crowned America’s Favorite Dancer on last night’s finale episode of “So You Think You Can Dance.” The Japanese American dancer came in first, sliding past fellow APA dancer, second place runner-up Koine Iwasaki, to bag $250,000 and the coveted title.
Ishimoto started dancing ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary at the age of seven in Irvine, and by age 12, he was starring in a touring production of “Billy Elliot” in the title role. He rendered the “SYTYCD” judging panel speechless with his powerful audition in New York and then went on to continue wowing audiences on the show’s 14th season by showing off both flawless technique and impressive range.
Congratulations, Lex! Take a look at 5 of Lex’s standout performances from this past season.
“L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole, with Koine
“The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” by Missy Elliot, with Kiki
“Rollin’” by Shakka ft. Frisco (Solo)
“Work Song” by Luke Wade, with Gaby
“Sleep Talk” by Skye Chai (Solo)