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Jacksonville University student makes Top 20 on "So You Think You Can Dance"

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Updated: 6/20/2013 8:28 am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville University dance sensation Carlos Garland is in the Top 20 of the FOX reality TV show “So You Think You Can Dance?”

A contemporary dancer, Garland made the cut in an episode that aired June 18. In the season’s first live show to air June 25, the Top 20 finalists will partner together to win the public's votes and stay in the competition.

Carlos Garland was born on July 4, 1988, and was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He started dance at the age of 13 at Lavilla School of the Arts. Originally in drama, he was brought into dance through a bet by a friend in the 7th grade. He graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, studying dance all four years.

Carlos has been trained in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, comtemporary, and breakdance. He has a previous background in Taekwondo of seven years, and reached a 2nd degree black belt. In the future, Carlos hopes to maintain his role as a professional dancer for as long as he can, and become a well-known choreographer for many styles of dance.

Garland’s dance crew Systematic won BET’s 106th and Park dance competition on Wild Out Wednesday twice in a row. The crew has been seen in national and international commercials for companies such as Head Tennis Rackets. 

He has danced and worked with artists and choreographers such as Adrienne Canterna, David Parsons, Jennifer Muller, Travis Wall, Christian Von Howard, Dave Scott, Chuck Maldanado, Cris Judd, Brian Friedman, Luam Keflezgy,and Quest Crew.

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Gunny48 - 6/20/2013 5:05 PM
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Love the attitude! Good luck.

nativejax - 6/20/2013 4:00 PM
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Who cares about the chick, FINALLY a hot young man with a positive goal in his brain for his future! AHHH....SO REFRESHING :-)

RiverRat - 6/20/2013 1:36 PM
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the heck with Carlos, who is the hot chick?
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