BWW Interview: Talking and Tilting with the Talented Tate McRae

BWW Interview: Talking and Tilting with the Talented Tate McRae
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With the announcement that Fox's So You Think You Can Dance will be returning this summer, this time reverting back to contestants ages 18-30, we decided to look back on this past season's incredibly talented kids. From hip hop to jazz to contemporary, season 13 of SYTYCD certainly did not disappoint, showing us that age means nothing when it comes to talent. One of our favorite contestants, second runner-up Tate McRae, proved week after week that a 13 year old can be as marvelous a dancer as an adult, sometimes even better. McRae was kind enough to speak with us about her time on SYTYCD and her plans for the future.

BroadwayWorld: When did you first start dancing and performing?

McRae: "My mom used to be a dancer, so I always wanted to be like her growing up. Then, as I got older, I started to take dance classes but didn't really like them that much: it was just a hobby for me. I started to go to competitions and saw these amazing dancers and got really inspired and eventually realized, when I was about eight years old, that I really wanted to do this for the rest of my life."

BWW: What was your reaction when you found out at season 13 of SYTYCD would be featuring kids?

McRae: "When I found out that kids would be able to audition, I was freaking out because I had been watching the show since I was a little girl and had always wanted to be on it. I thought that it was crazy that they were giving us the opportunity to show that we could do what adults can do."

BWW: You certainly blew away the judges with your phenomenal audition. Once Kathryn choose you to be her partner and you were thrown into the competition, what was the rehearsal process like?

McRae: "The rehearsals were actually very hard because of time constrictions: we didn't have that much time to rehearse. We had to learn our routines in about three hours and then we only had a couple hours after that on stage to rehearse and get them clean. So otherwise, all we could do was go onto the roof top of our hotel and practice with all our friends at night. It was definitely difficult and nerve racking. I was nervous every week just to be on stage and to be dancing alongside these incredible dancers who all have something so unique about them. I really just wanted to dance from my heart and show them who I truly was as a person."

BWW Interview: Talking and Tilting with the Talented Tate McRae
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BWW: What was the most rewarding part of competing on SYTYCD?

McRae: "The most rewarding part would have to be working with all the choreographers and trying new styles every week. I think getting past every single week was absolutely crazy because none of my family or friends in Canada could vote which was really sad because they were so supportive and had my back the entire time. So getting that far, knowing that America just loved me for who I was, was really rewarding. Also, because I'm still so young, it was really cool to dance alongside Kathryn because she's such a mature soul and she taught me so much about my heart and staying true to myself which I really appreciate about her. She is always herself and is the most incredible dancer and I learned so much from her."

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Gianluca Russo Gianluca Russo is a writer, performer, and theatre critic based out of New York. Selected writing credits: BroadwayWorld, OnStage, TheatreNerds.com, and The Times Union. He is a creative intern at Julia Quinn Productions and a social media researcher on the acclaimed hip hop musical "iLLA!" He is ecstatic to join the BroadwayWorld team and to draw attention to all the theatre in Upstate and Central New York.
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