Occupation: Professional Dancer
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Audition City: Toronto, ON
Place of Birth: Etobicoke, ON
Primary Style of Dance: Contemporary
Favorite Song to Get Pumped Up and Ready to Perform to: “California Gurls” by Katy Perry
Signature Dance Move: Pirouette into a layback
Favourite Dance Movie: Hairspray
Couldn’t Live Without: My Blackberry, I don’t know what I’d do without it. Who doesn’t love their cell phone?
Motto: “Anything is possible”
When guest judge Mary Murphy passed along the exciting news that Amanda Cleghorn was part of the Top 22 for Season 3 of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, Cleghorn says she was in a state of “shock and awe.” “All I could think was ‘wow, I did it!’”
The Etobicoke native took her first dancing steps at the age of four. Though trained primarily in contemporary dance, Amanda is also practiced in jazz, acro, ballet, pointe, tap, hip-hop, musical theatre, modern, and partnering and lifting. She credits her dance teacher, Danny Poland for exposing her to a wide range of dance styles that have helped her learn and grow immeasurably.
Having competed in over 15 dance competitions across North America, Amanda says her biggest accomplishment was winning Dancer of the Year 2008 at the American Dance Awards. “I just remember it so vividly because it was the end result of what I worked so hard for,” she gushes. “It really showed me that when I do set my mind to something and work hard enough, it can come true.”
Amanda has already worked with a handful of notable choreographers including Laurie Ann Gibson in the 2003 feature film, Honey, and Rosero McCoy and Chuck Maldonado in the 2010 Family Channel movie, Camp Rock 2. She is eager and hopeful to get the opportunity to work with choreographers Wade Robson, Sonya Tayeh and Mia Michaels
The confident young dancer says she is not afraid to perform any particular style of dance, and viewers can expect to see “nothing but the best” from her performances. “I envision myself doing the best possible performance that I’d like and what I want the outcome to be, something my dad taught both my sister and I for dance. I breathe, stay positive and say “I can do it” and go for it.”