Young Leesburg Dancer Makes the Cut on FOX Show

A Leesburg teenager is among a cadre of talented young dancers fighting for the honor to be named one of the nation’s best.

Thirteen-year-old Lucas Marinetto, a rising eighth grader, was featured as a contestant this week on “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation.” His audition was broadcast on FOX Monday night, and Lucas made it through to the next round of competition.

A spin-off of “So You Think You Can Dance,” “The Next Generation” focuses on younger competitors. In the June 13 episode, young dancers between the ages of 8 and 13 who are skilled in various dance styles such as contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation and breaking, auditioned in New York City.

Lucas and the others selected during auditions by judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will now move on to battle it out at “The Academy” in Los Angeles. During “The Academy” round, which begins airing next Monday, June 20, the SYTYCD AllStars meet the young dancers and decide which 10 contestants will earn a spot to be their partner.

Lucas, a tap dancer who studies at Studio Bleu Dance Center in Ashburn, was encouraged to audition for the show by a teacher at his dance school. He said the audition, which was filmed in March, was very exciting and he enjoyed meeting the other young competitors.

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