Rockettes’ Pick for Dancer of the Week: ‘America’s Favorite Dancer’ Gaby Diaz

Who: So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 winner, Gaby Diaz

Her dance:

Why we chose her: Not only is Gaby Diaz, 19, America’s new favorite dancer, but she’s the first tapper ever to win on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD).

“I really wanted to represent team tap well this season,” Diaz told Entertainment Weekly after the finale show on Monday, Sept. 14. “That was a big thing for me, was trying to bring it home for the tappers, and I’m happy I got to do that for all the tap dancers that have been on the show and have made it so close and done such an incredible job, and really paved the way for me to get here.”

This season was a little different; SYTYCD had a new Stage vs. Street format, which put trained stage dancers in an epic battle with street style dancers. Diaz, part of “Team Stage,” took the title and won $250,000 and the opportunity to dance in Jennifer Lopez’s Las Vegas show.

Fun fact: Diaz was originally rejected from her first SYTYCD audition. She made the cut that same year after she auditioned in a different city.

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