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June 1, 2011
Roseville dancers get 'So You Think You Can Dance' callback

Five local dancers from a Roseville dance studio have made it to the callback round of auditions for the Fox show "So You Think You Can Dance."

Keith Turk, 29, Emily Tsunekawa, 19, Josh Williams, 22, Rashad Best, 19, and Conrad De Chabert, 23, all of whom train at KAST Performing Arts, will soon be heading to Las Vegas, where they'll vie for a spot on the show, said Summer Turk, co-owner and co-artistic director of the studio.

Seven of the studio's dancers originally auditioned for the show. Having five dancers from one studio make it this far is noteworthy, Turk said.

"It's pretty exciting," she said.

But the dancers' success is the result of a lot of hard work, she added. Those who made it are training at the studio about 15 hours a week and have professional dancing aspirations.

"We train them to really work hard and have a dance career, so we're not really surprised that all these people are getting on the show," Turk said. "We're excited and happy, but surprised, no."

Keith and Summer Turk established the dance studio just last year. Both Keith and Summer Turk have been professional dancers.

The second part of the season premiere of "So You Think You Can Dance" airs at 8 p.m. tonight and Thursday on Fox. The local dancers may be seen in upcoming episodes featuring callback auditions in Las Vegas.

A popular "So You Think You Can Dance" husband-and-wife choreography team also will be coming to Sacramento later this summer to lead a dance workshop.

Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo, also known as Nappytabs, will lead dance lessons on Aug. 14 at the Raddison Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento. Go to https://monstersdance.wufoo.com/forms/nappytabs/ or call (800) 622-1421 for more information.

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