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Utah teen impresses judges on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Published: Wednesday, June 25 2014 1:10 p.m. MDT

Landon Anderson - Audition With Jenna Johnson - SYTYCD Season 11

Springville's Landon Anderson auditioned for "So You Think You Can Dance" on June 11, and the judges think he can.

The 18-year-old dancer nailed his audition in Los Angeles, where he received a ticket to Las Vegas, moving him to round two of the competition.

It wasn't his first time appearing on the show. Last year, Anderson partnered with another Utahn, Jenna Johnson, for her audition.

Anderson wasn't old enough to be a contestant but Johnson, who made it to the top 10, promised she'd help him when he became eligible.

Before the duo began dancing for Anderson's audition this year, judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said he'd do his best not to focus on Johnson during their performance.

"You have got a fabulous partner, so I'm expecting to see some great things from you right now," Lythgoe said.

It turned out to be easy for the judges to focus on Anderson, afterward calling him masculine, mature and in control of everything he did.

"To dance with someone like Jenna and not be overpowered by her is amazing, and you weren't, which is why I'm saying come on down here and get your ticket," Lythgoe said.

Anderson's success wasn't the only good news for Utah.

The judges asked Johnson to come back on the show as an all-star, a revered dancer chosen from earlier seasons to dance with different contestants on the show each week.

The competition continues Wednesday when fans will find out if Anderson will be in the top 20.

"I've been dreaming about this ever since the show came on," Anderson said.

According to Sasha Heaps, former Miss Provo, Anderson has accomplished much in dance.

In addition to being the first runner-up as national male outstanding dancer at the New York City Dance Alliance, Anderson has been three-time National Junior Rhythm and Junior Latin Champion, two-time National Youth Rhythm Champion and National Youth and Under 21 Latin Champion, Heaps wrote on her blog.

Previous Utah competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance" include Sabra Johnson, Gev Manoukian, Chelsie Hightower and Ryan Di Lello, who is Anderson's brother.

Megan Marsden Christensen writes for the Faith and Family sections. She recently graduated from BYU-Idaho with a bachelor's degree in communication.

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