It's been barely 24 hours since America declared its new favorite dancer on So You Think You Can Dance: Russell Ferguson. The krumper showed an incredible amount of growth outside his chosen style, and won over both the hearts of the judges and voters. The busy champ had a chance to talk to reporters this morning to discuss his victory, his history with krump, and his next plans.
- On being injured last night and then winning: At the end I was pretty much running off adrenaline. It was very stressful after that, because I wasn't able to do the final performance, which is important to me, but I got to dance the dance I injured myself on. My dad came backstage and was just talking to me and calming me down, and said everything was going to be OK, and I just went out there with my head high.
To hear what else Russell had to say, including why he pulled former contestant Kevin on stage with him, just read more.
- On why he pulled Kevin up on stage when he won: Kevin just has been with me through this whole journey. He's like a brother to me, and I felt like I should share that moment with him.
- On his previous training: I've been doing hip hop all my life, and so I figured if I was going to take on any big dance projects later in life, I would have to learn other things to be well-rounded in the dance field. I did four years at Boston Arts, I did University of the Arts, so I got a good amount of training.
- On his intentions when he auditioned for the show: I was just hoping that America would change its views on krump and what it was about so they could be more familiar with it. I knew I was going to be able to get that message across, but winning is a big bonus.
- On how he got into krumping: It was love at first sight. Being on the Internet and looking at different trailers from the old documentary Rize when it was coming out — just watching that got me into it. I taught other people how to do it once I learned it myself, and it just spread.
- On his favorite performance of the season: I would have to say the Afro-jazz frog dance. It was just really exciting and kind of brought me back to my roots a little bit. It felt real; it felt natural and great.
- On what's next for him: I'm just going to invest my money and try to get into a lot of movie projects, try to get in some dancing, see what can happen.
- His closing remarks: I just love America.
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